Magnolia Hotel, Houston

Houston Magnolia Hotel

Built in the 1920’s as the Post Dispatch Newspaper office, the Magnolia Hotel has a prime location in Downtown Houston a block from Main St., and a short walk to most of the Downtown activities!  We stayed there for the first time over Spring Break, and it was nice and convenient to just about everything we wanted to do!




When we arrived, we were planning to just check in and drop off the bags, and go have dinner, but the valet parking was busy, and there was plenty of empty parking across the street at the Christ Church Cathedral.  Parking on the street is FREE from 6pm – 7am, and all day Sunday.  We had a busy day planned, and knew we would already be on our way at 7am.  I did also take a picture of the parking app information, just in case we accidentally slept in.  I love that you can pay by app, instead of running down to feed the machine!  We used valet parking the rest of our stay, just because it was much more convenient than looking for a parking spot.


The hotel was nice, with pictures of its days as a newspaper office in the lobby!  The second floor has a restaurant and bar.

Our room was on the 11th floor, and was nice and had an oversized garden tub.  The hotel offers a stocked mini-frig., but you can request another frig for the room if necessary.


Literally 10 minutes later, our room looked like this….

DSC_0704We wanted to get outside and do a little exploring, and walked the 5 blocks over to Historic Market Square Park and grabbed a good dinner at Niko Niko’s location.  Their homemade hummus is just amazing!!!  Click HERE to visit their website.

We didn’t bring our pup, (a bummer since the Magnolia Hotel is pet-friendly with no deposit required!) but Market Square has an incredible dog park, if you are traveling with yours!

Click HERE to visit the Historic Market Square Park website and calendar!  They often offer yoga in the park, movies and live music!

houston magnolia pool
Image Courtesy of Magnolia Hotel

It was warm enough after dinner that the kids wanted to swim, and they had a blast while I really enjoyed the hot tub!


We had an incredible view of the 1910 Harris County Courthouse!


We missed the cookies and milk at 8pm, but made sure to get them one night before we left!

We stayed for 3 nights at the Magnolia, and really had a great time!  I loved how convenient it was to just about everything, especially the Houston Astros Minute Maid Stadium, and just a block from Main Street and access to the Houston METRO Rail system, which gives you access to much of Houston!  Click HERE for more information on the Rail System, and more things to do along the rail!

Things To Do in Downtown Houston


Discovery Green Park offers is a unique urban park, with your typical playground and spray pads, plus kayaking and an outdoor roller rink!  Click HERE for more information.

Tours of the Astro’s Minute Maid Park are offered daily!  Click HERE for more information!

Watch from the observation deck as the colony of Mexican free-tail bats leaves the Waugh Dr Bridge each summer evening!  Click HERE for more information.


The Houston Downtown Aquarium is much more than just a restaurant!  Feed the stingrays, rides and much more!  Click HERE for more information.

Frank’s Pizza in Downtown Houston is terrific, and was just a couple blocks from the hotel!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Treebeards has several locations in Downtown, and one right across from the Magnolia!  My kids love the reference to The Hobbit. Click HERE to visit their website.

Magnolia Hotel 

1100 Texas St., Houston

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