Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
Convenience reigns at this hotel just across from the world's largest medical center.
This hotel has a ready-made clientele: visiting family, researchers and medical personnel needing access to the Texas Medical Center. The hotel overlooks the center, which is the largest medical facility in the world. Rice University and the pedestrian-friendly Rice Village shopping area also are nearby, along with the Houston Museum District. There is complimentary shuttle service to the Medical Center and Rice University. The lobby is surprisingly hip and upbeat, with parquet floors and colorful accents. Live plants add a cozy touch to each guest room, with amenities such as a mini-bar, coffee maker, wet bar and refrigerator. Guests can dine at the Garden Court restaurant serving both seared Texas porterhouse steaks and heart-healthy options. Business travelers appreciate the three telephones, as well as data ports and voice mail. Those intending to stay awhile should check out the reasonably priced, 720-square-foot suites (suites dominate the room selection). The 7,500 square feet of meeting space can accommodate up to 750 guests.