Are you planning a visit to the largest city in Texas and wondering what to do in Houston? Or maybe you’re traveling on business and looking for the best restaurants in Houston to impress that important client. Perhaps it’s a romantic couples’ escape. Have no fear, the Bayou City is packed with romantic parks, sophisticated theatres, and exciting nightlife. Here at Stay Alfred, we’re all about making your visit to Houston convenient and memorable, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best things to do in Houston for any type of traveler. Wherever your interests lie, whether you’re in your element at a shopping mall or a space exhibit, there’s a host of fascinating Houston attractions waiting for you.
But Houston history and culture isn’t only about restaurants and museums. This sprawling metropolis has a storied past, beginning way back in 1836 when the city was founded. While the HTX is not technically a capital city today (that title is reserved for Austin), it was the capital of the Republic of Texas for the first three years of its existence, which might explain why there are so many opulent, historic buildings still standing today, as if they were built for royalty. Early on, Houston established itself as an important shipping town, making great use of the access to the Gulf of Mexico in what is today Galveston. Do you think the original Houston residents ever thought massive cruise ships would use that port today? We think not. They were probably too busy digging for gold, laying railroad tracks, or discovering oil, all of which cemented Houston’s position as one of the country’s most prominent cities for business.
Today, Houston isn’t only a wonderful place to visit for business or pleasure; it’s also a thriving commercial center, also known as the Energy Capital of the World. Even though going to work may not make the list of most fun things to do in Houston, H-Town is home to nearly as many Fortune 500 companies as New York City, with more young people and families flocking to the city every day. But one industry that is definitely worthy of some Houston sightseeing is the space sector, and with NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center just 30 minutes by car southeast of Downtown, Houston has earned the nickname “Space City.” Reminds us of Stay Alfred’s travel apartments in Houston, which have so much space to stretch out and relax.
Whichever reason brings you to H-Town, you may be looking for what to do in Houston or where to eat. We’re here to help you out, and we’re sharing our favorite things to do in Houston, top restaurants in Houston, what to do in Houston with kids, and even a run-down of the city’s best museums and arts venues. Now there’s no excuse not to enjoy your time in Houston to the fullest. Although, it’s hard not to enjoy yourself in a city with nice weather year-round, friendly residents, a 95-block-wide underground pedestrian walkway system, one of the world’s biggest rodeos, and a bunch of other unique claims to fame. And if none of that peaks your interest, just remember that Beyonce grew up here, so Houston must be a pretty cool place.
The best things to do in Houston today, this weekend, or whenever you’re in town
The Bayou City is a fantastic destination for year-round travel, with hot summers and very mild winters. Midwesterners probably wouldn’t even call it “winter.” As a result, there are fun things to do in Houston every single day, both indoors and outside. Let’s dive into to our recommendations for what to do in Houston today, on the weekend, or at any time of year.
Hungry? Look no further than the top restaurants in Houston
Did you know that Houston’s food scene is off the charts? As in, the charts showing how often Americans dine out. Houstonians indulge in a restaurant meal more often than any other city residents in the United States, so that must mean the culinary scene is pretty darn good. With cuisines representing Houston’s diverse population (in fact, nearly 150 languages are spoken here), you can find literally any dish that strikes your fancy. Ramen? You got it. Samosas? Sure! Tacos? Obviamente. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch, an afternoon snack, or a fancy evening meal, Houston’s restaurant roster has it all.
Running from one Houston attraction to the next? Downtown Houston is full of quick, casual options that will satisfy your appetite - fast. Try Cali Sandwich & Fast Food in Midtown, a new Vietnamese spot serving banh mi sandwiches, hearty noodle bowls, and fresh spring rolls. Or Phoenicia Specialty Foods, a gourmet grocery store with drool-worthy deli offerings like chicken shawarma pitas and slow-roasted lamb. When everybody in your group wants something different (or maybe you just can’t decide what you want), head over to Downtown’s Conservatory food hall, where a smorgasbord of stalls serve up pho, barbecue, poke, pizza, and more.
