The Mystery Hotel Was…

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Yesterday I was curious to see if others could identify a hotel chain better than I was able to on a recent stay, and I’m a little relieved that it wasn’t just me that had a hard time with this one. I generally know what to expect from a Hyatt Place, a Westin, a Hyatt Regency, etc. but I was a bit off the mark with what to expect from this specific hotel chain.

 

From the infinity edge pool, to the modern lobby with water feature, to the sleek decor of the room, I did not feel like I was in an Embassy Suites, and from the comments on this post most of you didn’t think it was an Embassy Suites either.

But, from the free evening drinks to the included hot breakfast, I very much was in an Embassy Suites…

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This particular Embassy Suites has about 200 rooms and has been open since early 2016. As a couple people correctly identified, is located in the new “Hughes Landing” section of The Woodlands, Texas, about 20 miles north of Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

I was used to Embassy Suites being slightly outdated large atrium-style conference hotels with lots of indoor plants and very busy patterned carpet. They were quite functional hotels, especially for families, as they offer two-room suites, free hot breakfast, and evening socials with drinks and snacks, but my mental image of Embassy Suites didn’t include the descriptors of cool or sleek.

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I loved being pleasantly surprised at the Embassy Suites The Woodlands Hughes Landing, and I will have some of these new-build or renovated Embassy Suites properties more on my radar going forward. I will add though that the one potentially negative surprise at this Embassy Suites was that not all of the rooms were two-room suites, as this room was a studio that wouldn’t really work for a family of four looking to comfortably stay the night. For one or two people it was a good layout, but not for a family looking for a traditional two-room suite. The property does also have two-room suites available, but just be aware that not all rooms have that layout.

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If you find yourself looking for a points-friendly hotel in The Woodlands, just north of Houston, there are now lots of solid contenders including not only this Embassy Suites, but also:

Westin The Woodlands

Hyatt Place The Woodlands

Hyatt Centric The Woodlands

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The view outside was even better than inside!

For those curious, this Embassy Suites has a “standard” rate of 60,000 points per night, which seems quite high for the hotel’s usual selling price. However, some nights have a special rate as low as 32,000 points per night, which seems more in line with what makes sense for this property.

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Are you surprised this was an Embassy Suites? Have you recently been pleasantly surprised by a hotel chain?

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Comments

    • Yeah I think that’s is about right for Hhonors points. It’s slightly better adding in taxes and such, but yeah. More than that and you are doing well!

  1. The picture on the original post was the giveaway, as I live in the area!

    I didn’t realize the Embassy Suites was that nice. I might have drag someone from out of town to come visit me or find a cheap(ish) rate to go check it out.

    • For sure – those that know it would recognize it, but I totally agree that it was nicer than I expected inside. It may be my new go-to for visitors, too! At the very least, it is in the running based on rates!

  2. New hotels from major chains seem to be very nice and fresh. Remodeled rooms often feel dated.

    I stayed at the Woodlands ES over july 4th. It was great and had lots of nice gadgets i hadn’t seen at ES’ before. However while the pool is nice n fancy, it was about the size of my backyard pool. In the summer, you couldn’t move in it. Lots of the newer ES’ are not the cookie types and i like to be surprised by them.

    • Could certainly see how that would happen with the pool. The main reason I don’t have a better picture of it is that it was very much in use every time I saw it by multiple people.

  3. Loved this “Name That Hotel” post. Perfect levity! Thanks for the smile! I was wayyyy off in my guess, but it was fun trying to figure this out.

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