It may be the oldest running hotel in the city, but the Sam Houston has a luxury boutique vibe that defies its age. The historic downtown treasure opened in 1924 and closed in 1973, then reopened in 2002 as the Alden Houston and earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It recently underwent a locally inspired renovation and returned to its original name, which pays tribute to the city’s namesake—the man who helped Texas gain its independence and statehood. The hotel is also a new addition to Curio, a collection of unique independent hotels by Hilton, so members of the guest loyalty program can earn HHonors rewards.
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In the midst of towering office buildings and busy city streets, the red brick hotel is a quick walk to the heart of the Theater District and live entertainment at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Jones Hall, and the Bayou Music Center. The Downtown Aquarium and Sundance Cinemas, which reserve seats for all the latest movies and serve cocktails during showings, are also in close proximity to the hotel.
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Rooms: 100 deluxe guest rooms, including 9 suites. From $159-$299. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The Sam’s sleek farm-to-table restaurant, *17, is named after Houston’s original 17 railroads of the early 1900s. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the hotel’s first floor and is known for regional dishes with a twist—like local honey lacquer chicken and (the very popular) Texas plantain crab cakes. Private dining space is also available. The cozy Sam Bar across the hall serves shareable dishes, cognacs, single malt scotches, and bourbons, against a backdrop of televised games, history, and objects from the hotel’s past. Spa and gym details:While there isn’t a spa, the fitness room is open 24 hours.
Who's it for: Luxury travelers and history buffs. Our favorite rooms: Request one of the hotel’s corner suites with sweeping skyline views and a private parlor with a sofa, leather chairs, and two 40-inch LED televisions. Good to know:The hotel has a best-price guarantee, and will give you $50 back if you find a lower rate.