Hip Rental Apartments in Houston You'll Want to Call Home

Houston is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists as well as business travelers
Houston is fast becoming a popular destination for tourists as well as business travelers | © ERojas / Alamy Stock Photo
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16 January 2021

Houston, Texas, is evolving rapidly, and attracting an entirely new breed of tourists and business travelers. No longer simply an oil hub, it’s now one of the business capitals of the US, and growing into something of a juggernaut of Texan culture. As such, there are increasingly varied hotel options, which have extended into the realm of aparthotels. Major chains and independents have worked to carve out their corner of this niche, and we’re here to help you separate the best from the rest.

Sonesta ES Suites Houston Galleria

Apartment, Budget Hotel
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The Galleria is the largest and most popular shopping mall in Houston, as well as being a gateway to many of the biggest tourist attractions in the city, including Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park. The Sonesta provides easy access to these and a relaxing space to return to afterwards, with a heated outdoor pool/lounge area, barbecue grill and a business center. The apartments have kitchenettes with tableware and cookware. There’s a complimentary breakfast too so guests don’t have to be entirely separated from the usual vacation perks.

The Post Oak Hotel Residences

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An adjunct to the larger Post Oak complex, the Residences echo the classy approach of the main hotel, with 20 suites towering over downtown Houston and gleaming with a gray and silver color scheme. This really is the best option for aparthotel fans who want to luxuriate as much as possible, with walk-in closets, five-fixture bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows. As if that’s not enough, guests also have access to a spa, salon, and eight restaurants. There’s even a bookable Rolls-Royce should they want to cruise between Houston attractions in style.

Kasa Houston Midwest Apartments

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This is one of two desirable Kasa establishments in Houston, located uptown close to Piney Point Gully. The rooms are characterized by spacious kitchen areas (with an island), floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and huge plasma TVs with Netflix primed and ready. There’s an outdoor pool with adjacent lounge area; an indoor lounge with a pool table and a kids’ play area; plus a barbecue area with gas grills. Of particular note are the beds, all of which have memory-foam mattresses to ensure a great night’s rest after a long day of exploring.

Sonder – The Hogg Palace

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Sonder is a German term meaning special, or different. This is a fitting name for the disruptive chain of aparthotels, as they’ve sought to convert desirable real estate into living space in which guests can really make themselves at home. The Hogg Palace sits within a huge warehouse conversion in the Theatre District, with all-encompassing apartments with living rooms, kitchens, dining areas and in-suite laundry, all with a showroom sheen. Smart TVs offer streaming services, artisan coffee is readily available and there’s a 24-hour fitness center and a flexible working space.

Locale Houston Uptown

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Exposed brick, double sinks, feature walls, geometric sculptures, tropical house plants. If any of these piqued your attention, Locale Houston Uptown is a safe bet for an enjoyable stay. The hypermodern apartments feature all this and more, providing an ideal basecamp for those wishing to dive into the premier shopping and entertainment district of Houston. Aside from the aforementioned, other points of pride include super high-speed internet, big outdoor lounge and mosaic pool/hot tub area. Add to this amazing views over the skyline and you’re on to a winner.

Lodgeur at Mid Main Lofts

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Each of the 12 apartments at the Lodgeur is individually decorated, so repeat visitors will always get a different experience. What’s universal is space and comfort, with wraparound balconies, flexible workspaces and big kitchens. The pool is built into a lounge area with artificial grass, which borders a courtyard with gas grills. The fitness center includes yoga sessions and a CrossFit studio, and the indoor lounges (of which there are several) feature pool tables, classic arcade games and fireplaces. All of this within minutes of Hermann Park and Discovery Green.

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  • Kasa Houston Museum District

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    As the name suggests, this Kasa block resides within reach of the Houston museums, most notably the Museum of Natural Science. Prime location aside, this is a great option for any visitors who value space and breathing room. The pool is in a huge courtyard and all the apartments have spacious balconies overlooking the city, a perfect place to drink a coffee made using one of the high-end coffee-makers in the kitchen. The courtyard also includes a fire pit, which is perfect for an evening wind-down, and the lounge area features a pool table for added fun. The gym is also massive, with a huge variety of weights and machines.

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Galleria

    Apartment, Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
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    It comes as no surprise that Hilton are keen to get in on the aparthotel game, and their Houston Galleria iteration is no slouch. Well positioned for uptown exploration, the apartment block offers state-of-the-art kitchen units, cozy dining areas and warmly accented furniture. Other on-site features include an indoor pool, snack shop and honesty bar, plus a substantial breakfast buffet in the morning.

    Dominion Post Oak

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    Sitting across the street from The Galleria, the Dominion is a high-rise paradise. Each apartment has a distinct personality, steered by the hand of a stellar team of interior decorators. They feature walk-in closets, oval soaking tubs, floating kitchen islands and gleaming granite counters. As to the complex itself, there’s a luxurious lounge area with candles and original artwork, a terrace with outdoor pool and a second with Bedouin tent-style enclosed booths. The Dominion is also pet friendly, with pet care and walking services available on request.

    Residence Inn Houston Downtown

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    Like Hilton, Marriott have thrown their gilded hat into the aparthotel ring. Bordering Minute Maid Park, this is a cozy, affordable pet-friendly addition to this list. Other advantages include a grocery delivery service, delivery from nearby restaurants and even a beauty shop. The apartments are handsomely decorated with contemporary art, soft colors and wooden cabinets, all adding to the homey feel which is pleasantly distinct from the shiny hyper-modern approach of other aparthotels in the city. There is, of course, an on-site fitness center and a gorgeous lounge with a big fireplace.
    These recommendations were updated on January 16, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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