Good hotel for business people A review of Omni Houston Hotel Westside
I stayed at the Omni Westside in Houston for 4 nights in January 2006. This was a business trip and the hotel was chosen because its location is near to the major oil company offices in Houston. It's alongside Interstate I-10 which is a very busy freeway which is also having allot of construction work by the hotel and which is impacting the various other roads nearby.
The hotel building is impressive and particularly on the inside as there is a vast atrium which contains the lobby, restaurant, lounge areas, private dining areas and the entrances to other rooms such as conference / meeting rooms. It is attractively designed with a water feature that connects with the lake outside and contains huge fish.
I requested a quiet room as I was concerned about the noise and mine (4224) was very quiet. It was a standard two double bed room which seemed like it had been decorated relatively recently. The bathroom was very small - the open door almost reached the toilet and the bath was really only big enough for use as a shower.
I only sampled the restaurant at breakfast which was good with friendly and efficient staff even at busy times. The bar (Black Gold) was small but inviting and was a welcome retreat after a days work. I didn't use any of the leisure facilities like the pool or gym.
One service that was particularly noteworthy was the concierge desk. They provided an efficient complimentary shuttle service to the oil companies (and no doubt other businesses) in the morning and evening plus they would take you to the shopping mall, restaurants - wherever you wanted in a five mile radius outside of these times. Getting a taxi is not easy in this part of Houston for some reason and so you need to book one rather expect one to be passing or waiting outside the hotel. In fact, on a couple of occasions when a taxi wasn't available the concierge staff took me to business meetings which were well over 5 miles away - possibly nearer 10. The level of service from the concierge desk impressed me. It was also staffed by friendly individuals who seemed to care.
This was a good business hotel and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be stay on the Westside of Houston.