This Marriott sits in a beautiful wooded area in Opelika, AL and next to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. The grounds are well manicured and the lobby is designed to fit the decor of the woodland area. The staff was very welcoming. Lots of easy parking. I was impressed with the fixtures, trim and decor of the public areas of the hotel. There is a rustic quaintness even in the bar and restaurant. I enjoyed my stay and would return. But I'm not sure what this resort wants to be when it grows up. With such luxury in the lobby and atrium areas, the hallways to the rooms were under decorated which allows your eye to focus on the countless scratches on the walls and room doors. The same was true in my room. Actually, my first room assignment had the overwhelming odor of mold and wet rags. The front desk was very apologetic and moved me to a better room. The new room was wonderful and fresh. But again, scratched up. The decor was elegant but different than the lobby area. Maybe the lobby had been remodeled. The view is out to the pool area which was beautifully landscaped and had a outdoor bar/grill that was closed for winter. There was also a massive childrens play area with a water slide and fun water features. Again, these just didn't match the elegant rustic upscale golf resort which is your first impression when you check in. The food in the restaurant and bar was very good. Lot's of nice choices. The bartender took advantage of it being slow and spent most of his time sending text messages and talking to the waitresses. He did tell me at one point they had gotten a new coach. I just smiled and said that's nice. Was it for his adult basketball league, his kids school. No clue since I don't live in the area. He continued to joyfully tell me about all the other coaches "they" had looked at but decided on this one. I finally figured out he was talking about Auburn. Great but an odd conversation. Like he didn't understand that people from around the country will be staying at this hotel who do not track every single college football program in the country. I'm delighted he has something to look foward to next season.
My room was nice. The bathroom was very upscale but didn't have any towel holders or hooks for your bath towel. My hairdryer didn't work but the front desk quickly brought me another one.The beds are very comfortable, so are the pillows. The TV's are like 32" flat screens and hard to see because of the size of the room. Most of the Courtyards have 42" screens.
Get a room with a balcony and enjoy the beautiful view.I thank the staff for all their great service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the award-winning Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National is on par with the nation's most distinctive facilities and accommodations. Nestled on 2,000 acres of lakefront countryside, we are an exceptional golf and business retreat located in the quaint, historic town of Opelika. Our property is situated on the shores of Lake Saugahatchee, offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere and featuring access to 54 holes of championship golf. Escape from ordinary Auburn, Alabama, hotels and indulge in our spacious guest rooms with complimentary high-speed Internet access and stunning views from your own private balcony. Guests love the swimming pools, fitness center and on-site dining options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Auburn Opelika At Grand National Hotel Opelika
- Marriott Opelika
- Opelika Marriott