- This article is about the current Hampton Inn - Tutwiler. For the 1914 hotel on 20th Street, see Tutwiler Hotel.
The Hampton Inn and Suites Birmingham-Downtown-Tutwiler (often called the Tutwiler Hotel) is a 149-room luxury hotel located at 2021 Park Place near Linn Park. The hotel occupies the building that was constructed by Robert Jemison Jr and Edward M. Tutwiler in 1913 as the Ridgely Apartments.
The hotel is the second in Birmingham to have that name. The first Tutwiler Hotel, built in 1914 and named for Edward M. Tutwiler, its principal financial backer, was on the corner of 5th Avenue North and 20th Street. It was demolished in January 1974 to make way for the First Alabama Bank building (now Regions Plaza).
The "new" Tutwiler was developed by Porter, White & Yardley Capital with Milton Harsh serving as project manager. The commissioned the design from Kidd Plosser Sprague architects. The project was assisted with a federal Urban Development Action Grant, along with tax-exempt bonds and a Investment Tax Credit for historic preservation. Brasfield & Gorrie began construction on the project to convert the apartment building into a luxury hotel began in 1985. Restoration of the building's lost cornice was a key part of the redevelopment. A garden and grape arbor behind the building were preserved during construction. The Tutwiler Hotel opened to guests in 1986.
Until 2006, the Tutwiler was part of the Wyndham Worldwide. That year Integral Hospitality Solutions partnered with investor Harold Rosbottom of Dallas, Texas to purchase the hotel. The partners, led by Integral's Bill Murray, began a $9 million renovation of the entire hotel, including each guest room, the lobbies and public areas, the restaurant and retail spaces.
An enlarged photograph from the 1916 Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, meeting at the original Tutwiler Hotel, was displayed in the building until visiting journalist Ahmar Mustikhan complained to the management in September 2023. Manager Kay French had the display removed.
Icon Restaurant and Bar, a $1 million full-service restaurant opened by Alan Dobbs and Geoffrey Slate, formerly of Restaurant G, began serving meals in the hotel in late March 2007. In April the hotel became part of the Hampton Inn & Suites brand. Slate left the restaurant and Dobbs sold it to Integral in September 2008.
Integral then managed the restaurant itself until September 2009, when Culinard took over, bringing chef Zac Waters to the restaurant. A month later the name was changed to Century Restaurant and Bar.
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- Williams, Roy L. (April 17, 2007) "Tutwiler to show off its $9 million image makeover." The Birmingham News
- Cooper, Lauren B. (April 17, 2007) "Tutwiler Hotel renovation complete without retail element." Birmingham Business Journal
- Williams, Roy L. (September 8, 2008) "Icon owner selling restaurant to Tutwiler Hotel." The Birmingham News
- Stuart, Shauna (May 17, 2021) "Veteran Birmingham chef Beverly Russell to open new restaurant at the historic Tutwiler Hotel." The Birmingham News
- Bookman, Alaina (September 25, 2023) "Tutwiler hotel removes historical photo after complaint." AL.com