Travel Blogs from Houston
Back in Texas. This time Houston, the fourth largest city in the USA. I always feel that Houston is a very spread out but fascinating city. Great restaurants, nice climate and fascinating culture. Certainly worth a visit.
Part of my deal for a Sept 1 job start was that I would show up in Houston for the new firm's annual conference which is appropriately titled "Hotter N Hell." But since I'm not on payroll yet and the conference only lasts until lunch every day, I spend my afternoons shopping, napping, or by the pool.
I spent 2 nights getting a taste of my …
... products, kitchen equipment and supplies, organic cat and dog food (!), tinned food, then spices, sauces and condiments finally reaching fresh fruit, vegies, freshly squeezed juices, nuts, seeds and legumes. At the rear of the supermarket is the meat section (fresh and frozen) which also offers ready to eat meat/fish based foods such as crab or lobster bisque, prawn and chicken jumbalaya, stews, ribs, roast chicken pieces etc.
I can see why so ...
The hype is building as we pack our bags for our 7 day cruise on the Carnival Magic leaving from Galveston, Texas. Checking and double checking the weather as heavy fog is expected tomorrow to delay the arrival of the Magic. We are hoping & praying that it clears & all will be on time. We are due to set sail at ...
... a multi- tunnel hospital with its own ventilation system. This hospital was used in the 1950's during the Hungarian Revolution. Most recently it was used as a nuclear fallout shelter. During World War II, they went without water and power for several weeks in the hospital so disease and infections spread rapidly. Until recently a caretaker family lived in this hospital with their children riding their bikes through the tunnels. At the President's residence, ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Houstonian
All I can say is wow! I am not sure why the other reviews are negative, but my husband and I had a wonderful stay at the Houstonian. We live in a suburb outside of the city and we wanted to have some fun in the city. We chose the Houstonian based on its reputation in the city. We recieved perfect service! The new pool is great place to get some sun, the spa service was out of this world!
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for a weekend recently. We booked the room over a month in advance, and requested a king. When we checked in, we were given 2 double beds, right by the pool area. We called the front desk to ask about our king reservation only to be told the 2 doubles were all they had left-no other explanation was given. Just as I feared, while trying to take a nap one afternoon, neither my husband nor myself could rest due to a swim lesson being given at the pool. That same night, we were woken up by people out at the pool well after midnight. At these prices, I would expect better service. Also, the hall leading from the elevator to our room smelled like vomit. Our room was clean, and the doormen always opened doors for us and called us cabs, but those are the only positive things I can say about the Houstonian. It doesn't live up to the hype. For a comparable experience, I would stay at a Hampton Inn for half the price!
Our daughter got married may 15th at the hotel and about 60 out-of-towners stayed on property. They appreciated having the parties and the brunch all in one place. We stayed in a suite with floor-ceiling glass walls, but it was right by the pool, and it was a bit noisy at times. Our bathroom was a granite and marble wonder, with large walk- in glass shower and a huge bathtub. There was enough space in the closet for us, but it is on the small side. Our daughter slept on the pull-out sofa and it was fair, but she tolerated it. The 60 guests we had staying there did not complain, but my mother and sister mentioned the small bathroom and closet space being substandard. The rooms are very small and dark, but the hotel's charm is being in a dark-wooded sherwood forest atmosphere in the midst of a very busy and commercial area, so the trade-off is up to you.
One for the short stay traveller on business expenses only
The lobby and restaurant of the Houstonian are more impressive than the rooms which are disappointingly small by US standards. Definitely one for the lone visitor, rather then couples. The lone visitor who is not staying long, because there's not a lot of closet space. The lone, short-stay, travelling-light visitor who likes a dark ambience. And shades of brown. A brown-loving lone short-stay travelling-light visitor who doesn't mind that the air con doesn't stay cold.
Ok, so the Houstonian is great for the the lone, short-stay, travelling-light, brown and heat loving visitor. For the rest of us it's just ok. For the price I would expect more.
For a 5 star hotel, I was quite dissappointed overall. First, my friend was having her wedding there, and she had already paid $30.000 to the hotel for the wedding this past weekend. When we arrived, they requested a criedt card which she thought was taking care of but the front desk wouldn't let her through. Finally, we had to request the events manager to straighten it out.
i purchased a room for my parents for their wedding anniversary...i told this to the agent when i made the reservation...however when my folks checked in they were told they would have to use their credit card...so i had to go down to the hotel to straighten it out...they wouldn't do it over the phone for some reason...but when they checked out they had the same problem!!!....
flowers were not delivered to room....
champange was delivered late....
wrote gm 3 times...no response...i guess they don't care...
basically a glorified holiday inn....
We have stayed at the Houstonian for years - some good, some better. Today, under current management, this hotel is very close to the five stars it seeks.
Ambience & staff were excellent but room was only average, certainly not worth even the corporate rate I paid. Bathroom badly needed upgrading (towels could do with replacement as well, like sandpaper) and rest of room no better than an average US hotel room. All in all a big dissapointment. Exorbitant price for a continental breakfast, no better than that provided free in some very down market motels!
My wife and I stayed at the Houstonian in June and generally enjoyed our stay. The rooms are nicely decorated and the floor-to-ceiling windows were quite nice. The food from room service was quite good, and the location in Houston is hard to beat. Also, the fitness center is truly a marvel. However, despite the expensive decorations, the rooms have the same floor-plan as a Holiday Inn, with an amazingly tiny bathroom. While the bed was incredibly comfortable, the hotel never quite convinced me that I was staying in a truly luxurious property. The pools were nice but their lay-out was not very pleasing and at times made for a crowded experience Also, the elevator area on our floor smelled musty, and staff couldn't seem to remember that the pine cone marked "do not disturb"--found in every room--really meant that. Also, I found it truly outrageous that the hotel starts to charge you by the hour ($15) for late-checkout-even if they have availability. That certainly gives you an idea of the limits of the hotel's service. In the end, you won't make a bad choice if you stay at the Houstonian. Just don't expect it to be the be-all-end-all of hotels. Here's a tip: Don't book a package where free parking is the featured perk--the parking is already free.
First time in Houston and after seeing their website decided to give it a try.
Well, simply awesome. The staff goes out of there way to assist you and make sure you are getting everything you need.
There is a main building where the rooms are. The only complaint with the room is the size of the bathroom. They are quite small.
They have a fitness building that is out of the world. The gym is over 100,000 sq feet (That is just the workout equipment). They have a full indoor basketball court, rock climbing, racquetball and etc.
They also have another building which is their day spa. If you go you must experience this.
My girlfriend and I are planning to back again this year. When is Houston, stay here