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The Toyota Center in Houston has played host to countless concerts and sporting events since Fleetwood Mac opened the arena on October 6, 2003. Home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, the Toyota Center has welcomed virtually every major recording artist, such as Prince, the Rolling Stones, Gun N’ Roses, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks and more!
When visiting Houston to see a major concert, a UFC event or to a Houston Rockets game, you simply can’t beat staying at a nice hotel close to the Toyota Center. When you stay at a hotel near the Toyota Center you don’t need to stress about event parking, or needing to take an Uber to and from the event. Simply walk out the front door of your downtown Houston hotel and moments later you are at the Toyota Center!
As you browse these hotels near the Toyota Center, keep in mind that you are going to Houston for the event, not necessarily the hotel. If you have a limited budget, we recommend spending more on your Houston Rockets or Toyota Center concert tickets and less on your hotel. Good seats at the Toyota Center make all the difference!
Where is the Toyota Center in Houston, TX?
With a population over 7 million, Houston, TX is one of the biggest cities in the United States. Thankfully, the Toyota Center is conveniently located in downtown Houston where most of the best hotels are found.
For those planning a sports road trip to Houston, you’ll be happy to know that most of the major sports arenas and stadiums are in a tight cluster, with only one exception.
The Toyota Center (home of the NBA Houston Rockets) is only 0.5 miles away from Minute Maid Park (home of the MLB Houston Astros).
PNC Stadium is equally close to Toyota Center, being only 0.6 miles away. The PNC Stadium is home to the MLS Houston Dynamo Football Club, the NWSL Houston Dash and the Texas Southern Tigers college football team.
The one exception to this is NRC Stadium, the home of the NFL Houston Texans. NRC Stadium is 6 miles away from the Toyota Center, but it’s easy to get between the two with a rental car, a quick Uber ride or a trip on the Red Line of the Houston Light Rail system.
The 5 Best Hotels Near the Toyota Center
There are five great hotels with a central location which are within easy walking distance of the Toyota Center in Houston, TX:
1. Hilton Americas – Houston
Located just across the street, the Hilton Americas – Houston is the closest hotel to the Toyota Center. In fact, with its enviable location at the center of Toyota Center, the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green Park, the Hilton Americas – Houston hotel could have the best location of all the downtown Houston hotels. Plus it’s less than a half-mile away from Minute Maid Park, home of the MLB Houston Astros!
The 4-star Hilton Americas – Houston hotel doesn’t just make the list as it’s the closest hotel to Toyota Center, it tops our list due to the thousands upon thousands of excellent reviews it receives from satisfied guests.
In addition to the short walk to Toyota Center, guests of the Hilton Americas – Houston will enjoy the indoor pool, a fitness center and a full-service spa on the 23rd floor.
You won’t need to venture far for a great meal either, with 1600 Bar + Grille offering farm fresh cuisine. If you’re looking for something spicier, Pappasito’s Cantina offers a selection of Tex-Mex dishes and local favorites. Best of all, you can enjoy a post event drink at the R24 Rooftop Lounge, where you can enjoy an incredible view of the Toyota Center!
If you are looking for maximum convenience, the Hilton Americas – Houston hotel is the best choice of all the popular Toyota Center hotels.
2. Four Seasons Hotel Houston
The 5-star Four Seasons Hotel Houston has a central location just two blocks from the Toyota Center, making it super easy to get to the Rockets game or concert. As a world-renowned hotel chain, the Four Seasons Houston is the best luxury hotel near Toyota Center. It’s the perfect hotel for those looking to spoil themselves during their visit to Houston for a Rockets home game or concert.
If you are on a boys trip to Houston, make sure to check out the Topgolf Swing Suites. Have a blast with your friends playing a variety of virtual golf games, try your hand at baseball pitching, playing hockey, carnival games and even zombie dodgeball!
