A review of the Hotel Indigo in Houston, TX, by Gregg Sales

The Hotel Indigo in Houston, Texas, is a breath of fresh air starting with the colors chosen to paint the exterior. As soon as you walk in the lobby you are confronted with a light, fresh, and fun space with unique furniture. I never thought about the effect that wall colors could have until I stayed at the Indigo. This carries through the lobby, elevator, hallways, and into your room.

The designers of the Hotel Indigo think about the client experience. When you walk in the room you hear music playing (they have a collection of their own music in the CD player). The rooms have hardwood floors, fun colors, and full wall murals behind the bed. They have a tray sitting on the bed with a water pitcher, glasses, the remote, and other useful information. There are many floor and table lamps. All the furniture is free standing as opposed to built-in. There is an armoire for the TV and for hanging clothes. The beds have modern covers with many lavish pillows. The soaps and shampoos in the bathroom are all Aveda products. They only have large showers with partial glass walls and freestanding wooden benches.

All in all it just feels good/comfortable to stay here. I would recommend you give it a try if you have an opportunity.


12 Days of Travel: Days 9-12

Day 9:

I spent day 9 driving I-81 North to I-64 East, a three-hour drive between Roanoke, VA and Richmond, VA.  It was a beautiful day for travel, very little traffic, and it was the first time I used my Garmin nüvi 265WT.  What a great little GPS device!  I especially liked that I could link it with my BlackBerry for hands-free calling using Bluetooth.

I arrived at the Omni Richmond an hour before my meeting and my key was waiting on me as I had checked in online and requested an 11:00 am check in!   If you ever travel to Richmond, I highly recommend the Omni.  It’s a beautiful, full-service hotel located in the Historic Shockoe Slip area of Richmond.  If you are a Guest Select member, you receive complimentary Internet and two free morning beverages delivered to your room at the time you specify.

I spent the next six hours in a meeting.  Afterwards, a few of us went to dinner at Peking on E. Cary St.  It’s a nice, inexpensive, and quick bite of Chinese.

Day 10:

Day 10 was another four hours of meetings, then my return drive to Roanoke.  Again it was a nice drive, but the traffic was heavier because it was later in the day and it was Good Friday.

I arrived at the Hotel Roanoke in the late afternoon and relaxed in the room until venturing down to the Pine Room Pub for a crab cake sandwich and a Blue Moon White Belgian Ale with a slice of orange.  My fiancé arrived on a late flight from New York and we turned in shortly thereafter.

Day 11:

We spent Day 11 running errands of all things!  We also went to the Pine Room Pub for their homemade dill potato chips with scallions and blue cheese and a few glasses of Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale on draft.  I highly recommend both!

For dinner we ate at Tong’s Thai Too.  I had the same dish as my visit 10 days ago, the Panang Curry Beef, but Tom Yum soup this time.  Both were very delicious.  I think Thai has become my favorite cuisine!

Day 12:

All I can say about day 12 is that I finally got to go home and pick up my cat from the kennel!  The drive down I-18 South was very pleasant and traffic-free as it was Easter morning.