I saw mixed reviews of this hotel before booking but I have yet to find a good (or even decent) hotel in Houston with the budget my company gives me-- so I thought I would give this one a chance.
First, I agree with what a lot of other reviewers have said--the hotel is not marked at all and luckily my GPS was dead on about where the hotel was or I would have been hopelessly lost. I can see why other people said they couldn't find it.
In terms of the hotel, lets start with the good: the gym! The gym is one of the better--maybe the best hotel gym I have come across in a Hilton property. It was crowded but I was able to easily get a treadmill both days and appreciated that the gym had disposable headphones since I forgot mine. Also had free weights and a couple of weight machines. The other pro was the staff--everyone I came in contact with which was mostly just the front desk and valet guys, were very friendly which I appreciated. Also there is a Starbucks onsite which is nice.
The bad: As mentioned by other reviewers, the hotel is pretty dated. This would not really have been that much of an issue to me but dated combined with not very clean is an issue. I had a room with 2 double beds instead of a king--which ended up being a pro because when I checked the first bed (as I always do upon arrival) I noticed the pillows had 1. hair and 2. a lot of makeup stains on them. This scared me a little because they looked like foundation stains, i.e. the kind that generally come out in the wash. After spotting numerous hairs on the sheets (disgusting), I prayed that the other bed was better and it seemed to be. A few of the pillow cases had the same makeup stains all over them but 1 pillow appeared clean (out of 6 or something that is really sad). The bathroom also was still all wet when I went in and there was a pube in the tub. Yuck. All these things combined made me wonder if the room had even been cleaned? And obviously if it was, it wasn't done well. All in all, it really grossed me out and I didn't sleep well either night.
The other problem: noise! One of the loudest hotels, people slamming their doors all night and it sounded like the person in the room above mine was moving all of the furniture around.
I don't think I would stay here again--I know they have an update in the works which is great. Maybe with those updates will come cleaner rooms.
I would recommend another hotel in Houston--but I have yet to find one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxury hotel in Houston, TX, offers spacious, club-style guest rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive views of downtown Houston and River Oaks. All of our rooms have modern amenities and feature plush furnishings, sumptuous bedding, WiFi, a walk-in closet and luxury bathrooms with a separate shower and granite vanities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Houston
- Houston Renaissance