If you’re attending a conference or trade show convention at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, you can’t beat the convenience of the Embassy Suites by Hilton. You can walk out of your room and be in a meeting room five minutes later, without even going outside. That’s because an enclosed sky bridge leads from the second floor of the hotel (connected by stairs to the lobby level) right to the main entrance of the center.
Embassy Suites Huntsville is right across from Big Spring Park, near downtown, and right by the convention center and concert arena. A few blocks away is a new retail development with a Publix and multiple restaurants. Since a shuttle runs to the airport and anything within a three-mile radius, you can come here without a car and be all set. (If you do have one, check out The Lumberyard one night, visit a brewery at Campus 805, or get some good cooked-from-scratch Italian food at Terranova’s.)
This being an Embassy Suites, you also get plenty of extras when you book here. There’s a reception/happy hour every evening with snacks and complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails. Then in the mornings there’s an extensive breakfast buffet which includes an omelette station. A good-sized indoor pool is open all year, the gym is well-equipped, and there’s a staffed spa on site as well.
The restaurant is apart from the breakfast and reception area but is also open to the lobby. The bar there has a few of the good Huntsville craft beers available, including on tap.
One of the great benefits of booking at an Embassy Suites, of course, is that everyone gets a suite. These are not “extended stay” suites with minimal services though. They come with most of what you’d expect in any business chain hotel, but with double the space you normally get. There’s a whole living room area with a sofa bed, armchair, dining table, and second TV. There’s a sink, microwave, fridge, and dishes for preparing your own food or snacks.
The spacious bedroom comes with another large TV on a dresser, two nightstands with reading lamps, and a desk for getting some work done. Some rooms have a nice view of the park and downtown. A closet with metal accordion doors has a safe, iron, and ironing board inside. Baths are basic combination tub ones with an array of toiletries.
The bedrooms face the outside and are bright, while the only natural light coming into the living room is from the skylit atrium. That makes them a bit gloomy in the daytime and since the hallway goes past the window, your choice is to either let everyone see in or block out the external light source.
Staffers at Embassy Suites Huntsville give a full southern welcome and are hospitable throughout your stay. With good service and an unbeatable location that’s walking distance from downtown, this is a good choice if you have business in the Rocket City.
Embassy Suites Huntsville lets you earn or redeem Hilton miles if you book direct through their website. They may also charge you for Wi-Fi as a penalty for booking elsewhere. Check rates at Expedia or Priceline though to see if there’s a difference. Either way, this property is a great value as it can sometimes dip as low as $100 per night.
As conference director, editor Tim Leffel was provided a room at this Embassy Suites when Huntsville Tourism sponsored the annual Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) North America conference.