I have not stayed at any hotel in San Marcos other than this one since it opened about 5 years ago. I stay about once a year. It is a very nice Embassy Suites with a convention center attached, so it is usually very busy and full. As a result, it is difficult to find what I consider to be a "good" rate. The best is the AAA or AARP rate during the week for around $135.00/night. This time, we stayed on a Friday and Saturday night and had to pay $160.00 each night. I even booked about 3 months in advance. The hotel offers an early evening hour (starting around 5:30) of complimentary snacks and limited alcoholic drinks. Very basic snacks--crackers, nuts and popcorn type of thing. I hardly ever get to take advantage of this anyway because I am usually still shopping at the outlet mall during this service. The morning cooked-to-order breakfasts are absolutely wonderful though. And the coffee is the best I have EVER had at any hotel. As good as my favorite Keurig brew at home. (Not the in-room coffee, but the coffee downstairs at breakfast.) My main complaint about the breakfast is they often do not offer waffles. For instance, this time, on a Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. (breakfast ends at 10:30 a.m.) they were no waffle makers in sight. I have found this in the past as well. Maybe no waffles on the week-ends? Maybe no waffles when they are completely booked? Not sure about the magical waffle offering. Also, on this particular Sunday, the pancakes were only available on the buffet rather than fresh from the griddle. The only cooked-to-order items available were eggs and omelets. Still, a good selection of food, breads, fruit, juices, etc. Like all ES, the rooms are very spacious and have a separate bedroom. The bathroom is roomy with good countertop space. This time, I noticed the towels were a little thin and worn. We ended up calling for additional towels and when they still had not been delivered over an hour later, my husband walked downstairs to ask for some. They were delivered finally about 15 minutes later. Also, the bed was quite hard if you like that. Our room was a corner room and was very quiet. The central a/c was quiet as well. As usual, the comforter was too heavy/hot for our tastes, but there was a thinner blanket in the closet to substitute so all was fine. I guess the blanket was provided because the room came with a sofa bed. Usually I end up calling housekeeping to provide the lighter blanket. The hotel has a nice bar, a restaurant, spa, snack area, etc., so lots of extras if needed, or if you don't feel like leaving after getting there. There is nothing close by to walk to, so you would have to drive to go to a restaurant or to get a snack. Although I have never utilized it, I think they provide complimentary shuttle service to the outlet mall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set just a short drive from the bustling center of downtown San Marcos, the Embassy Suites San Marcos - Hotel, Spa & Conference Center is a contemporary and spacious hotel that offers more space, flexibility and freedom during your stay. Each of the San Marcos hotel’s 283 two-room suites provides a superb range of modern hotel amenities, including two flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet access. Whether you want to dine on a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast or prepare one yourself with the suite’s mini refrigerator, microwave oven and coffeemaker, our hotel in San Marcos, TX is designed to give you more freedom. ... more less
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