From inns with Swinging ’60s charm to upmarket Hilton heavens, there are some fantastic places to stay near the Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa – now bookable with Culture Trip.
Founded in the 19th century after the Creek War, Tuscaloosa, or Black Warrior, was named after the Choctaw chief who had fought a Spanish explorer’s army in the 16th century. Today, healthcare and education fuel the economy of Alabama’s former capital. The city is home to the University of Alabama, where the Museum of Natural History sits – stroll along the Black Warrior Riverwalk, or join the cheering football fans of Alabama Crimson Tide.
Hidden in the heart of a historic university campus, this Tuscaloosa hotel is so close to Bryant-Denny Stadium, you can almost hear its roaring football fans. The moment you see its brick façade, you’ll anticipate its homey atmosphere. The cozy charm continues in the sleek modern suites. Stretch out on your comfy bed, or slump into the armchair – the carpeted rooms are outfitted with a flat-panel HDTV with premium channels. Keen to meet people? Check out the bistro, work on the gym’s treadmills, or jump into the outdoor pool.
Flush against the shores of the Black Warrior River, Hotel Indigo was the first waterfront hotel in Tuscaloosa. Partly built with natural stone, the three-and-a-half-star hotel reflects the region’s culture and industry. Step inside, and you’ll notice the locally inspired murals and rustic character of Alabamian furniture. Featuring laminate floors and carpets, the rooms have velvet couches and comfy beds with padded headboards – and floor-to-ceiling windows offer natural light. Keen for a drink? Sit down on the cushioned rattan couches at the rooftop bar, aptly named the Lookout.
Steps from restaurants and the Alabama Capitol’s ancient ruins, smoke-free AC Hotel is centrally located. Futuristically shaped chandeliers and ceramic tile flooring welcome you in the lobby, setting the standard of this modern hotel. Earth-colored rooms create a warm atmosphere, and hardwood floors, leather sofas, premium bedding with padded headboards and well-lit bathrooms combine practicality and aesthetics. Facilities include four meeting rooms, a business center, a gym, a restaurant and an onsite store. Love sunsets? Head to the rooftop bar, sip on a cocktail, and watch the city skies turn pink.
A stone’s throw from the Riverwalk, Home2 Suites is a citadel-shaped aparthotel in the center of Tuscaloosa. Warm colors breathe positivity into the modern rooms, kitted out with everything a family needs: kitchenettes, refrigerators, microwaves and free cribs. 42” LCD TVs with premium channels make for in-room entertainment, and facilities like the gym, indoor pool and business center are super convenient. Enjoy grilled food? You’ll adore the outdoor brick-wall barbecue area with its rustic charm.
Another aparthotel by Hilton, Homewood Suites – near the amphitheater – is a cut above most three-star hotels. Blending history with modernity, this hotel has a porch entrance with thick pillars and an elegantly lit exterior. The parquet studio suites that sleep four or six are incredibly spacious and have leather footstools and fabric sofas to curl up on; they also have partly carpeted living rooms that create a cozy atmosphere. Homewood Suites boasts a noble lounge, and the brick-walled lobby and outdoor pool complete the industrial charm.
Side by side with its namesake restaurant, Embassy Suites is near the Riverwalk. The White House-reminiscent hotel boasts impressive arch windows, a two-story-high porch entrance and a concierge that fits right into Hilton’s brand. The premium suite has a kitchenette plus a living room with a parquet-patterned carpet. Earth-colored rooms with sleek furniture round off the luxe feel. Looking for unique features? The restaurant – laid out in a semi-circle featuring hardwood floors and brick walls – has a lovely character, and the lounge adds elegance. There’s also a 24-hour gym and indoor pool.
As the name suggests, Hampton Inn is near the University of Alabama. Hiding in a quiet and squeaky-clean corner, the hotel is surrounded by lush vegetation. With its wacky red upholstered couches and retro lamps, the lobby sets the tone of this hotel’s character. Dark-brown wood gives the carpeted rooms – fitted out with a fridge, flat-screen TV, desk and human-sized mirror – a 1960s charm, complete with earth colors that add to the warm atmosphere. Busy? There’s a 24-hour business center, plus a bar, a pool and a gym for your work-health balance.
A 10-minute drive from the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk, Catalina welcomes guests with a four-car-wide porch entrance, showcasing the Best Western brand. The lobby has an eccentric touch with a wooden front desk, flower-patterned carpet and pear-green and dark-brown synthetic-leather armchairs. Hardwood floors add to the sleek look of the rooms outfitted with a turquoise executive chair. Watch TV on your plush bed or in the common areas, fuel up with free continental brekkie, and take a dip in the outdoor pool.