Four Star Birmingham Hotels

by Joy Uyeno

While there are no four-star hotels in Birmingham, Alabama, there is one in Hoover, 10 miles away. The Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge is a resort located near the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge. In 2010, AAA awarded the resort its prestigious four-diamond rating.

Accommodations

The Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge resort houses 259 guest rooms and 11 suites. All of the rooms are decorated in a red, gold and white palette set against cherry-toned wood furnishings, and include a leather reading chair. The bathrooms include tubs and separate showers, and granite countertops. Many of the rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the golf course.

Golf

"Travel + Leisure" magazine calls the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge the "crown jewel of the state’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail." The resort is situated beside the hilly 18-hole course, which offers lessons for inexperienced golfers and rentals for those who don't bring their own clubs. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is one of the longest courses in the world and was rated one of the top new golf courses by Zagat.

Recreation

The resort offers guests access to an on-site fitness facility, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool with slides and a seasonal bar, and a game room. The Spa at Ross Bridge has 10 treatment rooms, a sauna, a hot tub and a steam room in its 12,000-square-foot facility. Services include massages, skin treatments, facials, nail treatments and full salon services. The hotel also hosts a Porsche driving school at Barber Motorsports Park.

Dining

The Clubhouse Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, serving traditional American fare such as burgers, salads and sandwiches, in a casual environment. The resort's fine dining establishment, Brocks, features tapas and an extensive wine list, with a menu of Mediterranean cuisine using locally grown ingredients. JT's is a bar in the resort's lobby, offering cocktails, spirits and light fare in the evenings, while The Coffee Shop serves Cafe Sienna coffee and snacks.

About the Author

Joy Uyeno has been writing about travel, food, fashion, culture and finance since 2005. For three years she wrote a column for the "Honolulu Star-Bulletin" aimed at young and first-time travelers. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, including the 2008 anthology "Honolulu Stories." She holds a Master of Arts in writing and publishing from Emerson College.