Downtown is in Houston.
Just north of the original downtown and formerly the site of warehouses and industry lies the Warehouse District. A short-lived attempt to market the area as NoHo (NOrth of HOuston, get it) died a well-deserved death and no good, short, snappy name has yet to fully permeate the collective consciousness of Houston, so you might run into more than a few locals who don't recognize the name. Loft conversions and trendy residents are the rule in this area, nowadays, but there's still some good eats and nightlife to be found.
- Downtown Aquarium, . Situated right on Buffalo Bayou. Not just an aquarium, it has a ferris wheel and other carnival-style rides. 9.25 adult admission, rides cost extra.
- Houston Symphony Orchestra, Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Ave. . Concerts throughout the year including both a classical series and a pops series.
- Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theatre Center, 510 Preston St., 713-228-6737. . World-class opera in the heart of downtown's Theatre District.
- Mercury Baroque, Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center, 510 Preston St., 713-533-0080. Baroque music for the historical purist.
- Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby, 713-558-TUTS. Broadway style big theatre productions in one of Houston's newest downtown arts venues.
- Downtown Houston Tunnels. 25 miles of tunnels run under Downtown Houston with restaurants and retail shops throughout Downtown. Good for a rainy day.
- Magick Cauldron, 2424 Montrose Blvd (On Montrose Blvd. between Hyde Park and Fairview.), ☎ (713) 523-0069, . Mon.thru Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. A one-stop shop for incense, crystals, magic candles, herbs, spell ingredients, pagan jewelry, and anything else regarding the supernatural one might need. Even if you're don't practice any magick you can still find a plethora of interesting things. Limited parking available.
- Irma's, 22 N. Chenevert St., ☎ 713-222-0767. A Houston institution! Fun, traditional atmosphere with authentic, unwatered down Tex-Mex cuisine.
- Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Main at Texas. A staggering variety of beers, some wine, scantily clad staff. $3-$6/pt.
- Best Western Northwest Inn & Suites, 11611 Northwest Freeway, ☎ +1 713 290-1400, . checkin: 3PM.
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Normandy, 930 Normandy St (On Interstate 10 East between I-610 and Beltway), ☎ 713 451-0009 ([email protected], fax: 713-451-0009), . Each of our relaxingly spacious rooms come with amenities like high-speed Internet Access, huge 32-inch flat panel TVs w/ 3 HBOs, microwave ovens, refrigerators, hair dryers, coffee makers, iron w/ironing board, and much more. Enjoy a free newspaper with your Free Bright Side Breakfast each morning near the lobby.
- Courtyard by Marriott Houston Convention Center, 916 Dallas Street, ☎ 8323661601, . Only 10 minues from Hoby Airport, and 30 miles from Galveston, this hotel is located right in the middle of Downtown Houston. $189-$239.
- Houston Downtown Residence Inn, 904 Dallas St., ☎ 8323661000, . $199-$329.
- Alden Hotel, 1117 Prairie Street, (832) 200 8800, . Boasts a modern minimalist interior and is one of Houston's top boutique luxury hotels.
- Hotel Icon, 220 Main St. (Congress St.), (713) 224-ICON, . This boutique hotel features award winning dining, extensive meeting facilities, and a luxury day spa.