Alabama is home to a wealth of historic attractions, white sandy beaches, amusement parks and more than 50 colleges and universities. As you travel around the "Heart of Dixie," you'll find designer boutique hotel properties, nestled in some of the state's most popular destination cities, that go the extra mile to deliver on stylish accommodations and exceptional service. Special touches, premium amenities and elegant dining spaces can enhance your trip no matter the reason for your visit.
The Hotel Highland is situated on a plateau between Red Mountain and downtown Birmingham in the historic Five Points area. The tree-lined neighborhood enjoys a vibrant nightlife and is home to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Guest accommodations feature an array of gold and brown hues highlighted with rich, handcrafted Brazilian wood furniture. Luxury two-double or single-king suites offer spacious, home-style accommodations with separate living and sleeping quarters. Enjoy a cocktail or even have your wedding reception in the H Martini Bar. The hotel serves a continental breakfast and is located steps away from many fine-dining and casual eateries.
The Proximity Hotel
The Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, located approximately two hours southwest of Birmingham, bears the AAA Four Diamond distinction and LEED Platinum green hotel status. The loft guest rooms have butter cream and chocolate color palettes with captivating skyline views. Larger suites contain sleek furniture and whirlpool baths. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness studio, outdoor pool and garden and offers in-room massage. Lounge or read in the hotel’s sunny vaulted social lobby, flanked with towering winding staircases. Proximity provides free transportation to the airport and local shopping in a restored 1975 Checker cab. The third through eighth floors have guest living rooms equipped with computers and printers for your 24-hour use. The Print Works Bistro offers casual dining on-site.
The Madison Hotel
The Madison Hotel is located two hours east of Greensboro in Alabama’s capital city of Montgomery, steps from the Civil Rights Memorial and Riverwalk Amphitheater. Classically decorated guestrooms have wine window treatments and champagne- and cream-colored bedding atop Serta pillow-top mattresses. Hotel amenities include free parking, fitness center and rooftop pool. The atrium brings touches of nature indoors with flower and fountain beds.
Traveling one hour northeast from Montgomery to Auburn, you will find the 100-room Lexington Hotel University Convention Center, and the location of the area’s largest ballroom. Dine for lunch or dinner at the Lexington’s China Palace restaurant; at night, belt out karaoke or listen to live music. Watch a sporting event -- all the arenas are at your doorstep -- or if you prefer, have the concierge arrange a tee time at one of three nearby golf courses.
The Foundry Park Inn and Spa in Athens
The stately Foundry Park Inn and Spa in north-central Alabama’s city of Athens offers 300 elegantly designed guestrooms. The Parlor Suite features upholstered armchairs and a sofa surrounding a stone fireplace. Spa-style bathrooms contain double shower heads, and suites include steam showers. Savor Southern specialties in the Historic Hoyt House restaurant or marvel in the Melting Point, where you can enjoy food, drinks and live music. Dine outdoors seasonally at a bistro table alongside the pool. The spa offers a full menu of hair, nail and skin treatments.
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