Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Stay at Embassy Suites Hotels

I received compensation and complimentary stay for review. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.

outside view of the hotel

I'm not a world class traveler by any means but I've stayed in my fair share of hotels, motels, and inns. There's a reason reviews are in place. Who wants to pay a large amount of money to stay at a dump?!

A hotel should feel like "home away from home", a place of comfort and safety. I recently stayed in a hotel that made me feel both comfortable and safe, as well as cared about. It exceeded my expectations, and almost made me wish it was "my home".

front lobby

gift and snack shop inside the hotel

Last weekend me and my husband, along with two friends, were able to stay at Embassy Suites St. Louis-St. Charles/Hotel & Spa. To say it was an amazing and astonishing experience is an understatment. I had already seen pictures of the place from checking out the website, but the pics did not prepare me for the beauty I would enter when I actually went there.

Embassy Suites Hotels are available in over 200 locations. The closest one to where I live is two hours away, where we stayed. Embassy Suites Hotels knows how to cater to traveler. All of their guests are welcomed with a two-room suite, free made-to-order breakfast each morning, and complimentary drinks and snacks for two hours every night.

When we entered our suite, we were in awe. The place was modern and very clean. The bedroom had two beds and there was a living room area as well. In the living room area was a fold-out couch, a table and chairs, a flat screen TV, and a lounge chair. Also included was a countertop with cabinet space that included a coffeemaker, microwave, mini-fridge, and safe. There was plenty of space to sprawl out. Although we never turned it on, the bedroom also had a TV. I like that option because it gives guests the option to watch different TVs with different shows if they choose.

The bathroom was very well-kept, with towels nicely folded. A hairdryer was available for use, along with small bottles of lotion, shampoo, and conditioner.

The hotel we stayed in had twelve floors, and we were at the top. There were balconies wrapped around each floor, with planters of silk greenery. It was simply beautiful.
The elevators were an adventure in and of themselves. I know I'm a small-town girl but it was the first I'd seen elevators like those at the hotel. They weren't your typical elevators. One side was glass so you could view people entering and leaving. You could also see the view of the hotel when you were riding the elevator. There was definitely no privacy! You could see everyone, and everyone could see you! That was the allure of it.
looking from the very bottom to the very top
The lobby area, also known as "The Atrium" had plenty of seating, and the decor was inviting. The entire hotel was booked the weekend we stayed. Although you knew it was busy, the place was big enough that you didn't feel crowded.

The outside view was very inviting as well. There was plants and greenery everywhere. Bench seating was available. The night weather was pleasant and we spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying the view and the breeze.

Jason with our shuttle bus driver

Friday night, after the Complimentary Evening Reception, we took advantage of the hotel's shuttle bus and had the driver take us to the nearby casino. Our driver was Da Bomb! He was very friendly and accommodating. When we were ready to be picked up to go back to the hotel, all we had to do was give our driver a call and he returned to get us. The shuttle service was free, but we tipped our guy. He was too cool not to.

The Complimentary Evening Reception was two hours of Happy Hour. And happy we were! Available for all ages, snacks and drinks were provided free of charge. Popcorn, fresh fruit, trail mix, and shortbread cookies were on hand. Mixed drinks, draft beer, and wine were available for adults of drinking age. Kiddos were given the option to entertain themselves with a Wii or board games.

During the two nights we were there, the featured drinks were Long Island Tea, Rum Punch Thingy, and Margaritas. Delish!! My body didn't thank me the next day, but they sure were good during the time.
Rum Punch Thingy and Budweiser draft

Jason in front of a fountain

Inside the hotel was Spa Botanicals, a spa that offered massages, facials, pedis and manis, and more for a fee. We did not partake in that particular service. Also available in the hotel was a pool and hot tub, and fitness center. I didn't swim or work out but checked both places to see what they were like. They seemed to be quite nice. I didn't take pics of those areas because there were several kids in both, and I didn't feel right trying to grab some pics with so many strangers in them.

one of the cooks making breakfast per customers requests
Friday morning breakfast

The continental breakfast was the best I've had any hotel. The amount of food was plentiful and there was a variety of choices. A large buffet and other countertop space housed breads, pastries, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and more. If you went away hungry, it was your fault!

A separate line was available for made-to-order breakfast. If you wanted an omelette or pancakes, you told the chef and they made it on the spot. You're able to choose the toppings and fillings. The line was somewhat long for that particular area, so there was some wait time. I waited in line about 15 minutes for my omelette, but it was very tasty.
Saturday morning breakfast

Regardless of how fancy a hotel is, there's always downfalls. I was hard pressed to find any but did end up with three. The smell of chlorine was very strong in the pool area. There was no vent in our bathroom so it became steamy after showers. Wifi was not free; you had to either pay for it or be a hotel rewards member.

I absolutely, wholeheartedly recommend Embassy Suites Hotels as a place to stay. Whether you're a traveler or just want a place to relax for a few days, you'll feel comfortable and taken care of at Embassy Suites.

Have you ever spent the night in an Embassy Suites Hotel? What's your take on the chain?


Theresa Mahoney said...

I have never stayed there, but I like how clean and cozy the rooms look!

An Apel a Day said...

That looks nice! I want to go on vacation now. :)

momo said...

(Labor Day Weekend Stay at Embassy Suites Hotels) We stayed in a Embassy Suites years ago when my ex-husband had to do some continuing classes for work. I saw Meryl Streep while I was there too-

Seth said...

I've never been in a hotel where there are balconies on the INSIDE. That's pretty cool, and could be fun if you have friends staying in other rooms... just a shout away.