I had read that Hotel Sorella was the latest and greatest addition to Houston's hotel scene--it opened in Summer 2009--and I was happy to score a promotional rate of under $200/night. I hadn't known what to make of its location when I was researching it online, and after having been there, I'm still scratching my head a bit.
Don't get me wrong... this is a terrific, upbeat place to stay. The rooms are spacious--I love the bare floors and especially the tubless shower. But like Houston itself, a huge city with zoning laws that allow for taco stands next to mansions next to massage parlors next to skyscrapers, where it's located strikes me as odd. At the southeast quadrant of the intersection of Beltway 8 and I-10, hardly the epicenter of trendy, hip Houston, you'll find Hotel Sorella and the new CityCentre complex. That's all well and good, but it's not marked, or at least not very well. I found that the best way to enter the complex was from the I-10 frontage road, immediately inside Beltway 8. Once you make the turn onto Town and Country Road, you'll be faced with a couple of inadequately marked options. Head to the parking garage and put the car there. Eventually, you'll walk to the opening that leads the hotel.
CityCentre has some interesting restaurants, but not a whole lot else... probably a result of the economy. The Galleria and other shopping isn't too far away. But if you're looking for something different and new in this part of town, at a reasonable price, this is it. My one solid negative is that the workout facility is lame. It's basically a guest room or two, divvied up to be one part fitness, one part spa. I understand that there's a snazzy Lifetime Fitness facility at CityCentre... had I stayed more than one night, I might have sprung for a day pass from there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near Houston's Energy corridor and the Westchase district, in West Houston's CITYCENTRE development, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE is a sophisticated modern boutique hotel. Ideally located, and within steps of sophisticated retailers, dining, entertainment and nightlife and nearby outdoor adventure in the form of jogging trails, biking paths, parks and recreation. Hotel Sorella offers 266 guest-rooms, suites and Penthouse suites. Hotel Sorella offers luxury and sophistication and is the perfect choice for for a romantic getaway, a short or extended business trip, or a group or conference. ... more less
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