I had to be in Midland a couple of months ago for a medical appointment (yes, another one). The visit was later in the afternoon so I was given permission to stay over night, at no charge to myself. I am a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite so it was only right I visit a Marriott property. Having never visited Midland, I decided to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton, not Four Seasons as I mentioned in the video on the YouTube channel (lol). This was a new brand to me.
I booked a room for ~$90/night at the government military rate. This allowed me to make 2,164 points (961 base + 713 elite + 500 bonus).
The property was just off of the interchange with the loop and Interstate-20 in south Midland. The areas was underdeveloped but here were a few newer building in the area. Parking at the property was complimentary. Pro-tip: a lot of people driving huge trucks use this property so be mindful of where you park.
I could immediately see the property was on the newer side. Everything about it looked up to date with bright colors. The front desk was to the left as I entered the property.
I was welcomed to the property by Yvonne who thanked me for being a Titanium Elite member. Yvonne offered welcome gift of points, snack from “The Pantry”, or breakfast. I asked for the breakfast and was given a card for it. Yvonne provided the welcome points as well, something I appreciated.
(As of August 2021, the breakfast is not offered as a welcome gift. All guests have to purchase it, if they want to eat in the hotel. I assume this is due to the lack of guests as a result of the pandemic.)
There was a business center behind the front desk.
The lobby was nicely appointed. The restaurant/bar was on the far side of the lobby.
In a few minutes, I was given room keys and shown to the elevator. Pro tip: I get multiple room keys at a hotel because I do not want other people to know how many guests are in my room.
My room, as well as every other guest (it seemed), was on fifth floor. Room 527 to be exact, which was at the far end of the hall. I requested a room on the lower floors, through the Bonvoy app, due to being injured, but was not accommodated. There was no reason given when I inquired at the front desk. (This happened on my second visit as well.
The room was not bad, especially for just about $90 USD/night. There was a stand alone, awkward closet to right after I entered the room. The microwave and coffee machine was housed inside.
A small, shower only bathroom was located opposite the “closet”. It was a bit smaller than I would have liked but it got the job done on this overnight stay.
The rest of the room included a loooong desk with a television mounted above it and a comfortable bed. The bed was the best part of the room as the king size provided tons of space and soft bedding. The pillows were soft as well. This allowed me to combined two of them for my desired level of firmness.
My only issue in the room was an old phone. I used it to call the front desk for two wake up calls and everything went well. The next morning when the calls came, I could not answer the phone. It keep ringing…even when it was not on the receiver.
The dining options at the property were…limited. The Pantry, a place for snacks and soft drinks, was located in a nook in the lobby. It was located between the front desk and the restaurant. The property offers complimentary water (hot or cold) or coffee in this area. If water is not in one of the canisters, as the person working the front desk and they will provide bottled water (at least this was the case for me).
The restaurant was located on the far side of the lobby. There was a bar top, which could accommodate a handful of people, and a large dining area that could seat quite a few more.
The restaurant offers a full menu in the evening. It includes the following: cobb salad, chicken caesar salad, hot wings, cheeseburgers, pasta and a few other dishes. The price of the items range from ~$12 to ~$24. It was convenient enough, if I was hungry.
As for the breakfast, everything on the menu was complimentary (at that time). I went with the “breakfast platter” or a similar name. This entire plate was left than $15 USD. It was honestly one of the best hotel breakfasts I have had in a long time. The intimacy (three other guests and one server/worker) allowed me to enjoy the meal more.
The gym and pool were located on the right when entering the property. The pool was closed.
The gym was open. It was the standard hotel fitness center. There were a few cardio machines and free weights. I did not understand why there was not water or sanitizing wipes in the room.
This was my first time staying at a Four Points by Sheraton. The property was an oasis of sorts in the middle of flat, dry west Texas. The property appeared to be fairly new or newly renovated and I thought it was beautiful. Additionally, Yvonne and the rest of the staff were super nice and friendly during my visit. During subsequent visits, the customer service has not changed.
The only thing out of place was the old phone (that did not work) in the room. The location and price could not be beat, I will definitely visit the property again.