This modern hotel is well located for visitors to the enrgy corridor. Hotel restaurant doubles as a sports bar and is versatile enough to serve proper meals and drinks. Room facilities excellent size and good wifi. Food quality alright but the menu is over-hyped so don't be convinced by the positive adjectives on the dishes. Bacon for example is watch-strap thin, fatty and overcooked - so avoid. Coffee is insipid. Drink the coffee in the bedroom - it's much better, albeit still on the weak side. There are far too many huge intrusive TVs in the restaurant so not the place to relax without visual pollution (ie American 'football', basket and CNN).
Service is enthusiastic by all employees especially reception. Decent pool and gym. Bikes for hire (just $5) so you can get some open-air exercise in the nearby riparian parks. Hotel provides a shuttle bus to destinations within 5 miles - so all energy companies nearby plus shopping malls and outlets (recommend mega supermarket Target for electronics and most else). Eldridge is a long long way to downtown - a good 20 miles and 45 minute journey along flat freeways. The city is charmless. Think Milton Keynes and the industrial suburbs of Birmingham. Downtown is strictly utilitarian with no non-work related urban life to speak of.
The hotel is good value but isolated. If you want to spend more than a couple fo days here then rent a car so that you can visit other Malls and maybe get out to neaerby coastal towns like Galveston. A couple of restaurants and coffe bars nearby for respite: Coffee Bean (beterr coffee than hotel), a small Italian across the street. Sharky's - a restaurant, bar doing a reasonable range of local seafood Gumbos, shrimps etc along with usual burgers. Also a Japanese sushi bar alongside. Recommend the hotel but the city suburbs are a kind of sanitised purgatory - people used to pavements (there are hardly any), urban life with people walking around and basic public transport will suffer.
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- The NEW Full Service Holiday Inn Houston West Energy Corridor is sceduled to open in January 2010. Gather with your friends in the Sporting News Grill or relax with our indoor pool. ... more less
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