Hotels in the Birmingham Area

by Cicely A. Richard

Birmingham, Alabama, called the “cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement,” has approximately 99 historic neighborhoods. Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham features area hotels with spectacular views of the mountains and downtown. Numerous hotels have operated since the early 20th century and recount the history of Birmingham. Guests are less than 10 miles from locations where Civil War soldiers fought and Civil Rights leaders marched.

Historic Hotels

The Tutwiler Hotel is located in downtown Birmingham. Originally opening in 1914, the lobby features 42 historic photographs of the city, all provided by the Birmingham Public Library. Concierge provides auto tour guides to guests who want to learn more about the photos and the hotel’s background. Renovated in the early 2000s, the hotel features marble floors and walls throughout the hotel and antique furnishings. Hotel amenities include fitness center on the eighth floor and a convenience store. Guest rooms contain 32-inch LCD televisions with DVD players, historic photos and city view windows. The Redmont Hotel, which opened in 1925, is Birmingham’s oldest continually operating hotel with private bathrooms in every room. The historic hotel features chandeliers and marble floors and has the city’s only rooftop bar. It also provides airport and downtown shuttle service. Select suites have living rooms with sofa beds.

Romantic Hotels

The Hotel Highland at Five Points South is within walking distance of the entertainment district. The hotel started as the Medical Arts Building in 1931, featuring doctors’ offices and a pharmacy. The hotel served as a dance hall between 1935 and the 1950s. It was transformed into a hotel in the 1980s. The Head Over Heals Romance Package includes king-bed suite accommodations, champagne with glasses, a morning snack and valet parking. King suites feature Brazilian furniture, wet bars and two LCD high-definition televisions. The Wynfrey Hotel features Italian marble and French chandeliers and connects to Riverchase Galleria, a shopping center with more than 200 specialty stores and restaurants. Hotel amenities include a spa, transportation service, concierge and a rooftop pool. The Honeymoon “Wynfrey Style” Package includes champagne, tuxedo strawberries, breakfast in bed or at Chicory Grille, and liqueurs and chocolates at night. Select suites feature whirlpool tubs, decorative fireplaces and artwork.

Extended Stay Hotels

Candlewood Suites Birmingham is located five miles from the Birmingham Zoo and Birmingham Botanical Gardens and 10 miles from downtown. The extended-stay hotel allows pets less than 80 lbs. for a nightly fee. Hotel amenities include a convenience store, a car rental desk and guest passes to the YMCA. Guest rooms contain kitchens with cooking and dining utensils, DVD players and dining tables. Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown a UAB is walking distance from the UAB in the Five Points entertainment district. The hotel provides grocery shopping services, an airline reservation desk and an outdoor pool. All suites have full kitchens with stovetops, ovens, cleaning supplies and dishwashers.

Airport Hotels

Holiday Inn Birmingham-Airport is one mile from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and offers free airport shuttle service between 4 a.m. to midnight. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, dry cleaning, a 24-hour fitness center, room service and a restaurant. Guest rooms have standard amenities like free wireless Internet access, cable television and mini refrigerators. Comfort Inn Airport is three miles from the international airport and four miles from downtown Birmingham. It provides free airport shuttle service. On-site amenities include a fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. Select rooms have refrigerators, whirlpool tubs and microwaves.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .