Elyton Hotel announces grand opening

 Elyton Hotel Birmingham Alabama
View of Railroad Park from the top of the Empire Hotel (All images by Pat Byington)

The Empire building, now renamed the Elyton Hotel, has announced its long-awaited grand opening date!  See all that this luxury hotel will offer Birmingham next week.

Grand Opening of the Elyton Hotel

Have you heard of the Heaviest Corner on Earth? Well, the Empire building turned Elyton Hotel is one of the four skyscrapers on the corner that made it famous.

The new luxury hotel on the corner of First Avenue North and 20th Street North has announced that it will make its grand opening next Wednesday, July 12th.

Elyton Hotel, Birmingham Alabama
Image courtesy of Rock Advisors

Ascent hospitality’s John Tampa said of the Elyton hotel,

“The classical revival building is a treasured landmark of those days, and we are thrilled to revive it as a luxury hotel worthy of its rich history. It will be unlike any other hotel experience in Birmingham,”

Empire Hotel Birmingham Alabama
19th Street side of the Empire Hotel

The name of the new hotel honors the city predating Birmingham and Elyton Land Co., which, in the 1870s, helped shape it into the Magic City it is today.


Empire Hotel Birmingham Alabama

Empire Hotel looking north

This luxurious hotel offers guests a unique Birmingham experience with amazing views, food, and historic charm.

  • 111 guest rooms + 6 suites
  • 710 square foot fitness center
  • 4,000 square foot special event space
  • The Yard with chef Haller Magee and Moon Shine rooftop bar

Enter on 20th Street and walk right on into The Yard for breakfast, lunch or dinner.   Nationally recognized Haller Magee of Satterfield’s restaurant will serve local, Southern dishes with a modern twist.

Empire Hotel Birmingham Alabama
Elyton Hotel’s molded terracotta and monumental pink granite Doric columns

Denise Vandersall, general manager of The Empire said,

“But beyond pairing The Empire with a restaurant, we wanted to bring another distinct dining option to downtown. The restaurant will serve the hotel’s visitors, but the vision is for it to be a fixture on the Birmingham dining scene.”

The Elyton’s rooftop bar, Moon Shine, will serve small plates and wood-fired pizzas also crafted by Magee.  Both Moon Shine and the Yard open July 19th, so get ready for panoramic views of downtown and some amazing food.

We can’t wait for the grand opening!  See you there Bham!
Madeline Ingram
Madeline Ingram
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