For the past week I stayed at the Holiday Inn Houston-Westchase in Houston, TX.
My room had good space, but it was somewhat squandered by a two-level desk?/table? and a corner couch with an ottoman. A smaller desk and a normal couch/hide-a-bed would have given more room for working. The floor sounded like it might have carried some foot noise to other rooms, but nobody complained.
The bed was high but very soft, almost uncomfortably so. Standard firm and soft pillows were provided. The CFL light bulbs in the lamps were only halfway obscured by the lampshades and hard to look at. The air conditioner functioned very well.
Television provided plenty of variety, loaded with ESPN channels, HBO, and several Spanish stations. A small microwave and half-height refrigerator were available.
Six outlets are available at the desk: two in the desk lamp and four in the wall. The outlets in the wall were misaligned with the hardware behind it, necessitating significant force to plug something in. Internet service was free on both wire and wireless. Wire speed was terrific, but the wireless was very slow. The hotel would ask for the password upon every reconnect, which was annoying.
The bathroom was quite large, big enough so that the mirror never fogged from the shower. The toilet handle had to be mashed down in order to function properly. The sink was well designed. The faucet quietly emptied into a bowl that rose several inches above the rest of the counter top.
I didn’t get a chance to check out laundry service or their restaurant, but I did visit their fitness room, which contained a recombinant bike, an elliptical, and two treadmills. The bike and elliptical had their own mini-TV, and the treadmills shared a larger one. There were no weights or nautilus.
Entrance and egress out of the hotel were a bit tricky, as it rested at the intersection of two divided streets.
HAL gets $99 a night here, which is a little pricier than their deal with the Hilton-Westchase property. The hotel is fairly new, but I will likely not come back to this one.