Certain things are easy to expect when you visit the south. A few of those things are good food, beautiful scenery, and historical sights to see. People who travel to southern cities such as Birmingham, Alabama know they can find all the above and more.
For many visitors they want more than good food and great scenery, they want adventure. Only their type of adventure includes looking for all things supernatural. Many avid ghost hunters venture to Birmingham in hopes of conducting their own paranormal investigation and any of the haunted hotels in Birmingham.
Join us as we check into some of the most haunted hotels in Birmingham, AL.
3 - Redmont HotelBook a Room
In 1925, the impressive Redmont Hotel opened its doors. The Redmont was ahead of its time as it had water-cooled ceiling fans and private bathrooms in all of the rooms. Roughly 20 years after it opened Clifford Stiles purchased the hotel and converted the top floor into a penthouse suite. His family lived in the extravagant penthouse. Years later the hotel changed hands yet again and become what it is today, an upscale hotel with all the necessary updates.
The Redmont Hotel has not only provided its guests with a nice place to stay, it has received a reputation as one of the haunted hotels in Birmingham. There are a number of people that say when Hank Williams passed in the hotel at 1952 he never left. People claim they see or feel his presence.
Other people believe that the ghost of Clifford Stiles haunted the hotel as well. Whether or not this is true there is some unusual activity that takes place around the hotel. People have made claims of baggage and furniture being moved, as well as doors closing and opening without any assistance.
One of the cutest ghosts reported around the hotel is that of a little dog. He apparently enjoys roaming the hallways.
2 - Hotel HighlandStay Here
Long before the Hotel Highland was the luxury hotel it is today it served as a medical and also an arts building. It went on to become the Pickwick Hotel and a center for all sorts of dancing, parties, and entertainment.
It was not until the 1950s that the structure was transformed into the Hotel Highland. Since that time the hotel has been a quality destination for people to stay when visiting the Birmingham area.
In addition to being a historic hotel, the Highland is also among the most haunted hotels in Birmingham, Alabama. There are a number of different claims of ghosts wandering the halls of the Hotel Highland.
A number of people over the years claim that the ghost of a nurse who once worked in the establishment lingers. When in the waiting area of the main floor it is quite common to hear the sounds of a girl playing. From the sounds it is rather obvious she is playing with a ball and a set of jacks.
Ghostly figures of men and women have appeared in different rooms of the hotel. One male figure yelled at guests in one room to leave. In the room next door the ghost of that same man reportedly stood over someone as they slept in bed, but vanished when he was seen. There are other rooms where the ghosts of women appear. These different ghosts always appear quite friendly to the people in the rooms.
In addition to all of the ghostly figures, people have smelled odd odors as well as pleasant odors when working out in the former morgue located in the basement. Cold spots, the sensation of being touch, of people watching you, and of simply not being alone are common. If you can get past the ghosts and paranormal activity the Hotel Highland is a great place to stay.
1 - The Tutwiler HotelBook Now
The Tutwiler Hotel is a grand historic building. It is an impressive representation of Southern charm and elegance. The original hotel dates back to 1914. In the years since its opening it has served as a hotel and an apartment complex.
Some of the Hollywood and other elite members of society have enjoyed the luxury that is the Tutwiler Hotel. At one point the building was destroyed but then it was rebuilt. Following the rebuilding the Tutwiler came back better than ever.
Since the new incarnation of the Tutwiler Hotel opened its doors, reports of ghostly encounters have flooded in from the hotel staff and guests alike. The consistent paranormal activity, and the presence of one particular ghost, helped the Tutwiler become one of the most haunted hotels in Birmingham.
The most famous of all the ghosts haunting the Tutwiler has earned the name “The Knocker.” This playful, or perhaps irritating ghost, likes to walk up and down the hall and knock on the doors of guests staying at the hotel. There is such speed and urgency to the knocking people thinks something is wrong and checks the door. They end up finding no one near their door.
Another ghost who seemed to be haunting the hotel was the ghost of Colonel Tutwiler, the hotel’s namesake. The manager decided that in order to keep Colonel Tutwiler’s ghost from causing havoc in the hotel the staff would address him each evening. By simply wishing him a good evening the Colonel’s mischievous ghost quit misbehaving and making messes.
A bartender that worked at the hotel claims that a ghostly spirit was turning the lights on after the bartender had turned them off. The battle of turning the lights off and on ended with the bartender allowing the spirit to leave the lights on. This happened on numerous occasions.