Rated 4 out of 5 by GreatExpectations1 High Expectations
I've heard so much about the Westin. How luxurious the rooms are and so on. My expectations were high. Perhaps too high. The staff were nice and helpful, and the room was larger than normal and nice. That's the problem. The room was only nice. I was so disappointed in the bathroom. It was just normal: small with a regular tub/shower and in need of some cleaning around the baseboards (like most hotel rooms). Also, our neighbors had a dog that barked a lot. The best thing about the hotel was the location, with entrances to the mall. That alone warrants my recommendation. Otherwise, it's just a nice place to stay.
December 20, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by sleepless19 fire alarm
there was a fire alarm in the middle of the nite which the hotel staff in the morning said it was trying to determine the cause. Unfortunately for me I was unable to get back to sleep.
June 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Susan2555 This hotel is a disaster
The security access from the parking garage to the guest rooms needs to be implemented - it is NOT safe. The parking options for guests are not adequate. You have to invest at least 20 minutes to drive around the parking garage to "self park", and the valet service is poorly managed. The guys are nice enough, but they take too long - not staffed adequately. The gym is a pit. The room service dining was bad each time I ordered, and was priced out of control. Oh, and they lost my dry cleaning. I travel 4 nights a week, each week, and this hotel was by far the most disasterous experience I've ever encountered.
August 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Pohladaw Falling short of competition in Galleria
I stay in the Galleria area every week. Three things that I expect to have at the rate I pay that I get at other competing hotels that I don't get when I stay here are 1. A concierge lounge for platinum guests or at least a coffee station in the lobby. 2. Internet service that works. It is rarely able to even load a google page. Peak times make it difficult to get to any page. 3. A functioning fitness center. The workout facility is much too small for the size of hotel. Machines are usually taken and some are broken (errors in treadmills that don't recognize user on belt and touch screens that don't work).
November 7, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by jlafferty Food needs work badly
Pregnant coworker got a raw burger - and I do mean raw. Inedible.
I ordered warm freshly baked cookies which were literally refrigerator cold. Room service breakfast included undercooked sausage. Another coworker complained her steel cut oatmeal was so undercooked it was still crunchy. I ordered the steel cut oatmeal the next day, mine was fine, but they forgot to include the supposed "dried fruit" that it included.
Also confusing is the restaurant has no bread. My choices were sliced whitebread or a bagel.... with my $30 entree? That one is just baffling.
Something is up with the tap water here too. I was traveling with two others, both of whom thought something tasted off.
On the plus side, their salmon was nice.
April 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lynda4511 Great night's sleep and good food!
The rooms was very nice and quiet. My room was next to the elevator. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. The food at our meeting was excellent!
Thanks for a great stay!
June 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by MamaP Disappointments
Mini bar empty at arrival and never restocked, safe in closet not in working order (no lock on it), no attention as Starwood Preferred guest, lots of issues with lobby elevator upon arrival when trying to get up to room, correct room rate not noted in reservation and required an extra trip to the front desk (have to say, though, that the attendant at front desk was extremely helpful with rectifying rate but I would have preferred not have had to spend the time to do this), although I requested the "green" option in advance and hung the sign on the door no voucher card was slipped under the door overnight
October 24, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Assuta1 Badly Managed incompetent Staff
Our first room the toilet did not flush
the safe was broken as well as the TV.
We had a 3 night stay and a different rate
and reservation for each night for a reason
unknown to us, therefore each day our key
was deactivated and we had to get a new
one every day. We ordered breakfast for
8 AM and it came at 6 AM ! We wanted to
get a drink at the bar and it was closed at
10 PM on a Fri. night ! No mini bar, no shower cap or any amenities. We were
there because it was where a
Meeting was being held.
We complained repeatedly and all they did
was write off 2 breakfasts. Our whole stay should be written off!
September 23, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by dave4177 slow check in
the hotel is ok, what you would expect for the price. Parking is a nightmare. The free parking is a garage that is almost always full. There is pay parking for $13 a day and expensive valet parking.
Our check in was the worst I remember. The hotel was fully booked with a dance competition and other events. When I checked in there were all of 2 desk clerks working out of a possible 6 positions. And even with everyone having a reservation the process was slow.
I asked where ice was on my floor (4) and was told that it was near the elevators... actually no ice on that floor
March 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Edna49 Love the Westin
It had been many years since my last stay at a Westin hotel, and I'd forgotten how much I like the vibe, the comfort, the space. All rooms with a balcony. Unpretentious comfort, and a heavenly sleep.
May 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JacksonFamily After Thanksgiving relaxation
We arrived on Black Friday and was not sure how our stay was going to be, but was pleased it turned out very well. We did the valet and it was worth every penny. The guys were very prompt and courteous.
