Northport's first interior-entry hotel is officially open for business as you enter the city on Highway 69 after years in development.

City leaders broke ground on the Courtyard Marriott project in August 2020 -- around a week after the launch of the Tuscaloosa Thread! -- and said the $15 million, four-story hotel would open in Fall 2021.

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The project was hit by a long line of delays, with unexpected site problems, the pandemic and more tacking a full year and a half onto the construction process.

Now the Courtyard Marriott is finally open for business, along with a cafe that will serve some Starbucks coffee menu items. 

Northport City Council President Jeff Hogg, who also chairs the city's retail committee, said the hotel itself will be a valuable job creator but could also attract other new businesses to that side of the Black Warrior River.

"This project has been a long time coming and has faced many challenges with Covid hurdles, labor shortage, and supply chain issues," Hogg said. "I am glad to finally see this needed project open and begin their tenure in our City. With the aspects of creating jobs, being the first interior entry hotel in Northport, and revitalizing our gateway into the city, I feel like this project will be a catalyst of what is yet to come."

The hotel boasts 100 rooms, which are available to rent today.

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