As far as airport hotels go, the Marriott IAH (Houston Intercontinental Airport) is one of the best – at least in terms of overall location. As you will see below, I don’t recommend staying here for the vibe. It’s all about convenience and easy access to the airport. Nothing more.

A full review of my 1 night stay at the Marriott IAH Hotel

So what’s the deal with the cheesy decor in airport Marriott hotels? I’ve stayed in many of their airport properties over the years, and  the vibe in each and ever one of them has been very “1970s” –  right down to the orange and brown accents against dull beige walls.

I always thought that it was because they were trying to keep things on a budget. However, I think my stay at the one at IAH has led me to believe that they are doing this on purpose. The decor was exactly the same as all the rest, and I’m sorry, but everything just looked so dated.

FYI, 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).

Arriving at the hotel

Marriott IAH underground train stop
The underground tram at IAH with a convenient stop at this hotel
Registration desk
The registration desk (it wasn’t fancy). I was basically getting pumpkin spice vibes right off the bat.
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! For what it’s worth, I got the exact same vibes at the Courtyard Marriott at the Calgary Airport as well.

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.

Getting to my room

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).

guest room hallway
More orange accents in the hallway leading to my room
door to room
The door to room 5160 (my room for the night)

Inside the room

Marriott IAH hotel room
The decor of the room wasn’t as bad as the rest of the hotel – it was big, bright, and open.
Marriott IAH room furniture
Well, I guess things wouldn’t be complete without an orange chair, right?
Marriott IAH in room desk
The desk was nice and big – looked like a good place to get some work done.
Marriott IAH bed
The bed. Standard issue Marriott. I’m going to refrain from saying anything worse, since I have stayed in dumpier-looking airport hotels than this before. If you’re curious to see something worse, check out my Miami International Airport Hotel review (if you dare).
Marriott IAH bedside nightstand
Night stand next to the bed
IAH Marriott hotel room door
I like the “boob” light. Nice touch.

The bathroom

Marriott IAH toilet
Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything special about the bathroom. Not much better than what you’d find at many lower quality hotels.
Marriott IAH bathroom vanity
This vanity is in dire need of an update. It was clean, but very dated. BTW, what is it about Marriott and their dated bathrooms? The Dulles Airport Marriott isn’t any better.
Marriott IAH shower
Standard-issue shower – nothing fancy! Despite how plain this is, I’m glad that some of my more recent Marriott stays have given me hope that they care more about bathroom design these days. Check out my San Francisco Waterfront Marriott review to see what I mean…
Thann amenities Marriott IAH
Complimentary Thann amenities in the bathroom.

The view of the airport

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.

view of airport IAH Marriott hotel
Awesome view of the terminals from my room. Even better than the view I had at the Marriott connected to the Calgary Airport!

The food

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.

Marriott IAH hotel restaurant food
Dinner in the hotel restaurant was pretty good. I started out with some fresh chips and salsa…
Marriott IAH hotel restaurant main entree
…and then I finished it off with some grilled salmon. Pricey, but good (and a weird combination, I know).

Going back to the airport

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

Final thoughts

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. Would I stay here again? Absolutely!

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