The kids loved the hotel since it was connected to the Galleria mall and when you walk into the mall it was right above the ice skating rink. From our corner balcony 2 queen room on the 20th floor, we could see that there was a walking/running track around the glass dome over the mall. Our room was large, quiet and comfortable. It was a perfect family relaxation after a busy Thanksgivings.
November 29, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Aad1229 Fitness center
Although the rest of the hotel is very nice, the equipment in the fitness center is in need of improvement. There are 3 elliptical machines, however one of them was in use, so I discovered that the other two did not work at all. I then moved over to the treadmills- I did find one that worked, however the digital screen to adjust your workout info, tv channel/volume, etc did not work very well. And then towards the end of my workout, the speed on the treadmill would just randomly start decreasing. This is my first stay at the Oaks, usually I stay at the Galleria, and I've used the fitness center over there. It seems like the Oaks is where all the old machines go after they are removed from the Galleria.
October 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by globetrotting average at best..but great breakfast
Stayed a week here on business. No platinum recognition whatsoever, (hotel was half empty)
Rooms are very drab but the bed was comfy.
Bar area is very odd and uninviting.
Exceptional breakfast in restaurant and good lunch
May 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by dirtyinhouston This hotel needs work
The hallway to the room looked like a freeway, with the walls banged up from years of cleaning cart abuse. The room was outdated, and there was no information about the hotel amenities in the room except for room service. The pool was closed, there was no gym onsite (you had to go across the mall to the other side) and parking was very over-priced for the situation. Also, and perhaps most importantly, the scented leaf-shaped soap is terrible for me personally. I know some people like this, but I use scentless sensitive skin soap at home, so I have no options when staying at a Westin. There were 2 bars of this soap--I suggest that you provide one bar that is unscented bathing soap rather than decorative soap.
February 1, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by LA17 Staff Did Not Meet My Needs
On February 6, I spoke to a representative and requested early check-in for my stay, and was told that the hotel could accommodate my request and there will be rooms available. Once I arrive to the hotel this morning, the representative, who was not friendly nor was she smiling told me that I would not be able to have early check-in and there were no rooms available. She was not friendly in her approach. This was an inconvenience for me, as I specifically arrived early from out of town, because I was told that my early check-in request would be honored.
February 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by jk222222 Houston Westin Oakes
I have stayed in Westins throughout the world and this was the worst Westin I have stayed in. The staff need a customer service class.
December 15, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kathryn1957 I was surprisingly disappointed
I have stayed in the Westin Oaks many, many times over the past 15+ years. The convenience, and the polite staff are still very much in evidence. However, as the rates climb, I am naturally more critical. It occurred to me that a hotel that charges over $250 per night should have real glass glasses for use in the bathroom, and real coffee cups in the bedroom. These are small, but definable amenities that, I would think, a hotel of your caliber would have as a matter of style.
The carpet also seemed a little worse for wear.
July 16, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jennifer18 This hotel needs improvements
Noise of guests in adjoining rooms
Bottled water was not in room
Room service entered without announcing
Room service did not deliver entire meal ordered
Bill was not emailed, and have to call to get a copy
Maid entered room despite having green points on door
May 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jingles Coffee Shop in Newly Renovated Lobby
My family and I stayed at the Westin last weekend (Saturday/Sunday.
When we went to the lobby the coffee shop which you have been promoting as a great new feature of your "newly designed lobby" was closed. When we inquired about it a rather surly front desk person told us that the hotel wasn't busy enough to justify opening it. So I guess the guests that were visiting weren't important enough to warrant a coffee shop. Several disgruntled guests walked by while we were there. I find this offensive. If you had even had a self-serve coffee station if might have sufficed but to be told there weren't enough guests to serve. I expected more from the Westin. I have been coming there a few times a year for several years and I will be rethinking my hotel options.
July 4, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kelly32 Not as great as I had expected.
I got two rooms through a hotel website. I was pleased with the overall hotel, but it was not quite what I had expected. The room was beautiful, but the mini-fridge was empty. I was starving and thirsty when we got there, but I guess I saved some money since there was nothing in either room. My rooms were right next to a utility room for the maids. We had to hear them rummaging through the closet the entire night. I think they spent more time in that room than they did cleaning. The people down the hall ordered room service. Their tray of leftovers sat in the hall for at least 5 hours. We had a mix up with the valet parking. They spelled my name wrong. I kind of got the feeling that since I purchased the rooms at a discounted rate we were treated in a discounted manor.
