We rolled into Birmingham early evening last Tuesday during a college tour trip. The entrance was a bit difficult to locate with 2 large buses on the front side and the back entrance obscured during rush hour. Though this is a valet only hotel, my husband found a spot by the front door and proceeded to check in.
A valet provided us with a rolling cart with wheels nearly flat and watched as we loaded up the cart with our luggage-with no offer to help. He graciously accepted our keys and our tip but did nothing to earn it as I observed that the car hadn't even been moved from its space until almost midnight. After discussing my disdain with the lack of integrity of his co-worker and questioning why the car was now moved leaving a vacant space, Centario graciously moved the car back to the hotel lot.
This is the most formal Hampton Inn I've ever visited. It's quite beautiful and definitely a more refined atmosphere. I appreciated the comfortable sitting rooms in the lobby where I could conduct some business while the family slept in.
We were upgraded to a suite which was fantastic for our group of 5. Providing 2 queen sized beds and a living room area with a pull out couch, refrigerator, microwave and bar. The bathroom provided all of the necessary amenities but the shower was a bit of a problem. We had to call maintenance, who arrived in a reasonable amount of time and was able to fix it quickly.
We were so tired from driving that we decided to eat in the restaurant in the hotel. It had a bar area and cozy environment. The menu was a bit sparse though. Thankfully our server offered our son the menu for the 'bar' patrons which included all of the selections on our menu but additional choices such as a burger which is more to a teenager's liking.
The fitness room was one of the best I've seen. It is spacious, provides free weights, cable machine, cardio machines, yoga mats and swiss ball. I wish I had time (and energy) to have used it.
The hotel seemed to be centrally located. I enjoy exploring and photography. It was an easy walk to the Civil Rights Museum and 16th Street Baptist Church, Art Museum, and Convention Center. There is so much to explore in Birmingham that I wish I had more time!
This place deserves more than 4 stars and I'd stay here again but wouldn't be so generous with a tip for a lazy valet. Thanks to Centario and also to our server Clorissa at Century.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience traditional southern elegance with up-to-date convenience in the heart of downtown Birmingham at the Hampton Inn and Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler. The Tutwiler has hosted dignitaries visiting Birmingham since 1914. Start your tour of Birmingham by viewing the lobby's historic photographs. The elegant lobby greets guests with original marble and decorative ceilings. Birmingham's banking and legal offices are steps from the hotel. Tour the Civil Rights Institute and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a central landmark of the Civil Rights movement. See sweeping views of the city from ten-acre Vulcan Park which features the world's largest cast iron statue. ... more less
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