By Melissa Helen Brown
Birmingham
Alabama
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Known most often by the moniker the Magic City, Birmingham’s brand of magic comes from its surprises. Visitors don’t expect to find all there is to see and do in this southern city.

EscapeWizard.com invites you plan a trip to one of the gems of the South. Book your flight today by following this link to make your arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Air travel arrives into the city through Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), served by 7 major airlines. Birmingham’s proximity to Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia (about 3 hours) makes it an easy drive from either of these tourist-friendly locales. The city offers a range of comfortable and luxury accommodations. Visit this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book an affordable selection with EscapeWizard.com.

Downtown Birmingham has enjoyed many enhancements in the last several years, with new businesses and restaurants opening in the city center as well as more recreation spaces, like the Railroad Park completed in summer 2010 that spans several city blocks.

Connoisseurs of art, history, and culture will find plenty to engage and enlighten, from the Civil Rights Institute, the Southern Museum of Flight, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Sloss Furnaces gives visitors a peek into Birmingham’s iron-producing past while providing a venue for concerts, a haunted house each Halloween, and artist in residence programs. Many of the parks and green spaces throughout the city and its suburbs hold annual arts and crafts festivals bringing skilled artisans from around the country to exhibit. The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex plays host to events ranging from popular musical acts and sports to live theater and the circus. In addition, visitors can take in a symphony orchestra or opera performance throughout the year. Live, local and national bands take the stage in popular nightlife locations like the Lakeview District and Five Points South. EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting www.birmingham365.org for an extensive calendar of events in Birmingham, Alabama.

Visitors in search of a good bite won’t have to look far either. Birmingham boasts a diversity of cultures in its cuisine, while there’s plenty of “soul food” and barbecue to be had as well. Acclaimed, local chefs create inventive fare in their neighborhood restaurants making much use of Alabama-grown meats, vegetables, and herbs. In summer and early fall, Saturday farmers’ markets abound, proffering not only fresh produce but other edibles like honey, goat cheese, and stone-ground grits all made in Alabama.
   
Lovers of the natural world will find plenty of trails to explore at Oak Mountain State Park and Ruffner Mountain, both just a short drive outside downtown. Vulcan Park atop Red Mountain provides a perfect perch to take in the city skyline and learn about the world’s largest cast iron statue that the park is named for.
   
The Birmingham Zoo, a popular destination since 1955, draws crowds from all over the state to its animal habitats. A new safari-themed exhibit focused on elephant conservation is currently underway. Located near the zoo, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens includes activities for kids and adults; year round, it’s a quiet and picturesque spot to while away a few hours or hone your photography skills in the various gardens.
   
Getting around to all that Birmingham has to offer is best done by car. Once you get the hang of it, the network of interstate and highway roads that surround the city center will take you anywhere you need to go. EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit the Magic City, during your next vacation in Alabama.
Hotels in Birmingham
By Margaret Barnes
Westin Birmingham
2221 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North, Birmingham, AL
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The capital of Alabama, Birmingham is quite an entertainment and culture focal point. Downtown Birmingham has undergone a fantastic transformation. Home to a slew of must go to places such as the largest art museum the Southeast, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the state's major ballet, opera, and symphony orchestra companies like the Alabama Ballet and Birmingham Concert Chorale. The leisurely walk through hotspot the Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens. The go see a show there Alabama Theatre for the Performing Art. Planetarium? Check. Zoo? Check. Are they all nearby in addition to an assortment of independent shops and restaurants? Yes! There are tons of attractions within a ten mile radius of The Westin Birmingham, including the Birmingham Airport, which during the hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. complimentary shuttle service is available. And if you’re driving in, covered self- and valet parking is available for a daily fee.

Westin Birmingham has several room options including double and king guest rooms, and presidential suites. Some have connecting rooms; some are disability accessible, and some are even pet friendly. All are non-smoking and come equipped with their self-created top of the line in luxury comfort HeavenlyBed system, and signature Heavenly Shower/bath set up. If amenities like spacious seating areas and available work spaces, in room refrigerators and coffee makers with Starbucks coffee, make you happy, well they’ve got all of that, plus on demand Wi-Fi for a flat per day fee in guest rooms, or free throughout the hotel’s public spaces.  Another fun perk is their WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, with a pool, and RunWESTIN program that includes rentable gym clothes and shoes for their guided indoor and outdoor routines.

Birmingham, AL, home to a subtropical climate with hot summers, mild winters and pleasant springs and falls. Once a railroad town big on manufacturing iron and steel, named in fact after England's main industrial city counterpart. Now one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United States.  Their business as usual involves your needs and wants being met.

A city that runs the gambit in being perfect for conducting business or getting away from it all, The Westin Birmingham brings the southern and the charm.  Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out at12 p.m. Except on Sunday’s because there they believe weekends should last longer. Whatever your travel needs may be, or how long for that matter, EscapeWizard.com is looking forward to helping you plan it (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!
Hotels in Birmingham
By Summer Brons
Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park
8 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, AL
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When your travel plans find you in Birmingham, book a hotel ready to offer you the finest in comfort and convenience. The Hilton Perimeter Park Birmingham hotel is located on the Highway 280 corridor, just off I-459. You'll enjoy close proximity to the finest offerings of Birmingham while staying overnight in charming, boutique-style accommodations.

