Why vacation when you can stay-cation? These boutique hotels offer an unforgettable escape from the stresses of everyday life without the pressures of traveling. Whether you’re planning a family weekend away or having your girlfriends come for a visit, here are the best boutique hotels Birmingham has to offer!
First opening its doors in 1925, The Redmont Hotel is a Birmingham staple. Its Art Deco decor creates an elegant and timeless feel while staying up to date through recent renovations. The hotel has plenty of lodging options including King and Presidential Suites and is surrounded by Birmingham’s bustling downtown, allowing guests to explore some of the Magic City’s best attractions. The McWane Center, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Alabama Theatre and The BJCC are all within walking distance, and surrounding restaurants include Bamboo on 2nd, El Barrio and local favorite, Collins Bar.
The interior of the hotel features art and photography by Birminghamians to showcase our city’s rich history. Guests have the fabulous opportunity to dine at The Redmont’s own Harvest Restaurant and Bar, which is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and brunch on the weekends!). Across the lobby, Cafe 2101 provides guests with a grab and go dining experience ideal for anyone on a schedule. Both dining options feature amazing dishes by Chef Trenton Tisdale, who has worked with Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club. Additionally, guests can soak up the sun and overlook the city while sipping cocktails on the roof, one of the best views of Birmingham! Fun fact? Hank Williams spent his last night at The Redmont in 1952 and some have experienced haunted moments in the hotel!
The Tutwiler Hotel is Birmingham’s own 103-year-old gem. Recently renovated to preserve its historic charm, this boutique hotel provides a destination experience like no other. Located in the heart of Downtown Birmingham, guests will never tire of fabulous outings and adventures before returning to the historic landmark for a delicious dining experience at The Tutwiler’s own Century Restaurant and Bar. The Century features American classics like a stacked Reuben sandwich and Southern staples including shrimp and grits and tasty fried oysters. Guests are just minutes from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Birmingham Museum of Art, historic Five Points South, Sloss Furnaces and many more. There is also a barber shop, complimentary breakfast area and indoor gym right in the hotel. When visiting, keep your eyes and ears open for potential haunted encounters from the hotel’s past!
Opening in July 2017, The Elyton Hotel takes Southern sophistication to a whole new level. Combining modern style with rich tradition, this historical treasure defines elegance with tall ceilings, restored marble walls and bronze fixtures illuminated by the natural light of show-stopping windows and a loft-like ambiance. Guests may enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at the Elyton’s own The Yard, which features a creative Southern menu complete with local fresh products. The rooftop terrace is perfect for sipping on speciality cocktails and tasting small plates while enjoying beautiful weather and an impressive view. Other amenities include an indoor gym, wedding options and close proximity to Red Mountain Park, Oak Mountain State Park and Regions Field. Keep an eye out for Elyton Hotel opening this July.
Originally named The Pickwick Hotel, The Hotel Highland has been home to a multitude of residents including Medical Arts and an ultra-popular dance club called The Pickwick Club. In 1988, Dr. Donald Kahn, a retired cardiac surgeon turned the dance club into a destination spot and thus, The Hotel Highland was born. Located in historic Five Points South, The Hotel Highland (soon to be Hotel Indigo in Fall 2017) is one of Birmingham’s premier luxury boutique hotels. Guests can expect easy access to the UAB Campus and Hospital, The BJCC, The Railroad Park and, of course, all of the fabulous dining options available within Five Points. Chez Fonfon, Highlands Bar & Grill, Jim ‘N Nicks, Ocean and Pho Pho Vietnamese & Sushi Bar are all within walking distance of the hotel ensuring guests never go hungry or bored. The interior of the hotel features the finest Brazilian bed linens and hand-selected furnishings from Brazil establishing a contemporary and innovative design. The Hotel Highland is one of Birmingham’s most original and hip spaces that is simultaneously historic and ahead of its time.
The Grand Bohemian Hotel is a fabulously artsy destination anyone in Birmingham must experience. Located in Mountain Brook, guests have easy access to a number of shopping and dining options including Local Taco, Avani Rupa Fine Jewelers, Paige Albright Orientals, A’mano, Bromberg’s, Daniel George, The Lingerie Shoppe and tons more! Even so, staying in for the night has never been more swanky. With a cooking school, wine bleeding class, billiards room, wine tasting, the Grand Bohemian Art Gallery, The Poseidon Spa and Habitat Feed & Social, one can never get bored on the hotel’s property. Dining at The Habitat Feed & Social is like walking into the pages of Alice in Wonderland. Vibrant purple decor and whimsical trees provide a totally unforgettable eating experience, and all ingredients are locally sourced, meaning they’re as fresh as you can get! Our favorite fun fact about The Grand Bohemian is that they have a bee hive on the roof where they get honey for many of their dishes.
The Aloft in Homewood is ideal for a family-friendly weekend or stay-cation with the girls. The hotel is just minutes from Vulcan (guests even have a view of the Iron Man in almost every room!) as well as the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, The Birmingham Zoo and plenty more fabulous attractions. When staying at Aloft, guests hit the jackpot for dining and shopping options as the hotel is just steps away from Zoe’s Kitchen, O’Henry’s Coffee, Urban Cookhouse, Jackson’s, SoHo Social, Jinsei, SoHo Retro, Soca, Shoefly, Theadora Abbeyluxe and tons more.
Last year, Aloft underwent a major renovation creating loft-inspired rooms for guests, a heated indoor pool, an indoor gym, grab-n-go breakfast items and the Wxyz Bar and Patio, which serves speciality cocktails, pints and snacks beginning at 4 p.m. each night. The Wxyz also features games including cornhole, giant Jenga, a pool table and giant, funky furniture for a fabulously fun stay. Our favorite aspect of Aloft is that the lobby features amazing artwork by local artists.
The Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa is Birmingham’s ultimate sanctuary. Not only does the resort boast the fifth longest golf course in the world, named one of the best 50 courses in America by Golf Digest, The Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa also offers a tranquil spa, on-site tennis courts, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools complete with bar service, waterfalls, a slide and multiple dining options. Brock’s offers delicious and authentic Mediterranean fare, while The Clubhouse is a favorite for families with classic American cuisine. JT’s Lounge caters to a younger crowd with handcrafted martinis, light bites and live entrainment in the evenings. You can even start your day off right with Ross Bridge’s own Coffee Shop. The hotel also features a whirlpool and biking trails. All in all, guests have everything they need and more right on the grounds of the resort.
Located on the spectacular Pursell Farms and opening in fall 2017, this new 40-room inn is the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of the Magic City and savor nature’s splendor less than an hour outside of Birmingham. In addition to the soon-to-open inn, Pursell Farms also offers cabins and cottages, each with four guest rooms opening into a spacious shared living room. And, to sweeten the deal, each cabin and cottage guest has her own golf cart to zip around the resort. Pursell Farms also includes incredible amenities like FarmLinks Golf Club, which has been named Golfweek‘s #1 all-access golf course in the state in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. It is truly a golf course for golfers. If relaxation is more your style, the facility also offers a signature selection of spa services at The Spring House, including the Signature Massage, Marbleston Massage, Expecting Mommy Massage and Reflexology for relieving stress and tension. The fun doesn’t stop there! Pursell Farms offers over 3,000 acres of hunting, fishing and shooting on the Orvis Shooting Grounds and a top-notch farm-to-fork dining experience at The Grille at The Clubhouse. Overall, Pursell Farms is the ultimate Southern destination.
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