My belly is still full from all the goodies I ate (and drank) at Pappasitos Mexican Restaurant in North Houston with 15 of my new (and a few old) friends. This restaurant was only about 6 miles from the Park Inn hotel, so it made for the perfect meeting spot for a mini Houston Park Inn Do. We all shared appetizers, food, drinks, and miles and points stories. While it was not initially my intention to bring Little C, it worked out that was logistically the easiest solution, so she came along for the fun. She was particularly fond of Perry Platypus due to his cartoon traveling pal and matching hat! It really was a blast hanging out with everyone, so thanks so much for everyone who made the trip from the outskirts of Houston, Dallas, and Austin!
After a couple hours at Pappasitos, my little family headed to the nearby Park Inn to check-in and earn our 44,000 bonus Club Carlson points through the Club Carlson “One Plus One” promo. We booked our stay through TopCashBack, so my stay that cost roughly $80 with taxes will come to about $72 once I get 10% back from TopCashBack. Several at lunch today reported that TopCashBack seems to be working very well for them in terms of tracking money earned, but none of us has been paid out quite yet.
The hotel is located right off Beltway 8 between I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. It is near several other low- to medium-end hotels. This is not a fantastic part of Houston by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a great place for very inexpensive hotel stays. It is also close to Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Park Inn is pretty unimpressive from the highway, but at least it was easy to get to due to its proximity to several major roads. As we walked in I noticed some sort of “fragrance” in the lobby. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but it was not my favorite smell. I think it was supposed to be a nice smell, but it just wasn’t for me. The lady who was talking to the check-in agent in front of me was trying to talk her into a 3AM check-out on the second night of her stay for the price of just one night. Good luck with that. The check-in agent was very nice both to us and the lady who was trying to score a free second night. She verified that a second floor room would be okay, as the hotel has no elevator. We told her any room would be fine, and she proceeded to explain the hours of the restaurant, when free breakfast was offered, room service, etc.
We then headed up the stairs to the room (truthfully I was going to the room in hopes that there would be a free bottle of water!). We had a bunch of trouble trying to get the door open. The handle or locking mechanism seemed to be jammed, and we were actually about to give up on trying to get in the room when my husband was finally able to force it open. There’s no way I would have been able to get the door open if it was just me and Little C traveling.
The room had a “pool view” as requested. It had a bed, a TV, a bathroom, a mini fridge, and all of the other necessary amenities. The room would have been serviceable for a layover at IAH, but I wasn’t sad that I was just checking in and heading back to my house. I don’t mean to speak poorly of the hotel, but perhaps I have become a little bit
snobby particular with hotels, and I hope for something slightly above “serviceable”. I don’t need five star luxury at every turn (heck, I’m not sure I have ever even had five star luxury), but I like to get excited about where I am staying, in part because when you travel with a little one you often spend a lot of time actually in the room. If all you need is a place to sleep, then this hotel could do the trick. If you are hoping for a bit more than that, then you may want to continue your search.
After taking a quick look around the room, we decided it was time to have a little fun on the bed…….toddler style.
I am very much looking forward to seeing the 44,000 bonus Club Carlson points from this stay in my account. I actually hate having stays that I am not really putting to good use, but with Little C, this was the easiest solution for some very inexpensive points. I have one more Country Inn & Suites stay to complete for this promo, and then my husband and I will have a nice stash of Club Carlson points in our accounts. I very much would like to put them to use in Europe – most likely at least partially in Paris. I’m betting I will be much more excited about a Radisson Blu in Paris than the Park Inn in North Houston. All in all, a very fun and successful afternoon!