Hotel at a Glance: The Hotel Highland, an Ascend Collection Hotel
Trendy furnishings and artwork can be found throughout The Hotel Highland, and a hip martini bar in the lobby serves up specialty cocktails. These modern touches belie the boutique hotel's historic setting inside a circa-1920s Medical Arts Building. Just a short walk from the building are top restaurants and nightclubs as well as historic landmarks scattered across Birmingham's Five Points South neighborhood.
- Award winner: The Hotel Highland was named the city's #1 hotel by Birmingham’s 2011 Best of the Best and for having the "coolest guest rooms" by AL.com.
- Travel on the cheap downtown in vintage trolleys that stop at major attractions—it's just a quarter per ride.
- A touch of luxury: Luxury king suites feature handcrafted Brazilian furnishings and Egyptian linens.
- Extended continental breakfast featuring pastries, cereal, and hot waffles is served from 6 to 9:30 a.m. Ask the front desk for tips on nearby lunch and dinner options.
Birmingham, Alabama: Historic Player in the Civil Right Movement, Now a Modern and Diverse City
Birmingham was a major site during the nation's Civil Rights struggle in the 1960s. Marches and other forms of non-violent protest against segregation took over the city's streets. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while behind bars. These acts ultimately led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended racial segregation in schools and other public places. Visitors can learn more about the city's part in the Civil Rights movement downtown at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
The Birmingham of today is a thriving, diverse cultural hub. Its downtown streets are a mix of new and old—shiny, new shopping complexes share sidewalks with historic landmarks such as The Alabama Theater, built in 1927. Throughout the city you'll find funky art galleries next door to antique shops, lively nightclubs just down the street from historic churches, and restaurants serving hearty, simple Southern dishes alongside fancy, James Beard-recognized ones. The walkable Five Points South neighborhood, where The Hotel Highland is located, has a particularly high concentration of award-winning restaurants, as well as important landmarks such as the 100-year-old Highlands United Methodist Church.