Get a Room & Survive a Rock Concert with your Tween
Do you remember your first concert? I know I should, but I can’t quite put a finger on it. Was it Air Supply, Rick Springfield or Men at Work? Come to think of it, should I even be admitting this?
Back when I was a kid, major musical acts would play near my home in New Jersey and ticket prices were still relatively modest. These days, however, a concert is a major investment of time, money and travel. Ticket prices are exorbitant and if you live in a smaller market like Austin, traveling a few hours by car to Houston or the Dallas Metroplex is often part of the equation.
Let me be clear. I am not the type of parent who will pay good money to see a performer that I loathe, even if my daughter loves said performer. Judge all you want. But I am not ashamed to admit that I rejected several of my daughter’s heartfelt pleas to attend various concerts.
Because I rejected so many of my daughter’s persistent proposals, I was determined that we make this rite of passage something we would both thoroughly enjoy. And I was not delusional enough to think that my company could match that of one of her peers so I allowed my daughter to choose a friend to come along as well.
Where to Stay in Houston for Concerts
Lucky for us, the fabulous Katy Perry was scheduled to perform in Houston on the weekend after my daughter’s 11th birthday. We bought the best seats we could afford nearly a year in advance, and in a moment of parenting genius, I booked adjoining rooms at a hotel immediately across the street from the concert, Hilton Americas-Houston in downtown.
Not only did this mean that we would not have to drive three hours home to Austin late at night, but it meant that my husband could skip the show (and its triple-digit ticket price) and spend a quiet evening alone in the lap of luxury at the Hilton.
While fans lined up around the corner to enter the Toyota Center, our family enjoyed the pre-show buzz (and free food and soft drinks) at the Executive Lounge at the Hilton. After the concert ended around 11:30 pm, the three of us were back at our room within 10 minutes and the girls were soon fast asleep.
Things to do in Houston if You Have Extra Time
The next morning, we enjoyed the complimentary breakfast in the Executive Lounge and a morning swim in the rooftop heated indoor pool located on the 23rd floor of the hotel. Then we headed back to Austin with a stopover at our favorite Houston lunch spot, Kenny and Ziggy’s deli in the Galleria area.
If it hadn’t been raining, we would have checked out the play area at Discovery Green Park just across the street from the Hilton or the outstanding Houston Zoo, just three short miles away.
So, when you are ready to take the plunge for that first (or second or third) concert, make a weekend of it. And don’t forget your ear plugs.
Seeing a big show in Los Angeles? Check out Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, just a few blocks from the Staple Center. Or just outside the Big Apple, try Hilton Meadowlands across the street from MetLife Stadium and just minutes from New York City.
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- Need Tickets on Vacation? Ask Your Hotel Concierge!
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A self-proclaimed Jersey Girl (with a soft spot for Jon Bon Jovi), Amy currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and 11-year old daughter. She picked…