Trip Report: Marriott hotel, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport

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01. Introduction: San Diego to Houston on Spirit Airlines
02. Spirit Airlines A319 Big Front Seat San Diego to Houston
03. Marriott hotel, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport
04. Spirit Airlines A319 Big Front Seat Houston to Las Vegas
05. Spirit Airlines A319 Las Vegas to San Diego

So what’s the deal with the cheesy decor in airport Marriott hotels? I stayed at the airport Marriott at Tampa International Airport back in 2013, and one of the first things I thought was how ’70’s the whole vibe was, right down to the Orange and brown accents against the dull beige walls. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal to me back then, as I simply thought that particular hotel was just in dire need of an update. But I think my stay at the one at IAH airport in Houston has led me to believe that they are doing this on purpose. The decor was exactly the same, and I’m sorry, but everything just looked so dated.

Aesthetics aside, I enjoyed my stay here quite a bit. The location just can’t be beat if you’ve arrived on a late flight or you’re departing early in the morning. This hotel is located adjacent to the terminal buildings, and is easily accessible from any of them via an underground walkway and tram (very similar to ATL).

IAH underground train

The underground tram at IAH with a convenient stop at this hotel

Registration desk

Registration desk

main lobby

The view of the main lobby from the front desk looking the other way

dark main lobby

The main lobby seemed overly dark, dreary, and…orange!

Every singe staff member I encountered was very welcoming and friendly – everyone seemed to put on a pretty good act that Led me to believe that they truly loved their jobs. Even the staff of the restaurant on the top floor was on thier best behavior – it was a very cheerful environment.

So let’s continue with the pics, shall we? For reference, my room was in the south tower – not the north (where the registration desk is located).

main hallway

More orange accents in the hallway leading to my room

hotel room door

The door to room 5160 (my room)

bright hotel room

The decor of the room wasn’t as bad as the rest of the hotel – it was big, bright, and open.

orange chair in my hotel room

Well, I guess things wouldn’t be complete without an orange chair, right?

work desk in hotel room

The desk was nice and big – looked like a good place to get some work done.

bed in hotel room

The bed. Standard issue Marriott.

night stand

Night stand next to the bed

boob light

I like the “boob” light. Nice touch.

bathroom

Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything special about the bathroom. Not much better than what you’d find at many lower quality hotels.

vanity

This vanity is in dire need of an update. It was clean, but very dated.

Standard-issue shower

Standard-issue shower

Thann amenities

Complimentary Thann amenities in the bathroom

One of the best things about this hotel was how close it is to the terminals. For aviation geeks like me, it doesn’t get much better. This is a very good spotting and photography hotel, provided you get a top floor room in the south tower. I guess I just got lucky, because I didn’t even ask for a room with a view.

United Airlines 737-800 (N12218)

Awesome view of the terminals from my room. Here’s a nice close up pic of a United Airlines 737-800 (N12218)

And no worries if you aren’t interested in airplanes – the windows are very well soundproofed, and aircraft noise was not an issue for this light sleeper.

chips and salsa in the hotel restaurant

Dinner in the hotel restaurant was pretty good. I started out with some fresh chips and salsa…

grilled salmon

…and then I finished it off with some grilled salmon. Pricey, but good.

train back to the terminal

The next morning, getting back to the terminal was easy – the train stops right at the hotel.

small inter-terminal train

I have to admit that this train was a bit creepy – it was small and cramped, and only about 4 people could fit comfortably in each car. Good thing it was empty this morning.

Would I stay here again? Absolutely! But Marriott really needs to work on thier decor in a big way, IMHO.

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