To fuel up for your Toyota Center event, the Four Seasons Houston hotel has three amazing pre-game options:
If it’s a nice day in Houston, throw on your swim trunks and head up to the roof and have some fun in their rooftop swimming pool. This oasis offers great views of downtown Houston and a chance to grab some food and drink at the Pool Deck Cafe.
If you are a whiskey fan, you can’t miss the on-site Bayou & Bottle. Not only can you watch the pregame on the many large TVs, each bartender at the Bayou & Bottle is a Certified Bourbon Steward, allowing them to recommend the very best of their over 200 whiskies.
If bourbon is not your thing, why not try the award winning Pan-Latin Toro Toro steak house. A fun twist on a contemporary steakhouse, Toro Toro also offers dishes which span the best of Central and South America, along with Asian dishes.
Or, if you stayed out late after your Toyota Center event, indulge in some in-room dining with the 24-hour room service.
The Four Seasons Houston is the best luxury hotel near the Toyota Center.
3. Marriott Marquis Houston
Located across the street from the Discovery Green Park and just a 6 minute walk from the Toyota Center, the 4-star Marriott Marquis Houston hotel is a perfect base for your road trip to see a Houston Rockets game or a major concert.
All of your needs will be taken care of at the Marriott Marquis Houston with six on-site restaurants, including the award winning Xochi restaurant. Before the Rockets game, why not enjoy splashing around in their Texas shaped lazy river?
If you are lucky enough to catch both a Rockets game with an early-season Astros game in spring (or maybe even an Astros post-season game in fall!), the Marriott Marquis Houston hotel is ideally located in-between the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros).
4. Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown
You may have noticed the top-three hotels in our list of the best hotels near Toyota Center are either 4-star hotels or 5-star hotels. While they are undoubtedly great hotels in downtown Houston, not everyone needs or wants that level of hotel. For those looking for an excellent, mid-range hotel near the Toyota Center, take a look at the Embassy Suites by Hilton.
Just two short blocks from the Toyota Center, the Embassy Suites by Hilton has an excellent central location in downtown Houston. Located in-between the Four Seasons and the Hilton Americas, the Embassy Suites overlooks the popular Discovery Green Park and is within a half mile of the Houston Convention Center and Minute Maid Park.
If you are like me and love a good hotel breakfast, the Embassy Suites by Hilton serves a very good, complimentary cook-to-order breakfast each morning.
Got some time to kill before your Toyota Center event? Go for a workout in the 24-hour fitness center, or have some fun from the rooftop pool.
The 3-star Embassy Suites by Hilton is the best of the mid-level hotels near Toyota Center.
5. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston – Downtown Convention Center
As you research hotels for your Houston road trip, you’ll notice that the prices of hotels near Toyota Center tend to spike on the days of big events, like a concert or a Rockets game. If you are looking for a good, affordable hotel near Toyota Center, check out the Holiday Inn Express.
As with the other downtown Houston hotels on this list, the Holiday Inn Express has a superior location just two blocks from the Toyota Center. It’s also just a short walk away from the convention center and Minute Maid Park.
A 2-star hotel, the Holiday Inn Express lacks a few of the amenities of the other hotels on this list, but I’m sure you’ll find it has everything you need for a great stay near the Toyota Center. At the Holiday Inn Express near Toyota Center, you’ll enjoy a very good free breakfast, an indoor swimming pool and fitness center.
The Holiday Inn Express is a great option for an affordable hotel near Toyota Center, especially if you’d prefer to sink more money into your event tickets, over your hotel.
Toyota Center Tickets
Now that your have your Toyota Center hotel all sorted, it’s time to pick up your event tickets. Don’t forget, regardless of whether you want to attend a Houston Rockets game, or an awesome concert at the Toyota Center, we encourage you to spend the lion’s share of your road trip budget on your event tickets.
These Toyota Center hotels are perfect for your Houston sports road trip, but if you have to choose, you’ll appreciate better event tickets more than an expensive hotel room.
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No matter if you are visiting Houston, TX for a concert or one of the many sporting events, we hope you enjoy your stay at one of these popular hotels near Toyota Center.
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