Very new, very stylish Holiday Inn in a good location.
While most Holiday Inns opt for the more timeless conservative styling, this place attempts to take more risks and be more trendy. It's newly built and looks great by 2013 standards, but it will be interesting to see how the neon blue sinks in the bathroom stand the test of time. However, for now, this place is the swankiest Holiday Inn I've ever stayed in. No lie, the rooms honestly feel like they belong in Vegas.
The location is good, but still somewhat of a hike to the boardwalk (about a 10 minute walk). It's still very walkable for most people and more of an inconvenience than anything. However, there are lots of great restaurants and shops in between. Also, it's not far from the Houston Ship Channel, which makes it a great option for business travelers (like me) looking for a fun place to stay while they're on the road.
The service is good, the housekeeping is great. The hotel bar wants to be good, but only attracts middle-aged businessmen. The breakfast (not free, in the same location as the bar) is pretty good but overpriced.
Don't let all my negatives scare you away from this place, it is a great hotel and more nit-picky than anything.