If you’ve visited this blog before, you know my love for Hilton’s Curio Collection runs deep. I love the chance to earn and use hotel points while also getting more of a boutique hotel experience—and often in a property with historical significance, at that! This September, I got the chance to check out Birmingham’s member of the collection, the Redmont Hotel, which first opened in 1925. Read on to get the details on staying at the Redmont Curio Collection Hotel Birmingham and how you can do the same (for free!).
STAYING AT THE REDMONT CURIO COLLECTION HOTEL BIRMINGHAM
REDMONT HOTEL LOCATION
Downtown Birmingham is having a moment, and the Redmont is right in the middle of all the action. New businesses, including ultra-hip shops and restaurants, are popping up all the time and fueling a renaissance all around the Redmont, which sits centrally at the corner of 5th Ave. N and Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.
From the Redmont, it’s easy to walk to any downtown location you may be interested in visiting. Birmingham’s theater district will be right in your backyard, meaning restaurant options won’t be far, either. Kelly Ingram Park and important other civil rights sites are only 10 minutes away on foot, while the scenic Railroad Park is just under a mile at 18 minutes away. If you’re willing to walk a little farther, you can catch a Birmingham Barons game at Regions Field just 26 minutes away. Even the once-suburban neighborhood of Five Points South, now a vibrant culinary hub, can be reached in half an hour.
The first thing you’ll notice upon checking into the Redmont is the style of its lobby. Crystal chandeliers, velvet couches and lots of gold accents pay homage to the glamor of the ’20s, when the building first opened its doors. You’ll also find interesting decor pieces such as an old typewriter scattered around the communal areas.
The check-in process itself couldn’t have been easier, as I was the last guest to arrive for the night. We turned our rental car over to valet (the hotel doesn’t have a self-park option, and valet was $30) and went inside, and the employee at the front desk knew who I was immediately thanks to process of elimination. She was friendly and helpful, and the whole check-in process was super quick (which was great, since it allowed me some time to sneak up to the rooftop bar before it closed for the evening).
REDMONT HOTEL PROPERTY
The Redmont’s luxe details extend well beyond the lobby. On the roof level, an indoor lounge echoes the lobby’s color scheme, with gilded furniture pieces and other gold touches. But there’s also a little bit more of a bohemian vibe upstairs, with a selection of eclectic art pieces.
Speaking of upstairs, it’s home to The Roof, a great spot for cocktails that prides itself on being the highest rooftop bar in the state. Visit during the day and you’ll get epic skyline views of downtown, as well as glances at farther-off spots including the historic Sloss Furnaces site; at night, string lights and plenty of seating make the patio a charming place to enjoy a drink outdoors.
Elsewhere in the hotel, there are meeting rooms and a fitness center, but I didn’t get a chance to check out either of those features.
REDMONT HOTEL ROOMS
Hilton renovated the hotel in 2015, and you can feel the newness in the rooms. My father and I stayed in a room with two double beds, and I found it had everything I needed (including a 40-inch HD TV that we made good use of once I realized Star Wars Episode 7 was on!). There was also plenty of space for two people, which is always helpful when traveling with a family member.
My dad is a bit pickier than I am when it comes to hotels, and he wished there had been nicer pillows to swap for the ones on the bed. (At some other hotels, I’ve even seen a “pillow menu” from which to choose your selections!) If you’re after little luxuries like that one, the Redmont may not be your best pick in town. But personally, I loved the room’s design details and unique touches—such as artisanal toiletries—both of which were typical for the Curio brand. I will make the pillow menu tradeoff to get a little character in the room any day of the week!
REDMONT HOTEL DINING
The Redmont offers free breakfast for Hilton elites (I’m a Diamond member thanks to my Hilton Honors Aspire credit card), and it offers my favorite kind: The kind where the hotel gives you a credit to spend however you please. While I’ve seen other bloggers referring to that method as a copout of sorts, I personally love the options it opens up for guests—especially those like myself, who don’t really like to eat breakfast.
If you do, you have the option of dining at Harvest, a sit-down restaurant located just off the lobby. Its breakfast menu features local items—think gulf shrimp and grits—as well as all the classics you’d expect to find, including yogurt parfaits, french toast and omelettes. And it’s there for your non-breakfast needs, too: Harvest also opens for lunch and dinner every day of the week with a Southern-tinged menu featuring burgers, salads and sandwiches.
If breakfast isn’t necessarily your thing—or if you don’t have time or the desire to sit down—you can visit 2101 Cafe, which sits on the other side of the lobby from Harvest. It’s a quick counter-service spot that features Revelator coffee (which you may have seen on visits to other nearby cities, including New Orleans an Atlanta) along with a range of easy-to-make items, such as oatmeal and paninis. It also has pastries and other grab-and-go items for those on the go (or wanting to stash food away for later).
BOOKING THE REDMONT CURIO COLLECTION HOTEL BIRMINGHAM
Like all hotels under the Hilton umbrella, you can book a room at the Redmont using Hilton Honors points. But the question is always whether you should, and on my trip, I decided against it.
The reason? The room rate was just $149.11 (plus taxes) for the night, and when I can, I like to save my points to use for stays I can’t otherwise afford. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve definitely used points for hotels below $200 in situations where it wasn’t a great time for me to be spending money (such as on last year’s cross-country moving road trip). The key phrase here is “when I can!”
If you do want to stay at the Redmont for free, you can score a standard room for as little as 35,000 points, which is on the lower end of what Hilton normally charges for award stays. Keep in mind, though, that thanks to the chain’s dynamic pricing model, the rate in Honors points can always change.
For more info on how to book hotels for free using points, check out the 52 Cities free resource library or register to join me on an upcoming masterclass. And for more on Birmingham, check out my full city guide here!
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