The Whitehall Houston
What We Love
- A beautifully renovated boutique hotel in downtown Houston, with a poolStaying in Houston’s downtown, just a short way from museums and the Galleria
- The low-key rooms, with Sotherly's Private Label Signature Beautyrest mattresses
- The sips and light bites at Edgar's Hermano
What To Know
- The hotel is popular with business crowds and hosts a lot of conferences
- Renovated guestrooms are spacious and have hardwood floors
- Free WiFi is fast
- Valet parking is available
Looking for a quiet corner in Houston? The Whitehall may be in the heart of the fourth-largest American city’s bustling business district, but it doesn’t feel that way in your peaceful guest room. Expect a Sotherly’s Private Label Signature Beautyrest mattress, to help you unwind. When it’s snack time, get a taste of Tex-Mex and Southern flavors at Edgar’s Hermano, one of three property eateries; you can also take advantage of the fitness center with PRECOR equipment, or page through some light reading by the pool.
And when you’re ready to explore, taking on the big city is as effortless as lounging on the hotel’s sun deck, since some of the top local sights are a short walk or drive from The Whitehall’s front door. Catch a ball game at Minute Maid Park, or admire masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Splash cash at the Galleria, too, newly home to a Saks Fifth Avenue outpost, less than 15 minutes by car. Everything may be bigger in Texas, but true to its laid-back approach, The Whitehall puts this sprawling metropolis’ greatest hits at your fingertips.
The Whitehall accommodations are set up to keep you connected to goings-on in the world outside, each with a flat-screen cable HDTV, as well as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. But they’re also peaceful retreats, with sweet little details to make you feel at home – literally so, in the case of the complimentary Southern Delights cookies.
Along with room-service options, the Whitehall dining scene includes three eating or drinking spots. The main restaurant is Edgar’s Hermano, where Tex-Mex fare meets that of the south in dishes like pork chicharrón and cotija cheese, as well as drinks like the signature Edgar’s Truth bourbon. This eatery opens for three meals a day, but you can change it up with a cup of JAVA PURA coffee and a light bite at Buffalo Bayou, open early morning till early evening, or a creative sip at Part & Parcel.
The fourth largest city in the nation, Houston offers up shopping, dining, museums, theater and sports the only way Texas knows how – in the spirit of “go big or go home.” It’s second only to New York City in theater seats, so the arts-and-culture scene is a must. And the dining and nightlife? Exceptional. Your only difficult decision will be what to do first, because the Whitehall puts you in the middle of it all.Don’t forget to check out iconic attractions like the Johnson Space Center, the Galleria, with its 375 stores and ice rink, the famous Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Williams Tower Water Wall – all within easy reach of your accommodations.
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A group of friends and I enjoyed a weekend stay at the Whitehall for a birthday celebration. I have to say that the hotel staff is the friendliest and most accommodating, the rooms very clean and comfortable, and the food at their in-house restaurant is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this hotel for a very gratifying experience.
Arrived at the hotel and was greeted by the valet service. Walked into the hotel and it appeared to be a very nice lobby. Things went south when we got to the floor where our hotel room was. The elevator was dirty(see picture below). When we walked out of the elevator the carpet had stains and the walls of the halls were dirty (see pictures). The room itself was cold. We tried to turn on the heater and it did not work. It actually made the room colder. Maintenance was called and they attempted to repair the heater. When they came by and opened up the compartment above the vents there appeared to be black mold inside(see picture). At that point we decided it would be best to stay elsewhere. The front desk helped refund our stay. Unfortunately it is very unlikely that we will be staying here again.
I selected this hotel because it provided free transportation to an event I was attending. Being unfamiliar with Houston, I didn't check the proximity to the freeway before booking. If I stay here again, I will request a room away from the traffic noise that kept me awake during the night. I was also a little disappointed in the restaurant onsite. The food was so-so. I should have ventured out and looked for nearby restaurants but fatigue kept me from doing so. My problem, not theirs. The beds were comfortable and the bath towels nice.