I stayed at this hotel once a week for over a year for work. The Greenway Plaza itself is a strange area, being a raised plaza of a city block which has parking underneath. You can tell the concept was new and they didn't quite know what they were doing when it was created.
The hotel itself is well appointed and at moments may feel dated. The breakfast buffet is excellent but repetitive. The bar is quite hotel-prefab feeling as you experience in an airport. The rooms are small, well cared for, and unless you look for an outlet in the floor by the window, you won't notice how old the building is. The rooms are in good shape.
Of all the hotels I've stayed at in this area, this hotel provided me the worst chance of sleep. The halls were filled with traveling groups of kids, traveling groups of athletes (sometimes professional) and large groups of international flight staff.
The parking garage is a dank dungeon that shows it's innards and has low ceilings, so SUV's beware.
The front desk staff is accommodating and professional-- a step above those at the nearby Courtyard, if not a bit dry and impersonal.
Maintenance is always quick to fix issues.
The underground "mall" is a dated memory of yesteryear, and I'm surprised it is still open. The life and business isn't enough to drive it and keep it modern. The hotel does have an in house full fledged Starbucks.
If you can deal with the dungeon like underground parking garage and can handle the "other worldly" feel of the plaza itself up on a raised platform, the rest of the hotel is in check and with a little luck you won't have a loud hall.
If you choke on the price tag and parking fee, consider the Crowne Plaza nearby. It's appointed similarly and isn't quite as busy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxury hotel in Houston, TX, offers spacious, club-style guest rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive views of downtown Houston and River Oaks. All of our rooms have modern amenities and feature plush furnishings, sumptuous bedding, WiFi, a walk-in closet and luxury bathrooms with a separate shower and granite vanities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Houston
- Houston Renaissance