The Energy Corridor is home to many of Houston's prominent oil and gas companies, including BP America, Citgo, ConocoPhillips and Shell, with sleek office buildings and large outdoor spaces. The corridor encompasses about eight miles of Interstate 10 on the western half of the greater Houston area, between the Sam Houston Tollway and the Grand Parkway. The area is a unique blend of major oil, chemical and energy business spaces and green spaces via parks, trails and bayous. The corridor also includes extensive shopping and dining amenities.
It is estimated that more than 90,000 people have come to the Energy Corridor to live and work. For travelers who find themselves needing a bed to sleep in, here are some options that cover a variety of price and amenity ranges.
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For those who need to stay for awhile, or who are looking for a place with more home-like amenities, Extended Stay America at CityCentre is a good bet. This one is technically outside the official borders of the Energy Corridor, but only by about a mile, and it’s one of the best extended-stay hotels in the area. All of the rooms here have kitchen areas with a fridge, microwave and stove. This is nice for a lengthy stay or if cooking is preferred to dining out because you can stash groceries, cook and keep leftovers. The hotel will provide dishes and cutlery as well. Breakfast is free on a grab-and-go basis each day of staying.
To add to the feeling of home, two pets per room (cats or dogs) are welcome for $25/night. For furry friends staying for a week or longer, the max fee per pet is $150. Housekeeping works a little differently at extended-stay hotels, with full-service offered once a week — with optional services available for $5-10 each upon request — and fresh towels and sheets... available at the front desk. A room here can be booked starting at about $75/night.
Great for: Long-term Stays, Business Travel, Healthy Eaters, Pets
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At the Motel 6 that is off Interstate 10 and Highway 6, a portion of the amenities can be found for a fraction of the price. Wi-fi here is not free, which is uncommon. It can be purchased for $2.99/day. The hotel has an unheated pool that is open from May through October each year. No food is available on-site, but free coffee is offered each morning. Pets we welcome. Smoking rooms are available. A room at this hotel can be booked starting at about $40/night.
Great for: Budget Travel, Pets
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For a more serene stay, Omni Hotels at Westside is situated among a two-acre lake in the Energy Corridor. The lobby houses a large atrium with a koi pond and tropical horticulture. A pool and whirlpool remain heated year-round outside as well, and family-friendly movies are shown poolside on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is a restaurant on-site that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a bar with a small menu that opens at 2 p.m. daily. Other amenities offered here are a fitness center, free daily newspapers business center.
Omni stresses its family-friendliness, allowing one pet per room (a cat or dog) for $50 per stay. Additionally, to allow for lighter luggage, the hotel will provide pet beds, mats and food bowls. A note: If bringing a pet, a credit card must be on file with the hotel; cash payment is not allowed. For children staying at the hotel, they will be given a backpack with activities like sticker books, crayons and games. To help them feel at... ease, milk and cookies are offered the first night of the stay. On weekends during the summer, a kids’ room is open from 4-8 p.m. A room here can be booked for about $75/night.
Great for: Families, Leisure, Pets
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This Marriott is located toward the west end of the Energy Corridor and has George Bush Park surrounding it above and below. The hotel is smoke- and pet-free. Wi-fi costs $10/day in rooms but is free in the lobby and dining areas. Each room has a mini-fridge and complimentary bottled water. A Southwest-style restaurant, as well as a bar with a lunch and dinner menu, are open on-site and have room-service options. There is a hotel gym and outdoor pool and whirlpool as well. A room here runs about $100/night.
Great for: Leisure, Business Travel