Rated 3 out of 5 by AdrianB Not up to SPG Standards
This is the first time that I have written a review for a SPG hotel that I felt disappointed in. It started at the check-in where the young lady checking me in didn't ask for a credit card to cover incidentals. Although I had my card out, I figured they didn't need it and would use the one I have on file through the SPG system and charge purchases there.
I ate dinner at the hotel restaurant (great chicken cutlet for what it's worth.) I signed the bill to my room and retired to my room afterward. I was woken up by a phone call from someone at the restaurant around 9:45 asking me to either bring my card downstairs or give her my card number. I was aghast by this, but agreed to provide my information over the phone as I was in bed at the time.
This happened once again in the morning after breakfast. I ended up going downstairs and let the manager know about the issue and gave her my card. She was surprised that my card was not asked for and offered an apology.
Today I was going through my expenses and noticed that my meal from the first night was not included on the bill. I called the accounting department at this hotel and they informed me that they would have to look for my receipt from dinner and email it to me. (One was not provided in my portfolio or brought to me at any time.) I checked my credit card bill and there is an ominous $42 charge from the hotel for what I believe is "dinner." I ate alone and I'm quite certain my chicken cutlet was not $42.
Therefore, I am waiting for someone to email me my receipt so I can finalize my expense report and see if I was overcharged for dinner.
And that is just my experience at the hotel. Other things that could be improved on are: cleanliness - there were paper airplanes along the metal beams that hold the front plate glass windows. This brought attention to how dusty the beams are. Air conditioning units - work well but quite loud. Helpfulness at the Front Desk - not only did my card not get recorded, I had no idea where to park. It wasn't until I asked another guest that I knew there was a parking garage for the hotel.
March 12, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by chief40 Never again
I normally don't checkout via the front desk, but I did at this hotel and glad I did. If you stay at this hotel check over your bill very carefully as we found charges from a gift shop we had not visited. It was an unpleasant experience to have the charges removed. Not going back!
July 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by soundsliketelevision good service, promised amenities not available
I found my room at this Sheraton to be better than average for those in the United States. It was very clean, comfortable, the furniture was all in very good condition and things such as the iron and ironing board worked perfectly. I found the bed to be very comfortable also.
The front desk staff was very friendly and professional. Our room was not ready at check-in (we arrived at 3:00 on the dot), but we were offered a couple of drink coupons for the bar after waiting about 15 minutes. We were planning on eating lunch in the bar after taking our things to our room, so this was not an inconvenience, but wouldn't you know it, our room was ready for us two minutes after we got to the bar and sat down to order lunch.
Bar and restaurant staff (especially restaurant) are courteous and efficient. The kitchen service in the bar seemed a little slow for a couple of burgers, but wasn't out of the range of acceptable.
The fitness center, although we did not end up using it, looked very nice and equipped with good machines.
SPG recognition did not include an upgrade, but I did get the extra points offered at check in for a Gold member. I was placed on the SPG floor, but got a room facing away from the city skyline view. The hotel seems constantly full; I suspect they do not give out room upgrades very often for those below Platinum.
The main disappointment we had was with the fact that the advertised feature of the "whirlpool" (I think it is more accurately a Jacuzzi) was out of commission the whole time we were there. By the look of it, it had not been working for some time, as it had dead leaves in it and was roped off by chairs and plastic tape of the police variety.
Another annoying thing was being awakened by housekeeping on our last day at 8:30 am, who knocked repeatedly, and when we got up and answered, just said, "ok!" I understand that they may want to verify which parties scheduled to check out have left yet, but it would be much nicer on those trying to sleep in late if they would confirm that with the desk instead of loud raps on the door.
Free parking in the lot behind the building is nice, but it would be a lot nicer if it had an elevator in the parking. Lugging things up and down the stairs is a pain. As a previous commenter noted, it is very difficult to locate the entrance to the hotel due to construction, even after coming and going for a couple of days. There is signage marking the entrance, but with the speed of the traffic and the curved frontage road, one sees it only in time to slow down abruptly and risk being rear-ended or shooting right by it.
May 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by 7mike07 This Hotel Team Ready
everyone who works here is very kind and professional they will help you in every way they can from front desk to the operator way to go team Sheraton. I'll be back.
