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Top 5 Houston Staycation Hotels

VACATIONING IN YOUR OWN CITY

Article by Radhika Patel

Photography by Provided

A slight bump in most people’s vacation plans this year doesn't mean we can't still enjoy time off in our own city or plan for the future! Here are my top 5 Houston hotels worthy of a staycation getaway.

Marriott Marquis

The first hotel that comes to mind when people ask me about the best hotel in Houston. This simply comes down to the amazing Texas shaped lazy river! Yes, your read that right, this Marriott has a phenomenal lazy river in the shape of Texas. Can you get more southern than that? There are 6 amazing dining options at the Marriott Marquis, four of which, Texas T, High Dive, Biggio's and Fresh Bites are now back open for business!

Current specials: senior discounts.

COVID-19 precautions:Commitment to Clean” policy, considers the safety and hygiene of all their visitors. From social distancing signs, hand sanitizer throughout the entire property to new cleaning technologies, Marquis has well and truly thought of it all.

Location: 1777 Walker Street, Houston, Texas, 77010

The Moran City Centre

The ultimate staycation getaway, the Moran hotel in City Centre (formerly Hotel Sorella) literally has everything you need for a relaxing weekend break. Not only does the hotel have great dining options but it is located in one of Houston’s premier living destinations! Relax poolside in the cabanas (order the truffle fries - they are a treat!), hop over to grab a bite to eat at Radio Milano and finish your evening with a stroll around City Centre! My friends from London stayed at this very hotel when they surprised me with a visit, and they loved it! From the rooms, breakfast to the service, The Moran is truly the perfect Houston staycation spot.

Current specials: up to 30% off when you pre-purchase your summer getaway (May 21st-Sep 29th), now through August 31st.

COVID-19 precautions: face coverings must be worn at all times; housekeeping services will be every four days and valet parking and restaurants and bars will not be operating at this time.

Location: 800 Sorella Court, Houston, TX 77024

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Park

Pure luxury in the middle of the Post Oak Uptown area, moments away from the Galleria area. This AAA Five-Diamond hotel owned by the Houston Rocket’s Owner Tilman Fertitta, is the only hotel in Houston with this accolade. From the stunning wellness spa, seven dining options including Bloom and Bee and the French Patisserie, Bouchée Patisserie, resort like pool and cabanas to clothing stores and its very own Post Oak Motor Cars dealership, this isn’t your ordinary hotel experience! Experience world-class luxuries at Post Oak for a staycation you won’t forget!

Current specials: sign up option to receive special promotions.

COVID-19 precautions: extensive health and safety protocols are undertaken by Post Oak Hotel including social distancing, hand sanitizer throughout the property and a Commitment to Cleanliness Policy.

Location: 1600 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027

Hotel Alessandra

I have two words for you: rooftop pool. Enough said, right? Every hotel staycation must have a rooftop pool. Views and poolside relaxation = heaven on earth! Alessandra, an award-winning hotel is the perfect mixture of modern and sophisticated vibes in Downtown Houston. Alessandra’s French inspired restaurant Lucienne was voted 15/100 in Houston Chronicle’s Top Houston Restaurants in 2018! This is the perfect hotel if you’re looking for a city getaway! Alessandra sits on the doorstep of museums, Houston symphony at Jones Hall and plenty of green spaces.

Current specials: get 25% off your entire stay. There are also a whopping nine packages to choose from! My favorite one is the  “Poptails with a Purpose.” A percentage of sales will be donated to the Houston Food Bank, a great cause!

COVID-19 precautions: extensive health and safety protocols are undertaken by the Valencia Hotel Group including temperature checks, physical distancing, hand sanitizer at key areas in the hotel and much more.

Location: 1070 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas 77002

The Whitehall

Yes, another hotel with a rooftop pool! I did say it was a necessity remember. This boutique hotel is full of Southern charm and history. The hotel’s Southerly Host adds a warm touch with vast knowledge of the surrounding area with amazing local recommendations. The reason The Whitehall lives in my Top 5 list, however, is the outdoor bar Part and Parcel. Even though it’s currently closed, this is definitely one to add to your must-visit Houston spot. A relaxed courtyard setting to enjoy cocktails, tacos and The Whitehall’s very own private label bourbon – Edgar’s Truth.

Current specials: 30% off best available rates.

COVID-19 precautions: Whitehall’s “SoClean” initiative has a number of health and safety protocols for their guests such as, physical distancing, disposable menus and limited capacity in their restaurants, elevator buttons sanitized hourly and more!

Location: 1700 Smith Street, Houston, TX, 77002

Are you ready to book your staycation, because I am! With these 5 amazing hotels each offering something different, there is something for everyone. Happy staycationing!