SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

May 02, 2014 11:44 ET

Birmingham, AL Hotel Enhances Its Iconic Status With a $5-Million Renovation

The Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa Spruces Itself Up for Spring and Summer Travelers

BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwired - May 2, 2014) - For anyone who dreads spring cleaning, the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa will serve as an inspiration. Where most people have to comb through their closets and change a few throw pillows, this turreted palace within the rolling hills of Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has just completed a $5-million overhaul. From guest rooms to meeting rooms, the project has left this castle looking more regal -- and more inviting -- than ever.

Ever since opening in 2005, this Four Diamond hotel in Birmingham, AL has been consistently ranked as the city's best. But despite its relative youth and reputation, the resort benefitted from the largely aesthetic changes that occurred between October 2013 and March 2014. Now each space engages more fully with the resort's Scottish provenance while still feeling fresh, modern and welcoming.

Renovations include the following:

  • Every guest room received new carpet, paint, wall coverings, draperies, sconces, bedding and some new furniture.
  • VIP suites took the guest-room renovation to new levels with all of the above plus all new furniture and wall fixtures.
  • The 11,500 square feet of ballroom space now wear new, tartan-inspired carpeting. New chairs and furnishings complement the refreshed rugs.
  • Three of the four restaurants - JT's, Brock's and The Clubhouse Restaurant -- now boast fresh carpet, paint and furnishings. JT's enjoyed special attention with structural changes that siphoned off the restaurant from the lobby and expanded its outdoor space. A new dance floor, woodwork and 11 large, flat-screen televisions now adorn the tavern.
  • Even the hallways got in on the action with new carpet, paint and wall coverings.

Other changes had more to do with the palate than the palette. Each of the refreshed restaurants now offers updated menus that are on par with the resort's position as the best among Birmingham luxury hotels. JT's, for example, has overhauled its menu of Scottish comfort food to include choices like Irish nachos and try-before-you-die dumplings. These selections are complemented by a carefully culled cigar selection and an impressive range of libations that include locally crafted beers, single malt scotch and the signature Martini 1863 whose Scottish roots go back even further than the resort's.

Whether guests are exploring conference venues or Birmingham hotel packages, the restyled Ross Bridge has ensured that it remains the king of the hospitality scene.

About the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
With an inspiring landscape of woodlands, lakes and the fourth-longest golf course in the world, the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa lives up to its nickname of "the Castle." Guests enjoy distinctive dining, ranging from seafood to Scottish delights, along with some of the most comprehensive recreational opportunities around. Golf; a 12,000-square-foot European spa; indoor and outdoor pools; tennis; volleyball; and a biking/jogging trail are just an introduction to what's available. Plus the resort is located among hotels near Samford University, the Birmingham Museum of Art and Aldridge Gardens for exciting sightseeing opportunities. Those called to work, meanwhile, will enjoy the recently renovated spaces within the resort's 21,000 square feet of function space. And at the end of the day, everyone can indulge in the most important aspect of any castle -- the view. Each of the 259 guest rooms features private balconies that drink in views fit for a king.

About Renaissance Hotels
Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of more than 150 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more, visit www.renhotels.com.

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