The staff is very helpful and nice. Great towncar to transport you. They aim to please. Rooms are clean and nice. A little pricy but worth it. Great place to land before your cruise. Swimming pool and spa are located in their neighboring hotel with no charge. I can't remember the name at this time. The Strand is within walking distance. Great breakfast within walking distance. Don't remember the name of that establishment either but there is a big Coca Cola sign outside...about 2 blocks away. Cruise ship pier is 2 blocks away. Went to a wedding at Bishops Palace. Great place for pictures. Drive from Hobby Houston airport is about 45 minutes away. Cruise ships charge approximately $32 one way for transfer. I recommend Carnival as my experience with Mariner of the Seas was just so so (food in the dining room really wasn't good nor was service) and I have heard the Magic's food is great as well as the slide. Mariner's ice show was good as well. Avoid their late night comedy show. It is terrible (vulgar) and believe me I am not a prude...it just wasn't funny. Sorry...I wanted to review the ship separately but wasn't given the option.