Ever since BrickTop’s restaurant appeared on Highway 280 a few years ago, longtime Birmingham-area residents have asked… What will happen to the adjacent land, the former site of the Mountain Brook Inn? Now, we know the answer.
According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Aum Enterprises is about to begin the construction of a new Residence Inn by Marriott at the 2800 U.S. 280 site in Homewood. The hotel will stand six-stories tall and will have 120 units and a pool. This particular Residence Inn replaces the former one on Lakeshore Parkway. Construction begins soon. The owners expect to open the hotel near the end of the year.
Remembering the Mountain Brook Inn
As a three decade resident of Birmingham, I had fond memories of the Mountain Brook Inn. The old hotel had several banquet rooms which were used regularly on election nights by local candidates.
Built in 1974, the “Inn” was one of the few luxury hotels Over the Mountain at the time. In fact, the hotel sat on unincorporated Jefferson County land until Homewood annexed it in 1995. In 2003, the venerable Mountain Brook Inn closed. It was vacant for five years, until it was torn down in April 2008.
Another Homewood Hotel
If all goes as planned this will be the 2nd new hotel to open in 2021 within the city of Homewood. Earlier this year, the Valley Hotel, with its 120+ rooms, cafes, cocktail bars, ballrooms and more started taking reservations.
Bham Now even got to take some video of the much anticipated hotel before it launched.
Stay tuned for more hotel openings around town, including the 90+ room Kelly Hotel in downtown Birmingham.