Motels in Birmingham

by Meg Jernigan

Birmingham, Alabama, in the far southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, gained its reputation as a steel town and evolved into a city that celebrates its Southern culture. Four interstate highways pass through or around the city, and travelers in search of motels in Birmingham have a wide variety to choose from along those byways.

Downtown

Kings Inn offers economical no-frills rooms in downtown Birmingham three blocks east of I-65. The motel provides free Internet service and microwave ovens and mini-fridges on request. The parking lot is big enough to accommodate trucks and RVs. Pets are not welcome. Courtyard offers more upscale lodging near the University of Alabama campus and adjacent to UAB Hospital. A revamped lobby features the GoBoard, broadcasting weather, airport conditions and news. Courtyard provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Motels serving Birmingham’s international airport, northeast of downtown, are largely on the airport access road and clustered at the I-20 interchange with I-59. Clarion, under a mile away, is the closest motel to the airport. Standard rooms have mini-fridges and microwave ovens, and both smoking and nonsmoking rooms are available. Clarion offers Stay and Fly rates and operates a free airport shuttle. Located just a little further away, Holiday Inn also provides guests with free shuttle service. Steel City Bar and Grill, on-site, serves casual American cuisine.

Interstate 459

Interstate 459 skirts southern Birmingham, diverting through traffic in I-10 and I-59 around the city center. Almost every chain maintains at least one property on the highway. The greatest concentrations of motels are at interchanges with I-65 and with Highway 30, the Old Florida Short Route. The Old Florida Short Route interchange is a major shopping area, with several large malls, including Cahaba Mall Shopping Center, right at the intersection. La Quinta, tucked off the highway in a more quiet area, welcomes pets and offers reasonable room rates.

Interstate 65

I-65 cuts through Birmingham from north to south on its way from the Tennessee border to Mobile. Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Fairfield and Comfort Suites have properties at the New Castle Road interchange north of the city. Quality Inn, Days Inn, Baymont and the Wynfrey Hotel are south of the city. Wynfrey, located at the Riverchase Galleria Mall, is an upscale European-style hotel featuring luxury bedding, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and evening housekeeping. Shula’s steakhouse, the hotel’s restaurant, is owned by legendary NFL coach Don Shula.

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