Speaking of pizza, there’s no better crowd-pleaser than a big pizza pie, and it’s hard to definitively say where to find the best pizza in Houston because there are so many mouth-watering options. So we might as well try them all, right? Downtown’s Your Pie serves up thin-crust pizzas straight from the brick oven and paired with a local craft beer - possibly one of the world’s best pairings. Maybe the title of world’s best pizza pairing should be reserved for Italian wine, though, and Bollo Woodfired Pizza is just the place to savor an authentic pizza margarita with a glass of chianti. We’re also fans of Frank’s, where you can enjoy giant, New York-style slices at nearly all hours of the day (or night). Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? How about Bombay Pizza Co., the ultimate fusion of Italian and Indian fare.
No trip to Texas is complete without at least tasting one taco, and when you’re so close to the border, tacos are ubiquitous. For a classic, Mexico City-style taco, head to 100% Taquito, off the beaten tourist path in the low-key Greenway suburb. Or for something with a bit of Southern flair, try the fried catfish tacos at Hugo's in the heart of Montrose. Looking for a slightly more substantial meal? Make your way to The Original Ninfa's on Navigation, a local favorite for homestyle comida mexicana. But after a few “ordinary” tacos, maybe you’re in the mood for something a little different. Like we said, Houston has it all. Give the globally-inspired menu a try at Velvet Taco, featuring fillings like falafel, fish ‘n chips, and spicy Indian chicken, or the Korean BBQ taco at Downtown’s Coreanos.
Houston’s population is incredibly diverse, and so is the variety of restaurant cuisines. While it’s far from Asia (although, a single flight will take you there from IAH), eateries serving Japanese, Thai, and Chinese fare and more are popping up constantly. Tapas lovers will marvel at Izakaya’s creative take on Japanese small plates, plus, when paired with a whiskey from this spot’s collection (the largest in Texas), you’ll wonder why bacon-wrapped mochi isn’t on every restaurant’s menu. Craving some Indian eats? Head west of Downtown to Pondicheri, a local favorite for curries, rotis, and a decadent chai tea-infused pie. Or, if you’re in the mood for sushi and don’t want to make any decisions after an intellectually-stimulating day of museums, the Museum District’s MF Sushi serves a ridiculously tasty omakaze dinner.
Need a high-end place to wow a client or a date? Houston has plenty of fine dining spots that will delight even an Elite Yelper. From the perfectly seared USDA prime cuts at Vic & Anthony’s (5-minutes on foot from Stay Alfred at The Star) to the foie gras-topped filet at Bistecca Ristorante, Houston’s steakhouse scene is on fire. Is there a winter chill in the air? Cozy up to a romantic cheese plate and crack open a bottle of wine at Midtown’s 13 Celsius. Or, putting their creative spin on homestyle dishes from Mexico’s Oaxaca state, Xochi serves unique apps, seafood, and a decadently good suckling pig in a hip Downtown space. Plus, it’s one of the only places to purposefully cook with insects, as in the black ant mole atop their grilled Angus ribeye or the queso del rancho, topped with a trio of carefully-chosen critters. Hey, there’s no better way to tell if your romantic dinner is going well than if your date likes you enough to eat a creepy crawlie. Tastes like chicken?
We hope you’ve saved room for dessert, because Houston has a serious sweet tooth. If you prefer your sweets with a hole in the middle, dig into a freshly-baked (or are they fried?) doughnut at Christy's Donuts & Kolaches in Montrose, just a quick 5-minute ride from Stay Alfred on San Jacinto or Stay Alfred on Fannon. Trying to stay cool in Houston’s summer heat? Head to SweetCup Gelato & Sorbet, where you can chill out with a scoop of key lime pie sorbet or peppermint stracciatella gelato. Or maybe you want something a little more original. Fluff Bake Bar is known for their cupcakes, but not your normal cupcakes. Their take on a cupcake is, literally, a cake in a cup, with frosting, that you eat with a spoon. Move over, Ben & Jerry’s. This our new favorite Netflix snack. Pairs perfectly with the comfy couch in the living room for your Austin Stay Alfred.
