The Embassy Suites in downtown Houston goes above and beyond the expected standards of a mid-range chain hotel. Rather than drab furniture and so-so amenities, this hotel features bright, modern decor throughout, from the lobby to the 262 suites, while the heated rooftop pool has cool water features and quality lounge chairs. The hotel largely caters to business travelers -- with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center, 24-hour room service, and a 24-hour fitness center -- but families can also appreciate the big suites featuring separate living areas with sofa beds, wet bars, and huge flat-screen TVs. Freebies such as hot breakfast and a nightly reception are additional upsides. If you're bringing your car along, however, be prepared to pay a steep daily parking fee; unfortunately, that's the norm in the area.