With every conceivable amenity a guest could want, convenience to the University of Alabama campus, and hosts who truly enjoy their guests, the Bama Bed and Breakfast with two locations in Tuscaloosa, AL, is a lodging option for those who love to feel pampered. You can choose to have complete privacy or to interact with the hosts according to your own desires and preferences.
Marc and Kimberly Roberts own both properties and are the friendly hosts for the lakeside B & B. It is less than 10 years old, has 4 guest suites, is in south Tuscaloosa, 10 minutes from Bryant-Denny Stadium, and boasts a swimming pool and large game room. The campus B & B is graciously managed by Kimberly’s parents, Bob and Yvonne Schwartz. The campus location was built in 1823 with lots of great stories from its history. It has 5 roomy guest suites, a hot tub, and is located only 2 blocks from Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Even though the city of Tuscaloosa is geographically oriented toward the Black Warrior River, what matters to the majority of visitors - at least during football season - is the location in relation to the hallowed stadium. The lakeside property has been a B & B for 8 years. The campus property opened for guests in August of 2015. Both offer gorgeous wedding venues for small, intimate gatherings. The following review is based on the author’s experience at the campus location.
1. Thoughtful amenities
Homemade cookies, a basket of complimentary snacks and a fridge with chilled soft drinks and waters are available constantly. Waffle weave bathrobes wait to be worn after a hot shower or bath, along with a flat screen TV, a microwave, fridge, iron and ironing board in each room. Unexpected touches, though, are small ice makers in each room, Keurig Hot Drink Dispensers, and PLENTY of electrical outlets beside the beds for all the electronic devices most guests bring. To avoid invading the privacy of guests, the hosts communicate by texts concerning the desired temperature in the guest suites. And, serving times for the bountiful hot breakfasts are flexible according to the wishes of the guests.
2. Distinctive decor in each room
If you need a king-size bed, the 1900’s Crimson Suite is designed for you. Do you have a couple of children with you on your trip? The 1950’s Sweet Home Alabama Suite provides a queen-size bed for you and two extra-long twin beds for the youngsters, with a bathroom in between. The Tusk Suite recalls the decade of the 1860’s, and the decor of the Capstone Suite is reminiscent of 1825. All are interesting, pleasing, and tastefully done. The bedding, mattresses and pillows contribute to a comfortable night’s sleep.
3. Fresh, hot breakfast
Breakfast is an EVENT at Bama B & B, not just a quick necessity before check-out. An oft-requested specialty is cocoa syrup, also known as chocolate gravy. It is a perfect accompaniment to eggs, fruit, bacon and biscuits. You just might persuade Yvonne to share the recipe.
Time to relax and learn something new
A person chooses a Bed and Breakfast over a chain hotel because of the desire to have a unique experience. The Bama B & B is a perfect place to fulfill that wish. Allow yourself time to sit around the breakfast table with Marc and Kim at the lakeside location or Bob and Yvonne near the campus. In a house that has been continuously occupied since 1823, there are bound to be stories. Don’t miss the one about the occupation by Union soldiers during the Civil War, and be sure to let them show you what horsehair plaster looks like. All 4 hosts say, “We haven’t had a bad guest yet.” You will enjoy being another one of their good ones.
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