We have enjoyed our stays at the other Magnolia's in Denver and Dallas so had some expectations for Houston. Unfortunately there were some definite differences which would make us hesitate to ever go back there. Corners are being cut on the things that set the Magnolia apart.
We do have to say that the rooms are spacious and the overall decor is really nice and contemporary. Bed was comfortable as was the temperature in the room. Another plus was the roomy workout room. Our "free" in room internet never worked the whole time we were there but we could go wireless in the lounge. The toilet had very little pressure and didn't flush well and the drain in the sink was only open the tiniest amount making it stop up, too. The shower had the pressure of a light rain.
At other Magnolias we enjoyed the complimentary wine and lovely appetizers offered but this has been eliminated as have all the carb-free choices from the breakfast buffet (unless you want to pay $10.95 for the chef cooked alternative or pay $8 for two eggs) Even the lower economical hotels offer hard boiled eggs or oatmeal on their continental breakfast bars.
The staff wasn't always available and we never really could tell who was in charge or who could speak English. There was just an overall sense of cluelessness.
SO if you can overlook the extras that are missing this is a comfortable place to sleep but there may be other places that are less expensive and offer a bit more service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique hotel in downtown Houston, Texas offers accommodations for leisure travel and extended stay guests, as well as space for meetings, wedding receptions, conferences, and special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Houston Magnolia Hotel