Once the center of the civil rights movement, Birmingham is considered one of the south’s most cosmopolitan cities and features nationally-recognized bars, restaurants and art galleries. Many of the hotels in Birmingham fit a need, whether it be an opportunity to stay in some of the city’s historical landmarks or lodging that provides easy access to the city’s bustling medical community.
The Redmont Hotel is a window into Birmingham’s past. The hotel opened in 1925 and is the city’s oldest hotel and on the National Register of Historical Places. The hotel was owned at one point by a group of NBA players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At that time, the group restored the hotel, including the preservation of its lobby and marble floors. The Redmont has two types of rooms with amenities like complimentary airport shuttle, business center, free wireless Internet and the Redmont Café, which specializes in contemporary American dishes. The hotel also has the city’s only rooftop bar, Above, which used to be a penthouse suite.
For those who have business at hospitals in downtown Birmingham, the Medical Center Inn is a great option. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the five hospitals that comprise the downtown medical district – UAB University Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s, and the VA Medical Center. The hospital is also within five miles of most of downtown Birmingham’s top attractions. Guests can eat breakfast at an on-site Waffle House, take a dip in the outdoor pool or grab a cup of complimentary coffee or tea in the lobby. All rooms also have microwaves and refrigerators.
Just a couple of miles from the center of downtown is the Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast, which looks like it should be in the country rather than downtown. It’s been a part of the Nabob Hill neighborhood for more than 100 years and is on the National Register of Historical Places. It became a bed and breakfast in 2003. There are just seven rooms at Cobb Lane, all of which are individually decorated. The inn has wireless Internet, on-site parking, private bathrooms, in-room refrigerators and is a stop on the downtown trolley bus system, which can take guests to most points in downtown.
Staying at the ’Tree
One of downtown Birmingham’s most modern hotels, the Doubletree Birmingham is part of downtown’s South Side and is just minutes from the Five Points Historical District, a hub of Birmingham nightlife. Its restaurant, 808 South, is known for American dishes. It’s a popular location for meetings and conventions, as it has more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space. Business travelers can take advantage of the hotel’s airport shuttle and business center. The entire hotel also has high-speed Internet access.
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