December 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by FrustratedTraveler Disappointing facilities
I stayed at this Sharaton while attending a recent conference. Although I very much appreciated the free wifi, I was quite disappointed in the facilities. First, the area around the hotel is under massive construction, making access to te hotel from the highway darn near impossible. My cab driver spent so much time driving around looking for some secret back entrance that my cab bill from the airport was almost as much as my nightly rate. I expressed my frustration to the desk clerk, and she conveyed a sense that she could not have cared less. When I got to my room, the sink was completely cracked. It was as if someone had smashed it with a heavy object. I could see this at a bargain basement brand hotel, but not at a Starwood property. I expect better.
April 30, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by JBarb Air Conditioner/Heating Unit
Quite frankly I don't usually do these reviews so if you don't hear from me that's a good thing as everything was A OK.
Well, my stay this time was not good. The AC/Heating unit in the room was the absolute noisiest thing I have ever heard and needs repaired. I did not sleep well either night as each time the unit kicked on it was like an alarm clock and it would wake me up. I meant to say something before I left but I was in a rush. Should this happen again I will need to change hotels but I've been staying here for the last 4-5 years.
November 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Calgary99 Houston hotel for OTC
I stayed there for the Houston OTC in May. It is hard to get hotels and I had left it too late.
The hotel room was large, clean and comfortable, nice lobby, covered parking. Nice business lounge and excellent breakfasts with different selection every day.
Lot of road construction currently but with GPS, we got in after a little confusion. This will be temporary but expect it.
Was a good location for OTC but expect a little traffic on the freeway in the morning. I am staying there again for next year's conference.
June 11, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by gemini220 Rarely spent time in room
Average room with hard beds and no fridge
December 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by CaraMY Mixed reviews.
Pros- Free self park and clean lobby area. Nicely updated for an older Sheraton. The Starwood preferred guest floor was nice with great perks. The concierge staff on the Starwood floor was very inviting and helpful. We enjoyed the Starwood lounge and the staff during the evening hors d'oeuvres was exceptional. Our room was very quiet and clean. Shower area was very clean. Starpoints are priced appropriately.
Cons- Hard to get to currently because of street construction. Upon arrival there were two bums hanging around the front door. I would say it is not in the best part of town. The rooms are a tad bit small and for a room with two double beds. They will not allow a roll away in a double room. The staff at the front desk was not super friendly or accommodating. I was not recognized as a Starwood member.
June 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pitch Best Hotel Staff in Houston
I got a great rate, which was the real reason I originally chose this hotel. The 290/610 location was perfect. From the moment I checked in Amanda and the other front desk staff made me feel at home. Needed to have a business meeting at the hotel on a Saturday and the equipment and Wi-Fi worked great. Forgot my iPhone charger but the front desk took care of it. The service and friendliness of the staff was truly outstanding.
October 10, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Franco888 An average hotel
There are only 2 fast food outlets in the vicinity of the hotel which is about 30 minutes walking distance. There is a gift shop in the hotel which you may purchase your basic needs. The location is quite far from Galleria however free shuttle service is provided by the hotel but the transport schedule is not so frequent. The swimming pool is quite small but the gym is ok. For short stay, it's ok to stay in this hotel.
May 31, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by GEE66 Downhill.....
I have stayed at this hotel over 100 nights in the last several years and the last 3 trips ALL have been bad. During this last stay I said something to the front desk about my issue... and was told..."sorry to hear that"
August 27, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by jrzyrob good location
I would rate it higher but the fact that there was a monster construction road project in front of the hotel 24 hours a day has kept me from doing so. It would have been nice to have been informed of the construction noise before we booked and also at the hotel itself. A much cheaper rate should have been offered considering we couldn't sleep until around 5am when then big pounding stopped but still maintained noise.
Our bathroom sink also backed up and caused a bad smell in the middle of the night and also afternoon.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JB56 Great Value
We booked our stay here through AAA and got a great rate which included the breakfast buffet. Staff was excellent especially in the restaurant. Still lots of road construction but not too difficult to navigate. We plan on going back in December to visit relatives. This visit was celebrating our anniversary. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
September 22, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by JLundqui Extremely loud door closures
Although this was a very clean and nice hotel with extremely nice and accommodating staff - I would not recommend it due to the insanely loud door closures and therefore the lack of sleep. It literally sounded like someone was purposely slaming doors through 1am. Really too bad - it this was not the case it would have been a wonderful stay.
