Steps from both the entertainment and Civil Rights Districts, The Redmont Hotel is a recently renovated boutique hotel that blends the past and present in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The hotel originally opened its doors in 1925 and is Alabama’s oldest operating hotel. Over the years the hotel has had the opportunity to have several celebrities, politicians and athletes stay as guests. The Redmont Hotel is a Birmingham historic landmark and it was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The hotel underwent a full renovation in 2015 and reopened its doors in March 2016 as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. The result is a modern boutique hotel with subtle hints of history woven into the décor. Whether it is the old typewriter in the lobby or table lamps by the elevators, you can’t miss seeing bits of history throughout the historic hotel. The most notable original l details that remain are the vaulted ceilings, iron hand rail on staircase as well as a 10-foot crystal chandelier.
The 14-story historic hotel features 120 guest rooms. The renovated guest rooms are not only beautifully designed but spacious as well. Rooms have ergonomic desks and complimentary Wi-Fi for those who are traveling for business. Other modern upgrades include docking stations to charge smart devices, 40-inch LED HDTVs with premium cable stations and a Keurig machine with complimentary coffee and tea. I was in an oversized corner room and highly recommend staying in one too, if planning to stay at this hotel. The corner rooms have several oversized windows that make them ideal for getting plenty of natural light.
Guest of the hotel get to select from a variety of amenities that include room service, 24-hour onsite fitness center, in room spa treatments and onsite restaurants. Lastly, the rooftop lounge and terrace bar offer some of the best views of downtown. Unfortunately for me, it rained while I was in town and wasn’t able to enjoy the rooftop experience. I will be visiting the city again soon and will keep my fingers crossed that it will not rain. Another perk of the hotel is its location. The Redmont is within walking distance to the Civil Rights District, Theatre District and lots of other dining and entertainment options.
If you go: As previously stated, the hotel is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection so booking directly through the Hilton site will save you money, especially if you are a Hilton Honors member. If you are not, we recommend making your reservations online through a booking site such as Travelocity or Priceline. Valet parking is conveniently available 24-hours a day or you have the option to self-park across the street in a paid lot. Due to the location of the hotel, avoid driving if possible, and opt for walking or Uber if for some reason you can’t walk to where you want to go.