The Sam Houston Hotel

1117 Prairie Street | Houston, TX 77002 [See Map]
#15 in Best Houston Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 119 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 100 rooms, 10 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional, Historic
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Guests describe this hotel, which sits just two blocks from Minute Maid Park, as modern yet relaxing. Guest rooms are simple and chic, with classic furnishings and trendy artwork, and the comfy beds, complimentary Wi-Fi and granite-walled bathrooms with glass showers receving praise. The in-house *17 Restaurant also wins travelers over with its funky design and tasty American fare. Although some guests said they'd recommend a stay here because of the reasonable price, others cite slow customer service, flimsy beds and housekeeping issues as reasons to pay more for another hotel in the area. 

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Critic Reviews


“The hotel's restaurant, 17, is just as modern and attracts a hip international crowd of epicures hungry for contemporary American food. Don't miss it.”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“Despite its reverence for the past, The Sam — as it likes to be called — sports a cool and contemporary vibe.”

Other Awards:
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 119 guests have reviewed the The Sam Houston Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 119 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Sam Houston enjoys a prime downtown Houston location, making it a popular choice for both business travelers and vacationers. Nearby attractions include the Buffalo Bayou and Minute Maid Park.

  • Located about 20 miles south of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and 10 miles northwest of William P. Hobby Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($28)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The accommodations are outfitted in a neutral color scheme and enhanced with contemporary design and comforts, such as leather headboards, Keurig coffee makers and large work desks with Herman Miller ergonomic desk chairs.

  • Complimentary wireless Internet service

Standard room size:

334 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The hotel has two spaces for dining and drinking. The Sam Bar offers cocktails and gourmet takes on bar food like crab beignets and rock shrimp tacos. *17 Restaurant is the Sam Houston's signature restaurant, featuring all-day dining with a modern edge.

  • Private dining room available for special events
  • In-room dining is provided by *17 Restaurant
  • Complimentary coffee and muffins each morning in the lobby

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast





The hotel's fitness center is available 24 hours a day and features cardio and weight equipment.

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Sam Houston's location makes it an easy home base for business travelers to Houston and with four distinctive settings for meetings and events, business can be conducted right on property. Venues available for use include a ballroom, a boardroom, the lobby area and a meeting room.

  • Catering is provided by the hotel's *17 Restaurant
  • 24-hour business center

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Sam Houston Hotel allows guests to bring their dogs (up to two per room). There is a $50 nonrefundable fee.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The Veranda Ballroom is a climate-controlled rooftop venue popular for weddings and receptions.

  • Honeymoon suite on wedding night
  • Butler service during cocktail hour

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Sam Houston Hotel

1117 Prairie Street | Houston, TX 77002 [See Full Map]