Like many American cities, when you are looking for lodging Huntsville Alabama can seem difficult to navigate. The city is spread out and hotels in Huntsville AL seem to appear in clusters. So which Huntsville Alabama hotel cluster is right for you? Luckily, Huntsville Alabama hotels can be easily divided into several sections of the city depending on why you are visiting the Rocket City. To be fair, all of these Huntsville Alabama hotels are near each other because the Rocket City really isn’t that big.
- 1 Finding The Right Huntsville Alabama Hotel
- 2 Hotels Near The Huntsville AL Space Center
- 3 Hotels in Downtown Huntsville AL
- 4 Hotels Near Bridge Street Huntsville AL
- 5 Huntsville AirBnB
Finding The Right Huntsville Alabama Hotel
This guide to Huntsville Alabama hotels is divided into three sections – the Huntsville AL space center, the downtown Huntsville hotels and the shopping mecca that is Huntsville Alabama Bridge Street mall.
In addition to all the attractions in Huntsville Alabama itself, you may choose to use the city as a homebase when you visit neighbouring North Alabama areas like Florence, Decatur or Scottsboro like I did during my Alabama road trip.
Huntsville Alabama Hotel Clusters
The big attraction for most visitors is the Huntsville AL space center. The Marriott Huntsville AL and the Drury Inn Huntsville should be your go-to choice if you are looking for hotels near the Huntsville AL Space Center.
Downtown Huntsville hotels are located in the charming historic section of the city near museums, restaurants and beautiful Big Spring Park. There are also many options to AirBnB Huntsville AL in the historic downtown area.
Finally, are you a shopaholic? The Huntsville Alabama Bridge Street mall is a high-end destination with many fabulous restaurants and stores. This Huntsville Mall has several luxury hotels including the Westin Hotel Huntsville Alabama.
Huntsville is definitely going through a hotel boom. So many Huntsville Alabama hotels are in the pipeline from big American brands like Marriott and Hilton that the lodging Huntsville Alabama scene is in flux.
The Huntsville Alabama Marriott Presence
In Huntsville Alabama, Marriott and its related hotels have a big presence which is not surprising because they are geared towards business travellers. On the other hand, you can get pretty good deals with them on the weekends when the business travellers clear out.
When you check out a Marriott Hotel Huntsville Alabama make sure you get the location right for you (e.g., the Space and Rocket Center or Downtown Huntsville). Moreover, the Marriott chain of hotels in Huntsville AL also have a strong representation among their different lines so you may be able to choose between different styles such as suite hotels or boutique hotels.
Hotels Near The Huntsville AL Space Center
If you are looking for hotels near the Huntsville AL Space Center, the Marriott Huntsville AL and the Drury Inn Huntsville are two great options for you, the former for location and the latter for price and services.
Marriott Huntsville AL
The Marriott Huntsville AL is the closest of the hotels near the Huntsville AL Space Center. In fact, if you are visiting only for the Huntsville AL Space Center, you won’t even need to rent a car. You can take the Marriott Huntsville AL shuttle bus to and from the hotel to the airport. The Huntsville AL Space Center is a short walk from the hotel.
It’s hard to get excited about the Marriott Huntsville AL – it’s a slightly tired business hotel and you will have no unpleasant surprises. The rooms are spacious and some have views over the Space & Rocket center. The Marriott Huntsville AL has a small outdoor pool.
Drury Inn Huntsville
The Drury Inn Huntsville is just across from the Huntsville AL Space Center but with a major interstate separating the two places, you will need a car to cross safely.
I found the Drury Inn Huntsville to be a great option for visiting my son. They have a laundry room which is very handy because he stayed for two weeks at the Huntsville AL Space Center camps – for both Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. When I picked him up for the weekend in between the two camps, I was able to do his laundry and send him back to camp with clean clothes.
The Drury Inn Huntsville is popular with families. The breakfasts are a nice spread and the staff are friendly. Each room has a microwave as well as the usual amenities. The indoor pool is a big hit with families in the evenings.
