After a 14 million USD transformation from a furniture store and warehouse into a gleaming hotel, SpringHill Suites by Marriott in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, has opened to rave reviews. Originally built between 1905 and 1907, this great lodging choice is located near the Riverwalk Stadium, the Alabama State Capitol and several excellent museums. It is also a few steps from popular restaurants.
Renovated, remodeled and repurposed from warehouse to hotel
What is now the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in the heart of downtown Montgomery, Alabama, was originally built by Schloss & Kahn Wholesale Grocers between 1905 and 1907. It has 80,000 square feet (7432.24 square meters) of available space and ceilings that are more than 16 feet (4.87 meters) high. For 20 years, the wedge-shaped building served as a furniture showroom and warehouse for Bishop-Parker Furniture. The interior incorporates arches, brick walls and exposed beams, but the exterior has been kept pretty much as it was originally.
Stunning lobby displays artifacts from the past
In addition to serving as a place to meet friends, conduct business, buy necessities at The Market and drink coffee, the lobby also provides a showcase for displaying important remnants revealing the building’s past. Eyes immediately are drawn upward to the cavernous atrium over the dining area. Even though the hotel is part of the Marriott brand, this particular one has a truly distinct architecture and vibe.
Guest rooms with comfortable amenities
In addition to the beds with luxurious bedding, each guest room has a distinct workstation and a sitting and living area with a flatscreen television with cable and Netflix, mini refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, iron, ironing board, alarm clock and plenty of outlets for charging electronics and cell phones. Complimentary high speed internet is also included for every room. Please do note that SpringHill Suites is a non-smoking lodging which does not allow pets.
Guest bathrooms with extra touches
The guest bathrooms feature lighted mirrors, tiled showers and handy toiletries. The showers are not tub/shower combinations, so they are more spacious and safer, especially for older guests.
Well-equipped fitness room and other hotel-wide features
The fitness room provides a number of cardio machines and plenty of free weights.
Valet parking is recommended, because the hotel is on a city street with metered parking. The valet service is 23 USD daily.
Complimentary hot breakfast
A complimentary hot breakfast is provided each morning. Eggs, breakfast meats, pastries and fruit are available, and waffles are added on the weekends. Greek yogurt, oatmeal and local salsa are also on the buffet, along with coffee and juices.
Nearby dining options
There are a number of restaurants within a quick drive of the hotel, such as Dreamland BBQ and Mellow Mushroom. But, after a long day of driving, working or touring, it is valuable to have several dining choices directly across the street which don’t require getting back in your car. The Alley houses SAZA for Italian cuisine, Jalapenos for Mexican and Wasabi for Japanese, to name a few.
Points of interest close to the hotel
Since Montgomery is the capital city of Alabama, many government offices are located within a few blocks of the hotel. The Alabama State Capitol and the First White House of the Confederacy are only a short walk away, as is the Rosa Parks Museum, the Hank Williams Museum and the Legacy Museum. Montgomery has a number of sites included on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. One which opened recently is the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. It has already been visited by thousands and is both stunning and sobering.
The stadium where the Montgomery Biscuits, minor league baseball team, play is within sight of the hotel.
Convenient and beautiful lodging in Montgomery
SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an excellent lodging choice when you are visiting the heart of Montgomery, Alabama. It is architecturally intriguing and comfortably equipped. Plus, it is convenient to a major sports venue, a variety of restaurants, important museums and the center of the state’s government.