$121 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Nov 24, 2014 Check-out: Nov 25, 2014

Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3 stars
1023 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
52 reviews
An excellent place to stay

The hotel is an older property but updated very nicely. The entire staff was polite and... See full review

  • Gudaka
  • Jun 27, 2014
Great Historic Hotel in Five Points

We loved the 'retro' feel of this hotel. The location is perfect. Walk out the front door into the... See full review

  • Rev Dale
  • Dec 9, 2013
Funky downtown hotel offers sophisticated simplicity and modest prices
With its Deco decor, nicely appointed rooms and pared-down amenities, Hotel Highland at Five Points South is a unique and affordable launch pad for guests visiting the university, and those who want to take advantage of the culture, dining and nightlife of Birmingham. Having once been the site of the celebrated Pickwick Club and later the Pickwick Hotel and Suites, the Hotel Highland at Five Points South adds a modern twist to a classic.
Highlights
  • Located in the heart of Five Points
  • Pets under 15 pounds are welcome (nonrefundable fee applies)
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Nonsmoking hotel
Rooms
Hotel Highland at Five Points South has 63 guest rooms (28 are suites) that all feature Brazilian hardwood furnishings and linens. An LCD high-definition television and complimentary DSL lead the list of technology features in each room. Each room at the Hotel Highland at Five Points South is outfitted with an iron and ironing board, hair-dryer, coffee-maker and minibar (fees apply). Suites boast luxurious Egyptian linens, wet bar, mini refrigerator and microwave.
Features
Guests of the Hotel Highland at Five Points South can enjoy an extended, complimentary continental breakfast served each morning. At the end of the day, relax over a cocktail in the H Martini Bar, a brightly colored lobby lounge that is a fashionable meeting place in downtown. The vibrant Five Points restaurant and nightlife scene are at the doorstep of the hotel.
Transportation
  • Birmingham International Airport (4.4 mi/7 km)
Attractions
  • Five Points South (at the door)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • McWane Science Center (1.1 mi/1.8 km)
  • Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (1.3 mi/2 km)
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (1.7 mi/2.7 km)
  • Verizon Wireless Music Center (11.8 mi/18.9 km)
Business
  • In-room DSL
  • Business center with computer and printer
  • Copy and fax service available from front desk staff

Hotel Map

33.5017 -86.797
Nearby airports
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int, (BHM), 7.30, MI, NE;
Area description
City Center, 20th St South

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Exercise gym
Dining
Coffee maker in room
Meal plan - continental
Vending machines
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
FAX
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Indoor parking
Valet parking
Outdoor parking
Truck parking
Bus parking
Room
Television with cable
Safe
Telephone
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Iron
Wet bar

Nearby points of interest

  • Bartow Arena: 0.7 mi
  • Legion Field: 2.7 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (52)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
52 out of 52
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.6
Location:
4.6
Value:
4

92% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
mjpackers1
Business
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Jul 2, 2014

Loved It

Basically, I would rate this as an average hotel. It had everything I expected. It was clean, comfortable. I did not ask for much, but I did get everything I asked. So, it will certainly not disappoint you in this regard. What makes it special? The location! If you want to have a good time in Birmingham, stay here! You can walk to Frank Stitt's restaurants, get a bit sloppy, walk home safely, and enjoy a comfortable bed. When you get to your room, they have king-sized beds in spacious rooms with city views. I will definitely return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Frank Stitt's Chez Fon Fon right next door.

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Gudaka
Business
Alabama
Jun 27, 2014

An excellent place to stay

The hotel is an older property but updated very nicely. The entire staff was polite and professional. Located right in the middle of several good restaurants and night life spots. I would recommend this hotel to any one. The room prices were lower than all others we checked which concerned us a little but what a surprise, it was very nice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

A very short drive to St. Vincent's hospital.

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
timd8y
Business
New York
Jun 8, 2014

Hotel Highland

Convenience of location in a little gem of an area in Birmingham. Very good restaurants withing walking distance. The staff of the hotel really works hard to make sure everything is perfect for your stay. Helpful, friendly and efficient.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Memphians
Business
Memphis, TN
Apr 7, 2014

Great location

The location of this hotel was perfect for those who want to be able to walk out the door and have lots of options for bars and restaurants. We ended our night at the hotel bar and the bartender was awesome! The room was pretty standard. It was small, but it was clean and the bed was comfortable. The continental breakfast had a good variety. The only negative was that the elevator in the parking garage was broken, so we had to carry luggage down the steps. I would definitely stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Rev Dale
Business
Savannah GA
Dec 9, 2013

Great Historic Hotel in Five Points

We loved the 'retro' feel of this hotel. The location is perfect. Walk out the front door into the hip 5 points area, with fun shopping, great restaurants.. The staff was so friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Deb333
Business
Atlanta
Oct 31, 2013

Great location in trendy neighborhood!

Hotel was located in a convenient but trendy neighborhood with lots of great food options which was perfect for us as our stay was only overnight. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. Would stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Lots of great food options, either cheap and cheerful or for a special occasion, nearby.

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
timd8y
Business
New York
Sep 19, 2013

Quiet Gem

Excellent care of guests given by staff. Warm, friendly and professional. Rooms are nice, beds comfortable facilities immaculate. Within a couple of blocks of good restaurants and night life. Small and exclusive feeling to the whole place along with the staff, makes you feel like you have a quiet, undiscovered gem for your stay in Birmingham.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Clouper
Business
Tucson
Sep 5, 2013

In B'ham for a funeral.

Convenient to all of Birmingham. Very attentive staff. Very clean. Easy parking. Quiet. Just nice!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
estudiante
Business
Charleston, SC
Jun 5, 2013

UAB visitor

Great location, walking distance to UAB for those checkout out UAB. And a world of beer is right next door :)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ttlovestotravel
Business
alabama
Mar 10, 2013

Boutique hotel

Nice boutique hotel. Rooms very clean and uniquely decorated. Very comfortable bed. Small lobby and bar make it very quaint. The neighborhood around the hotel is more comfortable if you are not traveling alone. I would not want to walk around unaccompanied or go to the adjacent parking garage after dark.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Great pancake house across the street. Delicious!

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