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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Oh this hotel! It is just beautiful!!! The staff makes you feel so special each time you enter and exit the hotel! The hotel is very elegant and the rooms are cozy and spacious.
The second floor bar is beautiful and the drink menu is hard to beat! You won’t be sorry!
From the moment we walked through the front doors until we left the property to go back to the airport, every staff member we encountered provided wonderful customer service! Everyone was very accommodating, friendly, and helpful! We stayed in one of their Executive Suites, which was decent sized. We've stayed at other suite style hotels and in comparison, these rooms were slightly smaller. The overall cleanliness was good (minus the noticeable dust on the open shelves of the bathroom vanity) and the furniture was in good shape despite certain pieces showing small signs of wear (little nicks/dings on the carpet, desk, chair, night stands, bathroom vanity, and closet). The bed was fairly comfortable and most nights we slept well. The bathroom was very spacious. We would've liked the lighting near the vanity area to be brighter. The shower was slightly frustrating initially as we could not adjust the angle of the shower head that much and when we showered somehow a little water managed to escape from around the door and was on the floor when we were done (and no it wasn't just from water dripping off the door as we opened it while exiting - it was actually happening while showering). After day 2, we were able to get the shower head to angle more and the amount of water escaping did reduce. One positive of the shower was, my husband is 6' 4" and often times in hotels he has to duck while showering due to the low shower head but he didn't have to worry about that in this shower. The rooftop pool and spa are small but very well maintained. The views of the city were absolutely gorgeous from up there! They do appear to be renovating a few floors of the hotel, so perhaps they have recognized the need for some upgrades. Despite a few small annoyances, overall it was a nice property and we would consider staying here again should we find ourselves revisiting downtown Houston.
We loved this hotel. The decor and rooms were newly rennovated and comfortable. The room was very clean and so was the hotel in general. There was a wedding so the bar and resturant were closed but the hotel offered a small bar in the lobby with happy hour prices the entire night which was great. The fresh cookies were delicious and all the staff was friendly. Daniel checked us in and was friendly and informative. Valet was quick and we took advantage of the free shuttle to the Toyota Center. Overall a great stay. Our only issue was that our room only had decaf coffee but that was it.
We stayed during Tour de Houston. Valet is available, paid thru the hotel $25 a day (approximately). A parking garage nearby but not as convenience. We got upgraded to a suite, which was spacious, at a corner of the building, and comfortable. Everything was clean and well-maintained with comfy bedding.The bathroom was large with 2 sinks—his & hers. A block away from the actions on Main street. The hotel is well-located in downtown and quiet at night.
Except for one thing that woke us up all night! That is the banging sound, every 10-15 min! First, we thought it was the elevators next to our room and it wasn't. Then we suspected it might have been bedroom doors but it couldn't happen all night and the doors weren't loud when shut. Could it be a water heater? But it had to be many people taking shower all night. Our friend suggested it could be the fire exit door that homeless people sneaked in and out. As the matter of fact, we saw a homeless couple snuggling on the sofa on our floor in front of the elevators. They had bags, guitar, unkempt and looked definitely out-of-place. If the management reads this, they may want to look into this matter. The night was cold so the homeless needed a warm place to stay? We forgot to bring this up at the front desk.
Stayed at this hotel for the first time last night. We are Marriott Bonvoy members. But they couldn’t upgrade our room due to the whole hotel being booked out. Busy place! Did assign us a nicely sized corner room on the 5th floor, though. Thanks! The room was spacious and recently redone. The whole hotel is undergoing a renovation that was started last Fall and is expected to be completed this Summer. The decor has a nice, clean vibe with some modern style furniture and some vintage elements to the architecture. Room was clean. Staff was accommodating and friendly. Got a free wine voucher, since they couldn’t upgrade the room. Nice! They have a breakfast buffet available in the a m with bagels, toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and fresh fruit. I would have liked to see some yogurt offered. Minor detail. They have a lovely rooftop pool/hot tub/ exercise room. Looks awesome after dark! I would stay here again and recommend to my family/friends.