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Hotels in Houston Convention District near George R. Brown Convention Center

George R. Brown Convention Center Introduction

Since 1987, the George R. Brown Convention Center has been the area’s leading venue for arts and entertainment. Named for the noted philanthropist and engineer behind Brown & Root, the convention center measures 1,900,000 square feet and is used for everything from college and high school graduations to trade shows. Anchoring the Avenida Houston campus, the convention center faces Discovery Green, an urban park across Avenida de las Americas, a pedestrian-friendly promenade lined with bars and restaurants. Other attractions include an area devoted to special events known as The Wharf, and a space featuring interactive artwork.

Hotels near George R. Brown Convention Center

The convention center is connected to the Marriott Marquis and the Hilton Americas-Houston, both via skybridge. In addition, there are several 3- and 4-star properties nearby, all featuring amenities like fitness centers, restaurants, and free Wi-Fi. There are some 5-star hotels nearby, too, with upscale offerings like posh bars and spas. The best time to visit the city is between February and April, when temperatures are pleasant. Rates aren't cheap, so it’s best to book in advance. Summer is extremely hot in Houston, and thunderstorms are common. If you don’t mind cold weather, winter offers lower temperatures and discounted rates.

Where to stay near George R. Brown Convention Center

The convention center is a 6-minute walk from the heart of downtown Houston. Though a core business hub, the city also offers many family-friendly activities, including large parks, brunch options, theaters, and art galleries. Chinatown is about 15 miles west of the venue, and it comprises over 6 square miles of retail and residential space. Midtown Houston is a trendy district that appeals to younger groups. It features hip restaurants, small boutiques, and more than 20 art galleries. It’s also packed with vibrant nightlife options, dance clubs, and live music venues.

Things to see near George R. Brown Convention Center

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is just over 3 miles from the convention center. There are several family-friendly features inside, including a dinosaur hall, an IMAX theater, and a butterfly house. About 5 miles from the museum is Downtown Aquarium-Houston, a vast 6-acre complex that combines undersea exhibits and aquatic life with restaurants, bars, shops, and other amusements. The 250,000-square-foot Space Center Houston is about an hour’s drive from the venue. Millions of visitors come to the center annually to view its educational exhibits that delve into space travel through the years.

How to get to George R. Brown Convention Center

The city’s METRORail Green and Purple lines run through the Convention District, with stops around the corner from the convention center. Downtown hotels are approximately a mile from the venue, and can average about 15 minutes by foot. There are taxis throughout the city, and ride-sharing services are also available. Note that some hotels may offer complimentary shuttle service directly to the convention center. There are 2 airports nearby: William P. Lobby Airport is 10 miles from the venue, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport is 21 miles away. Both offer options such as shuttle service, rental cars, and courtesy vans.