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Mac Haik Enterprises and Aimbridge Hospitality Open
the 216-room All-suite Houston Embassy Suites
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Property is Aimbridge Hospitality’s third managed hotel in
Houston and its 10th Embassy Suites flag

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 17, 2009) — Mac Haik Enterprises, together with Aimbridge Hospitality, introduced the new Houston (Texas) Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor to local dignitaries and the business community last week at a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting. Mac Haik Enterprises owns the 14-story, 216-room all-suite hotel, located at 11730 Katy Freeway/I-10 at the Gateway to Houston’s Energy Corridor. 

Aimbridge Hospitality, a Dallas-based hotel real estate and management company that provides renovation, supervision, accounting and consulting services for its strategic partners, manages the property with daily direction provided by Faisal Kamal, General Manager, and Tom Martone, Director of Sales and Marketing.  This is Aimbridge Hospitality’s third managed hotel in Houston and its 10th Embassy Suites flag. 

(From left) General Manager Faisal Kamal; Director of Sales Tom Martone; Hotel Owners Heath Haik, Mac Haik and Sunny Haik; and Aimbridge Hospitality VP of Sales Chad Goodnough prepare to cut the ribbon to signify the official opening of the Houston Embassy Suites – Energy Corridor. 
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“On behalf of Mac Haik Enterprises, Aimbridge Hospitality, General Manager Faisal Kamal, myself, and all of our staff, welcome to the brand new, Embassy Suites Houston-Energy Corridor,” Master of Ceremonies Martone said to several hundred guests at the coming-out party held on November 5. “For the first time in almost two decades there is a new, upscale full service hotel in the Energy Corridor. Our clients have waited long enough for a new heightened level of service and accommodation in the West Houston area. Beginning today, our hotel brings that long- awaited change.  We are delighted that so many of the city’s top officials and representatives from this area’s Fortune 500, multi-national and growth-oriented companies are with us today to experience hospitality Houston style … and experience hospitality Embassy Suites style.”

The property features spacious 216 two-room suites (including 12 signature Embassy Premier Suites, 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.

“We are proud to fly the Embassy Suites flag in the Energy Corridor because it represents the crown jewel of the Hilton Hotels family, and because it has been honored as having the ‘Highest Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains’ by JD Powers and Associates eight times in the last 10 years,” Haik said. “Visitors from all over the world come to the Energy Corridor not just because it is the fourth largest employment center in the region . . . not just because it is the home of Houston’s energy, healthcare, engineering and financial services companies . . . but also because it offers the very best in shopping, dining, sports and entertainment venues. Today, as we introduce you to the new Houston Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor, we also introduce you to the finest hospitality venue in Houston.”

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.

Rodolfo Amaya, Regional Director Brand Performance Support - Embassy Suites Hotels, said the Energy Corridor is a thriving community within Houston and an outstanding location for an upscale, all-suites hotel.

“It is an honor to be here today to represent the Embassy Suites Hotels brand team and Hilton Worldwide,” Amaya said. “This hotel is the first in Texas to be built using Embassy Suites’ new Design Option III prototype. For the leisure or business traveler, this means more natural light with the same great amenities they already associate with Embassy Suites. For the developer, the new design requires lower energy and construction costs than our previous design, helping their bottom lines.” 

Joan Johnson, president of the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston, and Sarah Bardwell, member services coordinator for the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, addressed the group prior to the ribbon cutting, both stating that the Houston Embassy Suites – Energy Corridor fills a real need within the West Houston community for a new, full-service hotel. 

“As the areas premier social and professional networking organization located at the northeast corner of Richmond and the Beltway, we are pleased to see another full-service hotel come to the Energy Corridor,” Bardwell said, as she presented the owner with the ribbon-cutting scissors to officially open the hotel. “On behalf of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, we believe this hotel provides a wonderful example of the growth and emergence of West Houston. This beautiful new property will enhance the area aesthetically as well as provide visitors with an upscale place to be entertained and stay.”

For more information about the Houston Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor, visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.

ABOUT AIMBRIDGE HOSPITALITY
Aimbridge Hospitality is one of the nation’s leading independent hotel investment and management firms with a proven track record for delivering superior returns for its strategic partners in a variety of markets and economic cycles. Aimbridge provides management, asset management, development, renovation and consulting services. Based in Dallas, Texas, Aimbridge currently owns and/or manages 52 upscale, independent and branded hotels with nearly 11,000 rooms across the United States, including such affiliations as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, DoubleTree, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Aloft, Hyatt, Wyndham and the Phoenix Inn Suites chain of hotels.  For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.

ABOUT MAC HAIK ENTERPRISES
Mac Haik Enterprises is an investment company based in Houston, Texas, which owns and operates 11 separate businesses which develop and own hotel, office, medical and retail properties, car dealership operations, a healthcare company, banking entities, restaurants, a construction company and project management company, property-management company, and realty firm, among other investments. The company employs approximately 1,300 associates.

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Also See: Mac Haik Enterprises Selects Aimbridge Hospitality to Manage the Houston Embassy Suites-Energy Corridor / December 2008
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