I stayed at the Marriott for 3 nights in January while interviewing for a medical residency at UAB. Its a brand new hotel and is directly across the street from UAB hospital and is connected by a catwalk. There is parking in a garage next to the hotel ($6/day), and there are several restaurants and delis within 1-2blocks of the hotel.
The room was very clean and well appointed. The bed was probably the softest I've ever seen at a hotel. The AC worked well to cool the room but did not circulate the air. Also, the AC unit had mold growing on the vent and had a stale smell to it (obviously since there was mold on it). I told the front desk about it, and they said they'd look into it. But when I came back to my room that night it was still there, and it still smelled musty in the room. So, I bought some lysol disinfectant spray and sprayed the vent (something a guest really shouldnt have to be doing). After that I didnt notice as strong of a smell. Overall though, the room was nice. The AC probably needed to be serviced but no other complaints.
Other hotel ammenities included breakfast in the morning starting at 6:30. I left each morning before this, so I never got to try the breakfast. They have coffee from 6am-10am. It would be nice if they had expanded coffee hours. The lobby was nice, new-looking, and clean.
When I made my reservation I was supposed to get a $99/night rate for people interviewing with UAB. When I made my reservation I was first told they could only give me $139, then they said $119. They denied that a $99 rate existed. When I showed up, several of the other applicants had $99/night, but some were forced to pay $169/night. I guess I should feel lucky they gave me $119/night. But why all the confusion for the same group of people? And when I kindly explained the situation they still refused to correct my bill. It took 2 calls by the department at UAB before they fixed the rate. When I came to check out, they were very rude. I felt this was not necessary since I had been professional and respectful to them but just wanted the rate I had been promised.
Overall, I would stay here again. But if you go here be aware that the people at the front desk and the people you make reservations with really dont know what they're doing. Some other people also interviewing with us the same day stayed at the Doubletree (about 2 blocks away but an equal distance from the hospital, I think its just on the other side of the hospital) and they really liked it. I think its older though.
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