Renovated Guest Rooms in Historical Boutique Hotel
In 1925, the concept of a private hotel bathroom was seen as a wondrous luxury to the general public. The newfangled concept became reality on May 1 of that year when The Redmont Hotel offered just that and more, its opulent building lined with glistening chandeliers and marble floors. A rotating roster of owners—which once included basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—has overseen numerous renovations to the building throughout the decades, tacking on extra rooms and even an entire additional story. And though standards for bathrooms have heightened a bit since the opening, the hotel has preserved its Roaring Twenties grandeur and blends in tasteful contemporary flourishes.
More recently, a January 2009 overhaul outfitted deluxe guest rooms with flat-screen TVs and king-size beds. Each of the rooms aims to capture the comfy ambiance of a bedroom in a family home. The romance package allows traveling twosomes to pop open a bottle of bubbly and eat chocolate-covered strawberries until the special 2 p.m. checkout.
Guests can cap off their evenings by ascending 14 stories in the air to Above, the hotel's rooftop watering hole. Originally built as the hotel's penthouse suite, where past owner Clifford Stiles and his family lived after purchasing the building in 1946, the space now boasts custom-designed digs and chic, modern furniture. Panoramic vistas of Birmingham's skyline open up in the alfresco seating area. Above’s VIP package admits seven guests to gather round a reserved table and mix their own drinks with a bottle of Grey Goose vodka and nearby rainwater.
Birmingham, Alabama: Legendary Landmarks among Eclectic Modern Museums
Birmingham is situated on the southernmost fringes of the Appalachian Mountains, marked by classic southern hospitality and legendary landmarks. Known for its pivotal role during the civil-rights movement of the 1960s, the city pays homage to its historic roots through memorials at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park, the site of one of the era's most crucial protests. Today, the city flourishes as a banking hub peppered with dozens of art galleries. Museums scattered throughout town display anything from vintage motorcycles to Wedgwood pottery to the baking soda used to powder mayoral wigs. A scenic tapestry of pinks and fuchsias lines the streets in springtime as abundant azalea, dogwood, and cherry trees bloom.