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William P. Hobby Airport

William P Hobby Airport (HOU)

Greater Hobby Area, Houston
  • Glenn C.
    "pork loaded potato and a margarita at Pappas BBQ!"(29 Tips)
    Blake🔥 C.
    "Pappadeaux at gate 41 best place to eat here yummy"(18 Tips)
    Tiffany T.
    "great choices to eat,.Buffalo Wild Wings"(17 Tips)
    Chris G.
    "full body scanners"(11 Tips)
524 Tips and reviews
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 11, 2012
    Top Dining Options: Buffalo Wild Wings, Central Concourse; Hunan Return of the Phoenix, Pappa's Burger, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pappasita’s Cantina are all in the Central Concourse and Food Court. Read more
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanFebruary 13
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of great food options in this airport. All the Pappas Restaurants have a presence and all are fantastic just depends if you are in the mood for Mexican, Seafood, or Burgers. Barry's for pizza.
  • David P.
    David PessahMarch 16, 2014
    For the travelers from cities that can drink all day every Sunday: One must have food on the table before a drink can be ordered from 1030a-12p. 12p on is fair game...Or our waiter was a big liar
  • Susan R.
    Susan RussoMarch 5, 2013
    Pappadeaux is a fun spot for a bite to eat offering classic New Orleans dishes like fried alligator, dirty rice, shrimp étouffée, and oysters. Sad beers on tap though, so be warned.
  • Sherri S.
    Sherri ScottFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I miss the days when Southwest had their three level security lines: Fast Track, Expert Traveler and Family/Need Extra Time. That was the most efficient TSA process ever!!!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Jason P.
    Jason PelishDecember 29, 2011
    If you're hungry go to the Asian Food place in the Food Court before the A Gates. The Szechuan Noodles are awesome - especially with the Phoenix Chicken. Really tasty hunan sauce on them - yum!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasAugust 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the cell phone lot while you wait for your friends to arrive and enjoy the views of planes landing. Very close to the terminal, so you avoid the traffic at arrivals.
  • D J.
    D JohnsonDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    For convenience try parking in the brand new parking garage($20/day) at Hobby Airport. It is located on the left as soon as you get your parking ticket from the machine. Going to the terminal is easy.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Southwest got me back EARLY! The TSA was actually friendly & their body scanners are more generic pictures then other airports I've been in. Felt less violated & the friendliness went a long way!
  • Karla C.
    Karla CarrilloMarch 26, 2013
    I really like this airport. Small & very easy to get around. Friendly airport. Good airport if you ever need to make a connection to get to your destination.
  • Subria L.
    Subria LNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Agree with Jessica the rocking chairs are a nice Texan touch and the confined space in the pick-up area with idling cars gives the equally Texan polluted air experience
  • Dominic F.
    Dominic FortSeptember 8, 2014
    Happen to be passing through, be sure to swing by Pappas Burgers and say hello to Corey the bartender... Great personality and wonderful service.
  • John C.
    John CarnessiotisApril 28, 2013
    Small Airports are the best... period! Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen offers free wi fi and Southwest proved to be excellent and on time!
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this little airport! Clean & efficient. Upset to hear they are going international...I hope they will be able to maintain the comfortable environment.
  • Tonya B.
    Tonya ByrdOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pappasito,s cantina is the best! I love having a local Houston restaurant in the airport. If you crave tex mex this is the place to go!
  • Charles C.
    Charles CastilloApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hobby finally has upgraded the terminals and better food places have been added! If you're running late Subway has been added and is serving breakfast (at normal prices too)!
  • Tim K.
    Tim KnightSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chairs in Gate 43 of any airport I've been in outside of the Preferred Lounges. "Leather" sitting chairs with Power outlets and USB ports every 2 chairs.
  • Houston Texans
    Houston TexansApril 5, 2012
    Welcome to Houston, home of the 2011 AFC South champion Houston Texans. Stop by the Go Texan Store at Reliant Stadium for the largest collection of team gear.
  • Christina
    ChristinaDecember 26, 2012
    Get a frozen original margarita at Papasitos. One of the best frozens I've had in ages. They put it in a plastic cup, too.
  • CultureMap Houston M.
