Because of a large oil & gas conference, getting a hotel room was a bit of a hassle but I finally opted for this hilton because I have some good experiences with the brand. The price was quite steep (USD 355 excl taxes and excl breakfast) but a least I got a suite for that money. The hotel is in the middle of Houston's Medical center area but is not easy to spot because it looks like an office building. I had requested a quiet room away from elevators. The first room I got was an interconnecting, which always results in noise from your neighbors. So I went back to reception and was told it was a full house (which it wasn't as it turned out later). I explained that I really wanted a quiet room at which point the supervisor came by. Within 3 minutes I had a room from the same class but without interconnecting doors. So much for the statements from reception. The room itself is huge and consists of 2 parts, a seating area with a desk and a couch and a second area with 2 double beds and a bathroom. The bed itself was fine but everything in the room was old and tired. It looked like I had walked into a hotel from the 80s. And there was also a smell that I can only define as weird. The hotel had sprayed something, which kind of masked the odour initially but after a few hours, the (mold/damp) small was back in force. The bathroom had just a single bath in which you have to stand to take a shower. But if you are tall (6f4), taking a shower is difficult as the shower head is placed really low. The fitness area was okay (plenty of equipment) and you can run around Rice campus, which is a nice 3 mile run. The swimming pool area was just as tired and old as the rooms. Old astroturf covered the cement surrounding the area, making it look really cheap. I cancelled my stay (I was supposed to stay 3 nights) and got a room at the Four Seasons, which was a little more expensive but sooooo much better. If you can get a room under USD 200 incl breakfast in this hotel it may make sense but at this price there are better alternatives. Hilton, please refurbish this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Houston Plaza/Medical Center hotel is located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical facility in the world, and is on the doorstep of Rice University. We offer complimentary shuttle service around the extensive medical center complex and surrounding areas.Our rooms and 720-sq.ft. suites provide views of the Houston skyline, and we host two onsite dining options for your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Houston Plaza Hotel Houston
- Houston Hilton