Im coming to Houston in September and looking for a recommendation for a hotel near Bogies, preferably within walking distance. Also, is it a fairly safe neighborhood? OK to walk around at night?
I can tell you where NOT to stay: the Howard Johnson south of the airport, on Greens Road.
I stayed there one night a few months back because it was close to Bogies.
Within a couple of hours of my (late night) check in, someone had entered my room using a key card, and left something strange in the room (I'll just say it was related to prostitution). At the time of the intrusion, I was at Bogies. Fortunately, nothing was stolen. It was still super creepy, and I did not sleep well that night. I filed a police report and called the corporate office the next day. Not only did I NOT get any kind of discount on the room or a discount for a future stay, the corporate office never even bothered to return my call.
I've also stayed at the Motel 6 on Cypresswood (a few miles north of Bogies, close to Big Tyme Billiards). The building was pretty shady overall, and the front desk service was poor, but my room was very nice.
In both cases, I think I would have felt more secure with my expensive video and computer gear locked in my car in the pool hall parking lot than in either hotel room (unless I was in the room with it).
I would be very cautious about walking around at night (especially with valuable pool equipment), unless it was a very short distance to your hotel.
Next time I stay in the area, I will bite the bullet and stay at a nice, secure hotel. Hopefully, someone in this thread will identify the best place to stay.
Have fun and stay safe!