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Downtown and the Uptown/Galleria area have most of the city's luxury hotels. Both are great locations for getting to know the city. Recently, so many hotels have been built downtown that there is an oversupply of rooms. Rates have fallen considerably and deals and packages are available. Houston is a business-driven city, so discounted weekend rates are quite common. Some of the fancy hotels that cater to business travelers discount a lot more than the medium-range hotels, so for just a few extra dollars you can get a much better room and location. In choosing a hotel, don't forget to give some thought about where you'll be spending your time in Houston.

The hotel listings that follow include the normal rates for double occupancy. Rates will go higher for the rodeo in February and during large conventions. You should use this as a basis for comparison and not think of these prices as etched in stone. Always ask about promotional rates. There is a 17% hotel tax, which is not included in the rates shown here and is rarely included in hotel price quotes.

Family-Friendly Hotels

Doubletree Guest Suites -- The two-bedroom suites here are a good value, and the full kitchens and dining areas give guests flexibility with such things as breakfast and snacks and buying takeout.

Omni Houston Hotel -- With its Omni Kids Program, this hotel makes a special effort to keep smaller children amused. Kids receive a packet of goodies at check-in, and parents can even request a small, pretend suitcase that holds more games and such. As part of the program, the concierge can organize activities and trips for children to such places as the zoo.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.