If the idea of cramming everything you need into a suitcase, facing the drama of the airport and competing for a rental car at the The hunger Games doesn’t channel those coveted vacation vibes, maybe a quick vacation or trip to Texas is the fall getaway you really need. A few special Texas retreats bring back true relaxation with poolside views, live entertainment, and special packages to suit all interests and budgets.
This is your guide to hotels in Texas that allow you to get away from it all without having to endure all the hassle of a long trip.
Le Moran at CITYCENTRE
Like almost all hotels, Moran hotel faced low traffic and limited occupancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but management took this time to re-invent the 244-room Houston hotel overlooking the vast CITYCENTRE plaza. The old Monalisa Lounge has been transformed into the Fireside, a chic destination for live music, craft cocktails, and light snacks.
The renovated space offers live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Jamal Mazhar, Moran’s director of sales and marketing, said guests can expect full production performance for a true “night out” experience. Guests of the Moran Hotel have free access to Fireside. There is a $ 10 cover charge for non-hotel guests. It’s always good to be a hotel guest.
Radio Milano, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, has also taken the time to fine-tune its menu offerings, moving from Italian to Mediterranean.
“There are so many great restaurants here at CITYCENTRE and we thought Mediterranean cuisine would do the job just fine,” said Mazhar. “You can have multiple experiences in one place, here at the hotel.” The new menu features shawarma, gyros, and Mazhar’s personal favorite – My Big Fat Greek burger made with Angus beef, sliced gyroscope, melted feta cheese, and harissa aioli.
“This is my absolute favorite burger,” says Mazhar. “It is so good.”
Moran’s staff also added local duets and trios on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mazhar therefore suggests continuing the party at Fireside once the broadcasts on Radio Milano have ended.
Fall vacation packages for all
Do you like steak? There is a Steak-ation package for this. Do you fancy a personal TLC? There is also the Massage and Head-to-Glow package for this. Mazhar and the Moran CITYCENTRE team have created experiences for multiple interests and philanthropic activities.
One of the most popular packages is the USO Houston package, which supports US military services. The hotel donates $ 50 to USO Houston for each night of a stay in 2021, and guests receive a USO Houston SWAG bag upon check-in.
“It truly is an amazing place to stay,” says Mazhar. “We have built-in flexibility to accommodate our customers who want a local and luxurious destination. You can arrive and never leave because everything you need is here.
The Steakation specialty is for those who appreciate excellent steak, customer service and ambiance. Receive a $ 100 Restaurant Gift Card for each night of your stay and redeem the Gift Card at Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood or Yard House.
“There is something for everyone. You can have a great time at Yard House or a seafood tower at Eddie V’s. Either way, there is a lot to enjoy, ”says Mazhar.
Beauty lovers will appreciate the massage package which includes the choice of one of three 60-minute massages or two 30-minute sessions at the Life Spa across the aisle at Lifetime fitness. The Head-to-Glow Package includes a $ 200 HydraFacial Treatment Credit at the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center for each night of stay.
Want more relaxed living at the Moran Hotel? Look for the Candytopia package. The interactive art wonderland transports visitors through Candyland with a series of galleries made with whimsical, sugar-coated flights. Hotel guests receive four tickets to the exhibit for each night of their stay. Now it’s a soft OK.
And while fall is just beginning, Mazhar notes that The Moran will be releasing their plans for New Year’s packages soon. It’s never too early to start planning an unforgettable New Year.
There is plenty to do just steps from the front door of the Moran Hotel. This includes Bowl & Barrel, a modern tavern and boutique bowling alley. Want something more difficult? The Escape Game, an immersive mystery-solving experience awaits you. How about a movie now that Hollywood blockbusters are finally back in theaters? Studio Movie Grill offers an elevated theatrical experience.
Then again, if lounging is more like your vacation gear, head to the Moran Hotel’s pool. The oasis above the CITYCENTRE is the perfect place to cool off and sunbathe. After all, Houston’s swimming season lasts until October. If not beyond.
“It truly is an incredible place to stay,” notes Mazhar. “We have built-in flexibility to accommodate our customers who want a local and luxurious destination. You can arrive and never leave because everything you need is here.
