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“WOW! WHAT A DIFFERENCE A NEW MANAGER MAKES!!!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Fairfield Inn by Marriott Tuscaloosa
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4101 Courtney Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405   |  
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Ranked #15 of 31 hotels in Tuscaloosa
Daytona Beach Florida
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“WOW! WHAT A DIFFERENCE A NEW MANAGER MAKES!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Well, I have been a LOYAL FAIRFIELD INN guest...and the THIRD time, at this location, is the CHARM...A new manager,(RONDELLE) has really made the difference...The hotel is CLEAN, NEAT, HAPPY!...The WELCOME at the front desk is warm, friendly, professional. The attitude is not just 'Welcome back, but WELCOME HOME! The area behind the reception desk is CLEAN and free of clutter! HUGE IMPROVEMENT.
The LOBBY has had a makeover. New chairs and tables, new carpet and new 'club' chairs to sit and watch TV, relax, have a cup of joe..read the FREE newspaper,.or just wait!
The warm, hot delicious breakfast is done to perfection! There are NEW shiny CHROME hot food servers. Professional looking and very pretty! New serving spoons too!...OK the FOOD. Scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, tabasco sauce!, salt, pepper, sausage patties, waffles, syrup, butter, margarine, bagels, breads, sweet rolls, FRESH fruits, machine dispenser juices, yogurts,
packages of oatmeal, grits, and the COFFEE! really terrific house blends in REGULAR and decaf...also packages of hot chocolate mix and tea bags assorted flavors...There is a first floor snack machine along side of the ice machine...
The first floor pool area is CLEAN, plenty of CLEAN towels...the outdoor patio has FLOWERS, and is kept CLEAN...No cigarette butts...THIS IS A SMOKE FREE hotel.
the elevator is clean , and bright.
the rooms...are MARRIOTT quality.
DRAWBACKS:
It's a COLLEGE location and VERY BUSY during football season...so, the PRICE is STEEP and weekends are SOLD OUT.

Room Tip: Ac noise in all of the rooms, I love to saty on the EVEN side of the property!...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I stay in Fairfields all over the country, and many of them have been renovated in the recent years. This hotel is long overdue for a renovation. I know the university traffic keeps them busy, but it seems that during the summer, they should try to do some renovations, or even right after football season. Especially with the price of the rooms even in non peak season, I feel like I am not getting my money's worth. I am never given special treatment as a Marriott Rewards member and never given an upgrade when I ask for it, citing that I am not a high enough level. Give me a break, I stay there at least once a month! The breakfast needs to be revamped, and they should add a laundry facility, as other Fairfields I've stayed in have done. I continue to stay here because of the indoor pool, as I do daily water exercises, but given the opportunity, I now pay even more to stay at another chain because their hotel has been renovated and the breakfast is much better. But, still, compared to the other dives in this city, I would stay here and pay the price over choosing a cheaper option in a not safe neighborhood.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Tuscaloosa is a college football town in which many hotels are only ok; they can be lazy about quality & service because rooms are in high demand, especially during football season. Not so with Fairfield Inn by Marriott. Although it is a little farther away from campus than most other hotels, this location is actually appreciated as it is also farther from the congested highways that go through town. It is a bit pricier than most others in town, but it is worth the location & better quality.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I am a Marriott chains fan; Marriott is almost always my choice of lodging if I have a choice. In the case of this property, it was average (although the service staff were above average in courtesy and professionalism). The hallways felt dark and gloomy. The room itself was fine - spacious and well laid out for working and resting. The breakfast was "fine" too. If I could give it 3.5 stars instead of 3 I would.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Enterprise, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Good location with close access to several restaurants and an easy drive to the university. Rooms are clean and quiet. He pool is small but typical of other Fairfields. The exercise room consists of treadmills only--no weights at all.

Several restaurants are just down the street ton include 2 BBQ joints, a Ryan's, and a few fast food places as well. Also down the street is an Academy sports store in case you need a few new lures before returning home...

We stayed 2 nights for college orientation for our son and we were very happy with this place. Centrally located, clean, affordable and quiet.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We were traveling through the area on our way home from the mountains...and just decided to stop here. We were sent to the Baymont Inn by Wyndham...and we think we were part of a bet because that place was a nightmare! We checked in, and 20 minutes later checked out. How happy we were that there were rooms here!!!! This place was so clean and the beds VERY comfortable! It just so happens that we stopped because of my back...and the mattress was perfect! Zach did a great job helping us out...and didn't even say anything about my Texas A&M shirt I was wearing. ;-)

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Northport, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I stayed here recently for an apartment hunting trip, and the hotel was adequate. The property was nice, but nothing spectacular. The room was clean, but nothing out of the ordinary. The breakfast choices were a bit disappointing, but standard fare for a free continental option.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4101 Courtney Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
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Location: United States > Alabama > Tuscaloosa
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 31 hotels in Tuscaloosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fairfield Inn by Marriott Tuscaloosa 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairfield Inn Tuscaloosa is a national award-winning hotel and is located near the University of Alabama and Bryant-Denny Stadium; the home of the Crimson Tide football team. We're close to I-59/20 and the Mercedes-Benz US factory as well as other well known businesses and attractions. ... more   less 
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