Yes, the LaQuinta in LaPorte is clean or it was when we were there two years ago. I have also read that they offer free parking during the cruise, but we did not use it. There is a Kettle (I think) or something similar right by the LaQuinta. There are only a few hotels in La Porte. I cannot find my link to the Port of Houston but just google Port of Houston and you will get some great ino about the surrounding area. The Houston Port is rather small and located in an industrial area. Houston will be building a newer larger port in the future, or so I have read. We stayed in Baytown last year and will again this year...just because I have hotel points to use...nothing wrong with LaPorte. The parking at the terminal is adjacent and very convienent, so we have always parked there. For more information you might search the boards under the Norwegian Sea (used to leave from there) or the Dream, which is still there. Hope this helps.