The George in Century Square
Expect four-star treatment with a Texas twist at The George, a 162-room boutique hotel located directly across from the Texas A&M University campus in the game changer Century Square mixed-use development. The George pays homage to those who bear the famous name and who have influenced culture and history along the way. Locally, the hotel is a respectful nod to George HW Bush whose Presidential Library is located nearby at Texas A&M.
Fall is the best time to visit College Station with Texas A&M football on the rise – and the weather beyond beauty. And Century Square is doing it all for this Aggie football season.
Midway’s mixed-use development hosts a special Biergarten every weekend in the fall with some of the best restaurants on hand and a free shuttle to Kyle Field on game days. There’s the celebration of football – and then there’s the transformation of every football weekend into a three-day boon of food, fun and music.
You can enjoy the Biergarten every fall weekend, whether Texas A&M is playing at home or away. To kick-start, for some away games, Century Square will be hosting a Six Huge Flat Screen TVs on The Green for a night before.
Of course, the George Hotel is also deeply into Aggie football fever. Transportation to and from Kyle Field is free for hotel guests on home football weekends. And when you return to the George after the game, live music will be waiting for you in the hotel’s whiskey bar dubbed 1791. Guests of the George Hotel also have the option of purchasing Discounted Texas A&M Football Tickets.
Of course, it’s not all about football in this whimsical land of trendy hotels. Other Texas vacation packages include a special Fall Into Romance deal that offers luxury accommodation for two, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival, free valet or parking, and Wi-Fi free.
Do you prefer to take a family trip? George’s A Texas Christmas Experience package includes a room, special stockings with treats for kids, two free drinks at the 1791 Whiskey Bar ($ 40 value), free parking, and free Wi-Fi. Of course, the George is the perfect base for a family trip to nearby Santa’s Wonderland.
Other Texas vacation packages offer top-notch deals and experiences for golfers, wine lovers and a girls’ weekend getaway.
Wine, dinner, whiskey and song
Since a vacation without delicious food and drink is just a trip, the George serves bites, sips, and meals all day and night for those on a true Texas getaway.
The 1791 Whiskey Bar, named for the Year of the Whiskey Tax Rebellion under George Washington’s leadership, is a whiskey lover’s dream, with a full tasting menu and an cadre of skilled mixologists. Or phead to Porters for steaks and chops in a stylish setting, or explore other Century Square restaurants, including Sweet Paris, Hopdoddy and Mo’s Irish Pub.
Happiness by the pool
The George marries upscale sophistication with quirky Texas charm, and it extends to the Watering Hole, aka the hotel pool. The centerpiece of the property, the Watering Hole is inspired by historic Texas spring-fed pools. It is the perfect place to relax during the day and it becomes a vibrant piece of water when the sun goes down in the evening.
Cavalry Court in Century Square
For a slightly more relaxed getaway to College Station, there is Cavalry Court, a 141-room hotel set on four beautifully appointed acres of courtyards, also in Century Square. Cavalry Court rooms have a modern feel with luxe amenities including Egyptian cotton linens, Katz coffee, and free Wi-Fi, but it’s the outdoors that is sure to draw you in.
The grounds revolve around activities such as lawn games, fire pits, ping-pong tables, a cornhole, board games, and bicycles. Planning time at the pool? Consider a daily cabin rental and receive daily passes for eight, bottled water, towel service, fully furnished cabin with lounge chairs, two 40 inch TVs, canteen server personalized and access to lawn / board games.
“Our hotels are located directly across from each other and are designed to capture the essence of College Station while providing a destination where people can come together to shop, dine and connect,” says George Tays, Director General of Calvary Court and The George Hotels, Valence Hotel Group. “Once settled into one of our unique and chic boutique hotels in Century Square, you can explore Brazos Valley’s premier community destination.
“We pride ourselves on creating a memorable experience and our properties make a great vacation destination for the local community and surrounding towns.”
Cavalry Court Holiday Specials include a Glamping retreat package this gives you a room, s’mores on arrival (hotel staff will make sure the fire is lit for you) and two free drinks at the Canteen Bar & Grill. Talk about the perfect fall Texas retreat.
The hotel’s casual restaurant serves everything from crispy devil eggs and nachos to pork with shrimp and grits and fried chicken. The canteen is also a popular brunch spot, thanks to its crème brûlée French toast, rib burritos, and revealing cocktail menu.
Now, it’s the perfect one for that Texas vacation you’ve been pushing back. And there are special hotels waiting for you.