    Hobby has an array of restaurants in the central concourse including Pappasito's Catina, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, and Hunan Return of the Phoenix.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    DoubleTree by HiltonSeptember 27, 2011
    Keeping liquids in checked baggage is always your best bet, but if you aren’t checking luggage, predetermine how much liquid security allows and plan ahead to avoid losing your favorite shampoo!
  • George W.
    George WJune 23, 2014
    It's an airport, what do you expect? Short lines at the TSA, it's comfortable, clean w/a nice food court. Take it from a real traveler, don't spend a lot of time in airports if you can avoid it!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MooreJuly 1
    Been here 10+ times
    Hobby has made so many improvements over the last few years and is really a great airport with plenty of amenities.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DeedsJanuary 2, 2014
    Much nicer airport than IAH and since it is smaller there are much shorter lines! The shops and food selection is also better than IAH's.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 10, 2015
    When picking someone up keep left as you approach the covered portion. That line moves faster since people on the right are usually stopped to load.
  • Cassandra F.
    Cassandra FaustNovember 17, 2016
    Pappadeaux is new here and was a nice Houston touch to the airport! Also love the changes to the shopping at the airport as well!!
  • Annette W.
    Annette WilliamsOctober 20, 2014
    I love Hobby Air Port! My only complaint is it needs more restaurants choices and it definitely needs a Starbucks!
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    Long flight? Peanuts are okay, but bringing a filling, healthy snack like almonds or fruit will keep you tied over until your destination. For more travel tips and fun, follow @DoubleTree on Twitter!
  • John H.
    John HankusFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a beer and walk around the concourse with it. There are some decent food places in this place as well.
  • Raissa
    RaissaDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If it's too busy at top ramp have your party drop you off at bottom baggage claim. A short walk and an escalator could save half an hour.
  • Belinda R.
    Belinda RickmanSeptember 14, 2014
    Be sure to check your boarding pass. If it says TSA PRE you can skip the long security lines. Go start thru security without taking shoes off and the line is really short.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GilesSeptember 25, 2014
    Beautiful airport. Spacious, easy to get around ans very convenient. Great choices for food!!
  • Ginger Girl
    Ginger GirlJune 25, 2013
    Free refills on your black/green iced tea at Peet's. Next to gate #40. Makes the price a little easier to handle. Tasty too.
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigApril 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    As airports go Hobby is a breeze. It's small and friendly with decent food options and mercifully short security lines!
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    DJ Latin Prince ✔ November 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I like this airport, nice and easy. Just make sure you collect your money from those who owe you before leaving town.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MayerDecember 15, 2010
    Fried alligator appetizer at Pappadeux: not to shabby! It's sit down so be sure you have some time. They keep tabs on time for you, as some airport restaurants do
  • Matt F.
    Matt FerrariSeptember 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Only 51 gates and pretty much Southwest. Great option if you are headed to Galveston as you will save a ton of time
  • Glenn C.
    Glenn CarrJuly 5, 2013
    You've got to get a pulled pork loaded potato and a margarita at Pappas BBQ! Amazing! Now I'm glad I had a layover! :)
  • Lauryn M.
    Lauryn MillSeptember 5, 2014
    The smaller airport in Houston on the south side of town. No free wifi, but you can get it for free at Papadeaux's.
  • Caitlin K.
    Caitlin KaluzaSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love flying out of Hobby. It's much more calm than IAH, and the Southwest staff is always so friendly & helpful
  • Nguyen P.
    Nguyen PhamMarch 14, 2013
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  • Annie S.
    Annie SalazarDecember 17, 2011
    Park on the top level of the garage. There's plenty of wider spaces & less chance of getting your vehicle dinged
  • Chris G.
    Chris GilbertOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm amazed at the lemmings who will go through the full body scanners here. Everyone should opt out.
  • Lisa E.
    Lisa ERJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    After you pass thru TSA, look up at the original neon sign that was once the exterior of the airport. Love that they maintain the history!
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BrownApril 26, 2012
    You can take adult beverages anywhere in the terminal, glass bottles excluded. Don't feel obligated to keep drinks in bars/restaurants.
  • Rene G.
