We stayed one night in this hotel as part of a tour of Texas and Louisiana and it has all the qualities that one expects of this excellent chain.
It is a shame Houston is such a sprawled urban mess and this hotel is located quite centrally to this sprawl by a highway of about 15 lanes in total. There was no traffic noise though.
The room was very well appointed with plenty of space, a settee, chairs, tables and 2 massive beds! There was an area with a microwave and a fridge and the bathroom was excellently appointed with lots of white fluffy towels and a hairdryer.
We ate in the hotel and it was the most expensive meal of the entire holiday! The food was excellent but the service was *dreadful* with a ‘Manuel’ type waiter who kept vanishing and if called shouted ‘just a minute’ and disappeared again. One man got up and followed him and took him to task. It was a VERY long wait for a meal, about 45 minutes.
Breakfast was complimentary and was excellent although one had to ask for juice which is unusual.
Surprisingly for the States there was abundant fresh fruit including melon, pineapple and strawberries.
It was a good hotel but it is stranded somewhat by a major road network and we couldn’t see anywhere to eat within walking distance. We didn’t care for Houston as a city at all although we enjoyed the visit to NASA it is not as good as the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida although being in Mission Control was brilliant.
The hotel deserved to be in a better place as it was a very comfortable stay with no complaints other than they should sort out the Manuel type waiter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and discover the best location in Houston! The Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks is centrally located in the center of it all! You are a short ride to the Galleria area, the Texas Medical Center, Reliant Park, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Central Business District. There are also dozens of restaurants and nightlife in walking distance or take the hotel shuttle anywhere in a 3 mile radius. Guest rooms are very spacious and well appointed with microwaves and micro-fridges in every room. Throughout our hotel, you will encounter eclectic yet elegant design. Comfortably relax in restyled conversation areas and let us take care of you with warm Texas hospitality. To enhance your stay please know that we are prepared to cater to your every need, and we are proud to offer the Sleep Advantage, Quiet Zone & Guaranteed Wake Up Call programs to help ensure you get the best sleep possible and start your day right. For your business needs you can count on complimentary High-Speed Wireless Internet throughout the hotel, a full service business center, complimentary shuttle service to nearby offices and coffee in the lobby. The Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks is located near Greenway Plaza, Occidental, Koch Industries, Chevron, Fugro, University of Houston, Rice University, TSU, Houston Baptist University to name a few. We look forward to serving you. ... more less
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