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Sleep Inn Pelham in Birmingham Alabama Hotel Review

Updated on July 30, 2011

Sleep Inn Pelham

November 2010

I needed a one night stay for cheap while in Birmingham, Alabama. Most of the hotels that I found were either really cheap and nasty looking, according to the pictures, and the rest were over $100, which I wasn't willing to pay for just the one night.

I searched and found the Sleep Inn Pelham, which was a cheaper hotel, with a one night stay of $86 after taxes and fees.

I was leery at first, as some of the pictures were iffy, but the bathroom was my main concern in terms of cleanliness. I had already decided I would shower before I left home, so the next morning I wouldn't need to, which worked out.

But, overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the hotel and the room, especially for the price that I paid when compared to other hotels in the Birmingham area.

Room Accommodations

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Complimentary weekday newspaper
  • Hair dryer
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Housekeeping
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Multi-line phone
  • Pay movies
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite television service
  • Smoking and non-smoking rooms
  • Voice mail
  • Wake-up calls
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wireless Internet access

Hotel Accommodations

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Elevator/lift
  • Fax machine
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Seasonal pool

Number of floors: 3

Number of rooms: 80

Check-in: 2:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

There are also business services to include:

  • Business center
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Multiple conference/meeting rooms

Scum on the outside of the shower
Scum on the outside of the shower

Sleep Inn Pelham Review

As mentioned, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the Sleep Inn Pelham around 11:30pm on a Friday night. My boyfriend and I went upstairs and headed to bed immediately, as we had to get up early the next morning. I held my breath going up the elevator, as I just wasn't sure what we were going to get when we walked into the hotel room.

Well, it wasn't too bad. We had a room with two double sized beds, as that was all that was available when I booked the room. The TV was a small box TV, where they hadn't spent the money to upgrade to nicer flat screens, but that wasn't that big of a deal.

The carpet appeared clean enough, as did the beds, and bathrooms.

My main complaints are:

  1. The ceiling is super thin, as all night long, we heard a constant walking above us. That made sleeping hard.
  2. The shower (although I didn't get in it), wasn't the cleanest. Granted most of the scum was on the exterior of the shower, it was still a little leery, even if I did need to take one.

Other complaints that came up throughout the stay, was again the shower. My boyfriend is just over 6 feet tall. He had to duck when taking a shower, as the shower head wasn't adjustable and it was too low for him to wash his head and fully rinse. He made the comment that he felt he was doing an acrobatic act trying to rinse off.

When it came to the complimentary breakfast, we didn't have our hopes up, as it looked as though the space would lead for a small and minimal breakfast, so when we got up at 6:30 and made it down to breakfast by 7ish, we were both surprised.

First off, the breakfast is open early. And, secondly there was actually an option on foods.

The hotel provides waffle mix to make your own waffles, frozen sausage biscuits that have been heated up, yogurt, mini donuts, mini muffins, cereal, bagels, and a few other breakfast items. The fruits were limited to just apples and bananas, if I remember correctly, and the juices consisted of apple, orange, and cranberry. The orange juice was really thick and not really that great; the cranberry juice was decent; and the apple juice was really sweet but good.

If you're in the Birmingham area, and you're trying to find a cheap hotel that you don't have to worry about bugs and gross things crawling on you, I'd consider staying at Sleep Inn Pelham. The hotel isn't exactly in Birmingham, Alabama, but it is close and it's a decent place to stay.

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