October 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by BCH55 Good features but needs improvement
We requested and received a handicapped accessible room. Staff was pleasant and tried to meet our needs quickly, such as bringing a rack to hang clothes. The room was nice sized, well equipped, quiet and the beds comfortable, but lacked any light in the entry, closet area. The closet was tiny, the smallest I ever have seen, mostly room only for the ironing board and safe which didn't work. Not enough counter space at the sink. Inadequate job of cleaning the room and bathroom. Lobby area was clean and comfortable.
October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by SPGOctober2013 Nice job all around!
Excellent location, all expectations were met, staff was courteous, helpful, and presented well. It appeared that a front desk agent was being trained by the person who checked me in. They conducted this training quickly and respectfully (I didn't mind at all). When I was checking out, the front desk agent who was being trained during my check-in was the one who checked me out and she did a very nice job. It seemed like she was already starting to get comfortable with the computer system to check guests in/out.
October 29, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Houston13 Hotel Service Needs Improvement
From the time I checked in at 3pm I noticed the refrigerator in the hotel room not working properly. At that moment, I requested another refrigerator for the room. I was celebrating my wife's birthday and just needed somewhere to place her cake and other items to stay cool for the night. It wasn't until 6pm and 2 additional calls later when we were exiting the room to enjoy our night in the city that the request had been resolved. Also, during each of those calls, which I made from my cell phone, I notified the hotel that the phone in my room wasn't working either. This was never resolved throughout the night or the next day before I checked out. When I had questions regarding my checkout or anything else, I continued to have to call the lobby from my cell phone to request anything.
May 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by j28773g Great location, bad staff
The hotel is located in a great location, but the staff was awful. They tried to clean our room at 9:30am on a Saturday, and then continued to barge in throughout the day, twice when we were napping. The first day I was there my room wasn't cleaned until the early evening, which was very inconvenient with my work schedule. I also called down to the front desk requesting a few items be brought up, and it took close to 2 hours to receive them, and when I did, the main thing I asked for wasn't there.
October 5, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Unhappy28 This hotel left a lot to be desired!
The whole stay was not good. The first room I was given had no running water. The second room I was given had water, but no cold water. Then the lights in the bathroom went out. I will say the maintenance guy was very quick to come and replace the light. The walls are super thin! I could hear the maintenance guys in the next room at 11 PM plunging the toilet! When I checked out I was not asked how my stay was. Overall it was a very disappointing experience and I will not be staying there again.
August 29, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by jamesandlo Spg status hardly recognized
We have recently purchased a vacation ownership with SPG. One of the reasons we went with SPG was because of our history of great experiences with this brand. This weekends hotel stay our expectations were not met as they have been in the past. I called the front desk manager and he was able to get to the bottom of the problem and offered me points which we gladly accepted.
March 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Houston9 Great Hotel
Crystal attended me at check-in, she was very friendly and helpful.
I got the King Suite w/ a balcony, which was a bit small but the doors opened up straight to westheimer and the view was amazing.
They tell you complimentary free parking as a "perk" of the room, but in reality you are just parking at the Galleria(which took me 15 minutes to find a spot). They offer $14 valet/$28 overnight for anyone who is going shopping, so it might be nice if they offered discount Valet to hotel guests.
August 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by jlsx Upset at this hotel
We've stayed at this hotel and the sister hotel also at the Galleria many times. Always a pleasure, until this trip! Elevators inop on the last day and valet service a joke. I can understand a malfunction in the elevators, but the valet service needs immediate attention. They let cars park on one side on the entry way access lane, backing up those who are trying to get to the hotel when bags are being unloaded and waiting till wheelchair patrons unload, etc. It took almost 30 minutes to return my car to the valet one evening. On another afternoon, we called down to get the car brought around and ended up waiting 45 minutes to get the car. We were late for a dinner appointment and we were embarrassed in front of our dinner companions when late. Someone who has some sense should be in charge there.
October 31, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Detes63 Still needs help
The rooms look unfinished but clean. Ammenities are minimal two plastic cups. Should have at least two in the bathroom and two by the ice bucket (which was very tiny). Minibar in place with no food and separate refrigerator brought in and sat in room. Had many calls to check on whether the refrigerator had been dilivered and the phone fixed, but they were slow to get it done. Keys did not work , bellman offered to bring new ones, but forgot. Escalator to the Mall exit level was broken.
January 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Garsonhsr Consistent Quality
The Westin is always consistent, this hotel is no different.
The only add to I would like to see is an improvement of the bathroom, the shower was weak on water flow, the toilet didn't flush well, the overall appearance of the bathroom was middle of the road for the price of the room. Also, there was no refrigerator in the room, that would be a nice add.
Other than that, the bed was fantastic, the staff was friendly and helpful the room and hotel itself was clean and well maintained.
February 4, 2013