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Residence Inn by Marriott Houston NASA/Clear Lake

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

As others have noted, this is an older style RI built to look like an apartment complex. Someone mentioned all the red decor - I've seen it before. What I haven't seen before, however, is a room with no skillets, pots, or even a roll of paper towels in the kitchen. I noticed when we were looking for a cookie sheet to reheat pizza for the kids - there wasn't one of those either. As noted by others, the mattresses are stupid soft and have dimples in them where everyone lays down. Biggest gripe, however, is that they shut down the weekend breakfast at 9:30. Most Marriotts run it until 10. Their weekday service is from 6-9 (3 hrs), but only 7-9:30 (2.5 hrs) on the weekends. This is one I won't return to.

Small pool in a location that is not so great...right at the front entry to check in. Rooms comfortable. Maid service very late in the day. No tag to ask for service when the room is empty or vice versa. Small business center which was not working. Extremely small breakfast area and difficult to find seating.

First of all, this property is rated as a Tier 3, meaning 30,000 points per night, if using Reward Points. Let me state right now that this is NOT a Tier 3 property in my estimation! As to why, there are a couple of things; first the bed is old and sinks to the middle from the outside, and second, the furniture is the MOST UNCOMFORTABLE I have ever encountered at a Marriott property. For those of you familiar with a furniture store named "The Dump", Marriott would be wise to purchase it's furniture there as it would be a 200% upgrade. When arriving and receiving the usual hotel information, they show on their info sheet that there is free Wi-Fi, but they DO NOT sufficiently explain that in order to use their network, you first have to connect, then go immediately to MSN.COM to get a Wi-Fi network that will allow you to access websites, otherwise you will get messages saying that this is an OPEN network and is UNPROTECTED. I had to go to the front desk to ascertain this information. One more thing to be aware of --- there is a train that comes through every night (not Sunday) and blows it's horn 3 times. The train crossing is about 500 yards from the hotel. If you are a light/normal sleeper, you will be awakened in the middle of the night!

The Residence Inn Houston NASA is my go to place while traveling to Houston?Webster. It may not be the most fancy place I've stayed, but I've been going there for years and they treat me like family. I feel very much at home there and that's a lot to say for a hotel.

Nice updated rooms, full kitchens. Breakfast was good - both hot and cold items , breakfast room is small but easy enough to just eat in the room. Price for our one bedroom was excellent. Very close to NASA - 5 min drive. Also only about 40 minutes to Galveston for a beach day. Pool is small , not heated so too cold to swim in mid March. Grocery store next door so easy to buy food/drink items. Kemah boardwalk is also close by - about 15 min drive - lots of restaurants , amusements etc.

I've stayed in several RIs and this is the first one I've ever stayed in which was decorated with so much RED. Heavy red drapes and bed skirting, dark red upholstery and simulated leather on the furniture, and a deep red accent wall over the bed. I'm not much of one for predominantly red decorations, but you may like it. Just be prepared when you walk in the room. I had a bit of a shock. The complex was built in the 1980s in the original style which Marriott had when they started the Residence Inn brand. It's more like an apartment complex than anything else. And although the rooms were updated in 2011, it still has an old feel about the place. There's two stories throughout the complex, and no elevators. The windows are single pane and a bit moldy. Otherwise the room seems clean enough, although they use a strong deodorizer which I dislike. Trying to clear the scent a bit, I found I could only open one window, and that was only a couple of inches. No screens are on the one window which opened, so I closed it quickly as bugs started to come in. The room seem well insulated. I couldn't hear any neighbors through the walls. I could hear doors slam closed on the public landing; the doors are heavy and close strongly. And I could hear the few sounds in the parking lot, through the single pane windows. There's a busy train track about half a mile away. I love the sound of American trains, so it wasn't an issue for me.

I've stayed here several times over the years and have never had a bad experience. The rooms have always been top notch, all of which have included a kitchenette with stove, full sized refrigerator, microwave, sink, a few clean dishes, and many even have a fireplace. The rooms have always been clean with quiet heat and air that works very well. Service has always been friendly and professional. If ever visiting NASA, this is probably the nicest place to stay and only be about a five minute drive away. Highly recommended.

Last minute stay due to Carnival Cruise Freedom being unable to dock in Galveston. We called at 8 pm, drove north, stayed here and had a good nights rest. Our studio was familiar since we have stayed at many Residence Inns. This one is up to standards and recommended. The staff was very helpful.

We stayed here for 3 nights while visiting the Houston/Galveston area. This hotel is located between both cities near the freeway. It is also very close to the space center if you are planning on visiting it. Our room was very spacious and included a great breakfast each morning. It is convenient to many different restaurants so it makes a great base for the area. The staff was very friendly and could not have done more for us. We would stay at this hotel again the next time we are in the area.

Stayed here for 1 night while visiting Houston and NASA with the family. Clean and well kept hotel rooms with lots of space and kitchenette. Really good quality breakfast with good selection of eggs, sausage, waffles, fruits, etc. Even the coffee was good. The lobby felt new or recently renovated. Nice comfortable hotel for the family.

525 Bay Area Blvd Houston TX

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Located in NASA - Clear Lake within 2 miles (3 km) of Baybrook Mall, Residence Inn by Marriott Houston NASA/Clear Lake is within a few miles (5 km) of Johnson Space Center - NASA. This 110-room, 3-star aparthotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. Also nearby are Space Center Houston and University of Houston - Clear Lake.


Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is offered each morning. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


All 110 air-conditioned apartments feature kitchens and space to spread out with living rooms. Guests can expect 37-inch plasma TVs with satellite channels and pay movies, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Sofa beds, coffee makers, and safes are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Residence Inn by Marriott Houston NASA/Clear Lake have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Fireplace

King 2 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 125 reviews