Embassy Suites Houston Energy Corridor – Review

I stayed at the Embassy Suites Houston Energy Corridor in Houston earlier this month for a couple of nights on a work trip. The hotel has easy access to interstate 10 in the suburb of Katy, northwest of downtown Houston. It’s relatively far from both the IAH and HOU airports, but then again, everything in Houston is far and takes an hour to drive to!

Embassy SuitesCheck in and parking:

Parking is in the garage behind the hotel and it’s free. You can then walk into the hotel through the rear lobby door facing the garage. This is the front of the lobby:

Embassy-SuitesEmbassy-SuitesThe staff is friendly and courteous, and I was promptly recognized and thanked for being a Gold member and put on the Premium 13th floor. I ended up moving down to the 5th floor, because the only room available on 13th was a double bed and I had requested a king size. The original room also had a funny, humidity laden smell, which I did not hold against the hotel, because all guests were handled a letter upon check in that day explaining that the hotel had a disruption on electrical and water service that morning and that situation had impacted air circulation and clean water throughout the hotel for most of that day.

Room:

The room was spacious and well furnished.

Embassy-SuitesEmbassy-SuitesThere is a door separating the bedroom from the living-room, which is good because it creates an additional sound barrier between the bed and the hallway.

Embassy-SuitesEmbassy-SuitesMy only gripe was the small workstation in the bedroom and the chair, which wasn’t a reclining or swivel chair. Technically it isn’t needed, since there is a small conference-style table in the living-room, but I do like to work and write out the bedroom, especially since it has the only window, which I like when I need to give my eyes a break.

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Embassy-SuitesEmbassy-SuitesThe bathroom had a nice glass shower and plenty of counter space.

Embassy-SuitesThere is a small kitchenette with microwave, small fridge and a sink and coffee maker.

Hotel features:

As a Gold member, they originally gave me access to the premium floor, which I kept when I moved down to the 5th floor. The premium floor has a vending machine for which you get a code and you can take out unlimited (sort of) snacks and beverages. I say sort of unlimited because they really give you a 90-item limit, but I wasn’t carrying out 90 soft drinks in my travel bag just because they were free!

Embassy-SuitesThe hotel also has free happy hour with appetizers and beer and wine every day from 5-7pm. The appetizers were pretty good for being free. I could have done without the people in the bathrobes picking up free drinks though.

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With the free happy hour and nice furnishings, this hotel is great for an after hours business meeting. Check out this fish tank!

Embassy-SuitesEmbassy-SuitesEmbassy-SuitesThe hotel’s gym and business center are right around the back of the front desk. The pool is next to the gym.

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The hotel has free cook to order breakfast every morning, although I did not try it. I was so busy during my two-day visit in town that each morning I just grabbed a quick coffee and a snack on my way out the door. Must have a sit down breakfast next time!

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Overall impression:

Houston is a big city, and choosing the right hotel really depends on your visit. If you’re near the Energy Corridor, this hotel is a solid choice and in a great location with easy highway access, and I definitely recommend it.

 

 

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