Hotels in Downtown Huntsville AL
Hotels in Downtown Huntsville Alabama tend to be pricer because of the ease of convenience to the charming historic downtown. We loved walking around downtown especially on the summer weekends. People spill out onto the street and you get that charming European vibe almost like cafe culture. We really liked the walkability and small town charm of the downtown Huntsville.A map of some of the downtown Huntsville hotels shows their location to Big Spring Park and downtown restaurants.
Marriott AC Huntsville Alabama Hotel
Marriott AC has a fantastic location on the edge of Big Spring Park. You can walk across the park to the Huntsville Art Museum as well as all the regular activities scheduled at Big Spring Park. Big windows give you fabulous views over downtown Huntsville. Like the other Marriott AC hotels, the vibe is modern European chic.
Embassy Suites Huntsville Downtown
A good family option near the historic center of Huntsville is the Embassy Suites Huntsville Downtown hotel. Less swish than the Marriott AC nearby, the Embassy Suites is also near Big Spring Park. The Embassy Suites is connected to the Von Braun center with a walkway. There’s a Ruth’s Chris steakhouse on site as well as access to a Huntsville Alabama spa onsite.
We stopped by the location of the future Curio By Hilton which is still under construction. Curio by Hilton is their ‘boutique style’ hotel range from the Hilton Hotels so I am curious to see the end result. The location on Jefferson Street is fantastic and right near Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville AL.
Hotels Near Bridge Street Huntsville AL
My children LOVE American malls. Growing up in England, you don’t have malls like you have in the USA. American malls as far as my kids are concerned are the height of civilisation.
The Huntsville Alabama Bridge Street mall is a superb mall with restaurants, shopping and family-friendly activities like a carousel and a movie theatre. For little children, there is a charming little train that winds its way around the stores as well as a splash pad area for them to play. You have different entertainers singing and playing music as well.
The Bridge Street Mall is the location for the Apple Store in Huntsville Alabama as well as having a giant Barnes & Nobles (with Starbucks inside!). Being a geeky like the Rocket City is, my son found a Totaro (Japanese anime plush toy) that he had been coveting which made his day. This Huntsville mall also has a store for the local baseball franchise, the Trash City Pandas.
Although there is a lot of parking at this Huntsville mall, wouldn’t it be easier to stay nearby?
Huntsville Westin near Bridge Street
The Huntsville Westin near Bridge Street is an ideal location for the amenities of this outdoor mall. It’s a full-service luxury business hotel with indoor and outdoor pool and fitness center.
The Element Huntsville is another of the Huntsville Alabama Bridge Street hotels. A part of the Huntsville Alabama Marriott hotels, Element Huntsville and the Huntsville Westin share a building. The Element Huntsville bills itself as more of a lifestyle eco-friendly hotel option. Unilke the Huntsville Westin, you get kitchenette facilities at the Element Huntsville.
When we were at Bridge Street Mall, we could see that the Hyatt Place was under construction as well.
When I pulled up to the Huntsville AirBnB my first evening, there were a bunch of police cars parked outside lights flashing. My heart sank because I have not had the best luck with AirBnB accommodation. I wanted to try out this Huntsville AirBnB because it came highly rated and also because of its location in a historic residential area.
I needn’t have worried because the police presence turned out to be an anomaly. I was told the police presence was because some underage kids were having a party in one of the rooms.
My Huntsville AirBnB was perfectly nice located in the Old Town District behind one of the gorgeous Victorian homes. The building itself was a concrete box with a keypad entry which made me think that it was all AirBnB apartments. And, the same owner has multiple other listings as well so you could combine rooms to get your level of accommodation just right.
My apartment had a lockbox key entry which made arrival and departure easy. The parking was right in front of this Huntsville AirBnB as well. Places like Old Town Coffee are an easy walking distance nearby if you could stand to walk in that fierce Alabama heat!
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