An inside look at The Kelly, a brand new hotel in downtown Birmingham [Photos]

Kelly Hotel
The new Kelly Hotel in Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

The Kelly, a much-anticipated hotel in downtown Birmingham, is ready to welcome guests to The Magic City starting this weekend. We got a sneak peek inside the brand new hotel earlier this week, including a new restaurant and cocktail bar concept coming in early 2022. Keep reading for all the details 🤩

Say hi to The Kelly 🤩

Kelly Hotel
Kelly is built into the former home of the Trade Center. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

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There is a new hotel in town! Located in 2027 1st Ave North, Birmingham, AL 35203One of the latest additions to Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, The Kelly is a collection of luxury hotels with unique and vibrant personalities – and The Kelly is no exception.

The Kelly is the latest offering from Rhaglan Hospitality, the local hotel management company behind the Redmont Hotel and the recently opened St. James Hotel in Selma, Alabama. According to the designers, The Kelly is meant to be the Redmont’s “slightly wilder” little sister, with a vibrant and darker design scheme.

Inside the hotel lobby, you’ll find jewel-toned accents and curated eclectic artwork. The design team worked closely with New Orleans artist Tony Moss of Esom Art, who created the gorgeous pieces on display. The spacious lobby is illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing guests to see the hustle and bustle of 1st Avenue North.

The designers took particular care to combine the building’s historical features with new designs, and the results were stunning. The neutral black and white tones of the walls make the décor, seating, and colorful accents even more cheerful.

Each room has an unparalleled view

As soon as you open your room door, the view will blow you away – especially at sunset. Some of the notable buildings in downtown Birmingham – such as the City Federal Building, Brown Marks Tower, Eaton Hotel, John Hand Building, and Thomas Jefferson Tower – dominate the landscape. It’s fun to sit and watch the cars roll down First Avenue!

What’s next for The Kelly?

Kelly has big plans for the New Year, including a new restaurant and bar concept – Calico – inside the hotel lobby. At Calico, you’ll find a tapas-style menu and a cocktail menu with creative drinks, including sparkling wine and champagne. Be sure to visit Calico in early 2022.

“We are very happy to finally be able to share the end result of our team’s hard work over the past few years. We truly believe we bring something not only beautiful but very unique to our city, both in the design elements throughout the property but also in the experience itself. Whether you are an out-of-town guest Or locally, we hope your experience at The Kelly will take you away from the everyday.

Personally, I can’t wait to see our first guests lounging in the lobby sipping champagne – we plan on getting plenty of champagne options as well as some unique bourbon and scotch options when the bar opens early next year – so turn down those “dry January” plans to limit and come to visit us! Also for business owners looking for space, we have retail space at 21St Street still available as well as space on Morris Street.”

Kelly Lewis, partner at Jones Walker, who collaborated with her husband Jim Lewis of Rhaglan Hospitality to develop The Kelly

Looking to plan your next vacation (or stay?) in Birmingham? You’re in luck – The Kelly will officially start welcoming guests starting this weekend. Click here to learn more and plan your visit. Follow @thekellyhotel on Instagram for updates and tag your photos with #TheKelly for a chance to stand out!

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