First the room. Very tasteful and elegant with some neat features I really appreciate. The bathroom had two sets of lights, the primary and what I would call secondary, which were much more dim and useful for leaving on as a sort of night light if you want. There is also another cleaver motion sensor light at the base of the nightstand, so no tripping over anything on a midnight run to the bathroom. Also, no electronics on the floor in the corner of the room to be forgotten because that's where the electrical outlets are. There were two outlets built in on each side of the nightstand for charging your phone/tablet or whatever. Also very handy for anyone who needs to use a C-pap for sleeping or requires some other electrical service for health or comfort. Negative aspects of the room: the refrigerator was cool but not cold, and there was no microwave.
Staff were all friendly. I was given extra toiletries upon my request without any hesitation. Friendly and competent all around.
So...why not a review of Excellent? The room was almost $200, and was a discounted rate for state employees, so that wasn't even full price. And even at above-average pricing, the Winfrey has the audacity to charge $10 a day for in-room wifi service. Why I find this amazing is that in 2013 you can get free wifi at every McDonald's, Krystal, library, mall, Home Depot, truck stop, etc. And in the hotel world, you can get free wifi at any Days Inn, Holiday Inn and Express, or No-tell Motel in America. Gratis. But at the Winfrey, it's $10 a day. In fairness, wifi is free in the lobby, but I think most guests would certainly prefer (and expect) to have privacy when using the internet or checking email, and certainly privacy to safeguard their passwords.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel; a $20 million dollar renovation with untouched southern hospitality. The transformation includes all guestrooms, meeting space, Regency Club Lounge, public space, and food & beverage outlets. The hotel now offers 329 modern guestrooms with features and amenities that allow for a convenient and comfortable stay. Each guest room has the Hyatt Grand bed, an in-room safe, 42" flat panel TV and a mini fridge. All 32,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the Wynfrey Ballroom and over 22 meeting rooms, have been elegantly appointed with contemporary updates. A revitalized sense of arrival with an updated lobby coupled with a new restaurant, Merk’s Tavern and Kitchen, and a Hyatt StayFit fitness center, will complement the time-honored southern hospitality that awaits you at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel. ... more less
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