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
Introduction: My wife & I stayed at the Magnolia Hotel here in Houston as a staycation for only one night: Saturday, December 8th, 2018.
Check-In: I checked in using the mobile app the day before arrival and was notified the following morning that our room was ready ahead of our planned time of arrival. My wife & I originally planned on arriving at the hotel at 3:30pm but decided to arrive early and settle in. The front desk agent who assisted us with finalizing the check-in and providing the room key was pleasant to deal with. In addition to providing the basic check-in information she also provided us with a memo on Magnolia Hotel letterhead stating that their onsite restaurant (The Lounge) would be closed that evening since three company holiday parties were being hosted at the hotel. While this was a slight bummer, I was more than glad to see that the hotel was being used so extensively. Hotels are, after all, gathering spots and having three holiday parties simultaneously makes for one big, energetic gathering spot.
Parking: This particular property only offers valet parking and, since I’m not a big fan of valet parking, I went ahead and utilized a self-park garage approximately 50 yards from the entrance to the hotel. This garage was located on the same block as the hotel which meant my wife & I never had to cross the street, which was nice. I did notice, however, that there were always plenty of valets available at any given time which was a good sign for those who did valet.
Room: Our room was a spacious King Bed Guest Room on the 9th floor overlooking the rooftops of some surrounding low-rise buildings. The room was a clean, well-appointed, well-designed guest room that we left very happy with. By way of furnishings there was a business desk and chair, a lounge chair and accompanying ottoman, the king bed, a drawer with a flat screen TV, a minibar with an accompanying safe, as well as a spacious vanity station and bathroom with a tub/shower.
Common Elements: The hotel was decorated nicely with a large Christmas tree in the main lobby with assorted Christmas decorations throughout the hotel. The entry way, main lobby, and surrounding areas on the first floor were great for lounging and for meeting up with friends, as many guests did. Like many hotels even the air smelled nice, as the Magnolia Hotel appeared to have its own signature scent being circulated throughout.
Restaurant: While The Lounge was closed for dinner on the day, we checked in we did, however, get a chance to stop by for breakfast for the following morning. My wife & I sat at the bar and were greeted immediately by an attentive waitress. The food options were slightly more restricted than what appeared online, but we easily found something to eat, nonetheless. The food itself was delicious, the service was decent enough, and the prices were moderate. My wife & I particularly liked how the overall openness of the restaurant itself, as it was on the second floor with an attaching staircase leading to the third floor, and had large windows looking outside. There were many folks dining there that morning which is always a good sign. A special feature of The Lounge was that it has an adjoining billiard room that can be enjoyed at any time of day.
Gym: My wife & I utilized the fitness facilities on the day of our arrival and really enjoyed ourselves. The gym was located on the 23rd floor (the highest floor of the hotel) and was appointed with all of the necessary equipment to get a full body workout. What was particularly nice about the fitness center was that all of the equipment was arranged neatly, clean, and well-maintained. The treadmills operated as smooth as glass, the dumbbells were all in great condition, and the general space was clean and dust-free. The floor the gym is located on has accompanying bathrooms, as well as a neatly-arranged towel station that offers complimentary headphones to guests. There is also a nice vending machine that offers beverages such as LIFEWTR, Propel, Aquafina, Mountain Dew Kickstart, and other selections.
Pool: One of the neatest amenities this hotel offers is on the 23rd floor (the rooftop). This is where the pool and hot tub is located: a lovely lounge in the heart of downtown surrounded by skyscrapers. The rooftop pool area is accessed by going through the fitness center and offers sun lounging chairs, as well as regular chairs / tables that can be enjoyed in an open-air setting, as well as in a covered setting. The pool and hot tub, while both small by modern standards, are well maintained for being as old as they are and are perfectly suitable for guests to enjoy. Given that it was in the low 40’s when my wife & I visited the hotel I only utilized the hot tub and it was quite enjoyable. One element that I enjoyed about the rooftop pool area was that the hotel has decided to keep said area only for lounging and relaxation: there is not bar, no drinks or food service, nothing. This keeps for a pleasant atmosphere free of unnecessary business and nightlife lounging.
Summary: Our stay at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston was a very enjoyable and relaxing experience. Each of our interactions with hotel staff, hotel guests, and with the hotel’s amenities were pleasant and the entire hotel operation seemed to be running at a high level of efficiency, especially given the number of visitors and guests they had onsite the evening (and preceding morning) of our stay due to the holiday parties. Aptly situated in the heart of downtown within walking distance of so many things my wife & I enjoy doing I wouldn’t be surprised if we stay at the Magnolia Hotel again in the future.
The Magnolia Hotel hosted my wedding block (25+ rooms) and we could not have been happier with our experience. For months before our stay, their hospitality group was always immediately responsive, helping me plan every detail. When our guests arrived, everyone commented on how lovely the hotel was and how great the service was (valet, bell hops, front desk, room service, shuttle, etc.).
The rooms are beautifully appointed and the location cannot be beat for a downtown Houston experience. Highly recommend!!
This hotel is located near Main Street, the ball park, the theater district, and has easy access to the highway. The Front Desk staff and the Valet staff were attentive and helpful. The hotel itself is in decent shape, but is in need of some updating (which I believe is planned to start soon).
The service at Magnolia was perfect., especially manager Northon who made our stay extra special.Hotel is downtown within walking distance to so many interesting bars and restaurants. Would recommend this hotel highly.
This comfortable and attractive lodging venue, close to Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center and a short train ride from Reliant Stadium is nestled on a tree lined street in downtown and steeped in Houston's history. Now dwarfed in the downtown skyline, it was the tallest building in Houston for a short reign from 1926 to 1927. Originally the Houston headquarters of Shell Oil and later home of the iconic Houston Post newspaper has now morphed into a luxury hotel. The recent lobby renovation and the comfortable restaurant and lounges not only serve guests but are a great place for a leisurely late afternoon cocktail or glass of wine. A French themed cafe, right out front, offers all the amenities a coffee aficionado could wish for...truly worth a visit even if you're not spending the night!