The Fairfield by Marriott in Albertville is Marshall County’s newest hotel and has been in business about 6 months.
The hotel had a bumpy start. The supply chain issues that have affected so many businesses affected them too, delaying them from opening on their original timeline. But business is improving for the new lodging and they’re pleased with how things are progressing, according to vice-president of sales Darlene Temple. It opened in May.
The hotel has 79 rooms and they’re getting a good bit of business from Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheatre’s many events, as could be expected.
The hotel is part of a 3-hotel group that includes the Hampton Inn in Guntersville and the Hampton Inn in Jacksonville.
“We’re proud to be Albertville’s only branded hotel,” Temple said of the Fairfield.
The cozy hotel has king rooms, double queen rooms and more. There are features throughout.
The lobby includes a snack market, like so many hotels do nowadays.
“We just got our beer and wine license, so that is something we will be adding to the snack market very soon,” Temple said.
There’s a full hot breakfast for guests, something that is almost expected by today’s travelers.
A rock privacy wall, a nice touch, surrounds the pool in back of the hotel giving it a sense of privacy.
“I didn’t realize it at first, but this is a heated pool,” Temple said.
The hotel’s fitness center is larger than similar spaces in many hotels you visit. Temple said that’s the new standard for Fairfield hotels. It’s equipped with several pieces of cardio equipment, a TV and free weights, which you don’t see in a lot of hotels.
The fitness center includes a touchless “hydration station” where guests can refill water bottles.
“We actually have a hydration station on each floor of the hotel,” Temple said. The stations allow you to refill a cup or water bottle so you don’t have to purchase bottled water.
The hotel’s amenities extend to the parking lot where there are two charging stations for electric vehicles. They plan to add charging hook-ups for visitors who are towing bass boats eventually.
Temple agrees with the assessment of Marshall County Tourism & Sports that more hotel rooms are needed in Marshall County. When large events are in town, things fill up.
It’s pretty clear that the staff at Fairfield is having a good time.
The staff had a pumpkin decorating contest for Halloween last week, allowing guests to vote on their favorites, and the entries were some good ones.
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