I went to Birmingham for a Saturday night ghost hunt in Sloss Furnaces, and this hotel looked like it was the IHG property with the shortest drive from Sloss at 2:30 in the morning. I reserved an executive king because it was only a couple of dollars more per night than a regular king. The executive kings (#24 on each floor) are very spacious, with a couch (that admittedly wouldn't excite an interior designer) and a coffee table. It's the type of room Rob Petrie would have desired if he needed to take Buddy Sorrel and Sally Rogers on a working retreat for "The Alan Brady Show."
For today's road warrior, it has strong complimentary wifi. I had no problem surfing on my laptop while simultaneously streaming Davidson College's radio station through the WDAV app on my iPad. The TV only had 34 channels, though, and it's dish rather than cable - so that means The Weather Channel doesn't have local segments that can help you anticipate what it'll be like outside.
Evidently the restaurant offers a breakfast buffet each morning, which has the same items found at a Holiday Inn Express breakfast but better tasting. And at less than $9, it's a much better value than ordering breakfast off the room service menu. If I'd known the Hardee's across the street was co-branded with Red Burrito, I'd have gotten dinner there Sunday night. The best thing about dinner in the hotel restaurant was the staff. They seemed genuinely interested that customers had a pleasant wait. I have to admit, the food has to have been prepared fresh because there's no way that the order would have taken that long using a microwave.
At check in I was surprised the front desk clerk didn't want to see my driver's license or swipe my credit card. This was also the only hotel I've stayed in as far back as I can remember that I had to produce my computer printout in order for the front desk to find my reservation. At checkout I appreciated that a different desk clerk sensed i might just be turning in my room key and asked me that before she left to handle a request by another guest at the counter.
Undoubtedly this is the closest hotel to the Sloss Furnaces, but it's also quite convenient to downtown Birmingham. Messer Airport Highway is a straight shot to the Sloss Furnaces and, via US 11, downtown, and leaving downtown via Fifth Avenue North brings you back to the Holiday Inn Airport via Messer in minutes. If I make a return trip to Birmingham, it'll probably be to take part in a Sloss Furnaces ghost hunt. And as long as this hotel is an IHG property (or, if not IHG, Starwood), it'll be my first choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The spectacular Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport Hotel is known for the highest in quality service and accommodations. Located just 1 mile from the Birmingham International Airport, just off I-20/I-59 and I-459. We are consistently top rated nationally in overall guest satisfaction. This hotel offers a smoke- and pet-free environment with beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Offering meeting rooms able to accommodate up to 200 people. Our hotel features complimentary airport shuttle service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness facility. Stay and Fly Packages are available. The Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport Hotel is close to the history that makes Birmingham unique. Whether you are visiting Birmingham on business or pleasure, you ll find our hotel staff is here to accommodate all of your needs. We are centrally located, placing our hotel minutes from downtown and convenient to many attractions and business locations, such as Barber Motor Sports, Talladega Super Speedway, Civil Rights Museum, 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama Adventure Theme Park, Splash Beach Water Park and Five Points South Entertainment District. The Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport offers exceptional service and accommodations you have come to expect and deserve. ... more less
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