Here are some of the Hotels.com ‘staff picks’ on what to check out in Houston:
Where to stay: The Doubletree Guest Suites Houston Galleria near the Galleria Mall is a traditional Doubletree property with a twist. The rooms are huge and feature kitchenettes with a dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Each Wednesday evening the manager offers a reception that includes light food and complimentary cocktails. And don’t forget the delectable Doubletree Hotel cookies. Just ask Michael at the front desk for a warm, fresh-baked cookie to take up to your room before you turn in for the night!
Where to eat: We recommend eating “in the loop” to be closest to the tournament. The list is hefty, as should be your appetite..
- Benjy’s - This newly constructed 7,800 square foot restaurant includes a bar and lounge area with a menu featuring Modern American Cuisine.
- Zelko Bistro - Some of the pleasers here include Captain’s Crunch Fried Chicken, Seared Tuna Salad, Root beer Braised Short Ribs, Lemon Icebox Pie, and even Funnel Cake.
- El Tiempo/Ninfa’s on Navigation – The original Ninfa’s, this is the place where you’ll find the best Mexican food in town!
- Subs: Supreme Sandwiches (located downtown and only open for lunch – my friends parents own it and it’s a Houston staple)
- Tiny Boxwood’s – This rustic café is the perfect spot for a lunch date where you can eat outside in a garden-like setting
- Uptown Sushi - Looking for good Japanese food in Houston? This is the place.
- BRC Gastropub – With a name like this, how can you not try it out?!
- Branch Water Tavern – This Modern American eatery was recently named ‘Best New Restaurant of the Year’ by Texas Monthly.
- Brenner’s on the Bayou – Situated on Houston’s Buffalo Bayou, this steakhouse offers an unforgettable food experience.
- Goode Co. - Offering some of the best Mesquite smoked barbecue in the state of Texas, this is the place that will satisfy all of your food cravings.
- Niko Nikos – Located in a little stand in the park, this is Greek food at its finest.
Where to shop: The Galleria Mall is the largest shopping center in the area and attracts over 24 million annual visitors. The Galleria is home to 375 stores and restaurants, an ice rink and two hotels.
Where to relax: Trellis Spa at the Houstonian is hands-down the most incredible spa experience in South Texas. The 17,000-square-foot spa features 21 treatment rooms including 12 rooms for body treatments, seven facial rooms, one tanning room, and one couples room.
For other ideas in and around Houston, our friend Lisa Gochman of the Gochman Social Gazette has the 411 on all things Houston.
See ya’ll in H-Town for the Final Four! And don’t forget to leave a Facebook comment, and make sure you read more about Houston on our City Page.