Traveling to MD Anderson Cancer Center for medical treatment or second opinion can be a daunting experience. When my doctor made the announcement that he felt that I should go to MD Anderson, I was both scared and hopeful. I didn’t know what to expect or how to even go about making plans to visit this world renowned medical facility. Patients from all over the globe come to MD Anderson looking for answers and cures. One thing that is essential, is finding lodging that is not just affordable, but is close enough to the facility for the patient and friends, and also offers the little extras needed for the patients.
When you request an apointment at MD Anderson, the department where you’ll be treated will call you back with your appointment day and time. Depending on the nature of your medical needs, they very well may ask you to come to Houston within a day or two. That’s what happened in my case. MD Anderson does have a travel department, and they do offer an extensive list of lodging options that the social services department updates frequently. I opted for the Hilton Houston Plaza Medical Center for various reasons, but mostly because I knew there would be a certain level of service at any Hilton property and it was close to MD Anderson and other area medical centers.
I did my research and my husband took me around the area so that we could find the best hotels near MD Anderson in Houston, just in case anyone else is searching for this information. This list may change and I will update it each time I go back for a visit as I discover other places to stay. I’ll also be compiling information on RV parks, apartments, and other long-term lodging options for patients. The hotels listed are good choices for your first visit and if you have to stay for less than two weeks. Any longer and you should look at other options. Also, while these hotels can be booked online, medical rates can only be made by phone or email, depending upon the property.
Hilton Houston Plaza Medical Center – This 80% suite hotel is close to MD Anderson and connected to the Houston Medical Center. The free shuttle can be arranged with prior request and there is room service, a fitness center, pool with running track, and other onsite amenities. The suites are spacious with wet bar, living room, extra 1/2 bath, and lots of room for visitors. It is near many restaurants in the area and offers overnight parking for $12 with in/out access. I’ve checked out the Hilton Houston Plaza Medical Center personally and found the staff to be helpful and pleasant.
6633 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 313-4000 1-800-445-8667
Website: Hilton Houston Plaza
Hotel ZaZa Houston – This is the most stylist hotel near MD Anderson. Hotel Zaza, in the Museum District, is a boutique hotel offering extended stay suites for those having to stay a while at one of the nearby medical facilities. Each of the suites has its own personality, reflecting the feel of various destinations around the globe. Extended stay rooms have amenities such as daily continental breakfast and evening treats, refrigerator and microwave, complimentary wi-fi, a special lounge just for extended stay guests, and lots of other extras. The onsite spa, ZaSpa Houston, keeps patients and their families in mind with their relaxation treatments. The prices at ZaSpa Houston are reasonable compated to other spas I’ve visited and make a fantastic “Thinking of You” gift for patients you may know staying in the area. Pets are welcome at Hotel Zaza and there is also a luxury shuttle provided for guests. Overnight valet parking is $24. If you don’t need extended stay, there are a variety of other guestrooms and suites, including The Magnificent Seven.
5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International – This hotel is owned by MD Anderson and managed by Marriott. It is the closest hotel to the hospital and has an enclosed walkway to the medical facility. A king room with no kitchenette will run at least $115/night. For $10 more per night, you can get a room with a kitchenette. This is a convenient option for families needing to be within walking distance of the hospital. There is complimentary wi-fi and parking is $5/day in the nearby parking garage.
1600 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Website: Rotary House International
Courtyard Houston Medical Center – This is a newer hotel with fluctuating rates. You may have to call to request a medical rate. Room rate includes free internet, free onsite parking, and free shuttle to medical facilities in the area. There is a 24 hour Starbucks and hotel is next door to a grocery store and pharmacy. There is an onsite restaurant that offers breakfast for a fee.
7702 Main Street , Houston, Texas 77030 USA
Phone: (713) 668-4500
Best Western Plaza Hotel and Suites at Medical Center – This property does advertise a free shuttle but is within one block of the METRO, making this a good choice for family members visiting patients or those who would rather take their own transportation to MD Anderson. Rate includes free hot breakfast, free internet, microwave and refrigerator in room, indoor pool, business center, self-service laundry and other amenities. This property is a good value with medical rates available online.
6700 S Main Street US Houston, Texas, 77030, United States
Phone: (713) 522-2811
Other hotels in the area to check out:
Houston Marriott Medical Center
Residence Inn Medical Center