The Casual Hotel Critic?

Many moons ago, when this newsletter was still at a long-forgotten and now historical site called GeoCities, there was the mention of a Casual Hotel Critic whose mantra was ‘he stays there so you don’t have to’ which in retrospect, makes not a whole lot of sense.

On the road, accompanying the Casual Restaurant Critic and his Better Half on their travels through Houston and now Tucson Arizona, the Casual Hotel Critic has resurfaced and would like to tell you a little something about the hotels visited on this particular adventure.

First of all the Holiday Inn near the Galleria, in Houston. This frumpy hotel actually uses that as their location name: near the Galleria. It is near the Galleria of course, which implies that it is fancier than it could ever hope to be. It could be called Holiday Inn beside the 610 which would also be accurate and more precise, and perhaps would lead one to be less ambitious in ones expectations of this house of lodging.

I don’t know where or when the Holiday Inn name started to be equatable to cheap and somewhat run down, but that has been my experience lately with anything marked Holiday Inn. This hotel is no exception. The reception is friendly enough but casually so and one can anticipate that a problem would be met with some resistance. The room was tired, carpet somewhat worn and the beds soft which is not necessarily a positive thing but the most striking part of it were the uninviting microscopic pillows on the bed.

The general feel, what with the strippers checking out and the couple having a loud and trashy argument on the bench outside the lobby as their 8 year old son looked on, was one of cheapness. Unfortunately the price did not reflect that and one is charged for the location, which is, again “near the Galleria”.

I would advise avoiding this hotel.

7 thoughts on “The Casual Hotel Critic?

  1. Hi, William, y should call us then y & your wife welcome anytime our house, our house 10 min from galleria, next time send me email passing thru here. Yes, so many hotel around galleria but real good ones are very pricey but I don’t believe holidayinn hotel chains anymore, Hampton inn, I think is better so have a safe trips. Did your wife bought anything @ niemanmarcus?

  2. Also , most motel is owner by indian in here Houston not the bland name hotel is not good one so next time just contact with me our house will be better than holiday inn . We are welcome .

  3. Of course, he loves to meet your couples & I told him about your blogs. Walter, y will like him.

  4. I must highly recommend staying at Walter and Suk’s; they are gracious and caring hosts.
    5stars for sure, your stay could also include a private Korean cooking lesson….

  5. They must be wonderful – I am invited to their home and haven’t even met them in person! Wow! Now THAT’s hospitality!!

  6. I need a critic to check out the hotel La Tranquila Resorts in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico. The head chef is a terrible jerk and overworks her staff. Urgent to help all those under her control….she (Mariana) is also a relative of the owner.

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