Steer Clear of the Sheraton A review of Sheraton Birmingham

I made an overnight stay at the Sheraton based primarily on its location and to get Starwood points. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this hotel. Most importantly, its rooms are very dated and in dire need of renovation. I felt as if I had traveled back in time to 1985. I stayed in the "tower" portion; there is also an "atrium" that looked a bit newer from the outside. Perhaps those rooms are not so outdated and weathered looking.

The other thing that really bothered me was the bed. Sheraton advertises the "perfect" bed, and mine was far from it. I have stayed at Sheratons that have the new "perfect" bed, and what I had was not it. They shouldn't advertise it if the rooms don't have it yet. The bed I had was hard as a rock and felt like an Econolodge.

The air conditioning was anemic at best. I don't know if the master system had not yet been turned on (my stay was in April), but I kept inching it further and further toward "cool" and finally ended up with it all the way. I still woke up hot -- the system might have gotten it down to 77 or so.

The cut-off for room service breakfast is really early -- 10 PM. And my menu (which I couldn't use because I arrived at 11 PM) was already filled out by the previous guest.

There is no valet parking. You have to park yourself, and at a garage that is across the street from the rear of the hotel.

The room was at least clean, and breakfast was pretty good at the Atrium Cafe. The staff I encountered were very courteous. The workout area and pool are pretty nice. But for a "rack" rate of $189, I expected more. Overall, I would recommend staying elsewhere when in Birmingham.

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