Start your morning off right with the best Houston brunches
Are you the type of person who wakes up and needs breakfast RIGHT NOW? Or do you prefer a leisurely morning meal, maybe after a refreshing park stroll or a dip in the pool? Either way, Houston’s brunch scene is something to wake up for.
Some of our favorite morning meals include the decadent chicken and waffles at homestyle standby The Breakfast Klub, known for “rib-stickin” good Southern fare, and the chic Weights + Measures, where diners rave about their eggs benedict, french toast, avocado toast, and boozy beverages. Carboholics will dig the pastry and bread selection at Common Bond Café & Bakery, a Hyde Park gem where you actually watch bakers perfecting their craft. Or try a Mexican-style desayuno, complete with a margarita, at the Montrose brunch joint Hugo’s.
Looking for something a little better for your bod? Baba Yega Cafe in Montrose is just the place for you, with an impressive selection of vegan breakfast goodies in an charming, Instagram-worthy house. Still tempted to hit snooze? How about you make plans to dine among the sweet sounds of live jazz at Danton’s, where the ultimate, upscale Southern brunch of fresh oysters, seafood-topped eggs benedict, and classy mimosas awaits.
It’s five o’clock in Houston, and where are you? Here are our favorite Houston happy hours
Long day at the office? Or a long day of keeping the kids entertained? You know what? You earned that happy hour drink, whatever your day entailed. And happy hour in Houston is an event in and of itself. For a happy hour with an incredible number of beer choices, head to Midtown’s Holman Draft Hall, boasting over 100 beers on tap, several of which are only $3 during between 3:00 and 6:00pm on weekdays. If the sun is shining and a drink in the sun sounds swell, hop in a rideshare and go to Batanga, known for their massive outdoor patio, $5 sangria, and $2 tacos. Can’t get much better than that!
Maybe you’re a bit jet-lagged and need some liquid courage to acclimate to Central time; no worries, Night Heron in Montrose begins their weekday happy hour at 2:00pm, and early birds flock to their sunny deck for drink specials and addictive curry-dusted potatoes. And if snacks are what you’re after, join the seafood aficionados at Julep for happy hour deals on fresh oysters with a discounted glass of bubbles.
The party doesn’t stop when the sun sets with the hottest Houston nightlife
Space City definitely works hard, with Fortune 500 companies and top universities in town, so it’s only natural that Houstonians play hard too. From craft breweries to swanky wine bars to bass-heavy clubs, there’s no reason to slow down after dinner.
H-Town’s craft beer scene is thriving, with a few notable Downtown breweries, including 8th Wonder and Sigma Brewing. Outside of the CBD, head to Midtown’s Under The Radar Brewery for a variety of brews, board games, and Wednesday night trivia. Or, if you’re more drinking beer in a chill outdoor setting than staring at the behind-the-scenes machinery, try Axelrad Beer Garden, also in Midtown. And beer lovers can’t leave Houston without stopping by the mind-boggling variety of beers on tap at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.
Oenophiles will be pleased to know that Houston isn’t just a beer-drinker’s paradise; with bunch of new wine bars winding their way into the nightlife scene, there are plenty of opportunities to taste varietals from around the world without traveling very far. In fact, residents of Stay Alfred at The Star need only to walk a couple blocks to enjoy a glass of vino or something stronger at Public Services Wine & Whisky, a Theatre District favorite in a classic Beaux Arts building. Craving a concert and a bottle of malbec? Head to Ogun Art + Wine, where the sweet sounds of live music frequently serenade patrons.
Maybe a cocktail is more your style? The Pastry War, in the heart of the theatre district, is one of our favorite Houston bars and boasts an incredible selection of mezcals and tequilas for the ultimate Mexican-inspired tipple. Or, if the paparazzi are after you again, make a break for Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirits Lodge, if you can find it, that is. We’ll let you in on the secret, but don’t tell anyone else! Hidden on the second floor above an unmarked entryway, this is where you’ll find Houston’s best old fashioneds and Manhattans.
