The Most Budget-Friendly Hotels in Houston

Budget options can even be found in the heart of the trendy downtown district
Budget options can even be found in the heart of the trendy downtown district | Courtesy of Club Quarters Hotel Houston / Expedia
Callum Davies

Houston, Texas, is becoming more and more desirable as a city break destination, and thankfully you don’t have to smash the piggy bank open to enjoy it. Whether you want to make the most of the Galleria shopping mall or the Bayou City Art Festival, here are our picks for the best cheap hotels in Space City.

1. Hotel Derek

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An outdoor pool area at the Hotel Derek, with colourful cushioned sofas
Courtesy of Hotel Derek / Expedia

Hotel Derek is easily spotted, a glass skyscraper gleaming in the uptown skyline, while inside the sense of class and polish is evident everywhere. The decor pays tribute to the oil-soaked history of Houston, and works by local artists are on display throughout. The rooms are minimalist but comfortable, offering tremendous views over the uptown district. There’s a small outdoor pool, a relaxed restaurant with a globe-touring menu and, on certain nights, you can watch films in the pool area.

2. Hyatt Place Houston North

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A bright and stylish seating area at the Hyatt Place Houston North, with sofas, tables and chairs
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A short distance from the Greenspoint Mall, the Hyatt Place is a spacious hotel in the business district, but that doesn’t mean it’s charmless. The airy rooms have a muted color scheme with charging ports and large flat-screens with DVD players. There’s also a fitness center and outdoor pool. The restaurant serves tacos, burgers and other staple items and the bar has a varied wine selection. There’s also a cafe which is active throughout the day.

3. Aloft Houston Katy

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A modern and arty seating area at the Aloft Houston Katy, with stylish sofas, tables and chairs
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Aloft hotels bring boutique style and comfort into a more cost-effective setting. There are two in Houston, and the Katy edition sits just yards from the eponymous boardwalk, where you’ll find seemingly endless shops and restaurants. Like the surroundings, the hotel is modern, with sleek furniture and naked bulbs in the common areas. The rooms have a similar design, with cubist chairs and tables, strong primary colors and big wall-mounted TVs. Downstairs the Re:mix lounge offers lit booths with velvet lining and blue pool tables, and the WXYZ bar offers signature cocktails.

5. Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Energy Corridor/Katy Freeway

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A stylish seating area at Fairfield Inn & Suites Houston Energy Corridor/ Katy Freeway, with a fireplace, sofa and chairs
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Fairfield is a subgenre of Marriott, with economy pricing while retaining signature charm. As the name suggests, this one sits right in the middle of the Energy Corridor – the business district of Houston – making it a popular stop-off for work travelers. That doesn’t mean it has nothing to offer more casual guests, however, as the rooms have big soaking tubs, warm color schemes and coffee makers. There’s a sizeable lounge with a fireplace to warm up next to before bed, as well as a big indoor pool and 24-hour gym.

6. SpringHill Suites Houston Medical Center/NRG Park

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

An outdoor pool area at the SpringHill Suites Houston Medical Center, with sun loungers, green parasols and plants
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Granted, “Medical Center” isn’t something anyone wants to see in the name of their chosen hotel, but if you can move past this obligatory nod to the nearby research facility, you’ll find a comfortable stay with a surprising number of appealing amenities. The outdoor pool is huge, with a neighboring hot tub, and the fitness center has a broad range of options. There’s a dedicated breakfast buffet space, as well as a snack bar for daytime fixes. Some of the rooms feature kitchenettes with a microwave, but all have coffee and tea-making gear as standard.

7. Courtyard by Marriott Houston by the Galleria

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

An indoor swimming pool area at the Courtyard by Marriott Houston by the Galleria, with chairs and large windows
Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Houston by the Galleria / Expedia

Anyone visiting Houston with an eye towards shopping would do well to stay near The Galleria, the largest and most popular mall in the city. The Courtyard – a warm, art deco-style hotel – could hardly be closer. It’s not all big budget shopping though, the hotel also has comfortable well-insulated rooms, a restaurant with a varied menu of classic meals, a bar, a cafe and an indoor pool with a whirlpool tub. Thoughtful services include optional hypo-allergenic bedding and blackout drapes to ensure the best possible night’s sleep.

8. Hyatt House Houston Galleria

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

An outdoor swimming pool area at the Hyatt House Houston Galleria, with stylish sun loungers and green trees
Courtesy of Hyatt House Houston Galleria / Expedia

Another option in the list of Galleria-adjacent hotels, the Hyatt House has a couple of big draws, one of which is the kitchenettes available in some of the rooms, which will appeal to guests wishing for a more autonomous experience. Those who like to be catered to will likely appreciate the bar and restaurant, which serves pizza, tacos and some fine options. There’s also a long list of cocktails – enjoy by the outdoor pool, which is invitingly lit at night and even has a neighboring fire pit.

9. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza

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A rustic seating area at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza, with warm lighting and cosy arm chairs
Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza / Expedia

The Greenway Plaza is positioned well for visits to The Galleria or NRG Stadium, both of which can be accessed via the free shuttle service. All the rooms feature characteristically plush Hilton beds, with room and concierge service – something not found at all cheap hotels. Equally atypical is the restaurant, which has Texan cuisine and sits separately from the bar, which offers craft beer and handmade cocktails. There’s a big outdoor pool with lots of lounge space and guests can expect the signature DoubleTree cookie on arrival.

10. Club Quarters Hotel Houston

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A bright and modern hallway at the Club Quarters Hotel Houston, leading to a stylish seating area
Courtesy of Club Quarters Hotel Houston / Expedia

In the heart of the trendy downtown district, the Club Quarters offers convenient, quick-fix hotel options for people who like things straightforward. Guests can take a standard room, a full suite if they’re willing to splash out a bit, or an apartment if they’re staying longer and need something with a bit more capability. The Table Bistro offers some great gourmet plates and an impressive wine list, and the lounge area has a flexible working space, coffee and wireless printers. The George R. Brown Convention Center is yards away, and the downtown restaurants and bars are tantalizingly close.

11. Hotel Ylem

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel

A bright lobby with an orange staircase, seating areas and an electric fireplace at the Hotel Ylem
Courtesy of Hotel Ylem / Expedia

Hotel Ylem is difficult to miss with its huge nature-inspired mural welcoming you into its midst. Quirk is the name of the game when you get inside, with wall art featuring metal lettering spelling out hashtagged phrases, furniture with magazine collage-inspired linings, and wardrobes shaped like travel cases. Each room comes with a tablet which can be used to order food and drink. Netflix is available and there’s a bar in the common area plus a snack shop and cafe. The NRG Stadium and Park are both nearby, and The Galleria is within easy reach too.

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