Stayed at the Holiday Inn Houston Westchase for 6 nights in early January for business. The hotel is brand new, so very clean, bright and to the new brand standards. They have a single restaurant off the main lobby (The Sporting News Grill) which I only used for breakfast (it was fine and reasonably-priced). The pool is nice and there is a great southern-exposure patio off the pool area with chairs and loungers if you need to soak in some sun (it is a bit noisy from the roadways that are near, but once my headphones were in I didn't notice the cars any more). The fitness facilities are new and the cardio machines each have their own TV screens.
My room was clean and well-appointed. Nice desk area, king size bed, flat-screen LCD TV with 50+ channels. There was a nice lounger with a side table I could use to eat a meal or do work while watching TV as well. The bathroom is nice, but a couple of comments: (1) there was only a large stand-up shower provided (no bathtub). I'm used to this in Europe for any non-suite in a new hotel, but it's a little odd to see in N.America, especially the USA. If you need a tub - be sure to clarify with the front desk before you get your room assignment. This certainly wasn't a deal-breaker for me, but it might be for some. (2) There was no soap dish for the vanity/sink area in the bathroom. Every day I opened a new soap package and used the wrapper as a "dish", only to have housekeeping take it away. If there isn't going to be a soap dish, then provide some sort of soap pump so that I can wash my hands properly without have to waste a whole bar of soap every day.
Overall, the rooms were quiet. But the A/C system does have a loud click when it turns on, which may disturb some people, I alternated between keeping the fan on the whole night, and putting it on Auto (where it would turn on and off). I found it was too loud to have on all night, and the on/off noises only bothered me on the weekend when I was trying to sleep-in an extra hour or two. I would've like to have an extra blanket provided in the room, I know Houston is hot, but it did get cool at night, and if the A/C kicked in (for humidity reduction), I did need an extra blanket.
Overall, a very good hotel, keep up the good work.
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