January 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by HelenD23 Wonderful Hotel
The staff is wonderful, very helpful and makes you feel right at home.
Hotel is convenient, quiet and they go out of their way to make your stay as good as it can be.
August 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Precious71 I would not recemond this hotel to anyone.
When I checked in on Thursday, October 3, 2013, I found a live roach in my bed. I thought it was a moth and I took a magazine and knocked it on the floor. Later that night the roach was alive and in my bed. I showed it to the front desk and the gave me half of 1 night off my bill. I would have like the full charge returned.
October 9, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by GoldElite No Gold Elite Recognition
After years of staying at this location with great staff, we had a miserable experience with uncaring staff. Gold Elite is supposed to get complimentary upgrades when available. Upgrades were available IF we paid an extra $30. And then the toilet had residue from the previous user. I see why this location lost a star.
July 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brina sabkaytay
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel as the manager and staff were helpful, addressed me by name and worked efficiently to get me and others checked in or checked out. Comparatively, although they had a large group staying at their hotel; the staff was organized and provided excellent customer service.
October 30, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by TGRice Disapointed
The hotel was clean and the bed was comfortable. My disapointment came in the morning when I was told there was not any form of complimentary breakfast or coffee. Since I need to eat a piece of toast or something to take medicine with it really bothered me to have paid what I did for the room.
August 5, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Uzbeck The staff is great; the hotel's a dump
1. No refrigerator in the room. For a $100 a night I shouldn’t have to put my beer on ice in a wastebasket.
2. An air condidtioner/ heatpump in the room that’s too loud to use.
3. No exhaust fan in bathroom.
4. Used condoms in the corridor on my way to the lift.
Let's face it: Very bad form.
December 19, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Adrian33 Great STAFF
My overall stay was very pleasant thanks to your staff. The only thing I did not like. Was the BATHROOM. Hangers where loose, the distribution is not the best. Really small I have to say, I did not like it all. The room was ok, the beds are AMAZING you sleep like a baby, no noise.
March 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Downfortraining Excelent Value and Quality for the Price
I was impressed with the quality of this hotel for the price. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The room was very comfortable.
If I have business in this section of Houston again, I would not hesitate to stay at this location.
June 8, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by bobsummer2013 there seems to be maintenance issues - not the first time
TV picture did not work only sound.
Clock was set an hour ahead of actual time
Bathroom sink drained slowly and would fill up with water
Service in bar for food and drink is slow
Service at restaurant for breakfast was slow
July 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SherylDB Our go to place!
This hotel is close to where our daughter and her family live. We stay here fairly often and fortunatly it is a very nice and comfortable place for us and our dog. We always enjoy and appreciate this hotel and it's staff.
September 30, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Dolly18 Inconsistent service
Quality of service is inconsistent~~sometimes good, other times not so much. Complaints apparently are not taken seriously, and nothing is done to correct them. The dog run area is usually overgrown, and neglected.
February 21, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by George1552 Beds
Reserved the room for 2 people and their computer reservation system did not ask if we wanted king, queen, etc; so we got 2 single beds. Very lousy.
Also very difficult to get guaranteed for late arrival.
May 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by speaker12 Recurring customer
I found this hotel 2 years ago and now use it for every visit I have to the Houston area. I little difficult to get there with the construction presently, but I just called the hotel (three times mind you) and they were patient and knowledgeable in rerouting me.
I appreciate the facilities (work out room especially) and try to stay on the club floor or access to the lounge when possible. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Room service is prompt and courteous. As a previous reviewer mentioned, I would like to have an upgrade once in a while without paying the extra fee (as a show for my loyalty to Starwood). Overall consistently good experience.
July 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Royal President of Booker T. Washington Alumni Association of Houston, Texas
The ambience of the hotel is awesome!
Beginning with the front desk staff to the waiters and waitresses,every one was quite helpful and friendly and very accomodating.
August 30, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BryanKCMO Fantastic Property
Very nice property....staff had me move rooms the 2nd night I was there and went way overboard to accommodate me in the transition. Outstanding service!
February 21, 2014