HOOVER, AL—HP Hotels, a full-service third-party hotel management company, has been chosen by Rhaglan Hospitality to manage their Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton and St. James Hotel Selma, Tapestry Collection by Hilton properties. Each of the hotels feature extensive, exquisite renovations that touch many aspects of the historic Alabama downtown properties. HP Hotels CEO Kerry Ranson made the announcement.
“We’re excited to manage these irreplaceable assets for Rhaglan Hospitality. They have been restored to honor and reflect their heritage, while providing a unique experience for modern guests,” Ranson said. “These properties also complement our growing portfolio of independent boutique properties.”
“Kerry and the HP Hotels team are a great fit,” said Jim Lewis of Birmingham-based Rhaglan Hospitality real estate development firm, along with his wife, Kelly Rushin Lewis, who share ownership in the properties. “They understand our strategic and lifestyle goals for these wonderful hotels and our commitment to these communities and they also have extensive experience in and knowledge of these markets.”
The Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton
The 14-story, including Rooftop, Redmont Hotel Birmingham, on the corner of 5th Avenue North and 21st Street in Birmingham is Alabama’s oldest operating hotel, named after the city’s Red Mountain. When the hotel opened in 1925, it featured ultramodern, luxurious accommodations for its time, including private baths, ceiling fans, and chilled water.
Its rich history includes being where famed country singer Hank Williams spent his last night; and being owned by an investment group made up of NBA players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Ralph Sampson. The hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
That spirit remains. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, aided by Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and tax incentives from the City of Birmingham, the hotel reopened as part of the Curio Collection by Hilton brand, featuring 120 boutique guest rooms, nearly 3,000 square feet of meeting space, the Harvest Restaurant & Bar, the 2101 Café, and The Roof rooftop lounge, which provides stunning views of the Birmingham skyline. Located in the city center, the hotel is 6 miles from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and a short walk from the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
St. James Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Following a multimillion-dollar property development, renovation and new construction undertaken by Rhaglan Hospitality, the 55-room St. James Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton opened in January 2021 in Selma, Alabama’s downtown historic district. Sitting adjacent to the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Alabama River, the main building of the hotel was constructed in 1836. It is the only riverfront pre-Civil War-era hotel still in existence.
From the original oil paintings in the guest rooms to the period antiques in the common areas to the brick courtyard, the St. James has been redesigned to retain the historic features of the property, while incorporating contemporary design elements throughout, with many rooms offering a spectacular view of the Alabama River. The hotel features the Sterling Restaurant & Bar and is proximate to a treasure trove of pre- and post-Civil War history, as well as Civil Rights history, in downtown Selma.