Hotel: funky mod lobby with piped in music; second floor is a really large lounge that has free drinks for an hour each night and good food and reasonable prices. Bfast is a well stocked buffet. Pool is on the top floor and is tiny but there are good views from up there. Hot tub too. No one seems to use either.
Room: old hotels have odd shaped rooms but I like that. Interesting large and deep oval tub. Minibar was reasonable for beer. Room is not outstanding and the bed was good but not great. All rooms are nonsmoking so I am not sure what the other folks were smelling. I was on eight floor facing the back with a view of a parking structure. I'd of switched if there on vacation. Some loud AC noise when the main unit ran for about 15 minutes one evening when it was hot, so if you go in summer, get a street facing room.
Location: the hotel is right on the edge of the downtown historic district. There are several good restaurants and pubs within three blocks, with excellent outdoor dining options. Sambuca is particularly good, and there was live music every night. The area around market square has good restaurants too. Really good selection of beer all over the place. I had Texas pegged as swilling Lone Star and other lousy beers, but I found that I was wrong and that they are trying to be like Seattle or Minneapolis, two good beer towns.
I walked to the convention center every morning. Took about 10 minutes. Main Street is two blocks up Texas, and there is a LRT that can get you to the main business district quick, though that is also only a 10 minute walk. I got hit up by a fair number of panhandlers though they were all quite polite and nonthreatening - better than many other downtowns I have been in. Hotel has a SUV that will haul you places for free too. There seems to always be a cab waiting and fares for anyplace DT are always $6 plus tip. I tried the b-bike rental at market square and can't recommend it. Houston is 30 years behind the rest of the cities for providing safe biking lanes and trails. Nerve wracking trying to ride on DT streets to get to the poorly maintained and incomplete trails along the river.
Why I gave it 5 stars: location and funkiness. Very different than a Hilton or Hyatt -much more fun.
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