One of the best hotel experiences we have had in years, and we travel a LOT. Personalized attention to detail, a happy caring staff, nice grounds, and beautiful rooms made the weekend very memorable. We stayed on the Concierge Level June 1-3, 2012, where Brian took good care of us, nice open bar for drinks and after dinner drinks, desserts, h'ordeuvres, and a healthy breakfast. The reception staff, bell staff, houskeeping, everybody - everywhere in this hotel - is well trained, professional, and nice. They obviously like working here and it shows. The rooms are not huge, and the bathrooms are a bit small, but they are tasteful, modern yet not cold, and extremely comfortable. The bedding is marvelous.
The fitness center is huge and the outdoor swimming (lap) pool is fabulous, clean filtered water and plenty of lap lanes.
The Trellis Spa, run by Debbie the spa manager, is one of the nicest most caring and gentle place I've been in years. Good massages from Richard and Shawnee, excellent manicures and pedicures from Jill, a lovely steam room and plenty of relaxation nooks and crannies when you feel like a wet noodle. The only thing missing from the Spa is a Sauna, which is located in the adjacent Fitness Center, but it's mighty hot in Houston so it is really not essential.
The grounds of the hotel and all around this 18 acre oasis are wonderful for walking and jogging.
Not having spent much time in Houston before, and hearing the history of the place, I sort of expected it to be a bit high-brow and perhaps snooty but it was not like that at all. The Houstonian is one of the most friendly down to earth places every. Go ! Stay on the Concierge Level ! Enjoy the amenities, especially the Spa. You won't be disappointed.