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“Hotel has found some of the "magic" in The Magic City”

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Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB
Ranked #15 of 79 Hotels in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
Huntsville, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
240 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Hotel has found some of the "magic" in The Magic City”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

Relative newness of property shows - it is nicer than most Residence Inns I've stayed at. Centrally located and within walking distance of Five Points Entertainment District. Room featured a gas-lit fireplace, with timer for safety purposes, a delightful feature not found in similar hotel offerings -- particularly enjoyable during our January stay. Sleeping experience was excellent with no discernible street or hallway noise. Morning breakfast is adequate, what one would expect. Fitness Center is a bit larger than most. On the weekends, you can avoid the $10 nightly parking fee by parking on the adjacent street if you can find a spot.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

One night turned into three due to unexpected work issues. My family decided to tag along, for the one nigher...little did anyone expect the extended trip.

Our first night was a standard king studio room, spacious but not roomy enough for a family of four. So I requested an upgrade, but the hotel was full and nothing was available.

The next day I stopped at the front desk and was told by a very helpful gentleman that larger rooms where available, but I would need to speak with the manager who arrived at noon.

I called back to the desk a little after noon and the manager happily upgraded my family to a corner one bedroom king suite w/fireplace! I was SO SO grateful for the additional room, and quiet time in the bedroom away from the family...lol

This hotel has great staff, typical Marriott high standards and quality! My only quip is the parking lot; which is small and beyond the hotel I had unfounded security concerns due to the area and lack of enclosure.

Aside from the parking lot; we enjoyed our stay! I would recommend this hotel, especially if your stay involves UAB!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Atlanta
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Upon arrival, the front desk clerks were friendly and attentive. The lounging area is modern, clean and comfortable. Complimentary wi-fi. The suite is very nice and has a separate bedroom, which is separated by doors. Very clean, contemporary and inviting. When visiting Birmingham, I will stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Karen S, General Manager at Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
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Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

Second stay here. Hotel is very clean and attractive. Staff is friendly and helpful. Location is great, easy to get to UAB, restaurants. Highly recommend that you consider staying here when in Birmingham.

Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We had a nice stay at this hotel recently. The rooms look new and are well designed with granite counter tops and updated furnishings. We had a problem with the housekeeping staff in that they came very late in the day after we had made a point to be out most of the day and they were cleaning the room next door when we left in the morning. Also I left my electric razor in the room by mistake and after calling to have them look for it they could not locate it.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Winter Garden, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 6 nights and had guests from all over the country staying for our daughter's wedding. Kimberly Clark, sales manager handled all requests efficiently and pleasantly. Mathew and Stacie at the front desk always greeted us and were always helpful. The entire staff was gracious. The breakfast buffet was delicious. The rooms were large, very clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2013

Stayed here for five nights while in town for a wedding. Could not have asked for a better place to call home - and everyone else who stayed here as well agreed! Sales Manager Kimberly executed everything we could have asked for with a smile and cheerful, helpful attitude. Stacey at the front desk (and really, everyone else we encountered) went above and beyond with infectious smiles and great recommendations. Breakfasts were great! Rooms were spacious and clean and had everything we needed! Computers and printers in the business center actually functioned! (A rarity at hotels, I assure you.) Location was perfect - loved walking to some of my favorite restaurants in Five Points! (Don't know where to go? Ask anyone at the front desk and they'll be happy to point you in a few good directions.)

My only complaint was that there was some roadwork happening outside that made it a little noisy at times - but this is hardly the fault of the hotel.

I would highly recommend this property, whether it be for business, vacation, or wedding week stays!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB

Property: Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB
Address: 821 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205-2713
Region: United States > Alabama > Birmingham
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Birmingham
#11 Business Hotel in Birmingham
#14 Romantic Hotel in Birmingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB 3*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The "new" Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB is proud to be the most recent hotel addition to the Magic City. This upscale hotel offers the business traveler all the comforts of home to include a full working kitchen for extended stays. We are conveniently located in the prestigious Five Points entertainment district and within walking distance to UAB hospital. Our hotel offers studios, one and two bedroom suites, full kitchens, free full breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, state of the art exercise equipment, free high speed internet, flat screen televisions in every guestroom and evening socials several nights a week. Our hotel staff will make you feel right at home. We specialize in creating service so memorable for our guests. ... more   less 
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