I never had much interest in a "staycation," until I discovered Marriott's Grand Hotel in Point Clear. It's truly a special place. We don't go often, and we don't necessarily even go for the night. But it is simply one of the most inviting hotels I've ever been to.
Thus, it's no surprise to see that Marriott's Grand Hotel is listed among the Top 3 Marriott hotels in all of North and South America. That's 363 hotels, and the Grand comes in third in guest satisfaction. Pretty impressive.
What may surprise you, though, is that the only two hotels ahead of the Grand are also in Alabama.
- Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National
- Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
- Grand Hotel, Point Clear
What's more, another Marriott brand -- Rensaissance -- boast two Alabama hotels among its Top 3 in the Americas:
- Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
- Renaissance Denver Downtown
- The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa (pictured, below)
So one day, we're going to do a vacation in Alabama. We've traveled around the state, but never with a goal of actually seeing the state. We'll get to places like Mount Cheaha, the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, and probably visit a few of Alabama's craft breweries. And now, we'll have to consider making the splurge on some of these great hotels -- among the nicest in the Marriott chain.
[Photo: The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, courtesy of Marriott.com]