Hotel Ylem

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#192 of 539 hotels in Houston
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.9 of 5 bubbles
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Discover our boutique hotel near downtown Houston, where we are changing the world through hospitality. Expand your horizons when you stay at our contemporary boutique hotel in Houston, Texas, offering the ideal blend of art, philanthropy, and hospitality. Host your informal gathering at The Space or meet with colleagues at our on-site stylish bar, Esperanto for an evening drink. There’s no other boutique hotel near downtown Houston that offers complimentary breakfast and complete dedication to contributing to our vibrant community. Centrally located in Houston with easy access to downtown attractions like the Houston Museum District, NRG Stadium, Rice University, Minute Maid Park, and the Houston Zoo. Our hotel is also conveniently located near Texas Children's Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center. If you are flying, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport are located less than 30 minutes away.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Books, DVDs, music for children
Free shuttle or taxi services
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Missy G wrote a review Oct 2021
Chicago, Illinois77 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This location was a good price, had breakfast included and was conveniently located near the campus of Rice University. Clean rooms, comfortable beds, and friendly /helpful staff. Breakfast included eggs, sausage, oatmeal, cereal /milk, fruit, juice, toast /bagels, coffee /tea.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Clarice B wrote a review Sep 2021
CBarry4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am a budget hotel shopper. I don’t like to spend a lot of money on a place I’m just going to sleep and shower. Hotel Ylem (pronounced eye-lem) was quite a pleasant surprise. The staff, Kesha in particular, were very courteous and accommodating. The decor feels like you’ve taken a ship across the ocean to tour India in the 1950’s. Every detail has been carefully considered. The great price, free well lit parking, free WiFi, and free hot breakfast are all icing on the cake! On top off all that, there is a philanthropic focus. Make your reservation at Hotel Ylem. You won’t be disappointed. It’s our go-to Houston hotel for all our trips there in the future!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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erin_lsc wrote a review Jun 2021
DeRidder, Louisiana90 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I regularly stay here when I travel to the medical center as it is conveniently nearby and they even often a complimentary shuttle.
Hotel offers free parking, wifi, and continental breakfast.
There are several food options nearby and, of course, you can always order delivery thru Grubhub or similar.
Staff have always been pleasant. Rooms feature a small fridge, microwave, and coffee maker.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Honest Feedback wrote a review Jul 2022
8 contributions
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
I cant even explain how disappointed I was with my stay. The room smell awful. The sheets were stained with something brown. The entire setup of the room is not convenient or worth the $$ spent. The decor is wayyyy outdated I definitely glad I brought my own towels. I think I was expecting more from those lovely pictures online.

The only compliment:

The lady bartender, who was new, was EXTREMELY nice.

There was a maid apologized for dirty sheets and offered to clean room
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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oilmanlkr wrote a review Feb 2023
Spring, Texas100 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a rare find near the Houston Medical Center near NRG Park and downtown. The rooms have a boutique feel and are more than adequately furnished. At this price point it is rare to find a well kept bar served by the ever talented Xander. In the morning a hot breakfast is served in the bar area.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Parking is free and on site. A first floor room provides easy access to the bar and breakfast. ...
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Sajed C wrote a review Dec 2021
Murphy, Texas180 contributions77 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel appears to be a chain hotel that’s been converted into a boutique hotel. Great to see staff wearing masks. Service was hassle free. Everything was clean and whimsical. It appeared everything was resurfaced… except for the bathtub and sink. The rust stains on those fixtures were a bit off-putting but a great value overall and excellent location.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Rare amenity of free parking near the medical/museum district
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Brad B wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Evacuated for hurricane ida, paid for room, was not satisfied w room due to safety concerns. Front desk was notified and refused full refund. Early dementia and traveling alone. Called to follow up, refusing refund. Will be fighting to ensure they’re held accountable
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Moises R wrote a review Dec 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Extremely disappointed with the service of this hotel. After noticing the hotel room was not clean and the bathroom tub was rusting, the headboard was dirty and the bed frame was stained, we asked to be moved to another room. The hotel said that there had no other rooms available and recommended I book another hotel, since they wouldn’t do it for me. There were no managers on site, and did not want to give me a refund as I “didn’t cancel within 48 hours”. I will never book at this hotel again, and highly recommend against others doing it. The pictures on the internet is not an accurate representation of the experience.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rick J wrote a review Aug 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Being that I have treatments at MD ANDERSON in Houston, staying at this hotel relaxes me for my upcoming procedures. It feels cozy, not cold and stuffy. I feel like I’m at a family’s home. Totally relaxing.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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wolvertonlynn wrote a review Oct 2021
Sumrall, Mississippi2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at YLEM during my appointments at MDAnderson. The employees there were very sweet and accommodating. I adored the boutique style of the hotel with its colorful decor and artwork. The continental breakfast was very good and included fresh made biscuits, eggs and other healthy options.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Mandy asked a question Nov 2023
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions2 helpful votes
Is there an airport shuttle? Or transport to Galeria Mall?
Answer from Amber
Murfreesboro, Tennessee21 contributions11 helpful votes
I wouldn’t recommend walking at night . It is very busy area there. The shuttles also only run until a certain time . Check with the hotel to be sure , however ; you could take the hotel shuttle there and take an Uber home and be worry free! Have fun!
JoAnn M asked a question Nov 2018
Georgetown, Texas12 contributions8 helpful votes
Does the shuttle go to NRG Stadium?
Answer from Holly T
We are right across the street from NRG, it's about a 15 minute walk. The shuttle does run to NRG, and we leave from the hotel every hour Monday through Friday, 7am-7pm.
mcoonan123 asked a question Jan 2017
Grafton, Massachusetts
How far are you from NRG stadium?
Answer from Sandy L
Stanton, Texas29 contributions3 helpful votes
It is very close. Just blocks away.
Louis B asked a question Sep 2016
Monroe, Louisiana37 contributions30 helpful votes
Do the guest rooms have coffee pots?
Answer from starquality3223
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Yes they do. Each one makes a cup for that person.
Traveler62569072301 wrote a tip Apr 5
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay at this hotel. There are many other hotels nearby much, much better for the same price. Do not book with Expedia, NO REFUNDS!"
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Alicia P wrote a tip Feb 2024
Hutto, Texas11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't leave valuables in your car. "
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Elizabeth F wrote a tip Aug 2023
Moore, Oklahoma28 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t book if there is anything going on at the NRG stadium. They fill up and the bartender said it gets noisy."
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Heather H wrote a tip May 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Must try this hotel. We absolutely love it and very reasonable."
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Erica32 wrote a tip Mar 2023
11 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Does not have a hot tub or pool but great location. It has a shuttle and will call you a Uber to go to and from hospital in area"
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PRICE RANGE
C$122 - C$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
holiday inn express hotel & suites houston medical houston, holiday inn express hotel and suites houston medical center, holiday inn express houston, holiday inn houston
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Hotel Ylem, Ascend Hotel Collection
LOCATION
United StatesTexasTexas Gulf CoastHouston
NUMBER OF ROOMS
79
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Ylem
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Ylem?
Nearby attractions include Rodeo Houston or Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (0.8 km), NRG Stadium (0.8 km), and NRG Park (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Ylem?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a fitness centre.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Ylem?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Ylem?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Ylem?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Ylem?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet, Captain Benny's Half Shell, and Pappas Bar-B-Q.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Ylem?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Ylem?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Ylem offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Ylem?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Ylem?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (7.1 km), Rienzi Mansion (7.0 km), and First Presbyterian Church of Houston (4.5 km).
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