News for the Hospitality Executive
Aimbridge Hospitality Opens the 216-room All-suite
Houston Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor
Lifestyle hotel in Uptown District offering affordable, chic accommodations for the savvy business traveler and vacationer to Houston
HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 2, 2009) — Aimbridge Hospitality today announces the opening of the Houston (Texas) Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor. The 14-story, 216-room all-suite hotel, owned by Mac Haik Enterprises, is located at 11730 Katy Freeway/I-10 at the Gateway to Houston’s Energy Corridor and home to Houston’s Fortune 500 companies and other multi-national and local growth-oriented companies. This is Aimbridge Hospitality’s third managed hotel in Houston and its 10th Embassy Suites flag.
Aimbridge Hospitality is a Dallas-based hotel real estate and management company that provides renovation, supervision, accounting and consulting services for its strategic partners. The company currently owns and/or manages 52 hotels across 18 states and Puerto Rico, and plans to open three more new construction properties and add six more management contracts before 2010.
Mac Haik Enterprises, a Houston-based investment company, and parent company to Mac Haik Realty LTD, is responsible for approximately 1.7 million square feet of office building and hotel development in the Energy Corridor. The 197,019 square-foot Houston Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor hotel is part of the Energy Plaza Office Park and ongoing development project that also includes two office buildings totaling 775,000 square feet, which are approximately 98% leased. Energy Tower III, a 17-story, 425,000 square foot office building, which will be a twin Tower to the Energy Tower II is also under consideration and will be located immediately west of the Embassy Suites Houston – Energy Corridor hotel.
“Today the doors of the Houston Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor are open, and we welcome all international and domestic visitors looking for an exceptional guest experience with stellar accommodations and superior service to come see what this Embassy Suites has to offer,” said General Manager Faisal Kamal. “Houston’s famed Energy Corridor is fast becoming the No. 1 place to live, work and stay in Houston. While most other areas of the country are struggling, we are proud to say that the Energy Corridor is booming. After 15 to 20 years of stagnant hotel development in the Energy Corridor, the Embassy Suites flag today is flying high and bringing first-class, full-service accommodations to the ‘Space City.’”
A Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Nov. 5 to introduce the hotel to local dignitaries and the business community.
“The Embassy Suites brand has been recognized eight times in the last 10 years by JD Powers and Associates as achieving the ‘Highest Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains,’” said Mac Haik, chairman of Mac Haik Enterprises and hotel owner. “With Hilton a premier hotel brand and Embassy Suites its crown-jewel, we know we have brought the best that hospitality has to offer to Houston. As the fourth largest employment center in the region, the Energy Corridor is the perfect fit for dignitaries from around the world visiting the areas leading companies, such as BP America, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, Shell Oil Co., and Technip USA, and others. It’s equally ideal for family members from across the globe, and mom and dad coming for a weekend getaway.”
The property features spacious two-room suites (along with exclusive club-level floors, 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting/function space, a full-service restaurant and lounge, indoor pool with outdoor tanning terrace, and fitness center with state-of-the-art Precor equipment. Guest services include a complimentary full, cooked-to-order breakfast each morning along with a nightly complimentary manager’s reception, local area transportation, and much more. Conveniently located just minutes away is championship golf courses, Katy Mills Mall, Town & Country Mall, Memorial City Mall, Houston Galleria, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Minute Maid Field (home to the Houston Astros), Reliant Stadium (Home to the Houston Texans), Toyota Center (home to the Houston Rockets), Robertson Stadium (Home to the Houston Dynamos), Herman Park, Houston Zoo and more. Many great family restaurants and the Downtown Aquarium featuring exhibits, carnival-style rides and midway, also are nearby.
“Business travelers visiting this area will really benefit from the amenities Embassy Suites has to offer including a spacious two-room suite, dedicated work and living spaces, high-speed internet access, complimentary cook-to-order breakfasts, as well as its prime location near many of the area’s large corporations,” said Jim Holthouser, global head of full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “We’re also proud that this is the first Embassy Suites in Texas to be built using the brand’s Design Option III prototype, which uses less land, increases the amount of natural light into the guest suites and atrium areas, and reduces the overall cost per key for development.”
“On behalf of Aimbridge Hospitality and Mac Haik Enterprises, we look forward to introducing everyone to the new Houston Embassy Suites,” said Dave Johnson, Aimbridge Hospitality President and CEO. “We are proud to bring best-in-class hospitality to energy, healthcare, engineering and financial services companies while stimulating Houston’s economy. This hotel is ideal for the community seeking a quick spot to grab lunch and also for meeting planners looking for a dynamic destination. General Manager Faisal Kamal and Director of Sales Tom Martone are valuable allies to the Houston hotel community, and are dedicated to providing all who walk through their doors with stellar service.”
For more information about the Houston Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor, visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.
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