Take advantage of that Texas sunshine with the best things to do in Houston - outside
For a major city, Houston has an incredible amount of green space. In fact, many of Houston’s best parks are found downtown! One of our top Houston parks is Discovery Green, a lush park with a pond, dog run, and walking paths directly in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Another outdoorsy Downtown highlight, Sam Houston Park, features important city landmarks and historical sites, like St. John’s Church and several reconstructed homes, originally built in the mid-1800s. And on the north end of the Theatre District, Sesquicentennial Park is home to scenic trails and picturesque waterfalls on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou.
Just outside Downtown property, the huge Buffalo Bayou Park boasts over 120 acres of waterfront trails, trees, and skyline views. It’s also home to a resident bat colony, and while it may not be as famous as the bat colony in neighboring Austin, the Waugh Drive Bat Colony should be on your list of great sunset spots in Houston, as these flying mammals emerge at dusk.
South of Downtown, among the city’s Museum District, lies Hermann Park, a sprawling outdoor complex with dozens of attractions. In the center is the Houston Zoo, home to thousands of animals, and the Miller Outdoor Theatre, where live music, dance, and theatre performances enter crowds all summer long. This natural paradise also features an totally zen Japanese garden, a tranquil reflecting pool, and an old-style railroad that kids of all ages will love.
And, saving the biggest for last, the massive Memorial Park sits on the west side of Houston, home to over 1,500 acres of parkland and the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. If you only visit one park during your visit, make it this one - it’s absolutely stunning. Boasting a network of running trails, a golf course, and picnic areas that will have you searching for take-out places that deliver to the park, Memorial Park is the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful Texas day.
Learn something on your vacation at the fantastic Houston museums
So you’ve eaten heartily, and you’re ready to do a bit of walking. Or maybe you’re hungry for knowledge. Houston boasts a remarkable collection of museums, and over 7 million visitors enjoy the Museum District each year. Our top picks of the best museums in Houston include the Houston Museum of Natural Science, featuring a massive IMAX screen, giant dinosaur skeletons, and a planetarium (basically everything there is super-sized and super awesome).
The Museum of Fine Arts is another must-visit, with over 60,000 works on display from all over the world, including the world’s largest collection of African gold and a sprawling sculpture garden. And don’t miss the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, located right across the street, which has a fascinating museum store.
Eager to learn more about yourself? Pay a visit to The Health Museum, where you can experience the masterpiece that is the human body with hands-on exhibits. We recommend visiting this one after you’ve indulged in Houston’s fried snacks and sweet treats, otherwise you might never want to taste them...
Our top picks of the best museums in Houston include the Houston Museum of Natural Science, featuring a massive IMAX screen, giant dinosaur skeletons, and a planetarium (basically everything there is super-sized and super awesome).
Any arts enthusiasts here? Be sure to visit Houston’s Theatre District
While Houston’s sports teams and culinary chops might get all the glory, this city is also home to a spectacular arts scene, with plenty of local talent and world-renowned touring acts coming to town. On the north side of Downtown, Houston’s Theatre District is home to a plethora of playhouses and auditoriums showing performances ranging from comedy, symphony, drama, and opera. And Houstonians definitely enjoy the arts - the Theatre District holds the second-largest number of seats of any theatre district in the United States. Will theatre be a major part of your Houston visit? If so, you’ll find Stay Alfred at The Star is ideally located in close proximity to the Theatre District - within walking distance, in fact.
With two theatres and a beautiful, three-story lobby, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is Houston’s flagship venue. Inside its striking glass facade, patrons can attend visiting Broadway productions, concerts and musicals. Just two blocks away, the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts is home to Houston’s Symphony Orchestra and has been delighting concert-goers since 1966. This historic venue hosts over 250 events every year, and its dynamic seating configuration can hold between 2,900 and 2,300 people, thanks to 800 moveable hexagonal structures on the ceiling. The building is a work of art by itself!
