One-night stay, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Two second floor rooms with two queen beds each, four 40-something guys from Florida on a quick Bama football adventure. I must've been looking at the wrong Comfort Inn when I booked - thought I saw 4.5 stars but clearly mistaken. Called when we arrived at Birmingham airport to let them know we'd be arriving late and to make sure they would hold our rooms. Nice enough guy took the call (after about 27 rings) and assured me they would hold our rooms until 2 a.m., if needed. As it was, we arrived about 10 pm after a very long day of traveling, tailgating and SEC football craziness and were worn out. Any earlier (or less tired) and we probably would've tried to switch hotels. It was easy to spot as we got off the interstate - we just followed the lights of the emergency vehicles in their parking lot, which was full. Never a good sign. Might've just been a simple heart attack, but based on the general surroundings, a drug overdose or stabbing is more likely. No cops though, so probably no big deal. I went in to check us in and was greeted by a nice enough guy (probably the same one) who quickly got me our keys. He apologized that our rooms were not adjacent, saying that it was a very busy weekend for them. We found out the next day that there was a big local college rivalry football game in Birmingham that weekend, which filled the place. The lobby was the only part of the whole place that seemed clean. Hallways, elevator and rooms were worn, shabby and not very well lit (good strategy on their part). Room 210 had everything we needed - beds, TV, working shower and toilet - and the beds were comfortable. Still, when the rest of the place seems grimy, it's hard not to think what condition the bedding might be in. The room was stuffy and smelled moldy so we fired up the wall AC unit - mistake. Air smelled like it was blowing through a bag of opossum socks and SoulGlo, so we settled for stuffy and moldy. Again, we were tired, it was late, the front desk manager was busy and the place was full, so we didn't even bother complaining. Our other room (222) was in much the same condition, but the AC worked fine. I went down to the business center to print our boarding passes for the morning flight. Front desk was empty but the manager appeared right away and gave me the password for the one computer in the breakfast/business/common area. Again, poorly lit, which is why I didn't realize the keyboard was covered in some sticky substance. I told myself it was probably just syrup, since the breakfast bar was just 10 feet away. Printer ran out of ink after one boarding pass, so I just went back to the room. The shower worked okay, but the hot-cold controller was broken and a little tricky to use. Hotels can't do much about their guests, but the place was full of happy football fans and we all were awakened a number of times by screams, banging and other mildly alarming noises. My 3 fellow travelers were down for the breakfast buffet around 6:30 Sunday morning (along with the sadly typical bedheaded, pajama-wearing, fuzzy slippered, bathrobe crowd), but there was no way I was going to roll the dice. Based on the rest of the hotel, I can't imagine what shape the kitchen must've been in. My friends had coffee, bagels and some suspicious-looking eggs without triggering any major gastrointestinal episodes. The whole experience was just too creepy and I surely wouldn't stay there again. But if you do, and you see a single Alabama winter glove in the parking lot, don't touch it. (Long story.)
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