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Curio Local Guide


Authored by Christian Watson
Christian Watson
Professional Photographer

We sent Houston local and photographer extraordinaire, Christian Watson, to The Sam Houston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the historic property, shoot some beautiful photos, and create a Curio Local Guide for Houston full of tips and local secrets just for you. 

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Stylishly dressed man sitting outside a bar in Houston
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My Perfect Day

What to do in Houston if you only have 24 hours?

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Kraftsmen Baking

Get your things squared up at The Sam Houston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, take a small nap and get comfortable. Slip on good clothes!

Start with breakfast at Tiny Boxwoods or Kraftsmen Bakery. The best way to prepare for the day is to know that The Sam Houston Hotel offers shuttles and UBER is a great service to utilize as well. Houston is the biggest city in America by a square mile and spans a lot of space. Most of the great areas like The Heights, Montrose, and Kirby are within 15 minutes of the hotel. So once you’ve had a wonderful breakfast (trust me those two places are highly recommended), you can walk around and spend the day at the Menil Collection. The Menil Park is right next to great coffee places like Commonbond along with shopping experiences like the Montrose Shop. The park itself is wide and lush, and homes a free and privately owned Museum with continuously changing works, like Picasso and tribal arts, from all over the world. The Rothko Chapel is also in walking distance, as is the Cy Twombly Museum.

If art is less your speed and you’re more about the action, there are great music venues like the House of Blues and Fitzgerald’s, which almost always have shows in the evening! You can even catch a movie at an iMax theater within walking distance of The Sam.

Follow up the day with dinner at Coltivare in the Heights; there will be about a 40-minute wait depending on the time you get there but it’s well worth the stop. Once you’re full from the best food Houston has to offer, top it off with a drink at Julep – about 6 minutes drive from Coltivare. This place has the best cocktails and is run by some of the nicest people.

Wanna stay downtown? You can do that too by walking to the bar district on Main. Check out amazing cocktail bars like OKRA, Public Services, and Captain Foxhearts. Walk up the stairs (to what seems like an attorney’s office) into a hidden speakeasy and it’s amazing. Great music is always playing on the radio and the drinks are well-priced and drinkable! You can walk to The Sam Houston Hotel no problem and have a last drink at The Sam Bar. After you’ve had one or four drinks, plop on the bed feelin’ satisfied, put on the television and enjoy all the little provisions offered to you right inside your room.

Where to stay

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The Sam Houston Hotel logo

The Sam Houston, Curio Collection by Hilton

At The Sam Houston, Curio Collection by Hilton, guests can enjoy authentic hospitality, personalized service and modern amenities, all within a historic setting. Boasting a prime location convenient to Houston’s Theater District, major companies, sports and entertainment venues, urban parks, and a wealth of shopping and dining options; our downtown Houston hotel is an ideal choice whether your stay is for business, a celebration or simply to relax and unwind.


When I first walked in, I was greeted at the door and the counter by everyone – guests and team members alike. The people were impeccably warm and you couldn’t help but smile!

It was so unique, not overly garnished or too overwhelming. I felt cozy and relaxed. The room was so comfortable but it was the service that made it for me. Everyone was telling jokes, being friendly and smiling! Visitors from other cities seemed to be excited despite the muggy weather, which usually takes some getting used to. The hotel was a direct reflection of the city; part of the local fabric, full of community, good comfort and attitude.