    Rene GonzalezJuly 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Eco park 2 is the best place to park. Only $8 a day and it is right next to the terminal door.
  • Manny P.
    Manny PerezJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Seriously people! What part of take everything out of your pockets, do you not understand? I know taking the belt, and shoes off can be hard to understand...
  • Derrick W.
    Derrick WilliamsJune 3, 2013
    Very tech friendly airport as I don't have to wonder from gate to gate looking for an available outlet.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ChangJune 1, 2011
    Take advantage of the Priority line (if you have it w/ an airline). It's not on the sign, but Delta's Silver Medallion counts & got me through security in 10 minutes
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RosenbergMay 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Security line gets busy for those Sunday 5-730 flights, so keep that in mind when planning your day
  • HTEDance
    HTEDanceSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This aiport is gorgeous! The rennovation turned out extraordinary! Kudos to the city of Houston!
  • Robert G.
    Robert GrahamJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Good craft beer to go down by gate 20. left hand nitro stout and real ale devils backbone
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Lines can get long, but they move quickly. A friendly smile can go a long way here.
  • Terry
    TerrySeptember 3, 2014
    Way more room on southwest flights than united flights, also more pleasant staff.
  • Jonathan J.
    Jonathan JowMay 7, 2014
    Hobby is not like Austin Bergstrom. To check bags in to Southwest Airlines you need to do it before 45mins of departure. In Austin it is 30mins. Otherwise your bag will be marked "Late Checkin".
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CisnerosJune 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great dining choices, but I have it on good authority the ice tea at the Baskin Robbins / Dunkin' Donuts is horrible.
  • Candace B.
    Candace BlydenburghFebruary 20, 2015
    Great airport to fly into and leave out of - easy to get through security and easy to get to the gates even with the construction
    ESTHERJune 17
    Been here 50+ times
    Here's a tip for the normal person, please stay out of the commercial lane... we are working and you are in our way. Thank you. 😉
  • Ed B.
    Ed BellahNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Southwest Bus. Select & A-list- The normal line was twice as long but 4x faster than the bus. Select line. What a travesty! SO, if both lines are long, chances are the normal line is faster!
  • Gus S.
    Gus ShamAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The men's restroom in baggage claim is clean and better than the other restroom since the traffic is less
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CoffmanMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You won't get lost, it's a very nice airport with friendly staff. Try to enjoy the weather while you're here!
    sugardaddie.comNovember 29, 2013
    If you fly SouthWest you are probably coming through here. No free wifi and the security line may look daunting but all in a pretty decent airport to come through.
  • Kody
    KodyNovember 9, 2014
    Get a shoeshine! Awesome stories and great for a laugh and to say you've done it!
  • Danny F.
    Danny FrankNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't use the drop off section of the airport. You have to carry your bags downstairs. Just go to the arrival part & go right to baggage check in
  • Steven M.
    Steven MartinezNovember 13, 2011
    Security line a Hell, get there early to aviod the line. Go to the bar and enjoy a drink or two before the flight
  • Jack L.
    Jack LakkapragadaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Though the airport is thumbs down in neatness, handling security lines is good especially for frequent travelers.
  • BluEyed G.
    BluEyed GurlJuly 11, 2014
    Papas Burgers near gate 45.....bring a friend! these burgers are 'da bomb & HUGE!
  • Biff B.
    Biff BigelowAugust 2, 2013
    Strap a summer sausage to your leg for extra TSA fun!!!!
  • Annabelle R.
    Annabelle RApril 19, 2013
    If you are picking up someone, tell them to meet you outside all the way down. (Across from the taxi stand). Less congestion.
  • Ann G.
    Ann GlennMarch 9, 2013
    There are giant spider webs in the ceiling here that i am convinced hold a giant spider the kind seen in #syfy movies.
  • Chefcommons F.
    Papasito's cantina is the best deal for food. Hop over to peet's coffee also for a caffeine hit.
  • Urbanyousee
    UrbanyouseeFebruary 25, 2013
    If you fly Southwest, you can use your mobile device to track flight status during the flight; but you will need to pay $8 to use the wifi.
  • Amber R.
    Amber RampinoOctober 2, 2011
    Pro tip: dress for the weather you're traveling too, not coming from. Flip flops up north in October ate a gamble Houston ;)
  • Kaleb F.
