Black Meetings and Tourism

January / February 2020

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B M & T ••• January/February 2020 ••• 11 W hen picking a hotel for a special event many things are brought into consideration. Questions come up like: What theme or ambiance do you want? How many attendees? What's the occasion? One of the advantages of picking from a historical hotel to house a groups' guest is simply the educational value. Many of these prestigious hotels have been up and running for 90+ years. There is a lot of history and experiences that have transpired within these walls over those years. From showcasing world-class entertainment to housing some of the world's most famous people this list of Historical Hotels are top picks for your next business meeting, family reunion or any other intimate gathering. THE REDMONT HOTEL BIRMINGHAM Recently restored, the 14-story historic landmark features 120 renovated guest rooms that embrace the glamour of the 1920s. The Redmont Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, offers guests a boutique hotel experience within walking distance of the flourishing downtown Birmingham entertainment district. The Redmont Hotel is Alabama's oldest operating hotel. When the hotel opened in 1925, it featured ultramodern, luxurious accommodations including private baths, ceiling fans, and chilled water. The hotel has hosted a number of celebrities, politi- cians, and athletes throughout the years including Hank Williams, George Wallace, and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. In 1983, The Redmont was inducted into the National Register of Historic Places. The Redmont has many unique spaces for any occasion; the property boasts 3,600 sq. ft. of meeting space, which includes two boardrooms as well as two luxurious ball- rooms connected by a charming mezzanine and New Orleans style balcony over- looking 5th Avenue. Each meeting space is equipped with built-in audio/visual equipment. The city of Birmingham is considered to be the up and coming food des- tination of the South. The Redmont's dining options highlight the best of the city's culinary experiences. 2101 Cafe delights guests and visitors with Revelator Coffee and fresh pastries. Harvest, our full-dining restaurant offers approachable fine dining utilizing locally sourced ingredients. Reopened March 2016, The Redmont offers a boutique hotel experience that combines the hotel's historic charm with modern amenities. Guests will enjoy the hotel's beautifully maintained original details including vaulted ceilings, decorative moldings, and a custom 10-ft. crystal chandelier. The restored marble staircase features the original iron hand rail. Energize with the latest cardio and weights technology in the 24-hour fitness center. If you are in need of some pamper- ing, hotel staff can organize a massage or facial in the comfort of your guest room. Keen golfers and beginners alike can tee off at the nearby Highlands Golf Course. For more information call (205) 957-6828. ROYAL PALMS RESORT & SPA The 119-room Royal Palms Resort and Spa was originally the historic winter retreat of a notable New York family; today, the resort maintains original mahogany wood railings, mosaic tile-lined waters, and Spanish-inspired courtyards. Retreat to Alvadora Spa, dine at T. Cook's, or bask in the sunshine at our cabana-lined swimming pool. Surrounded by Arizona's top golf courses, museums, shops, and stunning landscapes, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a timeless classic welcoming local BY BUCK SAMUELS H I S T O R I C H O T E L S F O R T H AT M E M O R A B L E M E E T I N G

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