Microtel Inn and Suites in Gardendale Alabama Review

Staying at a Microtel

April 2, 2011

I needed a room and there wasn't much notice. Plus, I needed to find a cheap room. I gave up searching on Hotels.com and Priceline.com, and figured, we'd see what was available when we got there.

For one night, I didn't want to pay much more than $80, but I also wanted a hotel that I could shower in and not feel dirty doing so. The challenge was tough, especially since Gardendale isn't the largest city for hotels, and the hotels in Birmingham were 30+ minutes away from where we were going.

I took a deep breath, as I called the Microtel in Gardendale. The price was $67 a night, and $86 after taxes. It was good enough, and the price was cheaper than Hotels.com offered ($89+taxes+fees).

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Neat bench window seat.View outside the window. Pool.Crack in bathroom floor. Place where door stuck.Crack in sink. (pink swoshes are the fake marble design)The TV was tilted.
Neat bench window seat.
Neat bench window seat.
View outside the window. Pool.
View outside the window. Pool.
Crack in bathroom floor. Place where door stuck.
Crack in bathroom floor. Place where door stuck.
Crack in sink. (pink swoshes are the fake marble design)
Crack in sink. (pink swoshes are the fake marble design)
The TV was tilted.
The TV was tilted.

Room Amenities Include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Dial-up Internet access
  • Free local calls
  • Internet access (complimentary)
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Wake-up calls

Hotel Amenities Include:

  • Breakfast - complimentary starts at 6am
  • Internet access in public areas - complimentary
  • Internet access in public areas - high speed
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking (free)
  • Safe-deposit box - front desk

In general, I was surprised by the hotel. The night receptionist was pleasant enough, although she did seem to want to flirt with the maintenance guys more than assist us. The halls did have a funky smell and a few weird stains on the carpet. As for the room, it wasn't all bad.

My main complaints about the room include 1) the main door had to be shoved closed, so if you wasn't paying attention, you could easily leave the door open, and 2) the bathroom door got stuck halfway and had to be pushed closed with a little force.

The bed was fairly comfortable, although the pillows were a little too fluffy for me.

For the price, I am not complaining too much. I was comfortable enough to sleep well and to shower. (The water pressure was a little slack, but you can't expect too much pressure with any hotel.)

I'm a big fan of hotels with complimentary breakfast, and unfortunately, I did not get up in time to find anything left over. I can't quite review on the selection, but I can admit to smelling hot food, which I assume was leftover breakfast smell.

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