Thespians can’t miss seeing a classic play at the legendary Alley Theatre, where Houston’s finest drama production come to life. The talented theatre company is literally award-winning, having snagged a Tony Award in 1996 for outstanding regional theatre. Across the street, the Wortham Theater hosts the Houston Opera and the Houston Grand Ballet in its soaring spaces. And for a more unique theatre experience, check out the free, open-air shows each summer at Theatre Under The Stars.
Looking for some live music? Revention Music Center features world-famous musicians and comedians, and the Houston Symphony offers a sophisticated program of classical concerts.
Indulge your inner astronaut at the NASA Space Center
As a kid, who didn’t want to be an astronaut when they grew up? While a select few actually make that dream a reality, anybody can pay a visit to Houston’s Johnson Space Center and become a spaceman or spacewoman - for the day, at least. Just 30 minutes by car from Downtown, this research facility and top Houston attraction has been operating since the 1960s. Its Mission Control Center was what Neil Armstrong referred to when he made those first steps on the moon and said, “Houston, we have a problem,” Although, if you visit the Space Center, you’ll learn that the famous quote didn’t use exactly those words, making it possibly the most famous misquote.
Space Center Houston is the visitor’s center associated with the Johnson Space Center, and as a visitor, that will be your first stop. Weekday visits will give you the most space to enjoy the exhibits, as the facility tends to get crowded on weekends and holidays. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes, since a lot of walking is required to get the full experience. So what is there to see and do at the Space Center?
If you’ve ever dreamed of flying in a spaceship, this is probably the closest you’ll ever get to that experience. In the Space Center’s Starship Gallery, you can admire the exact spacecraft that were used in various NASA missions, like the Gemini V and Apollo 17. If you have trouble wrapping your head around how these hunks of metal could possibly exit and re-enter our atmosphere, just remember that it is, indeed, rocket science. By the way, some of the world’s most powerful rockets are also on display, including the impressive Saturn V. Remember seeing video footage of the space shuttle? This is your chance to see the massive airplane that carried it into the sky, along with a totally realistic replica of the actual space shuttle. And no visit to the Space Center is complete without learning how astronauts eat, sleep, and use the toilet, all of which you can gain a complete understanding of after participating in the Living in Space exhibition. Let’s just say you’ll have a whole new appreciation for your plush bed and modern, private bathroom at your Stay Alfred in Austin.
Looking for a bit of retail therapy? Where to shop in Houston
If the summer humidity starts to get to you, do as many a Houstonian does: head to the mall and enjoy window shopping the comfort of some refreshing A/C. Houston is the most populated city in Texas, so it only makes sense that the biggest mall in Texas would be here too. Houston’s Galleria Mall is like a city under one roof, with dozens of restaurants, hundreds of stores, two hotels, a jogging track, and an ice-skating rink. The mall contains high-end shops like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Cartier, as well as department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom. This retail fix is only a 15-minute drive from any Stay Alfred in Houston.
It’s hard to top the Galleria, but if you’re seeking a bargain, you’ll want to check out one of the Houston metro’s outlet malls. To the north, visit Houston Premium Outlets, where you’ll find a brand-new Polo Ralph Lauren outlet, as well as popular brands like Burberry, Banana Republic, Nike, and Tory Burch. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a nice 30-minute drive through the Houston suburbs from any Austin Stay Alfred.. Or, about 30 minutes to the south, Houston’s Tanger Outlets, featuring outlets of brands like Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, Under Armour, and Michael Kors. And no need to worry about your purchases taking over your space - each Stay Alfred in Austin has a spacious floor plan, so there’s plenty of room for shopping bags.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including Houston sports games
Houston loves their sports as much as they love food, so don’t miss the chance to cheer for the home team during your visit. The Houston Astros, the local major-league baseball team, just celebrated a World Series win in 2017, so they’re definitely worth checking out. Their home field, Minute Maid Park, is conveniently located in Downtown Houston, just a 10-minute walk from Stay Alfred at the Star. Looking for a home-run of a pregame spot? Try 8th Wonder Brewery, just a few blocks away.
