Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

1700 Smith Street, Houston, Texas, 77002, United States
Crowne Plaza Houston Downtown
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Satisfaction Very Good
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 41% more than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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Good For Couples
  • Families83
  • Couples85
  • Solo84
  • Business70

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Cheap Hotel

by moemoradi

I am coming from Toronto and want to stay in Houston for a while,So where can I find cheap accommodation(in West side) maybe for a couple of month? As far as I have searched through internet the Min. rate is 35$ per night.Can I find cheaper?


Re: Cheap Hotel

by mccalpin

I can't imagine wanting to stay in a hotel that costs less the $35/night.

Hmmmn, I know nothing about this place - - but as a hostel, it may be cheaper...also note that the location is "on the west side" in not a bad area...but "West side" is a huge area...will you have a car?


Re: Cheap Hotel


I would really caution you about a hotel so inexpensive. Even 35 GBP is very little for Houston area. Houston is not as expensive as other large US cities such as (NYC, DC, Chicago), although it can be in certain areas, that is still on the very very very low end. Just be careful.

Re: Cheap Hotel

by gespaper

I'd be frightened by a hotel that I could get for $35/night! I live just West of Houston and there is an extended stay hotel called ValuePlace I drive by on the Katy Freeway. Their sign claims rates are around $200/week (i'm guessing it is a sparse room and taxes/fees probabaly add to that amount. Keep in mind that anywhere you stay will be "out of the way" (Houston is one big sprawl) so a car rental also needs to be part of your budget....

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Just like any big city, the further out you go, the more reasonable rates become. Towards Katy and all areas outside Houston, there are probably a selection of hotels which cater to the construction industry and the like. Those can absolutely be had in that range, but in the downtown area, beware.

Travel Tips for Houston

The Texas Renaisssance Festival 1

by MarvintheMartian

A very bizarre event!

Hopefully the pictures will give you an idea of what's going on.

The event has taken place since 1974 over 4 or 5 weekends in October and possibly November.

Before arriving I though it would be a day out of "16th centruy Olde English charm", and there is a bit of that, although there's alsorts of other cultures represented as well.

My friends and I summed it up as "harry potter meets lord of the rings".

Some of the visitors also get very enthusiastic with their outfits for the day - there were some very dodgy people in strange leather costums. You really don't know where to look!! Jousting was very well done and the acting was very amusing!!

This picture was from the King and Queen's Welcome!

Check out this website:

Armand Bayou Nature Center, Clear Lake area

by XenoHumph

This is a preserved bayou (= river/wet land in Southern US english) in the Clear Lake area (SE Houston, near NASA-Johnson Space Center). It is ideal to get an idea of what the area looked lke before Houston existed. It has several loop trails, each passing a different natural environment: wet-land, coastal forest, prairie. To observe birds and alligators, the best is to rent a canoe and paddle the many water ways. The center also organizes early morning canoe trips to watch the wild life ($20, reservation necessary).
if you do not want to pay the $3 to enter the Nature Center, you can always go to Bay Area Park just West of it, where they have a nice pier with a great view on the bayou.

Address: 8500 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77507
From Houston, take I-45 South, take exit 26 at Bay Area Boulevard, go east 7 miles just past Bay Area Park.

Transportation Airport to City

by XenoHumph

Car rental. I strongly recommand that you rent a car in Houston. There is no common transportation, and the city is huge. You need a car to go everywhere. All the main rental car agencies are available at Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports. Go to for details.

Taxi. Here are the rates (September 2003) depending where you go from Bush Intercontinental:
North Houston, 610 North $33.50
Downtown/CBD $37.50
Galleria, Greenway Plaza, Medical Center, Memorial, River Oaks $43.50
Astrodome/Reliant Park $47.00
Hobby Airport $51.50
West Memorial, Bear Creek $57.50
Ellington Field, Westside $62.50
NASA, Space Center, Southern suburbs of Houston $73.50

Express Bus Shuttle Here are the rates per person (September 2003) depending where you go from Bush Intercontinental:
Astrodome/Reliant Park $20
Downtown $19
Galleria $20
Greenway Plaza $20
Medical Center $20
Westside Hotels $24
Hobby Airport $20
Children's Fare (5-12 years) $6

Limousine Here are the rates (September 2003) depending where you go from Bush Intercontinental:
Galveston, Texas City, League City, LaMarque, Hitchcock $30
NASA, Clear Lake, Webster, Ellington Field $25
Pelican Island $30

Regular Bus Line 102 departs from South of Terminal C at Bush Intercontinental.

Excellent French/American, all in red! (Montrose)

by XenoHumph about Rouge

Rouge is a recently opened restaurant in the Montrose area. As its name indicates, the decor is all in red (bordeaux). The service and food are excellent for the price. The presentations of the dishes are very original and nice, and the portions sizes very reasonable (not too big like in most American restaurants!). Can be a very romantic restaurant especially in the small room upstairs. The food is a cross between French (with a tinge of North African) and American. They change the menu regularly and experiment. Count $150 for 2 persons with wine. We loved the lamb and the rabbit dishes!


by agapotravel

The Ferrari F430 was set up like a race car. It was AWESOME!!! When my husband pressed the gas, it took off like a rocket! But, it slowed down immediately when you pressed the brake. We can't decide which one we liked the best....Ferrari or Lamborghini!!


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Address: 1700 Smith Street, Houston, Texas, 77002, United States