21 October 2011

SpringHill Suites Marriott

Last weekend I was in Houston, Texas for the DMC Open House.  More on the event in another post.  I stayed at the SpringHill Suites Houston International Airport, it was a really nice hotel.  Nice enough for me to write a post about it...or I just need to fill space on here.

The hotel is located just south of Houston International Airport (IAH). First off, IAH is huge!  It has five terminals and over 100 gates, Houston International is also known as George Bush International Airport.  There is a nice bronze statue of President Bush in Terminal C.  The hotel provides free transportation via shuttle to and from the airport.  The shuttle leaves the hotel every half hour, 24 hours a day.  A simple call to the hotel/driver and you will be picked up from your Terminal within 10-20 minutes.

DMC also arranged for transportation to and from the hotel and DMC, which was about four miles east of hotel.  DMC also got guests an even rate for the hotel for $98 a night, about half the regular rate.

Upon arrival to the hotel, there was already a few DeLoreans in the parking lot.  The hotel even blocked of a section, facing the main street of course, for DeLoreans to park.  I recognized one of the DeLoreans from California.  Yeah, someone drove from Los Angeles area to Houston for the event, a 1900+ mile one way journey.  Pretty sure my car would not have made that trek so easily.

The lobby was really clean and bright, almost like a movie set.  A nice open area for guests to mingle.  The hotel offers free breakfast every morning for guests.  One of the things that caught my eye was a TV screen in the lobby area with flight information.  They also provide computers for guest to check in to their fights and print out boarding passes.  On top of that, free internet access to all guests.  You know how I like free stuff.

Even has a private mini office area
The room had a really nice layout.  There was a mini bar with fridge, lounge area, mini office.  Separate toilet/sink and shower/sink areas with sliding doors to save space.  Nice modern design all around.

Probably the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in
We had a king size bed, since everything in Texas is big.  You can see from the photos that there was a lot of open space, even in the room.  I think it might have been bigger than my old apartment.

Although I had little contact with the staff, they were very nice and happy to help.  At times, they were a little overwhelmed by the number of guests that were there for the event.  Overall, this was a great place to stay.  I have stayed in many hotels, my mom works for a major hotel change so I grew up hanging around hotels.  I have a pretty good understanding of hotels and their operations.  SpringHill Suites Marriott is one of the top hotels I have stayed in.  I am sure there will be future Open House events held at DMC, it would be great if they can arrange to have this hotel as their official hotel, again.

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