When you visit Downtown Houston, look to the sky and you will be met with one of the country’s most impressive skylines. The Skyline District is Houston’s iconic row of towering skyscrapers and corporate buildings. As host to 10 of Houston’s 26 Fortune 500 companies, you can’t help but get caught up in the energy and excitement of the city’s economic center.
Many guests find themselves marveling at the grandeur and sophisticated design of the modern buildings found here. Among the most remarkable are JPMorgan Chase Tower and Wells Fargo Bank Plaza, which are two of the tallest buildings in both Houston and Texas. Architectural enthusiasts will also be delighted to discover world-renown architecture by I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson.
If you’re wanting to see it all, simply walk the downtown pedestrian tunnel and skywalk system connecting you to most of the buildings in the Skyline District from our hotel. The approximately 6-mile long underground system is air-conditioned and well-lit, while skywalk connections make it easy to reach the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Houston Theater District.
For a uniquely local experience beyond the myriad of outstanding Houston Museums, visit the Artist Warehouse District located less than 10 minutes from the Cambria Hotel Houston Downtown Convention Center. The eclectic cultural area is home to former industrial buildings turned warehouses that today house spacious lofts and imaginative restaurants together with galleries and studios featuring both Houston’s well-known and not-yet-known local artists.
Every November, the Warehouse District hosts the Annual ArtCrawl, where creatives share their stories and offer up their most inventive masterpieces. Dive deep into the art scene of Houston during this special event that has taken place since 1994. Admission is free and includes over 150 artists, concessions and entertainment.
For a truly unique Houston experience, visit the FotoFest Biennial where local and international photography becomes the focus of creative art in the Downtown Houston Warehouse District. In addition to groundbreaking installations and exhibits, networking conferences and a fine print auction, the event serves as a platform for photographers to have their portfolio reviewed by some of the most respected art curators in the world.
History buffs will enjoy taking a step back in time as they wander the streets of Houston’s Historic District. Less than one mile from our hotel, the northern area of Downtown Houston centers around Market Square Park, which has been a local landmark since Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby, the city’s founders, arrived in 1836. Originally used as an open-air produce market, the park today is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy movie nights, live music and delicious bites from Niko Niko’s Greek & American Cafe.
Less than one mile away from Market Square Park is Houston’s Plymouth Rock, better known as Allen’s Landing at Buffalo Bayou River. Considered the official birthplace of Houston, the area served as the city’s first wharf. Just across the slow-moving river, the University of Houston Downtown Campus is where you can visit two beautifully preserved buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places—Willow Street Pump Station and One Main Building (formerly the Merchants and Manufacturing Building).