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Centerstone Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4700 Doris Pate Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 (Formerly Comfort Inn)   |  
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Ranked #16 of 31 Hotels in Tuscaloosa
Folsom, Louisiana
1 review
“Great value!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We checked in after 10pm and left before 10am the next morning. Clean, friendly staff, good breakfast. They are making renovations...we would certainly stay here again and see the improvements. Location right off of I-20/I-59 is very convenient.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rikesh P, Owner at Centerstone Inn, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for staying with us while visiting the City of Tuscaloosa! As new property ownership I am glad that you and your family did notice that we are making AWESOME improvements to the hotel as our ultimate mission is to ensure a hospitable stay. In the near future the hotel renovations will be complete adding an absolute modern appeal along with bringing the southern hospitality aspect for all our guests. We are conveniently located near East Tuscaloosa where there are many restaurant, entertainment, and retail options all close by within the catchment area of 5 miles.

It was and will be a pleasure for you to stay with us while passing through the Tuscaloosa area and all room attendants, front desk sales, and management were pleased to have you stay with us. When back in the Tuscaloosa area we do welcome you with smiles/open arms and do wish a safe return back home.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Southlake, Texas
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7 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I have stayed at the Centerstone Inn twice - once last May 2013 for 2 days for my daughter's orientation at the University of Alabama and again for 10 days in August of this year. The room in May was adequate for the price - $69.00 a night for 2 double beds and breakfast is good for Tuscaloosa.I booked the hotel for my extended stay in August based on my stay in May. I was completely disappointed. If you read the other reviews carefully you will notice phrases like"as clean as any I have stayed in" and "fine for the price". I am sad that these folks have had such bad experiences in other places that this hotel is good by comparison. No one should have to lower their standards this far.The recurring mention of overwhelming smoke odor and the people (including staff) smoking and drinking at the entrance to the hotel is absolutely accurate.When I mentioned the bad smell of smoke and wetness in my room to the front desk, I was supplied with my own bottle of commercial strength deodorizer and told to use it where ever I needed it. It just made the smoke smell sweeter and more nauseating. I agree with the other reviewer who said the rooms are relabeled as non-smoking based on how the room was booked. The level of smoke smell and yellow coating of the paint in my room could not have happened if there had actually been no smoking in it. I noticed the moist, mildewy feeling in my room and the fact that the hallway was markedly hotter than my room - which by the way never really got cool in steamy Tuscaloosa in August - and was eventually told that the one of the AC units on the 2nd floor hall was down and had compromised the function of the other unit. It was not fixed the entire time I stayed there . My room never got cool because it could not compensate for the lack of AC in the building as a whole. I realized after the first night that the carpet had a slick feel but it is brown and at first you cannot see just how gross it is.. When I slipped into bed after walking barefoot and clean from a shower to my bed, I realized after I saw the black streaks left on the inside of my sheets that my feet were entirely BLACK from the oil and chemicals shed from the boots of the construction and factory crews which are the predominant clients of the hotel - these are the guys you will see hanging out at the front door drinking and smoking. The oil and chemicals were so gross that when I wore my flip flops for the rest of my stay whenever I walked on the carpet, I slipped on tile floors outside the room because of the oily coating left on my shoes.I told the front desk of my issues with the cleanliness of the carpet and they took 2 days to finally attempt to clean the carpet. It was just as gross after the cleaning and I was finally moved to another room - no cleaner that the first. Elizabeth, the manager, explained at some length that the carpets had so much commercial grease and grime in them that she had consulted with professional cleaners about a way to get them clean and that it should happen "before football season".Since this was not football season, I guess I was just out of luck. I also cut my foot on the carpet tack strip which was exposed in the doorway between the room and the bathroom. I called that to the attention of the front desk on the first day in my second room. Nothing -not even a hammer brought in to tap the nails flat - was done. I neglected to mention the problem to my husband when he joined me for the last two nights of my stay and he too cut his foot. We realized during the last two nights during which I sat on the couch for the first time that the couch cushions and back were covered in the same black, oily chemical residue that covered the floor. I had to change clothes after sitting on the couch. The front desk attendants were mostly nice if ineffective in offering solutions. Elizabeth is also very nice and good at commiserating with any problem you have without offering solutions or any consideration such as discount rates or anything else to make up for the truly awful accommodations. In addition to the filth the other reviewers are right in pointing out that the towels are very thin as are the sheets and the mattresses are stiff as cardboard. I paid full price for every nasty night I stayed there. I would have moved if Tuscaloosa had not been completely sold out as it often is. This permanently sold out condition which persists in Tuscaloosa is the only thing which allows conditions as bad as the ones I describe to persist. This same hotel for which I paid $69.00 per night charges and gets $250.00 per night on game weekends.Though there is a full breakfast offered with your room, most of the clients are workers who leave very early and eat before they leave. During my 10 day stay, there was never ONE day when I went down to eat after 8:30 when the food was replenished from the locust who had been there earlier.There was also never anyone in the breakfast area able to restock. Often, there was no one at the front desk either - there was a sign saying they were helping other guests right under the TripAdvisor Award sign. The door to the sink room behind the dining room was always open and I went in there to find what I could. The computer for public use in the lobby was broken and the desk clerk said it had been broken for months. The internet worked only 2 nights out of 10 during my 2nd stay. After my stay, I called the hotel headquarters to let them know just how bad it was. I had also spoken at length with Elizabeth before I left. I spoke with a young man who expressed great concern about everything I have just described here and said clearly that this was not how things should be and that they had no idea of these issues. Even if he had not heard these things from, me all he had to do was read what has been written here to see how consistently the same issues of smoke, cleanliness, lack of service and disrepair are mentioned. He told me he would look in to the issues I raised and get back to me.I think it is important to give any business a chance to improve before taking your complaints public. It has been a month with no word so I am doing what I said I would do and letting the readers of TripAdvisor know just how nasty the Centerstone Inn is and just how little effort the management makes in correcting issues which have been clearly brought to their attention.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rikesh P, Owner at Centerstone Inn, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
We appreciate your honest review in which actions should have been taken care of. The hotel property was recently purchased by Crimson Hospitality and are doing an entire remodel on the hotel as previously the hotel was neglected. As being in hotel operations, ownership, and franchising for over a decade I do assure you that we are in the process of having a "WOW factor" where we have re-done the flooring, working on all the rooms to be updated, and ensuring that guests do have a magical experience as they stay with us.

