The oldest hotel in Birmingham still in use.
In 1946 the hotel was purchased by businessman and hotel magnate Clifford Stiles. In 1947 Stiles converted the entire top floor into a New York-style penthouse apartment for himself and his family. This elegant penthouse was complete with terraces, private elevator, a lawn for pets and was the scene of many glamorous parties. Some say that Stiles, who died in 1975, still haunts the building. In 1952, singer Hank Williams spent his last night in the Redmont on an uncompleted trip from Montgomery to Charleston, West Virginia. One of the suites earned the moniker "the Lucky Governor's Suite" when it served as the local headquarters for the successful Jim Folsom and George Wallace gubernatorial campaigns of the 1940's, '50's and '60's.
After decades of decline, the hotel was purchased in 1983 by an investment group made up of NBA players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Ralph Sampson. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 27 of that year. A $7 million dollar renovation led to a grand re-opening in 1985. Another refurbishment in 2000 uncovered previously hidden architectural details and cleaned the exterior.
In April 2006 the Redmont's owners announced plans to convert its two uppermost floors into nine one and two bedroom condominiums with another luxury condominium in the penthouse. The condominiums will include hotel services such as housecleaning, valet parking, room service, security and bellhop assistance as well as access to the fitness center. Other plans include adding a coffee bar or doughnut shop at ground level.
The owners also dropped their association with Crowne Plaza and are currently operating the hotel, which will keep 70 to 90 guest rooms, as an independent.
The Redmont has a café (The Redmont Café) and lounge (Above, Birmingham's only Rooftop Bar).