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Although you have limited choices when it comes to hostels in Houston, it is the largest city in Texas, Houston is home to about 2.3 million people in the city area and almost 6 million in the whole metropolitan, making it the fourth largest city in all of USA. Houston is particularly known for it's Space Center ("Houston, we have a problem"), and it's museums. The city was founded in 1837.
The city is served by it's own airport and bus / train operators (Amtrak for one). When moving inside the city, bear in mind that Houston covers a massive land area, and you need to utilize some kind of transport to get to and from your Houston hostel, be it public (which is just the city Metro) or your own car / rental. Having your own transport is a great advantage in Houston (and in USA generally), so you should seriously consider it, especially if you're not traveling alone which makes it great value too.
Houston hostels are mainly concentrated on the main city area. The rooms are generally good value and the hostel staff can be of great help when arranging your daily activities.
The main thing to do in Houston is of course the Space Center. Situated in Clear Lake, the place is great fun and you should spare at least half a day to explore all the activities they offer. There are also plenty of museums in Houston (Museum of Fine Arts, Childrens' Museum, the Houston Holocaust Museum and so forth).
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Houston International Hostel
"Located in the Museum District of Houston, Houston International Hostel is within walking distance to all the major museums in town. A few blocks away are the Houston Holocaust Museum, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Children's Museum, and many many more. It's only a fifteen-minute ride by public transportation to Downtown Houston and its many attractions. Getting from the Hostel to the Galleria shopping center is not too far...
Space Pod Houston
"Really nice! - Ms Gaston was wonderful. She and I ended up talking for quite a while. Carroll's house is in a busy neighborhood and is located on a corner lot. The house is about 30 years old with a spacious bathroom. Breakfast was good. A little trek by car to downtown was a piece of cake. They also said the bus station was within walking distance. Ms Gaston also has a nice artistic flair. I enjoyed my stay with her." … "Carroll at...
HI - Houston - Morty Rich Hostel
"HI - Houston - Morty Rich Hostel is a beautifully converted, old-style Houston home, completed in late 2011. There is free breakfast every morning of cereal and biscuits with tea and coffee. There is also a once-a-week dinner available for a small fee. There is also free luggage storage all day. The Location The hostel is located about fifteen minutes from downtown Houston by bus, which is where all of the museums, theatres, and...
Friends Cottage Boarding House
"… - Travelers Who Are Not High-Maintenance Should Appreciate It Here: 'It was a serene and provocatively fulfilling experience staying at this simple house of ideas nestled in a world of fantastic unsuspecting adventure - expect ideological change and philosophical banter, exploring new worlds and expanding our thought-hearts.' --Brad Landry CHECK-IN: Please Email Us Your ETA (estimated time arrival) So That We Can Prepare For Your...
Carefree Inn Houston Medical Center
"… guests at the center of attention in one of the world's largest and most well known Medical Centers. We are the best kept secret in Houston Texas, with unparalleled service to grant your every whim! Feeling of Houston, Feeling of Texas, Feeling of Home! - Carefree Inn Houston Medical Center Please Note: Tax not included in rates shown and will be added to the balance upon arrival (17%) Check In Time: 2pm Check Out...
Houston Travel Tips & Suggestions
For a short stay, it's got plenty to keep you occupied -- NASA, Museum District, shops at Galleria and Westheimer should keep anyone occupied. I stayed for three nights -- probably exactly the right amount.
Check out the Beer Can House, a home covered on the outside with decorative beer cans near Memorial Park; La Carafe bar on Market Square downtown; the student pub at Rice University known as Valhalla; El Pueblito restaurant on Richmond near Mandell; and these trendy coffeehouses: Diedrichs on Westheimer and on Montrose, Cafe Artise at West Main and Mandell, Cafe Brasil at Westheimer and Dunlavy, and Agora Cafe on Westheimer just west of Dunlavy.
Kemah is cool, but try taking the ferry from Galveston to Bolivar Island. The beaches are quieter and you can see dolphins sometimes on the ride over.
Be sure to visit Kemah -- off Highway 146 midway between Galveston and Houston -- for great on-the-water dining and peoplewatching. If you love boating, you'll love the parade of boats of all kinds heading out into the bay.
— Isaac Little
Be prepared to have your deodorant handy! Walking around Houston in the summer is like being in a steamroom. I've never perspired so much in my entire life!
Definitely go to the Space Center. Eat at Butera's in the museum district. The aquarium has amazing atmosphere - and a great restaurant, but I've seen better fish.
I think Houston is a great city. It may not be the most exciting place to visit, but hell that doesn't matter. It's one of the greatest cities in the world.
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