This hotel is an interesting paradox. It's located right in the middle of the Sam Houston University campus and I originally thought it was a converted dorm. It blends right in with the rest of the campus architecture. The front desk clerk corrected my assumption. Well, it may have been built for use as a hotel, but there's a definite dorm feel to it. Our room was comfortable for the most part. The walls are thin and it sounded like our neighbors were playing a basketball game next door, but when we complained to the front desk, it soon got quiet.
The bathroom was nice, complete with a glass bowl sink. The only downsides were a slow-draining, pretty sink and a bit of water damage in one corner of the bathroom ceiling.
The room was also cold even after we adjusted the temperature, however like it that way. My husband, not so much. He could have been more comfortable. The bed and pillows were wonderful, very comfortable.
The Sam provides a complimentary breakfast buffet that I would call "borderline". My son and husband went down at 7:00 to find the breakfast that was supposed to start at 6:00 hadn't been set up yet. The waffle bar was being set up as they finished their breakfast and were leaving. My daughter and I went down around 8:00. I discovered styrofoam plates, an empty silverware basket and overflowing trash cans. My daughter wanted cereal and filled her bowl from a container marked "Frosted Flakes" that turned out to actually be Raisin Bran. When she attempted to eat it, she said it tasted "weird". We dumped it and got her some eggs. The buffet as a whole was lacking - crusted scrambled eggs, very crisp bacon, canned biscuits, a couple different bread types, gravy, and the mis-marked cereal … oh, and the waffle bar with no syrup. The beverages offered we're orange and apple juice, milk that my daughter said tasted like tea, and coffee. No fresh fruit, no butter for the bread, and a broken orange juice carafe. Granted, I'm a bit of a foodie and some have even called me a snob, so take what I say with a grain of salt. I would eat that breakfast again if I really had no other choice or simply didn't want to spend the money for a real meal. I guess I really shouldn't expect much for free though. Like they say, you get what you pay for.
Huntsville is a small town and there aren't a lot of offerings in the way of hotels. All-in-all, The Sam is probably the best in town and next time I come, I would stay here again … and just pay for breakfast somewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sam Houston Hotel, first opened in 1924, has completed a complete renovation in the Spring of 2013. A perfect mixture of contemporary design and Texas culture, The Sam meets all of your business or leisure needs. Each of The Sam's spacious rooms come equipped with the latest conveniences, such as LED TVs, WiFi with up to 20mb of bandwidth, and Keurig coffee makers. Our hotel is ideally located downtown in the central business district, walking distance to all major event venues, restaurants/bars, and the Metro light rail. A truly Houston boutique hotel, the new Sam Houston Hotel is one-of-a-kind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alden-Houston Hotel Houston
- Houston Alden Hotel