The Westin Galleria Hotel had superb facilities for the 2-day conference I attended. The audio-visual systems were top-notch, and the food provided (breakfast, lunch, after-conference appetizers and drinks) for a group of over 100 attendees was excellent. This hotel has an attentive staff who are friendly, helpful and who genuinely appreciate a customer’s business. Self-parking is free if you use the Galleria parking garages which are an easy, 5-minute or less walk to the hotel. The garages keep you out of any bad weather and connect to various areas of indoor Galleria shopping. The Yellow garage was very close to the hotel.
Since I live in the Houston area, I did not stay overnight, so I cannot comment on the room accommodations.
While the hotel’s facilities were excellent, the traffic situation is horrid in the Houston Galleria area. There is nothing the hotel can do about this --- the sole reason is the lack of any sensible planning by the City of Houston. If you plan to attend a conference or any other purpose takes you to the Houston Galleria area, be prepared for complete traffic gridlock on weekdays between 7 AM and 10 AM and between 3 PM and 7 PM. For business travelers, the freeway one would use for either airport (I-610) essentially is a “parking lot” at the hours mentioned. Getting to that freeway might take you 15-20 minutes to go less than 2 miles during those times. This is extremely important for those with airline reservations. Make sure you do not cut the time too close --- Galleria area traffic easily could cause you to miss your flight, whether you are departing Houston Intercontinental or Houston Hobby airports.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Expect a warm welcome when you arrive at The Westin Galleria Houston. Connected to The Galleria Shopping Center, it is the only place to stay for ultimate leisure, dining and entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Houston
- Houston Westin