Or perhaps baseball is a bit too slow-moving for you, so you’re more into basketball, football, or soccer. Lucky for you, Houston has it all (except a National Hockey League team - sorry, hockey fans). Catch the Houston Rockets in their free throw-shooting, slam-dunking glory at the Toyota Center, an easy 10-minute walk from Stay Alfred on San Jacinto or Stay Alfred on Fannin. The Toyota Center arena is a Houston attraction in its own right, hosting wildly popular concerts like Elton John, Drake, and Shakira.
Football fans have two reasons to watch a Houston Texans game: first, to see the awesome Texans in action, and, second, to admire the NFL’s first field that has both a retractable roof and real grass. Talk about an iconic duo. The Texans’ NRG Stadium is in the southwest section of the city, about 10 minutes outside Downtown by car.
There’s something for the soccer fans in Houston too, with a relative new Major League Soccer franchise, the Houston Dynamo. Watch these cool kickers score some goals at the BBVA Compass Stadium, also in a prime Downtown location, just a 15-minute walk from Stay Alfred at The Star.
Find headline-worthy buzz at these annual Houston events
You know how time flies when you’re having fun? In Houston, time must go by at light-speed, because there are exciting annual events happening every month. Those brave New Years resolution folks start off the year strong at the Houston Marathon, which attracts over 20,000 participants each January. The question is, do they keep running after January?
After the runners speed through town, another type of outdoor event sets up shop at the end of February: the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This annual show is the largest rodeo in the world, stretching for nearly three weeks and - we’re not kidding - attracts over 2 million attendees. It’s become Houston’s equivalent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Kind of like a state fair on steroids, this event has livestock auctions, pig racing, barbecue, tractor rides, and all sorts of exciting rodeo action, not to mention a concert series that attracts some of the biggest names in music, like Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift.
Springtime brings the annual Tour de Houston cycling race and a couple notable arts events: the spring installment of the Bayou City Art Festival (there’s a fall version in October) and the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival.
Once the the summer heat cools down, the month of October is a busy one in Houston, with the popular Texas Renaissance Festival, the Wings Over Houston Air Show, and the city’s fall Art Festival. And in December, don’t miss the holiday spirit as H-Town gets decked out in twinkling lights and decorations before the annual college football bowl game just before the end of the year.
Entertaining the youngest travelers: What to do in Houston with kids
“Well, the nightlife sounds great, and I could really go for a happy hour drink, but I don’t think my kids would enjoy themselves as much as I would,” thinks many a Houston-bound parent or guardian of little ones. Have no fear, there are plenty of things to do in Houston with kids, and they’re all fun for adults too! In addition to letting them run wild in Houston’s sprawling city parks, there’s no better way to tire out your tiny travelers than spending the day at a zoo, aquarium, or children’s museum. Lucky for you (and the kiddos), Houston has all three.
For a day filled with zoological fun, head to the Houston Zoo, located in the center of expansive Hermann Park. This 55-acre park is home to over 6,000 animals, including elephants, chimpanzees, white rhinoceros, a rescued sea turtle, and a giant octopus. The McNair Asian Elephant Habitat is a new, custom-designed enclosure for the zoo’s herd of Asian elephants, complete with a boardwalk that allows visitors to admire these gentle giants from a close distance. You’ll also get to see them splash around in their massive, 160,000-gallon pool. The Houston Zoo is in the Museum District, making it a great complement to a visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science or the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Speaking of the Museum District, just steps from The Health Museum, you’ll find the Children’s Museum of Houston, an iconic, yellow-columned haven of kid-friendly entertainment and education. Kids will love learning about physics, history, plants, and more through hands-on exhibits and presentations. After working up an appetite, walk down the street to Dak & Bop for some yummy fried chicken.
Little learners will also be enthralled by the wonders of underwater life at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium. With 500,000 gallons of tanks holding over 200 species of swimming critters, this air-conditioned complex is a great place to spend a day. The aquarium features a variety of exhibits, like the Discovery Rig, with sea horses and puffer fish, and the Shipwreck, a sunken Spanish ship that is now home to eels, clownfish (like Nemo!), and octopi. Brave young aquanauts can also feed stingrays at Stingray Reef for a truly memorable animal encounter.
