THOUGH Texas CONTINUES TO SEE RECORD-HIGH NUMBERS of new COVID-19 cases since Memorial Day, our state's re-opening continues on, and with that comes the right to staycation. For those seeking an escape, there is some good news—the hotel industry has embraced new guidelines from the American Hotel & Lodging Association to protect the safety and health of guests and staff, including employee COVID-19 training, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning practices.

The following Houston hotels all have new safety protocols in place, and they all have open pool areas, which we all know is the main reason you want to book that stay. You can also find more deals at visithoustontexas.com, and remember, if you decide to book a staycation, practice social distancing and wear your mask to help stop the spread.

Hotel Alessandra

Now through August 31, the downtown boutique hotel is offering 25 percent-off stays with its Stay Texas package. The rooftop pool is also open, with new terry cloth chaise slipcovers that are replaced after every use. The hotel is also close to numerous B-Cycle stations (and Discovery Green) and has a complimentary Bike Valet to park and stow your wheels overnight. Rates from $165 per night.

InterContinental Hotel – Medical Center

The hotel’s Life of Leisure package includes luxurious accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries, and sparkling wine upon check-in, nightly turndown, complimentary self-parking, and late check-out. There's also the Suite Life package, with a $50 credit to use each night of your stay at Safina Mediterranean restaurant or The Naturalist Café and Lounge along with your suite accommodation. From $160.55. 

The Moran CITYCENTRE

With spacious guest rooms, on-site eatery Radio Milano, and an intimate rooftop pool with cabanas, this CITYCENTRE hotel is now offering 30 percent-off, best-available rates for summer getaways, May 21—September 29, when you book now through August 31. It’s also just a hop, skip, and jump away from Terry Hershey Park. From $137.

The Houstonian 

Social distance amidst some 27 acres of forested property including greenspace, jogging trails, and panoramic views. The resort is also rocking new sanitation practices and even a wellness desk, and is now offering a few new packages for families (the Drive & Play package) and couples (Bubbles & Breakfast) that can be booked through August 31. From $294.

The Post Oak

Tilman Fertitta’s 250-room stunner—the only hotel in Houston to achieve AAA's Five Diamond rating—is offering a summer package with 15 percent-off room rates and a PRIDE package that includes a discounted private pool cabana (among other things). Also of note, the hotel’s numerous one-of-a-kind experiences include helicopter tours and even shark feedings, but the spa offerings and personal yoga sessions may be more suited to your mindset in these stressful times. From $363.

The Woodlands Resort

The family-friendly resort known for its Forest Oasis Pool Complex & Lazy River, Cool Water Café, championship golf courses, and and 220 miles of jogging trails, has rolled out the Midweek Summer Special, which includes two extra wristbands for a friend or family member to join you for a day of fun in the pool complex and Lazy River during your overnight stay and the Summer Staycation Package, with deluxe accommodations and $50 daily dining credit at its eateries. From $194.

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