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BBC falls for affordable Houston, urges international travelers to visit The Galleria

BBC falls for affordable Houston, urges international travelers to visit The Galleria

Houston, skyline, night
BBC Travel is impressed by Houston's affordability despite its popularity as a business center.  Photo by Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
underbelly pan fish
Among the dining dos is Underbelly, Chris Shepherd's Montrose eatery.  Photo by Julie Soefer
Places-Hotels/Spas-Hotel ZaZa-pool
Hotel ZaZa is recommended as an "edgy" spot that "draws an attractive, hip crowd of locals and visitors." Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Houston, skyline, night
underbelly pan fish
Places-Hotels/Spas-Hotel ZaZa-pool

The Bayou City is known for big business, but it's also known for big sprawl. What's a corporate traveler to do in a city this size?

Rent a car, suggests BBC Travel, and expense it. A recent article published on the news site praises Houston for its affordability in a list of can't-miss hotspots for those "who want to do more than see the inside of the board room when they travel."

BBC suggests The Galleria is a great place to "truly feel like a local (or simply escape the Texas heat)." 

Among those include "edgy" hotels Hotel ZaZa and Hotel Icon and "elegant" outside-the-loop hotels like Hotel Sorella CityCentre, Hyatt Market Street in the Woodlands, the St. Regis Houston and the Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa — all near shopping destinations.

The latter two have the added bonus of being a short distance from the Galleria, which the BBC suggests is a great place to "truly feel like a local (or simply escape the Texas heat)."

Though we can think of countless other activities that are more distinctly "Houston," we can't argue with the column's local dining recommendations, which touches on foodie favorites of the past year like Oxheart, which it commends for its "unusual vegetable dishes," Uchi and Underbelly, plus staples like Brennan's of Houston and Brasserie 19.

For fair weather days and days off, the column proposes a jaunt through the museum district or a jog along the bayou — both much more "local" than a shopping mall, thankyouverymuch. 

What other places would you recommend for a foreign business person visiting the city?