A few Houston hotels stand out, but the vast majority of sleeping spots are generic chains. Generally the further out you get, the cheaper the motel. However, this may entail spending your nights near the roar of the interstate, with long drives into town.

Accommodation-sharing and vacation-rental sites offer the best options if you want to stay close to action and avoid always having to drive – and park – your car. Stay downtown and you'll be walking distance to the Theater District, Market Sq or the light rail. Around the I-59 corridor between downtown and the Galleria, in Midtown, Montrose and the Museum District, you're well located for museums, shops and restaurants.

Airport

There are a huge number of chain motels and hotels at all price points within a courtesy shuttle ride of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Downtown

Conversions of older office buildings into boutique hotels (and residential apartments and lofts) are all the rage and are giving downtown Houston actual streetlife.

Midtown, Montrose & Museum District

These are Houston's most appealing areas with tree-lined streets, tons of attractions and plenty of nightlife.

Galleria

Options off I-610 near the Galleria tend to be pricier. Traffic getting from here to the Midtown area can be intense.

Houston Heights

There are older genteel neighborhoods here near popular eateries and cafes.