Guests, as well as staff in the hotel, have many ghost stories to tell. A bartender who once worked at the hotel had several ghostly experiences in 1995. The lights in the bar were left on for a week and the boss got quite angry with him. After all, it was his first job to turn off the lights in the bar and the kitchen during closing time. He started turning the lights off but they would turn on by themselves. After turning the lights off four times, he left for the evening.
The next day the manager asked why the lights were on. The bartender tried to explain but the manager would not believe him. This happened for five nights in a row and on the sixth night, the manager called the bartender and told him to come to work immediately. When he got there, there was a complete multi-course meal with candles and a bottle of wine. Many people believed that it was the ghost of Colonel Tutwiler, for which the hotel was named. To stop the Colonel from making a mess again, he would call out to the Colonel each night to tell him good evening and not to make a mess, and they haven’t had that experience since. A very respectful ghost indeed!
Other reports are of knocking on doors in the middle of the night. Several guests have reported loud rapid knocks on their room door, only for them to quickly jump and open it to see nobody standing there. This ghost is known as the knocker, it is believed to be a male spirit because he wakes women up with his knocking during the night.
The Tutwiler Hotel was opened by Robert Jemison with a major investment from Major Tutwiler, in 1914. The hotel was built to convince the American Iron & Steel Institute to have its convention in Birmingham, Alabama. Back then, Tutwiler was one of the best hotels in the country. The original hotel had 343 guest rooms and one grand ballroom which can accommodate 1200 people and it made the hotel the center for business meetings and conventions.
In 1974, the hotel was imploded to make way for the First Alabama Bank, and for the next 12 years, the hotel was nowhere to be found. In 1985, the city of Birmingham was awarded the Urban Development Act Grant and with some financing, it gave them the chance to open the hotel again Although the hotel has been recently renovated, it still has the original marble floors, exteriors, and vaulted ceilings. The interiors of the hotel now include modern amenities such as a fitness center, breakfast rooms, and suites.
Guests of the Tutwiler Hotel need not worry about urban parking. This dilemma has been solved by the complimentary shuttle by 5-points South. Business travelers will have a place where they can work at the same time. With PrinterOn, they will be able to print from anywhere in the hotel.
Tutwiler has made it possible for everyone to have a hassle-free vacation. There are flexible spaces, state of the art facilities, and audio-visual support. Flawless receptions, meetings, birthday parties, and other events will surely be a success. The hotel has six meeting and banquet rooms. The Ridgley Ballroom, for instance, can accommodate 200 people.
- Valet parking
- Fitness center
- Wireless internet connection
- 24-hour complimentary hot tea and coffee
- PrinterOn service
- Business center
- Complimentary breakfast
- DVD player
- Alarm clock radio
- 32-inch LCD flat panel TV
Things to Do
Birmingham is a beautiful city which has a lot of good things to offer to people. Birmingham is located at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. If you want legendary barbecues and exceptional food, Birmingham has some of the best restaurants. Café Du Pont serves French-style cuisine made especially by Chef Chris Du Pont. Highlands Bar & Grill is managed by Chef Frank Stitt. The restaurant is recognized as one of the finest in the city. Century is a restaurant that serves upscale Southern cuisine.
There is plenty of family fun to be had in Birmingham. The Birmingham Zoo is a place which children will love. They will be amazed at all the animals they can see there. Alabama Adventure is a regional theme park that has roller coasters and thrill rides which will keep you on the edge of your seat. Families and individuals who want to have some outdoor adventure can go to Oak Mountain State Park and Railroad Reservation Park.
- King bedrooms start at $139
- Bedroom suites start at $169
- Double queen bedrooms start at $169