$129 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 31, 2014 Check-out: Aug 1, 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
83 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 (83)

Ratings and reviews for The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
83 out of 83
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.6
Location:
4.6
Value:
4.1

94% 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
Greenbean
Jackson, MS, USA
Aug 23, 2011

Perfect location and beautifully redone old hotel

Staff was great, rooms were great, and the location was awesome. The free breakfast was like every free breakfast at a hotel, which isn't great. But, there was a pancake restaurant across the street. I would definitely go again.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
West Fargo
Sep 13, 2008

Very Impressed

The room was better than we imagined, the linens and furnishing were wonderful. Valet parking was great and picking up the car the next morning was no problem. The staff makes sure that your stay is the best it can be. I would tell anyone that this is the place to stay in Birmingham.

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

It is an easy walk to some of the best architecture and most fun places to sit and have a drink or dinner. Ruby Tuesdays is a place that is a must because of the friendly people that work there.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Cincinnati, OH
Oct 1, 2008

Very stylish

Hotel Highland at Five Points was a very stylish boutique-type hotel. The decor was sophisticated, modern art-deco. The furnishings were very comfortable. The bathroom was great - shower, towels and the stuff they give you for free. The staff at check-in, the lobby bar, and others were warm and helpful. The area is near several good restaurants, a Starbucks and bookstore. I was delighted with the whole experience, since I like urban hotels.

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

Business

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Gudaka
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
Time-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

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

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Ulrica Grey
Business
Atlanta, GA
Sep 6, 2007

Great location and decor

Beautiful & modern, the Hotel Highland is right in the heart of the vibrant Five Points neighborhood in Birmingham. While the hotel doesn't offer in-room dining, the friendly staff can guide you to one of many excellent restaurants within walking distance. Great for business travel...

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Fine and casual dining, as well as taverns, are within walking distance

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
USA
Sep 16, 2007

WILD BUT GORGEOUS

We arrived at 12:30am on a Sunday morning and could not believe the activity going on outside this hotel. This was a big party area and there was no parking on the street. We did the valet parking. It was like a different world when you went in. BEAUTIFUL!! The staff was wonderful and our room was so nice. The entire hotel was art deco from the 1920's. Very different and very nice. Just seemed out of place. The beds were very comfortable. Neat hotel!!

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
estudiante
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
Review of The Hotel Highland at Five Points Sou, an Ascend Collection hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
BJADL
Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 18, 2009

great location to UAB, perfect for me

I went to visit my son who is attending UAB. I was orginally going to stay at the Medical Center Inn, but the reviews were bad-- Iam so glad I swithched to the Highland Hotel--very artistically charming and unpretencious. Location couldn't have been better for my needs. Lots of restuarants right out the door. There is however no free parking, so did most exploring by foot. Comfortable and safe stay.

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

I took a short drive to Vulcan Park--a nice view of the city. I also took the Dart-- a cute streetcar that has 3 routes to see downtown and other areas nearby for only 25 cents.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
West Fargo
Sep 13, 2008

Very Impressed

The room was better than we imagined, the linens and furnishing were wonderful. Valet parking was great and picking up the car the next morning was no problem. The staff makes sure that your stay is the best it can be. I would tell anyone that this is the place to stay in Birmingham.

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

It is an easy walk to some of the best architecture and most fun places to sit and have a drink or dinner. Ruby Tuesdays is a place that is a must because of the friendly people that work there.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Greenbean
Jackson, MS, USA
Aug 23, 2011

Perfect location and beautifully redone old hotel

Staff was great, rooms were great, and the location was awesome. The free breakfast was like every free breakfast at a hotel, which isn't great. But, there was a pancake restaurant across the street. I would definitely go 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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