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Homewood has a new terrace bar, coffee shop and bistro, and a restaurant — all housed inside the Valley Hotel, which recently opened at the corner of 18th Street South and 28th Avenue South. With 129 rooms and interiors and offerings that complement its surrounding community, the new accommodations fit nicely into the quaint, growing neighborhood. The Valley Hotel was designed as a destination with nods to the community: art by local artists and an on-site restaurant that celebrates Birmingham’s history and food culture. The hotel serves as the living room of downtown Homewood, according to General Manager Danny Hiatt.

After years of planning and construction, the highly anticipated hotel is now accepting reservations, serving as an escape for travelers from near and far.

Valley Hotel lobby

The Valley Hotel, which has been in development for some time, recently opened its doors. The full-service lifestyle hotel is located at a prominent corner in Homewood, where it complements the area’s creative culture and local draw.

Valley Hotel exterior

Formerly the location of a bookstore and auto repair shop, the stretch of development that includes the hotel will feature additional retail space. General Manager Danny Hiatt tells us that the development changes the streetscape and provides more upscale retail offerings to the community and region.

Located on one of the more popular streets of Homewood, well-known for its charming culture and shopping district, the Valley Hotel serves as the neighborhood’s first full-service, lifestyle hotel with conveniences and comforts that appeal to locals and visitors. The lobby and public spaces showcase metalwork and wood finishes that combine Southern charm and a modern lifestyle, while the hotel’s on-site dining options run the gamut. The social event space welcomes up to 350 guests in a large entertainment area decorated with contemporary finishes, and rooms feature spacious layouts with the works of local artists, exclusive finishes and furniture that makes you feel at home. Throughout the building, the decor honors Birmingham’s history as an industrial center and celebrates it as a destination for today’s travelers.

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Homewood, AL, hotel room

Spacious rooms all feature local art, a chaise sofa and built-in headboards. “There is a residential feel to the furniture and design, so you feel like you are sitting in the living room of a home,” Danny says.

Bathroom rendering of Homewood's new boutique hotel

Marble finishes in the bathroom are the cherry on top. The hotel attracts destination seekers, locals looking for a staycation and travelers from the surrounding area looking for a quick getaway.

Before exploring the neighborhood, be sure to stop in The Valley Coffee Co. for a breakfast of craft coffee and warm pastries in a welcoming space that opens to an adjoining courtyard. Come back in time for dinner at Ironwood Kitchen & Cocktails, named for the tradition of steel and ironwork in the area. Must-try dishes include the Clyde Mays smoked short rib with Yukon gold potato purée and crispy onion rings, pan-seared Gulf Grouper with a white cheddar grit cake, Conecuh sausage, classic tartare and a soft poached egg, and smoked chocolate toffee cake. End the night with a cocktail and view of downtown Homewood at The Terrace Bar. The three spaces bring top-notch eats, playful drinks, and a simple, welcoming design to guests and locals.

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Bistro in Valley Hotel

Open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails, The Valley Coffee Co. has a menu of artisan sandwiches, gourmet salads and fresh pastries. Enjoy your food and sips inside, or sneak outside to the adjoining courtyard.

Ironwood restaurant

The on-site restaurant is a highlight of the hotel. Chef Doug Zuk relocated from Las Vegas and returned to his Birmingham roots to create a menu of elevated comfort food with simple, regional ingredients.

Red Mountain Ballroom in Valley Hotel

The Red Mountain Ballroom (named for its location at the base of Red Mountain) is a wedding event space that can accommodate up to 350 guests (seated). The hotel promises superior service and customizable catering for those who choose the Valley Hotel as the backdrop for their big day.

Homewood and the hotel are only a few miles from downtown Birmingham, and the growing community is home to notable retail, restaurants, and bars. The Valley Hotel joins an already-impressive list of boutiques and eateries in Homewood and only adds to the local culture. “This is the first lifestyle and full-service hotel in this area, and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase this hotel in the neighborhood,” Danny tells us. The 129-room hotel and its restaurant, coffee shop and bar are open and (safely) welcoming guests to experience everything it has to offer. “We hope to fit right in and be a part of the community and thrive off the environment,” Danny continues.

For more information and to book your stay, visit valleyhotelbirmingham.com. All renderings courtesy of Crowe PR.

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