You're probably tired of reading how Embassy Suites offer an outrageous breakfast, true 2 room suites and (depending on local liquor laws) a more than adequate managers reception.
Since Montgomery was on our travels heading back home towards NY, we decided to stay a night and catch a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game. I'm glad we did.
Check in, which I'm sure is usually quick took a while. There seems to be no set desk, but 3 'kiosks' with or without clerks to check you in...it's somewhat unclear if you make one line or stand in front of a kiosk and wait to be called... There was an Officers Graduation that night at the hotel across the street. Our lobby was filled with so many uniforms, it was a sight to see and one that makes you proud to be in the USA.
The hotel atrium held some fountains and nice foliage. The hotel itself seemed well maintained. The middle part of the atrium is host to the Managers reception and also breakfast. There is a gazebo in the center and smaller tables surrounding the gazebo.
It did take awhile to get the first round of drinks for those staying at the hotel. The line became so long that they added another bartender. What I neglected to ask about was the bar adjacent to the gathering area where we were. It was open and served 'name' brand liquor, but for a fee. It was the first time I've been to an Embassy Suites where they had both, a 'free' managers reception and a full service bar where you paid for your drinks. Granted, some people insist on a certain brand of vodka, scotch, beer, but we were happy with free well drinks for 2 hours. Snacks were nachos and salsa and pretzels. Our room was near the elevator and at first I thought it was going to be loud, but our part was quiet..the elevator banks actually blocks the noise coming up from the atrium. We stayed next to a corner room, and yes, corner rooms are a bit larger than a standard king bedded suite (our neighbors let us take a peek).
There was a plunger outside our door when we got off the elevator, and the next morning we realized why.....the toilet 'took it's time' flushing. The other thing that really concerned me was when we opened the window in our bedroom (yeah--fresh air!!!), it opened all the way. Window openings were on the bottom of the windows, just off the floor. No screens, either, which meant, it could be pretty easy for someone to fall out, both my concerns were reported...the window stopper just needed to be screwed back in, hopefully our room was the only one with that issue. Our walk in shower was perfect with water pressure. Clean room, comfy room...all was good.
Our room faced the parking lot and we watched the comings and goings of the Officers heading out to their graduation. We also had a small view of the river and could see a ferry(?) boat or 2. You're also close to train tracks, which means you do here train whistles and the trains themselves, all part of Americana. The Ballpark was 2 blocks from the hotel.....we had fun at the game and ate a chicken and biscuit with "Alaga" syrup..a syrup made so local that when I asked if it was 'local', someone pointed down the road and said 'it's made just over there!"
After the game we went to Dreamland BBQ which serves it's magic till 11pm. The bar/restaurant has a very easy feel to it....it's the type of place that if you want to chat with strangers at the bar for an hour, you can, or, if you want to not to a word,that's ok too.....the BBQ was fair, but I would give it another try.
The hotel is located downtown. There is the visitor center located just to the side of the hotel, which is a must see for anyone in town. We were greeted and welcomed like they knew us forever. You can tell the lovely staff is extremely proud of their city. And they should be, we took a ride through town on our way out and can see why, so much history! We hope to return to Montgomery and this time stay longer and enjoy the city and Embassy Suites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Embassy Suites Montgomery - Hotel & Conference Center is located in historic downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The hotel offers the best stay of all Montgomery hotels, whether you're traveling on business or looking for a family vacation. The Embassy Suites Montgomery - Hotel & Conference Center combines our upscale full-service all-suite hotel with outstanding service and accommodations, with a convenient location right next to the city's historic Union Station and Montgomery Convention Center downtown. The hotel is just off of Interstate 65 and nine miles from the Montgomery Regional Airport. ... more less
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