William P. Hobby Airport is the smaller of Houston’s two major airports, but with 13 million passengers served in 2016, there’s still a good chance you’ll fly into it someday. This especially holds true for Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways, which don’t fly to the other major Houston airport, George Bush Intercontinental. Hobby Airport is about seven miles south of downtown, and finding a good place to stay for the right price can be a challenge. Here are a handful of good lodging options within five miles of the airport that include a range of price points and amenities.
The DoubleTree by Hilton is one of the higher-quality hotels in the area. The hotel has a large pool and spa for play, and a fairly comprehensive business center for work. The hotel has a small market for snacks, as well as two restaurants and two bars. One of the bars serves complimentary h'orderves in the afternoons as a bonus, and the other includes a large saltwater aquarium.
For ambiance, this hotel is the best bet for the area immediately around the a. Prices reflect that, with room rates typically above $120/night, which is on the high end for the vicinity. Shuttle services to and from the airport are included, and pets are not allowed.
Great for: Business Travel, Leisure
Another option with more amenities is the Houston Marriott South. This hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool, as well as an outside patio area for lounging and a gym for the more motivated guests. Rooms run at about $80/night, and don’t include breakfast (breakfast starts at $11). There is a steak and seafood grill, sports-bar style, at the hotel for lunch and dinner, as well as a cafe that offers a breakfast buffet. Wi-Fi is not free in guest rooms, but it is in the lobby. Pets are welcome for a $50 fee.
Great for: Pets, Leisure, Business Travel
The Drury Inn & Suites might be the best bang for your buck in the area immediately surrounding Hobby Airport. Wi-Fi is free to guests here, as is breakfast each morning. In the afternoons, the hotel offers free popcorn and soda to guests.
Additionally, while there is no official restaurant on the premises, Drury has a program at this location called “5:30 Kickback.” This is essentially a free dinner gathering each night that works off of a rotating menu. Basics like soups, pastas and salads are served, along with soft drinks, beer and wine, or mixed drinks. Did we mention this is free?
A night’s stay includes shuttle service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and if you need transportation to or from the airport outside of that time, the hotel will call you a cab and foot the bill. Both an indoor and outdoor pool and spa are available. Rooms can typically be booked for around $100/night. Pets are welcome for a cleaning fee of $25/night.
Great for: Families, Budget Travel, Leisure, Pets
For those travelers up for a bit of adventure, a quirkier option is the Palace Inn near I-45 and Bellfort. This hotel offers a noon check-in time, which is fairly early by average hotel standards. A room here might include an exotic paint job like beach murals in the bathrooms or underwater scenes with dolphins painted floor-to-ceiling. Room features (smoking and non-smoking) include microwaves and mini-fridges, as well as jacuzzi tubs. Wi-Fi is free, but breakfast is not. Coffee is, though! Rooms start at $75/night, and pets are not allowed.
Great for: Families, Budget Travel, Leisure
At the Motel 6 down the road from Hobby Airport, a portion of the amenities can be found for a portion of the price. This hotel has a pool and is pet-friendly. Free Wi-Fi and airport shuttle services are included in a night’s stay. If you plan on staying for awhile, coin-operated laundry services are available on-site. There is no food on site, but free coffee is brewed for guests each morning. A room can be booked for about $50, and smoking rooms are available. Each room includes expanded cable.
Great for: Budget Travel, Families, Pets