#TheRootTrip: Chillin’ in Style in Birmingham, Ala.

Courtesy of Marriott Hotel
Courtesy of Marriott Hotel

More chillin’ at a black-owned hotel! This one is the Residence Inn by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at the University of Alabama-Birmingham at 821 20th St. South, and it’s another property held by the black-owned Capstone Development Investment Group.

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Back in 2013, the group purchased this seven-story, 129-room hotel for $20 million in cash. You’ve gotta be a big baller if you’re pulling 20 mil out of your local ATM to buy some hotel rooms, wouldn’t you say?

Lawrence Ross/The Root
Lawrence Ross/The Root
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The hotel is top quality, and as with most Residence Inns, you kinda feel like you can stay for a long time, which is sorta the point. This particular hotel is close to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, and right next to the downtown business district. Check it out! Total amount spent at this hotel? $200. Total spent with black businesses? $593.

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DISCUSSION

Kinda curious about whether the customers are mostly black? Or just the ownership? I’m trying to get a handle on how segregated we still are, ie - if traveling black people seek out black hotels, etc (no judgment, i just want to know how things actually are). Anyways, hope you have fun chilling in a nice hotel. I get to do that for work from time to time and always enjoy it. Have a nice hot tub....