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Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International
Ranked #72 of 518 Hotels in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 13, 2012

My parents have been staying here for many years when coming to MD Anderson. I was able to arrange to stay here on a Saturday night recently and now understand why this is the place to stay when visiting MD Anderson. First of all, guests have to be patients or family members. Therefore, all of the staff is kind and helpful. Everything is geared to making the patient comfortable. There is an extensive reading as well as DVD movie library. There is entertainment several nights a week in the lobby. The restaurant is happy to accomodate special dietary needs. The rooms are extremely comfortable and quiet. Many rooms have kitchenettes. Hotel shuttles are available to take guests to area restaurants and stores.

Access to the various clinics and the hosiptal is very easy.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

This convent hotel, with walkways to MD Anderson is not only reasonably priced, but also… the staff and services are part of the caring treatment you will experience at MDA. There is a good restaurant as well as other options for food, they are set up to give you what you require for a comfortable and safe stay and the staff is amazing. You can have your blood work done on site and there is a service desk that can answer your questions and provide other services as well. You get a copy of your appointment information and directions at check in.

Room Tip: Book as early as you are able since this fabulous facility fills up quickly.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank John T
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

A short walk along the sky bridge from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gary H
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We have been coming to Houston and MDA for just over a year. I am in charge of travel arrangements, and for our previous 8+ trips, I was able to secure other accommodations at other hotels around the TMC that were less expensive. This trip, which I planned 6 weeks beforehand, required that we stay here as ALL hotels near the TMC were sold out due to a technology conference at Reliant. The nightly rate for two queens was $121 plus $5 for self park. So, $126 breakfast not included. (For comparison purposes, most medical center rates at other hotels recently increased and, run about $129 per night which includes parking, breakfast and shuttles to the TMC. Prior to the rate increase, nightly rates ran in $109 range.)

Pros: Can't beat location to MDA. Sky bridges connect to Main Bldg and Mays Clinic. Upon checkin, they have patient's scheduled appts printed (and secured for privacy). Common areas are updated and well maintained and include amenities such as complimentary coffee, internet access, printing and entertainment such as pianists, bingo, and the like. Complimentary shuttle that will take you up to 2 miles. Two sinks, one in bathroom and one outside.

Cons: guest rooms could use some updating-they are a good size-but, appear a little dated. The toilet flushing situation is a bit funny. Scary at first, the flush is powerful, but so much so, you kinda feel like you are at risk for getting sucked in too (and yes, you can here other toilets flushing on occasion).

Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
5  Thank snappy2012
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We have stayed at the Rotary House on several occasions and have always been pleased with our stay here. We stayed at several hotels in the area that have the "MDA" rate before we discovered the Rotary House. I know that when you have cancer that expenses can add up but after our stays at other hotels, I gladly pay for the Rotary House! Really, when you factor in the cost of parking, free wireless, your time and the hotel being attached to MDA it can not be beat.
First, having access to the Lab on site is a true blessing. Any one that has to get up and face the mass crowds in the labs will understand that this makes it just alittle bit easier to get that done and behind you. The staff at the hotel is wonderful, they must have special training to work at this Marriottt as they will go out of their way to make sure you are taken care of.
They have alot on site that helps you get through the longer visits. Sitting rooms with sunshine, indoor pool and hot tub, laundry room and computer's that you can use. They also have a patient relations office on site that can help you with maps to navigate the complex that at times can be overwheming. They have books and movies that they loan out as well.
As stated in some of the other reviews the rooms are starting to show their wear, but they are clean and the beds are wonderful. It is quiet which is good for resting between appointments.
I think that you should really consider staying here as everyone there is there for the same reason and the comfort and warmth you will find here is priceless.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Teresa L
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Mom & I have spent a total of 3 months at the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House over the last year. Working in collaberation w/ MD Anderson Cancer Center this setup is amazing. Mom had to undergo major surgery & being just a short walk away from her recovery offered great piece of mind. The hotel is connected by sky bridges to the hospital providing unrivaled convenience to the appointments and long days required in the battle. The staff, the cleanliness, the service and compassion of the Marriot employed staff is impressive. A nice break from the stress was unwinding @ "The Oaks". If you are a margarita fan, make sure you ask Esmarelda ("Esmi") the bartender, for the top shelf one. If you are up for a extra special treat ask for the " Eddie Special Top Shelf Margarita", it will hold its own against any margarita in the world. Make sure its Esmi making it though or it won't be the same.

Godspeed in your journey.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank bogey s
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

A fabulous location when you need to be at MD Anderson. The enclosed skywalk bridges to Mays Clinic and MDA Main Building make it easy to get to where you need to be in any weather. The hotel staff was wonderful. The lobby and common areas are very nice. But the guest rooms, including furniture and bathrooms are dated and could use updating. The pool and fitness center are very nice and provide opportunity for nice recreation break for a caregiver companion. Rates are a bit pricey compared to other options, but the location makes it worth it in many cases. Oaks Restaurant in hotel is convenient but the food is not particularly good, the portions are huge and there are virtually no healthy choices on the menu -- hard to believe for a hotel in hospital setting. Restaurant staff was great, but it seemed to take forever for the food to arrive. Free shuttle service is provided to restaurants, shopping centers and other attractions within 2 miles of the hotel -- a nice touch, but be prepared to wait up to 20-25 minutes for pickup at times. Stayed in a king suite which was nice for our ten day stay. Flat screens in both bed room and living room area. Laundromat area is available for hotel guests. The atmosphere can feel a bit like a nursing home at times, but everyone is here for the same reason so everyone adjusts to it. Like in real estate, it's all about location and nothing tops Rotary House in that respect if you are going to be at MD Anderson.

Room Tip: Kitchenettes have large refrigerators and microwaves but no stovetops.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Ron S
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Additional Information about Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International

Address: 1600 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030-4012
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Houston > Medical Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Houston
#27 Romantic Hotel in Houston
#98 Business Hotel in Houston
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International 3.5*
Number of rooms: 322
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Jesse h. Jones Rotary House International Hotel Houston

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