The Courtyard Hoover location provides good value in a comfortable setting / comfortable rooms close by the Riverchase Galleria / I-459 / many Hoover office parks.
The hotel is laid out in a true "courtyard" fashion and is accordingly rather spread out, meaning some rooms / amenities may be a far distance from each other. However, there was good signage in the hotel's hallways (not something I have learned to take for granted).
The rooms appeared recently updated, and had plenty of outlets for electronic device recharging, a good work desk, plenty of lighting, a refrigerator and comfortable beds. The room was sufficiently quiet, although my room faced a rear parking lot, not Highway 31 (Montgomery Hwy), so may not be a real test of road noise. The only "negative" I would have about the room is that the furnishings and toiletries both seemed a bit spartan. Obviously, a small concern, and not a deal breaker.
First time guests of the hotel may easily pass by the hotel on Highway 31 as by time you see the "Courtyard" sign it is difficult to cut over to the right turn lane to enter the front entrance / parking lot. Fortunately, at the next traffic light, there is also a rear entrance. However, if you enter at the rear entrance (by the traffic light), do drive all the way to the front to check in.
The lobby has been nicely updated. I did find the volume on the TVs a bit high for my liking when I checked in. When I checked in, I confirmed breakfast was not complimentary, even for Marriott Gold Elite members such as myself, and accordingly had breakfast at a nearby Panera Bread. However, the hotel does have a nicely laid out / set up Bistro concept restaurant in the lobby. Looks as if I could have gotten the same food as I purchased at Panera for a similar price. I am not a fan of restaurant breakfast service that is not self service, as I think it tends to be over-priced / takes too long, however the Bistro concept seems to address some of my concerns. I would likely try it the next time I am at a Courtyard.
The hotel maintenance seemed just a bit short of expectations and this is why I have given the hotel a four rating, not a five. There was a large garbage dumpster to the highway side of the front entrance, with an odor noticeable to anyone walking by the dumpster. Additionally, one of the doors to the parking lot from the hotel hallways was not in working order (obviously the one closest to my room). Neither is major but not what you would hope to find at a top-notch lodging experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Courtyard Birmingham Hoover is proud to share our newly renovated state-of-the-art lobby and stylish new guest rooms. This Hoover hotel is just 11 miles from Birmingham's city center and located near the areas’ best shopping, dining and golf courses. The exciting new features at this Hoover, AL hotel include inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax, free Internet access throughout, access to the latest news via our GoBoard and The Bistro - Eat. Drink. Connect.® offering enhanced breakfast, dinner and beverage options. Relax by our outdoor pool. Whether in town for business or fun, we offer exactly what you need for a relaxing and productive stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Birmingham Hoover Hotel Hoover
- Courtyard Hoover
- Hoover Courtyard
- Hoover Marriott