They say that everything is bigger in Texas and that is certainly true of the hotels in Houston. The Royal Sonesta is huge. Located in the Galleria area of Houston the hotel has 485 bedrooms and 50,000 square feet of function space, including 23 conference and break out rooms not to mention the ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,000 people. It can be very easy to feel completely invisible in a hotel of this size but the staff are so helpful and friendly that you immediately feel relaxed and at home in some very large surroundings.
I arrived before my room was available so decided to sit in the lobby bar, check my emails and people watch. The wi-fi is complimentary and worked a treat, as did the snacks I bought from the lobby shop!
My corner bedroom was spacious and well decorated with brown and turquoise details. The bed was a good size and the bathroom had a huge shower and great products. I much prefer to work from a desk rather than sitting on the bed so I was pleased to find a good desk and separate seating area in the room.
Having booked business travel to Houston more times than I can actually remember I am very aware of how little time executives have when they arrive in Houston. Most business travellers attend their meetings and leave so I always try to book my executives into a hotel that allows them to see at least a little bit of Houston. The Galleria area really is the hub for business travellers with most oil and gas companies based near by. There is a large mall near by with restaurants and bars that your executive would enjoy if they are the type to venture outside of their hotel. Within the hotel there are lots of amenities to keep guests occupied, which was great for me as a winter storm had put Houston on lock down. The amenities include:
- ARA restaurant
- AXIS lounge
- 24 hour health club
- Outdoor swimming pool (not recommended during a winter storm)
The hotel is fully equipped for business travellers and will happily print any documents you need for free. It is a tech savvy hotel and I particularly liked the boarding pass station located by the front desk.
Why should you book the Royal Sonesta for your boss? The Royal Sonesta is located in the heart of the Galleria area. It is clean, comfortable and the service is impeccable. It is a great business hotel with lots of events space.
The Royal Sonesta 2222 West Loop South Houston, TX 77027
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at The Royal Sonesta. Opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate per night $359 (February 2014).