Flashy Texas Style, but noisy A review of Omni Houston Hotel Westside
Let's start with the lobby that is lush with plants and vases of orchids...water flows all around, inside and out, filled with huge koi and turtles...the kids loved feeding them and being able to be close to water...
The restaurant was surprisingly good and did a good job of catering to the under 6 set....altho our grandkids decided that our food was better and ended up eating off of our plates...The bar is lacking in ambiance and seats, altho peanuts are fun to eat and then throw shells on floor...
The hotel hosted a high school prom the weekend we were there and we feared the worst...teens running thru hallways all nite, yelling and screaming outside.....but this was NOT the case...they were contained and no one in our group heard a peep from the prom goers after we retired for the nite.
The rooms are nice, but becoming a bit shabby. Carpets are thin and bedspreads had stains. I do like to have sheet enclosed blankets, as it is so much cleaner than just a blanket on the bed. The maid service is good, but they bang in and out of rooms starting at 7 am making a late sleeping morning impossible. The prices for the in-room bar are astronomical. There is a Conoco station across the street for water, sodas and snacks.
The pool....we came a day earlier than the family planned activities, looking forward to lounging at the pool, having a sunny umbrella drink and playing there with our grandchildren. WRONG.....someone designed that pool for the hard of hearing, because it is blasted all day with the hotel's air compression system. It is so noisy that we couldn't even consider bringing the grandkids cause 1. we couldn't hear them talk to us, or even hear where they were in the pool and 2. we were afraid of damaging their tender ears with the constant noise...Even in the hot tub, the noise was pervasive. I lasted one hour and left feeling like I had been in the engineroom of a huge oceanliner...Due to this lack of consideration for pool guests, we will never return to this hotel. It's a shame, because the rest of the place is pleasant.
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