I just returned from a brief stay at the highly touted but fairly uninspiring Renaissance in Montgomery. I'll hit the key points:
Check-in was painfully slow considering there was no line. It took a good 6-7 minutes to process - highlighted by them taking my key back because they inadvertently did not give me a key that sad "Marriott Elite" on it. I explained that I didn't care - but they did - and it added an extra 2 minutes to a long check-in.
Room is nice and new. Bed was nice, TV was a decent flat screen and the iPod/technology dock was cool. Both wired and wireless internet available for $10/day. Bathroom is decent but cheap towels, weird lack of towels near the shower and a bizarre decision to offer Q-Tips - but only two - took a bit away. There was also an unstocked mini-bar and the drink machine on the floor was already broken.
The location of the Spa and Gym was right out of Spinal Tap. While my room was on the 8th floor - the same floor as the gym - it required a "change of planes" on the second floor. I had to take the elevator down to 2, turn right and walk about 200 yards through the parking garage to get to a connecting elevator. The gym was nice. Good cardio with TV and iPod connector built in and no one else there on either of my two visits. That said, the difficulty of getting there was a poor architectual decision.
All in all - the hotel is totally fine. Nothing more but definitely a step in the right direction for Montgomery.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travelers looking for Montgomery, Alabama luxury hotels choose Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center. Our Montgomery, Alabama hotel's stunning architecture highlighted by modern amenities and a rooftop pool makes us a top choice for discerning guests. We are an Alabama capitol hotel situated downtown, near Maxwell Air Force Base, and we are a stylish hotel that features more than 103,000 square feet of meeting space, an 1,800-seat performing arts center, a 73,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and a 9,000-square-foot European spa. Comfort reigns supreme in each of our guest rooms featuring high-tech amenities, such as HD LCD TVs, wireless and touch screen phones, Wi-Fi, and a connectivity panel for all electronic devices. Enjoy delectable cuisine at The House restaurant in our hotel and mingle at The Exchange, our bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Montgomery Hotel And Spa At The Montgomery
- Montgomery Renaissance