The largest city in Alabama, Birmingham is a top destination for its award-winning restaurants, acclaimed museums, tree-lined historic neighborhoods, recreational activities, breweries, and many parks and green spaces. The city offers various hotel options for every budget, from affordable, family-friendly spots in the suburbs offering amenities such as free parking and breakfast to splurge-worthy historic properties in the heart of downtown. From the tranquil Inn at Pursell Farms to the glamorous Art Deco The Redmont, these are the 12 best hotels in Birmingham.
This downtown hotel is located in the historic, early 20th-century Empire Building. Interior details like high ceilings, bronze fixtures, and marble walls reflect the building's past, while contemporary art and amenities like smart mini-refrigerators, Malin & Goetz products, and Egyptian linens make the property thoroughly modern. Stay in one of 111 guest rooms or six suites, and all guests have access to laundry service, in-room dining, and an indoor gym, plus the hotel's restaurant, The Yard, which includes a rooftop terrace, perfect for sipping an evening cocktail or enjoying small plates as the sun sets. Rates start at $215 for queen and king rooms, while suites start at $440 per night.
Nearly a century old, this glamorous Art Deco hotel is one of the city's oldest. Now part of Hilton's Curio collection, the recently renovated 14-story property maintains original details like vaulted ceilings and ornate moldings, with modern amenities like 40-inch HDTVs in each room and complimentary WiFi. Expect rates between $125-$180 depending on the season, and the location downtown—close to attractions such as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and McWane Science Center—can't be beaten. Amenities include an on-site restaurant, Harvest, open seven days a week, as well as an onsite cafe for grab-and-go snacks and coffee, a fitness center, and the city's best rooftop bar offering DJs, drinks, and unparalleled views of the city. Valet parking is $30 per night, while self-parking is available in nearby garages and surface lots.
Aloft Birmingham Soho Square
For a family-friendly getaway, opt for the Aloft in Homewood, a suburb just south of the city adjacent to Red Mountain Park, with 15 miles of hiking and biking trails and aerial adventure tours. The modern, pet-friendly hotel is also close to major attractions such as the Vulcan, Birmingham Zoo, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens and within walking distance of several shops and restaurants like O'Henry's Coffee and Urban Cookhouse. The airy, bright rooms are affordable—rates start at $100 per night—and offer mini-refrigerators, platform beds, and complimentary bottled water. The hotel also has a 24-hour snack bar with grab-and-go options and coffee, plus continental and American breakfast starting at $10 per person, an outdoor pool, and a mid-century style lounge with cocktails, pool tables, and the occasional live music.
Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
Located approximately 12 miles southwest of the city, the Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury hotel. From the 8,191-yard, 18-hole golf course—the fifth-longest in the world—to the tranquil spa, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, biking trails, and onsite dining options, the resort feels like a country oasis. Still, it is close enough to the city to enjoy all of Birmingham's major attractions. King standard rooms start at $175 per night, and suites as also available. Ask for a room with a balcony to soak up views of the hotel's lush grounds and wooded landscapes. Note there is no shuttle service to and from the airport, and taxi fares start at $55 for a one-way trip. Don't miss the nearby Moss Rock Preserve, a 350-acre park with rock climbing and hiking trails.
Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler
Another of downtown's historic gems, the Hampton Inn & Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler is close to all of the city's major attractions: the Birmingham Museum of Art, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, the Civil Rights Institute, and the bars and restaurants of the Five Points South entertainment district. Amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast, an indoor gym, and free WiFi. Rooms are neat and modern, with coffeemakers, desks, and 40-inch HDTVs, and many of them offer sweeping city views. Starting at just $100 per night for a standard king, the hotel is an affordable choice for those wanting downtown convenience. Note that valet parking is $32 per night.
Hotel Indigo Five Points South
For those looking for easy access to the popular Five Points South entertainment district, look no further than the historic and elegant Hotel Indigo. The Art Deco-style hotel—which has been a medical office and a dance club—balances its historical roots with contemporary touches, including Brazilian linens and furnishings, spa-like showers, luxury bath amenities, laundry service, and an on-site fitness center. Rooms are moderately priced, with rates starting at $120 per night, and the hotel is within walking distance of attractions such as Railroad Park as well as the neighborhood's many celebrated restaurants, like Chez Fonfon and Highlands Bar & Grill.
Grand Bohemian Hotel
Located in the leafy suburb of Mountain Brook, the luxe and vibrant Grand Bohemian Hotel is a destination all on its own. From the on-site art gallery to the cooking school, wine tasting classes, tranquil outdoor fountain pool, billiards room, full-service spa, and restaurant with rooftop terrace, you may never want to leave the property. But its location near local boutiques and restaurants and attractions like the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens make it ideal for those seeking a luxury stay outside of downtown. Standard rooms start at $276 per night, but the property's amenities are well worth the splurge.
John Hand Club and Hotel
This downtown gem is located inside the John Hand building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It retains original neoclassical details such as marble-covered floors and bronze moldings on windows. The boutique hotel's spare yet elegant seven suites are named for notable city landmarks like the Vulcan and the Sloss and offer sweeping views of downtown, LCD TVs, bathrooms with marble floors, and Wi-Fi. Hotel guests have access to the private club's amenities such as a bar, sauna, fitness center, and common patios when there are no private events. Rates start at $239, and self-parking and electric vehicle charging are available. The hotel is also within walking distance of some of the city's best attractions—including Railroad Park and the McWane Science Center—and notable bars and restaurants such as the Atomic Lounge, the Essential, and the Collins Bar.
The Westin Birmingham
Located in the city's Uptown district inside the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, the Westin is one of the city's best all-around hotels. Rates start at $209 per night for generous rooms outfitted with the brand's Heavenly beds, mini-fridges, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Additional amenities including a 24-hour fitness center outfitted with Peloton bikes, a heated rooftop pool, an onsite restaurant, and custom running maps for those who want to take advantage of nearby parks and trails.
The Inn at Pursell Farms
Looking for a more tranquil Birmingham getaway? Opt for the stunning 40-room Inn at Pursell Farms. Located less than an hour outside the city, the property offers easy access to Birmingham's attractions during the day but a respite from the bustle at night. Stay in one of the spacious guest rooms at the inn, or choose from cabins and cottages, which sleep up to 16 in four suites with shared living space, a fireplace, porch, and private putting green. Play a round at the FarmLinks Golf Club, or enjoy a massage or facial at The Spring House spa. The grounds also include over 3,000 acres for hunting, fishing, shooting, biking and running trails, an outdoor pool, three restaurants, and complimentary yoga classes. Rates start at $239 per night for the Inn.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB
This downtown hotel is an all-around great choice: affordable, spacious, clean, modern, and conveniently located near some of the city's major attractions, such as the Birmingham Zoo and the Civil Rights Museum. All standard rooms include a mini-fridge, a work desk, complimentary Wi-Fi, and luxurious bedding. Rates start at $129 for a queen bed. Additional amenities include free breakfast, fitness center access, and an indoor pool. Parking is $9 per day.
Hyatt Place Birmingham/Inverness
This modern, affordable hotel ten miles south of downtown is close to major attractions but far away from the business of downtown. Rates start at $85 a night for a standard king room, and there is an on-site cafe and bar, plus free parking, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. The pet-friendly rooms are clean and outfitted with plush linens, free wifi, and 42-inch screen TVs. The hotel is close to several points of interest, including the Birmingham Zoo, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, and Barber Motorsports Park, and is a good option for families.