This is near the Renaissance shopping center, which is an upscale center north of Jackson in a nice residential area of Ridgeland. There's a lot of relatively tasteful development in the area and it looks quite affluent. This property is part of that - across the way is the new Hyatt Place, another midlevel but chic type of hotel. I chose the ES since I'm a Hiton member.
This is not a typical Embassy Suites - the decor is more like a recent W or other chic boutique hotel, and there isn't an atrium, but rather a cool waterfall on the other side of the elevators. There's a nice area for the breakfast, which was very good; and a cafe/espresso bar which I never saw in action but imagine one day will be up and running and quite handy for a snack (you have to pay for it of course, but it looked nicer than a typical Starbucks and probably worth it).
The room was really quite nice. Mostly, I liked the layout. You walk in to a little kitchenette, then a desk/chair facing the seating area, which also has a TV. Thus, you can plop your stuff down (there's even a little shelf along the wall for keys, etc), open up the laptop, and switch on the tv and have a nice little office area to unwind and finish up work.
Then the other room has the bed and another tv (both flatscreens, 40 or so channels), and the bathroom has a tile-and-granite typical but nice decor and a huge shower. No tub, but I never take a bath, and I really liked the oversized shower pan.
This layout makes a lot of sense to me, and it felt cozy and comfortable. It wasn't so much as a "suite," mind you, as rather a typical hotel room cut in half to look like a suite - that said, it's still nice to have a division of work and sleep areas.
The service was great but there are a few things they need to to work on (which is understandable for a new property): The checkout counters were occasionally unmanned when I'd come in from the day and have a question, and I think this is a big no-no; there was no "do not disturb" ticket to place on my door so I had to call and ask for one; and most importantly, no 'hotel guide' binder so I'd get local contact #s for nearby shops and restaurants, and find out where the fitness center etc. are. I know these sound like little things, but my job is very physical and I like all the details in place - even one phone call can feel like a pain in the butt when you're hungry, tired, and your feet are hurting.
But, they strived for excellence and these are just a few silly bugs that can be worked out. Overall, really loved this place.
(One hint: Keep an eye out for the property - it's set back with no big sign on the hotel, which one of the locals told me is a zoning restriction from the mayor of Ridgeland. It's on the left, across the street from the Hyatt Place, as you're coming from the airport, in a business center with several new office/bank buildings.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Embassy Suites Jackson-North/Ridgeland hotel is a modern all-suite hotel offering business and leisure travelers a comfortable environment for exploring Ridgeland and Jackson, MS. Conveniently located in the Township at Colony Park - just 20 minutes from Jackson-Evers International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Jackson-North/Ridgeland Hotel Ridgeland
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