I am dearly sorry for your past experience with the hotel and just want to re-assure you that the hotel is currently under renovations and that we are taking care of the issues that you along with other guests have addressed in which we do understand your concerns in which it is our duty to ensure that guests do have a safe and hospitable stay with us!
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

My husband works all over the country and has stayed in a lot of hotels. This is the first time I have came to stay with him because this is the cleanest and most accomodating place he has ever stayed. Either working out of town or for vacation the Centerstone Inn is a great place to stay. The rooms are clean and the staff goes out of their way to make sure you are comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

There is a difference between clean and wiped down. This place just wipes it down. I don't mind that the entire hotel is outdated, but fix and clean your rooms! Upon arriving the room smelled of mildew. You could see the wall with the water problem had been repainted a few times, but never actually fixed. Bathroom was not clean, back of door had prints from the bottom of a shoe. Walls had little bits of reminders of previous occupants. Shower curtain rod barely hanging on to the wall. Walked around room trying not to touch anything. Small square pillows that belong on a couch are used on the beds. Don't look at the bed skirt, as it is obviously never been removed and washed. Makes me wonder about the comforter. At check out front desk will tell you that a manager will call regarding your complaints and that a maintenance request will be issued. Sadly, you can tell the clerk must repeat this line often. You can speak with the housekeeping staff in the morning, they are all smoking in front of the hotel as you leave.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a working man's hotel. What I mean by that is that there are work trucks in the parking lot every evening and men on the porch area and lobby area each evening. While outside, the men do smoke and they may drink a beer or two. They've worked a long day and need to relax. The men were friendly and polite each evening when my party returned from our work at the University of Alabama.

The rooms are in moderate disrepair. Woodwork around doors needs to be replaced, tile needs to be regroute, wallpaper is peeling at the seams. The rooms are NOT dirty. They are clean...they appear dirty because the room needs updating.

The breakfast was well-stocked and the coffee was great. The price on this hotel was phenomenal. The bed was comfortable and the staff was very friendly and courteous.

I would recommend this hotel and hope the staff has the money in their budget to update a bit to give the place a cleaner image...it would certainly help everyone realize the place is clean.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vinton, Louisiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Stayed over night here, and was very pleased. The room was roomy, clean and the beds were very comfortable.
The staff was very friendly and professional. A very good breakfast was provided.the rates were very reasonable.
Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Most of the below feedback is documented in the images i've submitted which are geo tagged. The only positive comments I have are that the room was neat (not clean) and the breakfast and bed was very good. Now for a lot of negative. Getting out of the car we were greeted by a group of 5-6 men standing at the front entrance of the hotel drinking beer. Not a good start. Walking down the hall to the room there was a heavy smell of smoke and upon entering our room there was a horrible smell of citrus deodorizer that had obviously been used to cover up a smoking room. If you look closely at the nonsmoking signs under the room numbers you can tell that they've been removed and added based on what has been booked. If you book nonsmoking you may get a smoking that's been "converted". You could also see evidence of this on the inside of the door where things had been removed there was white paint, the rest was yellow with cigarette tar. The smell was more terrible then cigarette smoke would have been and overwhelming. The carpet was filthy, it had been vacuumed but needed washing. We were woken up in the middle of the night twice, once by a man yelling down the hall and the other a door slamming. In the morning on my way to breakfast I observed a beer bottle in the hall outside of a room door and cigarette butts and ashes in the stairwell. The staff was not friendly and defended the drinkers. There appears to be a rough group of people occupying the hotel long term. We did not feel completely safe. Definitely not an award winning hotel! Home Towne Studios Tuscaloosa was much nicer and better located for a bit less money.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4700 Doris Pate Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 (Formerly Comfort Inn)
Location: United States > Alabama > Tuscaloosa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Tuscaloosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Centerstone Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Comfort Inn® hotel is located in western Alabama on the Black Warrior River. This Tuscaloosa, AL hotel is ideally located near the University of Alabama, Stillman College and Shelton State Community College. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV assembly plant is located nearby. Lake Tuscaloosa is located five miles north of the city. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Comfort Inn Tuscaloosa
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