    Kaleb FulghamJune 3, 2013
    For great coffee, visit Southside Espresso, Catalina, Blacksmith, Inversion, and Agora
  • Nathan
    NathanJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Formerly an airport for model airplane hobbyists, the line, "everything's bigger in Texas" became law and all the toy airplanes became real airplanes, however, the name Hobby stuck
  • Josh H.
    Josh HowardJanuary 5, 2013
    This particular plane has a maintenance problem. I just want to go home. So, my tip, I guess, is to let off some steam by cursing the gods of flight for slowing you down.
  • Dulcinea C.
    Dulcinea Cuellar KimreyFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Free Wi-Fi at Buffalo Wild Wing near gate 23. It's a strong connection. Don't pay for Bogo, just sit at Gate 22 and use BW2's!
  • Juan
    JuanDecember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    When exiting the airport turn right and sit by the rocking chair,wait for your ride that is perhaps late. Because your early! :)
  • Greg L.
    Greg LaPalomentoSeptember 25, 2011
    Check in online, print your boarding pass. There's a line for people who just need to check a bag, but have boading pass already
  • Chris G.
    Chris GilbertNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Opt out. TSA only using full body scanners here. Can't believe so many Americans are willing to put up with the TSA and their techniques. OPT OUT!!!
  • Justin R.
    Justin RobinettDecember 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Main southwest hub in Houston, great restaurants.
  • Gagan S.
    Gagan SinghAugust 13, 2015
    Live music and good food. Easy and fast security gates.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PonsonbyJanuary 4, 2015
    Small, clean, easy to navigate and lots of food options available
  • RC L.
    RC LathamOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Please save the chairs with Power Outlets those who need the hard-to-find electricity.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LaboyDecember 30, 2011
    Pappas milkshakes are ridiculously good. One of the best shakes I've ever had.
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LeinenbachNovember 5, 2014
    I love this airport, it's so much easier than IAH. The easiest way to get out of Houston!!
  • Jenn
    JennOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love, love this airport, so easy to get in and get out of the city, when needed!!
    AlmostVeggies.comJune 22, 2012
    Check out for the best places to eat in Houston! Hurry. Up.
  • ♰Jim K.
    ♰Jim KerrJuly 11, 2013
    This airport may not be the nicest but their restaurants are Awesome!
  • Kandi S.
    Kandi SteinerMarch 26, 2013
    Barry's Pizza had great food at an awesome price. Best way to spend your layover. :)
  • Shilpa N.
    Shilpa NicodemusJanuary 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Skycaps generally work for tips and probably underpaid. They also route your luggage. Do the math and tip well.
  • Joel R.
    Joel ReedJanuary 20, 2015
    Not a bad airport. They have a Peet's Coffee in lieu of Starbucks. A couple of Pappa-eateries.
  • Nan
    NanOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The intercom can't be heard very well when you're in Pappa's so watch the clock or you'll miss your flight.
  • Kristie
    KristieJanuary 23, 2013
    If you aren't from Texas, don't try the tex-mex from Pappacitos. It was extremely disappointing!!
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LamboyMarch 30, 2012
    Try the massage chair for a back breaking good time, and all for only $1!
    ROBERTA DOUCETTEMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Is there any place here that isn't under construction? Best to add plenty of time. Security is at a snail's pace.
  • Gabriel K.
    Gabriel KonigsbergSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good news and bad news. Good news is jet blue is here!! Bad news their bag check in does not open until 8:30 or 8:45. Super weird when everyone else is open.
  • Troy L.
    Troy LintonSeptember 29, 2010
    Super Shuttle to Westin Galleria is half the price of a taxi if you don't mind waiting 20-30 mins and then making a few stops. Let's see if is worth it...
  • Deven N.
    Deven NongbriJune 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you parked here don't leave thru InstaPay stall #9 - it doesn't give receipts!
  • Will W.
    Will WongDecember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Skycaps work for tips that's how they make their living. According to the skycap who checked me in at the curbside service for southwest. So tip.... If they did a good job
  • Latifa A.
    Latifa AlruwayehOctober 13, 2014
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