The Westin Oaks is a good Westin property - not the best but certainly not the worst. It features a great location (adjacent to an enormous mall), huge rooms (about twice the size of a typical hotel room) and a pleasant, helpful staff.
The Houston Galleria is the largest mall I've ever seen. I know it's not the largest in the United States, but it's enormous. There are two Westin hotels connected to this mall, the Westin Galleria and the Westin Oaks. I did not visit the Westin Galleria, but it seems as though the hotels are identical. Location is great for shopping, business and even ice skating (inside the mall). The dining options are also plentiful, but be aware that outside the normal chain selection (such as restaurants like Cheesecake Factory), the prices are very high. Most of the restaurants within walking distance of the mall are of the expensive, high-end variety. The restaurant that is attached to the hotel and actually in the mall provides a decent (but overpriced) breakfast.
Rooms are huge, as I mentioned. I was stuck with a two-queen-bed room but the square footage was easily twice that of something you'd find in most hotels. Beds and room were comfortable and nicely decorated, which is normal for Westin. Bathroom is of a decent size with nice fixtures. I had a slight problem with inconsistent hot water but didn't report it until the end of my stay. The workout facility is a bit under equipped, but it has two benches, some dumbbells and a few cardio machines.
This hotel features a unique method of controlling the elevators: you select your floor at the waiting area, and a panel displays the elevator that will stop for you. When you get in, you only have a door-close and door-open button. It may seem a bit odd at first, but after I rode it twice, I appreciated the efficiency of this system. It works well.
Overall, this is a nice Westin and you won't be disappointed. The front desk staff is pleasant and answered all my questions about dining recommendations. I would stay here again when in business in the Houston Galleria area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria is located in the Uptown Galleria District and offers the perfect setting for those who are seeking the ultimate in leisure, dining and entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Oaks Houston At The Galleria Hotel Houston
- Westin Hotel Houston
- Westin Hotel Oaks
- Westin Houston
- Houston Westin