Area & Lodging

CONFERENCE VICINITY

The Hilton Americas-Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center are located on the east side of downtown. They overlook Discovery Green, a small, activity-filled park that frequently hosts concerts, exhibits, and outdoor films. For more information about Discovery Green, see our outdoor recreation page.

Hilton Americas-Houston from Discovery Green

Hilton Americas-Houston from Discovery Green

Parking Deck

Parking Deck South of the Hilton Americas and the George R. Brown Convention Center

An eight-story parking garage immediately south of the Hilton Americas-Houston connects to both conference buildings. Self parking for the garage per 24 hours is $22.00 plus tax. Valet parking per 24 hours is $34.00 plus tax. Not including tax, self-parking rates by the minute or hour are $6.00 for 30 min. – 1 hour, $14.00 for 2 – 6 hours, and $22.00 for 6+ hours. Please note that most 4 Cs events will be held in the Hilton Americas-Houston.

 

 

Inside of the Hilton Americas East Entrance

Inside the East Entrance of the Hilton Americas

 

The Hilton Americas-Houston staff recommends that large groups gather and exit the building on the east side, along Avenida de las Americas.

 

 

 

 

A  gourmet market and eatery a short walk from the Hilton Americas-Houston is Phoenicia Specialty Foods, at 1001 Austin St., 832-360-2222. Conference goers in the area have praised its sandwiches and healthy grocery options.

Outside of Phoenicia Foods

Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Austin St.

Food/dining in the Hilton Americas-Houston itself is available at 1600 Bar + Grill (which has vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options), the Lobby Bar, Pappasito’s Cantina, and Starbucks. Click here for days/hours of operation and related details.

Another Starbucks is located on level two of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Two blocks northwest of the Hilton Americas-Houston is The Shops at Houston Center, which has restaurants and a food court.

The Shops at Houston Center

The Shops at Houston Center

Most of the skyscraper development in downtown Houston follows a north-south path along Smith, Louisiana, Milam, Travis, and Main Streets, and, to a lesser extent, an east-west path along McKinney and Lamar Streets. Below, the Hilton Americas-Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center are marked by the red pins.

Downtown Houston Colored Light Blue

Downtown Houston Shaded Light Blue

Downtown Taxis: A $6.00 taxi ride (not including tip) will take you anywhere downtown–the area bounded by I-45, I-10, and US 59–through the Six in the City deal. Look for any of the 21 designated cab stands or find one of the 30 cab-hailing stands downtown. This deal applies day or night, with a single rider or multiple riders, and for any cab company. However, the deal applies only to hailed cabs. Also, rates increase if you leave downtown and/or if you have multiple drop-off locations.

Skyline from East

Downtown Houston from the East

Conference attendees seeking alternatives to the Hilton Americas-Houston can find many options. Although we cannot guarantee the availability, safety, or quality of the hotels below, we share in the hope of assisting you with your own exploration.

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OTHER HOTELS DOWNTOWN

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HOTELS NEAR A METRORAIL (LIGHT-RAIL) STATION

Light Rail on Main St. Downtown

METRORail on Main St. Downtown

Visitors seeking hotels or motels that are within walking distance of a Houston METRORail station and that may be cheaper than most downtown hotels should explore the options below. Although we cannot guarantee the availability, safety, or quality of the institutions below, we share in the hope of assisting you with your own exploration. Note: METRORail tickets cost $1.25 and may be purchased at a kiosk at any METRORail station. For transit maps and schedules, visit METRO’s website.

  • Scott Inn & Suites (1.7 mi. from the Hilton Americas-Houston), 1933 Scott St., 713-222-1808: to go downtown on the METRORail from this location, walk north along Scott Street until you get to the Leeland Third Ward (northbound) METRORail Station, on Scott and between Leeland and Bell Streets.
  • Best Western Plaza Hotel & Suites at Medical Center (4.9 mi. from the Hilton Americas-Houston), 6700 Main St., 713-522-2811: to go downtown on the METRORail from this location, walk north along Main St. to Dryden Rd. Turn right onto Dryden and proceed to Fannin St. Take the METRORail northbound at the Dryden/TMC METRORail Station.
  • Wyndham Houston – Medical Center Hotel and Suites (5.2 mi. from the Hilton Americas-Houston): 6800 Main St., 713-528-7744: to go downtown on the METRORail from this location, walk north along Main St. to Dryden Rd. Turn right onto Dryden and proceed to Fannin St. Take the METRORail northbound at the Dryden/TMC METRORail Station.
  • Courtyard Houston Medical Center (5.6 mi. from the Hilton Americas-Houston), 7702 Main St., 713-668-4500: to go downtown on the METRORail from this location, walk northbound on Main St. until you get to S. Braeswood Blvd. Turn right and proceed (east) on S. Braeswood Blvd. until you reach Greenbriar Dr. Turn right onto Greenbriar. Take the METRORail northbound at the Smith Lands METRORail Station.
  • SpringHill Suites Houston Medical Center/NRG Park (6 mi. from the Hilton Americas-Houston), 1400 Old Spanish Trail, 713-796-1000: to go downtown on the METRORail from this location, walk east on Old Spanish Trail and turn left onto Greenbriar Dr. Take the METRORail northbound at the Smith Lands METRORail Station.
  • Econo Lodge Near NRG Park (6.2 mi. from the Hilton Americas-Houston), 7905 Main St., 713-667-8200: to go downtown on the METRORail from this location, proceed south on Kirby Dr. until you get to Old Spanish Trail. Turn left (i.e., east) on Old Spanish Trail and proceed until you reach Greenbriar Dr. Turn left onto Greenbriar and you will soon see the Smith Lands METRORail Station. Take a northbound train. Note: It is a 15-minute walk from this Econo Lodge to the Smith Lands METRORail Station.

Special thanks to Paul Butler, Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston, for providing some of the information on this page!

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