Wondering where to stay in Houston? Stay Alfred in Houston offers the best Houston travel apartments
Here in the Bayou City, we’re proud to have three ideally-located home bases in the heart of Downtown: Stay Alfred on Fannin, Stay Alfred on San Jacinto, and Stay Alfred at 1711 Caroline. If your idea of a great place to stay includes privacy, plenty of space, and tons of awesome amenities, you’ll feel right at home in a Stay Alfred in Houston. Like, you’ll feel like you’re at home, since our apartments feature upscale furnishings, in-unit washers and dryers, full kitchens, and lightning-fast WiFi.
In a luxurious building complete with a heated outdoor pool, a spectacular 9th floor deck with #views of the surrounding city, a movie room with theater-style seating (just remember to BYO popcorn), and a state-of-the-art fitness center, Stay Alfred on Fannin is the perfect executive accommodation for the busy business traveler or family residence for the jet-setting clan. With a 24-hour business center, a conference room, and a full-sized basketball court (maybe you’ll be inspired after watching a Rockets game), there’s plenty to do indoors when Houston’s summer humidity just doesn’t make you want to walk around outside. Each stylishly-decorated unit includes a full kitchen with high-end appliances and granite countertops, a bathroom with a shower/tub combo and flattering lighting, and, of course, A/C and heat to keep you comfy all year.
Just down the street, Stay Alfred on San Jacinto also has a prime downtown location, within walking distance to the Toyota Center and the Downtown TC light rail station. There’s no reason to settle for a cheap Houston hotel when you can spread out and live it up in a Houston travel apartment of your very own, and Stay Alfred on San Jacinto is the perfect place to do so. In a swanky building with a gorgeous rooftop pool, a modern gym and yoga studio, and a hydro massage station (yep, a massage station), this chic apartment is the ultimate home away from home. Every Stay Alfred on San Jacinto boasts floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal city views, a chef-approved kitchen with quartz countertops, and a large TV for optimal binge-watching.
Also located downtown in the Central Business District, quite close to Stay Alfreds Fannin and San Jacinto, Stay Alfred at 1711 Caroline is ready to spoil you with a great location, stellar amenities and stylish interior design. Done for the day exploring the CBD's many attractions, and in the mood for enjoying some time hanging out at the building? An outdoor pool with a tanning deck is waiting to help you beat the Houston heat between chapters of a summer novel, and there’s even an outdoor kitchen if you’d like to grill up a feast for your friends or family. Care to enjoy some sweeping city views? Head up the rooftop deck, where you’ll find ample seating so you can relax while you take it all in. The building also features an up-to-date 24/7 fitness center to keep the endorphins flowing, a business center, and a community room where you can best your friends at billiards or shuffleboard. The building is a newer build, too – so the travel apartments are modern: think stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, 10-foot ceilings, satin nickel finishes and custom wood cabinets.
Besides our well-appointed accommodations, every Stay Alfred comes with an all-access pass to our stellar customer care team. Any time of day or night, just give us a ring or send us a note, and we’re more than happy to help out. We’ll give you your space, but when you need something or have a question, we’re just a phone call away. After all, we want you to spend your time actually enjoying Houston, not listening to annoying hold music or sending emails into an abyss in cyberspace. Our friendly team is 100% there for you, whenever you need us.
So, where will you start your Houston adventure? With so many exciting things to do in Houston, great restaurants, and fascinating attractions, it’s no wonder this city has earned the nickname “Energy Capital of the World.” But we don’t think that Energy is just referring to electricity; Houston has a vibrant, dynamic atmosphere that makes it a truly world-class city, and definitely a great one to visit. And when you come to town, stay at our world-class vacations at Stay Alfred on San Jacinto, Stay Alfred at 1711 Caroline or on Stay Alfred on Fannin.