I'm staying at the Crowne Plaza river oaks during a convention and I have to say it is one of the nicer hotels. I have two coworkers with me staying at the Hyatt and even though the rooms are comparable, the Crowne gives that genuine personnel service you won't find at other hotels. Jerry at guest services was very helpful and would greet me by name. I also received a personnel thank you card from Jerry and Sid which I thought was above and beyond.
I highly recommend talking to Mandy at the concierge desk. She helped us several times on recommendations for restaurants. We ran into her while she was off work and she came over just to make sure we where having a good time. Again, you won't get that personnel service at other hotels.
Facts about the hotel/area:
-cab from hobby airport cost ~$40
-The hotel is about a 10-15min ride to the convention center, and a cab will cost you about $15.
-There is a couple block area downtown that has several restaurants worth visiting. Not sure of cab cost because we walked from the convention center. If your a whiskey drinker, try reserve101. They have a very large selection and it's a down to earth bar. Across the street they have a House of Blues which had great music. Talk to Mandy before you head over, she can update you on what's going on. There are also two craft beer restaurants in other areas that she recommended.
-weekday traffic can be bad, so you will need to plan for it.
-cab rates are supposed to be fixed by zones, but my cab cost where all over the place
-several attendees rented cars which seem to work out ok for them. There are several garages around.
I'm sure there is a lot more in the area, but my time to explore was limited. Enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and discover the best location in Houston! The Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks is centrally located in the center of it all! You are a short ride to the Galleria area, the Texas Medical Center, Reliant Park, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Central Business District. There are also dozens of restaurants and nightlife in walking distance or take the hotel shuttle anywhere in a 3 mile radius. Guest rooms are very spacious and well appointed with microwaves and micro-fridges in every room. Throughout our hotel, you will encounter eclectic yet elegant design. Comfortably relax in restyled conversation areas and let us take care of you with warm Texas hospitality. To enhance your stay please know that we are prepared to cater to your every need, and we are proud to offer the Sleep Advantage, Quiet Zone & Guaranteed Wake Up Call programs to help ensure you get the best sleep possible and start your day right. For your business needs you can count on complimentary High-Speed Wireless Internet throughout the hotel, a full service business center, complimentary shuttle service to nearby offices and coffee in the lobby. The Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks is located near Greenway Plaza, Occidental, Koch Industries, Chevron, Fugro, University of Houston, Rice University, TSU, Houston Baptist University to name a few. We look forward to serving you. ... more less
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