Hotels near Rice University
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Rice University is one of Houston's most prominent colleges and is located near downtown in the southwestern corner of central Houston. Unsure where to find the most convenient accommodations? Not only are there plenty of budget friendly or luxurious lodging choices available, but the city has a simple, welcoming public transportation system to get to the university.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near Rice University

Crowne Plaza Suites Houston - Near Sugar Land
Crowne Plaza Suites Houston - Near Sugar Land
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7.8
Good
9090 Southwest Freeway, Houston
from $80
Ramada Houston Intercontinental Airport South
Ramada Houston Intercontinental Airport South
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5.9
Fair
15350 John F Kennedy Blvd, Houston
from $52
Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown
Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown
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9.1
Excellent
1515 Dallas Street, Houston
from $134
Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa
Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa
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9.2
Excellent
111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston
from $179
Hilton Garden Inn Houston Galleria
Hilton Garden Inn Houston Galleria
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8.5
Excellent
3201 Sage Road, Houston
from $80
DoubleTree by Hilton Houston - Greenway Plaza
DoubleTree by Hilton Houston - Greenway Plaza
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8.1
Excellent
6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston
from $84
Hyatt House Houston/Galleria
Hyatt House Houston/Galleria
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8.6
Excellent
3440 Sage Rd, HOUSTON
from $94
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston-Dwtn Conv Ctr
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Houston-Dwtn Conv Ctr
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8.7
Excellent
1810 Bell Street, Houston
from $95
Aloft Houston by the Galleria
Aloft Houston by the Galleria
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8.1
Excellent
5415 Westheimer Road, Houston
from $77
Courtyard Houston by The Galleria
Courtyard Houston by The Galleria
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8.4
Excellent
2900 Sage Road, Houston
from $89
More About Hotels near Rice University...


Smart booking is most important when visiting during the late summer months, right before the new school year begins, as the influx of new students and their families to the university causes the nearby hotels to fill up. Other visitors might be forced to stay at hotels further away. Here's how to make sure that doesn't happen on your trip.

The Most Convenient Options

If price is of no concern than the closest hotels to Rice University are the Hilton Houston Plaza, Houston Marriott, and Best Western Plaza. All three are impeccable choices and located within a two block stretch of Main Street just down the road from the university. Due to their large size they usually have availability year round, except for those rare weekends when a convention is in town. Prices are fairly steady year-round and begin around $125 a night for the Best Western and Houston Marriott. Expect to pay a minimum of $250/night for a room at the Hilton Houston Plaza.

Cheap Hotels Near Rice University

For the thrifty travelers there are several lodging options near the university that are easy on the wallet, including Comfort Inn Southwest Parkway and Knights Inn. These might not be within walking distance of the university but luckily Houston has a very reliable public transportation system. Prices for both start around $50.

There is also one marvelous hostel located just down the road from Rice: Houston at the Morty Rich Hostel. The hostel is very highly reviewed and there is no more convenient budget-friendly lodging option anywhere in the city. Complete with a large outdoor pool, billiards table and other entertainment options, hostel aficionados will feel right at home here. And at only $30 a night the price cannot be beat.

Don't Forget About Airbnb

For those who prefer not to stay in hotels or who will be in town longer than a few days, Airbnb provides plenty of lodging options near Rice University. Price and availability on these can vary dramatically over the course of the year, however these are not always ideal for short-term or last-minute visitors.

Transportation Around Houston

Houston's public transportation network is well developed albeit centered mostly around the Metro buses. No matter where you are coming from or where you need to go in Space City a bus stop is never far away. However, the city also has a metro rail line, the red line. Although the singular nature of this line limits its feasibility, the Hermann Park / Rice U station is located directly across the street from the university and could not be more convenient.

Peak Season In The City

Houston is a summer city and most visitors come during the warmer months when local activities and events are at a peak. During the winter offseason prices are a few dollars cheaper and the city is slightly less crowded. Be careful when visiting during national holidays as traffic can become quite bothersome.

Regardless of when in the year you plan to visit Houston, there are a wealth of cheap hotels near Rice University that will appeal to both your needs and your wallet. For those in search of more luxurious lodging, never fear as there are no shortage of classy rooms in Houston.