$121 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 21, 2014 Check-out: Sep 22, 2014

The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

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 The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

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 The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
MAW7734
Huntsville, Al
Aug 13, 2012

Weekend Getaway

We went for a weekend mini va-ca. Service was great from the valet, to the front desk abd bar. Super location. Good breakfast. will stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Nashville, TN
May 9, 2011

Highlands in Five Points.

Party at hotel when I got there on Friday night, very loud, but was for flood relief so was ok, and it was Friday night in Five Points, just what I expected.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

wonderful dining and bar choices within 0.2 of mile

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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Mobile , Al
Mar 4, 2011

fine

as expected, no problems. Friendly staff, Very competitive rates

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Atlanta, GA
Feb 6, 2011

Wonderful Stay with One Surprise

I came to Birmingham for a weekend with friends and the Bal Masque Ball and stayed at this wonderful hotel [...]. The hotel was clean, the rooms larger than expected and the service was wonderful. One unexpected surprise was the live music in the hotels lounge on saturday night. Pianist Shaun Pezant, bassist Richard Moteno and vocalist Elnora Spencer delivered a classy evening of live blues and jazz. i will definitely stay at this wonderful Five Points bargain again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: In Hotel

Saturday night at the H-Bar at the Hotel Highland brought pianist Shaun Pezant, bassist Richard Moteno and vocalist Elnora Spencer. Her voice was at once Diana, Ella and Ertha and it was a fantastic, unexpected blues and jazz surprise.

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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
KH-Scubabum
Dallas, TX
Feb 5, 2011

So so

I like old hotels, and this one definitely meets that criteria. It has been updated however the décor chosen does not work very well, everything seems out of place. My room on the third floor had two broken lamps, lipstick on the "sanitized glasses", mildew clearly visible in the bathroom. They have a live band on Friday nights which you can hear from the third floor, though it is not too bad. Most importantly, the bed was well above average, so I would very likely stay there again. Sadly the neglect issues have become the norm for hotels these days. Also, the Continental breakfast met the minimum standard, coffee was lousy, plan on going out for breakfast you will only have to walk one block to a Starbucks or local pancake joint.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are many restaurants nearby, and most importantly a Starbucks within walking distance.

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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Huntsville, AL
Dec 31, 2010

1 night stay

Wife and I used this hotel because it is located close to a special restaurant we occasionally go for dinner. It is not in the best area of Birmingham...I was hit on for money while getting out of my car. The common areas of the hotel are in need of attention. Although the hotel is old, the room was very good...art decco style. No heat control in the room which is a pain.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Highland's Bar and Grill

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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Richmond, Va.
Dec 22, 2010

The bad, ugly and dirty!!!

The room was clean. We had to request a remote for the tv, that took over two hours, they forgot our request. The outside area surrounding the hotel and the parking area provided by the hotel, was very very dirty and the overall appearance of the neighborhood was bleak!!! It was advertised as the historic area and where it was happening and it was quite the opposite. Oh, they partied in the bar, in the lobby and outside the hotel. Definitely not a family place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
2
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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Single nursing in memphis
Memphis, TN
Oct 9, 2010

Excellent Choice

I was visiting Birmingham for just one night in order to attend a meeting at the UAB School of Nursing. This was an excellent choice due to great location. It was exactly as described online. The rooms were very comfortable and cute. I was very pleased to find HBO offered free, as well as free internet. I would definitely stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

If you have any business at the UAB campus, this is an excellent place to stay. Also, there is a parking garage right behind the hotel that I paid only $2 for overnight parking.

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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Loudon Tn
Oct 3, 2010

A real gem

Fantastic gem .....close to great eateries...great music in the bar...cannot wait to return

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Try Oceans for a fantastic meal

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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angleles, CA
Aug 27, 2010

Good Value in Birmingham

I especially enjoyed checking out the Vulcan Park, not too far from the hotel.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Dreamland... Not bad, but doesn't hold a candle to many other southern BBQ places.

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Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Dog Rescue Traveler
Mobile, AL
May 15, 2010

Overall awesomeness would change 1 thing

Decor was amazing.

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