Hotels in Houston can be a difficult nut to crack, it’s all about location and convenience. The Aloft Houston by the Galleria is well positioned, offers premiums that other full-service hotels do not, and a reasonable price point for the quality of the room.
The Aloft Galleria is located opposite the Houston Galleria mall, convenient for many businesses, Williams tower, and excellent shopping and restaurants. The Capital Grille is across the street, Nobu is soon opening nearby and Ruth’s Chris is connected to the building.
Parking is available on the first three floors of the building and accessible by direct elevator to guest floors and the lobby. This is a thoughtful approach to the area which is generally short of parking options. Check-in at the front desk is offered from 3:00 pm though elite guests have access to both early check in and checking out late.
5415 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056 – United States
+1 (713) 622-7010
While yes, the property is an Aloft, the guest room was still a little tight. Walking into the room, the vanity, closet and bathroom were to the left, straight ahead was the desk. The desk was tight even when the clutter was cleared off. The test is usually whether or not I can fit my personal and my work laptop both on the desk, this one was too tight to make it work because of the lamp, connection device to the left and phone.
A note on the connection device. Though I am fairly tech savvy, these things never quite work for me. The device held every possible connection (USB, HDMI, S-Video, VGA, and on and on) and yet it wasn’t really useful. I am sure the hotel spends a fair bit of money on these things but I would settle for something simple that allowed me to airplay my own Netflix running on my phone or laptop to the flat screen TV.
The bed was really comfortable, but in the theme of simplicity, the plug multiplier was the show-stealer. I was offered a pair of queen beds if I’d prefer but I was traveling on my own, so the King Bed Aloft Room was sufficient. Next to the bed, the surge protector multiplied two plugs to six and added two USB ports plus the protection for my devices. If every hotel had this, I could leave mine at home and I would be happy to do so.
The vanity is opposite the closet and provides sufficient space. The closet is open and works for a short stay, but it does make the snack space a little awkward given that it’s opposite the toilet. I have never understood the motivation for putting a coffee maker near the toilet or in the bathroom.
The shower is not over tub, which I really appreciate. The dispensers mounted in the shower reduces waste and while I am not a huge environmentalist, it always seemed like such a waste to put shampoo and conditioner in tiny plastic containers, half-used and then donated or thrown away. This seems like a good solution and while it’s not new, I am glad they have stuck with it acorss the years and the brand.
I am certain that elsewhere in the world there is a Ruth’s Chris connected to a hotel property that offers room service to your doorstep. I doubt, however, that there is another “select service” property (Aloft, Hyatt Place, etc.). Snacks and small food items are available from the in-house menu, but having Ruth’s Chris as room service is an excellent option. While I prefer Del Frisco’s (walking distance from the property located in the Galleria), this is far superior to traditional options.
What do you think? Have you seen a select-service hotel with room service options like this? Have you gotten those TV connection options to work?