Hotel Recommendations

We recommend staying at the Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center located on Travis Street. This is Rice’s partner hotel, and is a 12-minute walk to the Moody Center for the Arts on campus. The hotel also provides complimentary shuttle service to/from Rice if the weather is unpleasant. Accessible rooms available.

Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center
6633 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77030-1308
Closest hotel to campus
Book online by Feb. 7, 2019 using this group discount link »

Several other local hotels:
  • Rodeway Inn & Suites Medical Center
  • Best Western Plaza Hotel & Suites at Medical Center
  • Wyndham Houston-Medical Center Hotel and Suites
  • Hotel ZaZa

Travel within Houston

Rice University is situated between the Museum District, The Houston Medical Center, Hermann Park, and Rice Village. All of these areas are pedestrian-friendly and approximately a 10- to 15-minute walk apart. The free Rice University shuttle service also serves these areas from campus. Downtown Houston is accessible via the METRORail Redline, a tram service with a convenient station between Rice and Hermann Park. If you are staying at the Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center, the hotel has a complimentary shuttle for destinations within two miles of the property (Rice University, the Museum District, Hermann Park, and Rice Village are well within the boundaries).

Flying to Houston

The city of Houston is served by two airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). We recommend William P. Hobby Airport due to its closer proximity to Rice University. If you have any questions about arranging flights or Houston’s airports, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask.

Options from the airports to Rice University

Rice University is not reached very easily via public transportation. Taxi service is easily arranged but can be costly. We recommend Uber and Lyft, which operate across metropolitan Houston.