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Top-notch hotels made a play for Houston-bound sports fans who visited the city for the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend. Less than a mile from the Toyota Center (host to the main event on Feb. 17) and the George R. Brown Convention Center (the Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game venue), basketball fans flocked to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Houston. The 404-room hotel underwent a $25 million overhaul in 2010, making the spacious rooms more glamorous than ever. And for fans who really wanted to live large, the new Presidential Suite that was just unveiled last fall made a perfect party setting.
While being in the up-and-coming downtown area is great, The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa was the place to be for guests who were looking to unwind. Set on 18 acres just off the busy 610 Loop, The Houstonian feels more like a relaxing retreat than an urban hotel. But when fans were ready to face the crowd that had descended upon Texas’ largest city to watch the NBA’s elite duke it out, they were appreciative that the hotel was just a short drive from the arena.
The trendy Hotel ZaZa Houston also saw its share of NBA fans. Sitting in the Museum District — a nice spot to explore — this vibrant hotel was (and is) a must-stay for those hoping for some star sightings.