Hilton Americas - Houston
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... pole in center field. The warning track is not up against the wall but rather a small hill that slopes up to the wall and has a flag pole (in the field of play) near the top. The distance to the wall here is 436 so it doesn't come into play too often and didn't for my game. Like Chase Field in Arizona the retractable roof was closed due to high temps. Unlike Chase Field, where the outdoor light came in from many places to the point where it didn't ...
... so we will be at the airport at 4am. (Ruthie doesn't know that part!). The rest of the posse, including our girls fly out at around 10am. We should all meet in Honolulu around 2pm Hulu-skirt time (+7 hrs Texas time). I imagine we will get unloaded, fed, and settled around midnite Hawaii time. That should make for a fun-filled 28hr period of no sleep for Ruthie and ...
... Found huge storm drain tunnels that made massive echoes when we shouted down them. Sweating and hot we craved a beer, walking up to the infamous 6th street we found a Mexican bar on happy hour and took advantage with buckets of beer. Made our way slowly down the infamous 6th street lined with loads of pubs, slating off any further sightseeing for the day. At sunset we Watched the 750,000 bats that live under the bridge fly off in search off food to feed their young. A ...
... on my right, and am not really sure what it's for, but where I was heading was to the left of the road I'm on. And there she is, USS Texas. The last dreadnought class battleship from the battleship arms race pre WWI. She was freshly painted, well, at least in recent years. I climb aboard and take my time to look around. She served both in WWI and WWII so there was a lot of upgrades. There was plenty of echoes of it's pre WWI days. And what I did find interesting was ...
... on the right, Terminal C on the left, and five lanes of traffic trying to merge and get into the proper lanes (felt like I was driving in Italy). All you could see were bright tail lights. Once we managed to cross over to the far right lane, it was smooth sailing….not one of those cars were going to Terminal D. Our travel documents stated we needed to check-in by 2100; it’s now 2050 and only five other passengers are waiting in line. We ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Americas - Houston
My new favorite hotel in Houston -- I prefer it over the 4 Seasons for several reasons -- HBO, cordless phone, large bathroom, long hallways (good for safe late night or early morning walks), coffee pot. Clean and comfortable and I found the staff to be friendly and helpful.
I recently spent one night 7/31 at Hilton Americas Houston hotel. 1600 Lamar
The hotel is in a great location and you would thing it would be a natural drawer for conferences, meetings and business trips. With its strategic location to the main sports centers (Minute Maid, Toyota Center, Convention Hall, etc) a meeting planner begins to salivate when they see the place and thing about the savings in trave expense, add in the grad diosece architecture of the first floor and you think that you have found the right hotel.
Pros and cons
First, the pros. Excellent location across from convention center and Compaq Center (Rockets), a few blocks from Minute Maid Field (Astros).
Comfortable accomodations, good restaurants, friendly staff.
The cons: Parking fee is a gouge. Lack of hot water at all times of morning and evening. Room cleaning sometimes doesn't occur until you are getting ready for dinner.
I am sure they are working things out since it is very new, and all in all, I would return.
DON'T LET THE HILTON NAME FOOL YOU!!! THE OPENING KINKS ARE STILL HERE, AND THEN SOME!!!I stayed in the hotel for 3 nights at the end of March 2004, and I have never had a worse time staying at a hotel. 1. The beds were so soft that a 3 month old baby literally sank when placed on top of the mattress. The mattresses were either used or were of super-cheap quality. I ended up with such bad back pain, and I'm in good health without prior issues. I ended up sleeping on the floor for the final 2 nights. I've slept better on gravel (no joke!). 2. The water pressure is so weak in the showers that I could not wash my hair w/ the shower water. I had to turn the water to bath mode to get adequate water pressure.3. I specifically asked the front desk for a room away from the elevators, and was told point-blank that my request would be accomodated only to find out when I took the elevator up to my room that I had a location RIGHT NEXT to the elevator!4. The hotel charges you $12 for self-parking and $22 for valet parking. The hotel actually charges you MORE (not less) if you are a hotel customer. I parked at a lot away from the hotel (paying $5 per day), but on the day of check-out, the hotel tried to charge me $12 per day for parking (AND tried to tack on some taxes for the parking fee as well). The taxes would not have applied to a non-hotel customer. I had to tell the front desk that I did not use their parking structure to get the fee taken off.5. The thermostat did not work adequately, and the room was either too hot or too cold.6. In summary, this hotel tries to use its good location (next to the basketball/baseball stadiums, next to convention center) to get a McHilton mass-turnout and provide poor quality of beds/rooms and service.DON'T LET THE HILTON NAME FOOL YOU!!!
The opening kinks are gone!
The opening kinks are out, from my experience. The hotel is beautiful, the rooms excellent, service just fine. I noted I was given only decaf with the complimentary coffee and I called housekeeping & they sent up two real coffees in a heartbeat. I enjoyed my stay tremendously. The location is right next to the Toyota Center and adjoins the George R.
Brown Convention Center, with Minute Maid Field two blocks away. There are three restaurants and a coffee bar on the property. Spencer's steakhouse is just ok, but the service was excellent and very friendly.
Downtown Houston is exciting and has been newly refurbished for the super bowl. I'd stay there again, even without the super hotwire rate!
I booked and prepaid for a room at the Hilton Americas with the understanding that I would be given a room with either two queen beds or one king size bed. At check-in my boyfriend and I were told they only had "Parlor Rooms" available, and we were sent to one of those.
Could be better ...
Lovely Hotel ... What I did not like ...
1. Car Valet was not a part of hotel ... this is not communicated ... when I arrived, I asked them my options and was told valet or Houston streets ... not true ...hotel has self parking adjacent to hotel 2. No Hot Water for bathing 3. Stayed in room 17045 - 2 double beds ... first bed has a mattress that is either old or broken ... it is not level ... please check it ...
This MUST BE REPLACED!
4. Can not walk out on street to night life
What I liked ....
1. hot tub and swimming area ...
2. staff was very gracious 3. 2 blocks from wonderful Josephine's rest ...
Book a Room for 3 nights $500.00 and got to stay for 1 night. No refund or coupon for another time nothing at all. We checked in on Friday night at 8:00 pm with our 2 small dogs which we paid an extra $50.00 for their stay. Saturday morning we left for AutoRama around 10:00 am and when we got back at about 4:00 to check on the dogs they were gone, needless to say I was having a panic attack so my husband called the front desk and they would not tell him anything but that the manager would be up to see us shortly. She got to the room with our dogs and informed us they could not stay there that for 1 they were disturbing other guest and also they could not be left there without one of us there. we could not very well take our pets with us to the autorama since no pets or aloud. so this meant we had to leave. without any refund at all and still charged us the $50.00 for the pets for 1 night.
New Hotel not equipped for large crowds
The new Hilton Houston Americas hotel is lovely but still has many kinks to work out before it constitutes a well-run luxury hotel.
I spent one night recently - the night prior to the Houston Marathon.
Check in was crowded but went smoothly. However, getting to my room was problematic. The hotel has multiple elevator banks but the elevator service was VERY slow. There were elevator lines in the lobby and we had to wait up to 10 minutes on our floor to retrieve a down elevator.
Our room had no toilet paper when we arrived. Our wake-up call never happened. The building temperature was frigid in parts and oppressively hot in others (elevators). TV checkout, which was encouraged, did not work. The parking card the front desk gave me to exit the garage did not work.