We'll start off on the West side of town, in the tony and posh Galleria/Memorial Park/River Oaks area. THE hotel to stay at here is the Hotel Derek. Now, I know what you're saying, "But George, there's TONS of hotels in the area, like the JW Marriott, the Westin, or the Sheraton Suites!" Yes, but those are chains that look pretty much the same everywhere you go. The Hotel Derek is decidedly Texan, but upscale and chic. It is such a destination hotel, Forbes Magazine has awarded it four stars. It is also the only boutique hotel inside the 610 Loop, two blocks from the Galleria.
Now that we've got our digs out of the way, lets mosey on over to the Galleria area. With 2.4 million square feet, 4 levels, 2 hotels, 1 indoor ice rink, 1 rooftop jogging track, and 375 retail shops to play around in, the Galleria is one of the largest malls in the United States. The only Tesla Motors and Prada stores in Texas call the Galleria home. Surrounding the Galleria are several other shopping areas to complete one's spree in Houston. Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, and Zone d'Erotica all have anchor stores in the complex and are consistently their highest grossing locations nationwide.
Now that we've kind of covered the greatest city in Texas, it's time to catch your flight home. If you're leaving from the George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport, it'd be a great idea to spend your last night in the city at the on-airport Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental.
Conveniently located smack in the middle of the Intercontinental Terminal area, there is an underground tram connecting the hotel to every terminal, or you can take the hotel's free shuttle van to your terminal. The rooms are you standard Marriott equipped rooms, but you cant complain being situated so close to the terminals. Makes your morning departure out that much better. One thing though, they used to have a revolving restaurant up top the main tower, but I've heard that was closed and the excellent restaurant that was up there has been reopened on the lobby level.