Magnolia Hotel Houston, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
What We Love
- Free buffet breakfast, a wine reception, evening milk and cookies, WiFi and downtown car transportation
- Location in the former Post Dispatch building, a 22-story Houston landmark dating from 1926
- The lounger-lined rooftop pool is great for a post-work dip
What To Know
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in The Lounge; room service is available from 6 am to 11 pm
- The hotel is popular with the business crowd and families
- Valet parking is an extra $28 per night during the week and $24 per night on weekends
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened in 2003 in the former Post Dispatch building in downtown Houston, this 22-story style sleep is a favorite with the business crowd, families and seclusion-seeking staycationers. Interiors are done up in a polished modern-industrial style, from the circular multi-height lobby with huge metal-effect columns and frosted glass, to The Lounge with leather chairs and a vintage billiards table. Guestrooms, by contrast, are classically styled in mahogany, gold and coffee shades, with decorative gold frame headboards, heavy curtains and comfy armchairs, plus all the mod cons, including stocked mini fridges, tea and coffee making facilities and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms have single vanities, decorative mirrors and standalone showers stocked with own-brand toiletries. Like all Magnolia hotels, there are perks aplenty here, from the free hot breakfast buffet and daily wine and beer hour, to a nightly spread of milk and cookies and free downtown transportation. A menu of classic American fare is served in The Lounge, a multi-purpose space for dining, drinking, watching sports and playing pool on the vintage billiards table. There’s also a small seasonal rooftop pool for post-work dips or a quick dose of vitamin D before the searing Houston heat kicks in.
In the Area
There’s a wealth of quintessential Houston attractions throughout this bustling business hub. Many are quite close to the hotel, such as the Space Center and the House of Blues and Discovery Green. The hotel’s location also puts it within a roughly 10-minute drive of restaurants like tasting-menu-only Oxheart (considered the best in the city), Japanese eatery Uchi, casual and delicious The Pass & Provisions and perennial favorite Vietnamese spot Les Givral’s Kahve. For the best thoughtfully mixed cocktails in town, hit Anvil, a bar that is wildly popular among locals and national food editors alike.
How to Get There
I don’t usually write reviews, but I had such a great experience here during my trip last week. The concierge was very helpful and knowledgeable in answering all my questions. The rooms are very comfortable, and the staff was very gracious and accommodating. I’ll definitely be staying here going forward in my upcoming business trips and will suggest everyone I know traveling to Houston to stay here as well.
Two big thumbs up!
After having a confirmed reservation, when I arrived at the hotel I was told I did not have a room anymore because the hotel was overbooked. They sent me to another hotel, not walking distance and only took care of 1 night (I booked for 2 nights) and the hotel I was sent to, told me this happens to the Magnolia Hotel very often. I did not even get a call from the manager the day after to apologize and I think that if you are claiming to be a 4.5 star hotel, act like one! Very very disappointed and will never stay here again. I would encourage you to do the same since you never know if you have a room or not.
Honestly, I try to always book a particular brand in order to get my hotel points but this time I took the advice of a co-worker who recommended the Magnolia because of it's proximity to a meeting I was scheduled to attend. The price was very nice and upon viewing a map, it did appear to be a short walk from my meeting destination. Upon arrival at IAH Bush airport I took a taxi to downtown Houston. The taxi driver knew exactly where the Magnolia was so that was a good sign. Upon arrival, the front desk was friendly and efficient. I also discovered this was a "boutique" hotel, part of the Marriott group and the building was a classic Houston building. That said, I made my way up to my room. At the price I booked at, I was expecting a smallish room so I was pleased to discover a room with space to move around. After I unpacked, I went out in search of food. Although downtown Houston at night is no Chicago or NYC, there are still some nice places open such as Bombay Pizza. Some notes: Internet was dependable. Lots of closet space with a safe. Nice bathrobe provided. The bathroom was large and featured the deepest bathtub I have ever seen in hotel. That said, although I am a shower person, I treated myself to a long bath which was nice after a long day of travel. Towels were soft and plentiful. Although bar soap and shampoo were provided, there were also classy dispensers on the shower wall. Moving to the bed, mattress was fine and pillows were of varying firmness which was great. The sheets smelled fresh in fact the room itself smelled great. No signs of smelly room freshener. One irritation which was no fault of the Magnolia was the Metro train which blows it's horn too much (I think this ended around 9pm) and also freight trains running north of the hotel (not too bad) and I got a very good nights sleep. In the morning, The staff happily held my bags while I attended meetings nearby. When I checked out, I commented on my positive experience and the clerk advised me that things would be ever better as they were updating the property. I can't wait to see that. Keep up the good work, Magnolia!
Fantastic front desk, so helpful and accommodating, Nathan is unbelievably helpful and informative. The rooms are spacious and the staff are friendly. Breakfast is just the right balance. Well done Magnolia
This was my first experience at Magnolia and expectations were exceeded. I was hosted in a room that was not included in recent renovations and Hilary G sent a bottle of wine and cheese tray thanking me for my stay and wishing she could have reserved me one of there brand new rooms. The checkin experience was a breeze thanks to the hospitality of North Holiday. I found my new favorite hotel.