The historic Downtown Tutwiler, managed by Hampton Inn & Suites
The Tutwiler Hotel has a long and storied history within the Magic City. The original was, unfortunately, torn down in 1974, but the name lives on in another nearby historic property.
Conveniently located in downtown Birmingham, it is within walking distance of many restaurants, bars, the renowned Birmingham Museum of Art and a multitude of locations important to the struggle for civil rights.
In 1985 it was decided to convert the Ridgely Apartments building, which had also been built by Robert Jemison Jr. in 1913 and was owned by the Tutwiler family, into a new luxury hotel named after the original. In 1986 renovations of the building were completed and the new Tutwiler opened to guests.
The Hampton Inn managed Historic Greystone Hotel
The once-grand (and now grand again) Greystone, at 100 Commerce Street, was built in 1928. It was constructed as the Armstrong Hotel, or Cherokee Hotel, but was damaged by a fire in 1921 and sold off to become the Greystone. The 10-story classical structure was once nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is the result of the last collaboration between architect Frank Lockwood and builder Algenon Blair. After Commerce Street died, the poor building suffered divergent uses ranging from derelict residence to bank/office complex. Now with the resurgence of the Riverfront zone, the old hotel has reemerged as a Hampton Inn.