Hilton Perimeter Park is close to popular attractions like the Birmingham Zoo, Alabama Adventure Theme Park, Barber Motorsports Park, the Summit Shopping Center, and Oak Mountain Amphitheater. Quick access to major businesses and corporations located in Birmingham round out the ideal location. Both business and leisure travelers will find themselves equally at home at the Hilton.

A host of on-site amenities add to the comforting experience of lodging at Hilton Perimeter Park. Keep up on business obligations at the 24-hour business center, work up a sweat at the 24-hour fitness center, take a dip in the pool, pick up any forgotten essentials at the hotel sundries shop, or grab a bite to eat at the Hilton's own Steele Restaurant and Lounge. Offering delicious food with a unique southern flair, Steele's is ready to satisfy your hunger any time of day.

After a busy day around Birmingham, retire to the comfort of your well-equipped guest room to refresh. You'll find a plush, cozy bed, alarm clock with MP3 connection, TV with premium cable, high-speed internet access, large work desk, iron and board, hairdryer, coffee maker, and Evelyn & Crabtree bath amenities. Members of the Hilton HHonors program will also receive credit for their stay.

For the best in lodging accommodations in Alabama's busy city of Birmingham, look no further than the Hilton Perimeter Park hotel. With a great location and an array of conveniences, you're sure to have everything you need. Book your stay with EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Birmingham
By D. Gregory Perrin
Candlewood Suites
600 Corporate Ridge Drive, Birmingham, AL
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Candlewood Suites in Birmingham is an excellent hotel for any traveler who wants to enjoy the at-home experience during their travels. The hotel has all the luxuries of a modern home at an affordable price. Guests can also bring their pets under 80 pounds for a minimal fee per evening. Visitors of the hotel can check-in at 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into Birmingham.  There is a safety deposit box located at the hotel front desk so that any guests can check any valuables during their stay in the city.
           
The rooms at Candlewood Suites Birmingham are all equipped with 1 queen size bed. If more bedding is required there are some rooms available with a sofa bed. All rooms have a color television with a full cable package. There is both a DVD player and VCR in the rooms, which guests can use to play rented movies from the hotel or bring their own. The room has a full kitchen for guests to cook their meals while in Birmingham. The kitchen has a stove, pots and pans, toaster, plates, silverware, glassware, and a dishwasher for easy clean-up.
           
The Candlewood Suites is an excellent venue for travelers into fitness. The hotel is equipped with treadmills, weight machines and other cardio vascular equipment so that no guest will have to miss their normal workout regime. If guests wish to utilize more advanced equipment they can travel one mile down the road to the Greystone YMCA where they will have free access to the equipment courtesy of the hotel. The YMCA has an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis and racquetball courts and large fitness area with machines and free weights. There is also barbeque grills at the hotel that guests can use to cook out during the summer months.
           
During your next stay in Birmingham, choose Candlewood Suites if you are looking for an affordable rate and a little piece of home. Their friendly staff and amenities make it an excellent hotel in the city. Click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and make your reservations with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Birmingham
By D. Gregory Perrin
Holiday Inn Express
811 Old Grants Mill Road, Birmingham, AL
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The Holiday Inn Express on Old Grants Mill Road is an excellent selection for hotel accommodations while staying in Birmingham, Alabama. This hotel is equipped with 100 guestrooms and 20 suites which is just the right size for the small town felling in a large city. The hotel is a short distance from the Birmingham International Airport and has a shuttle running to and from the airport each day from 6am to 9pm. Guests can check in at 3 p.m. or after on the day they arrive in Birmingham. There is a safety deposit box at the front desk so that guests can check-in any valuables for safe keeping during their stay in the city.

Vacationers can call ahead and select between 1 king size or 2 queen size beds to be in their room based on your party’s sleeping requirements.  All rooms come equipped with a television that has a cable package and the option for pay per view movies. Also, there is complimentary high speed internet service and a stereo in each room so visitors can listen to music in their room.

The hotel also comes with several amenities for guests to take advantage of during their stay. There is an outdoor pool that is open in the warmer months that guests can use to relax or swim in while staying at the hotel. The hotel has its own fitness center with several cardiovascular machines and free weights so no guest has to miss their normal workout routine during their trip. Guests have access to a self-serve laundry room so they can wash their clothes if needed.

Then, in the morning, enjoy a newspaper courtesy of the hotel to catch up on local and national news. Guests can come downstairs for a complimentary breakfast, and don’t forget to taste the cinnamon rolls as the Holiday Inn Express on Old Grants Mill Road is noted for their excellent quality pastries.

The Holiday Inn Express is just the hotel to stay in while in Birmingham to get that quality hotel experience at a minimal cost. Just click the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) and book today through EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Birmingham
By Chrystyne Jackson
Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/Lakeshore Drive
520 Wildwood Circle Drive North, Birmingham, AL
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Make your visit to Birmingham, Alabama memorable by staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/Lakeshore Drive. This hotel is conveniently located just 12 miles from the Alabama Birmingham International Airport. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 p.m.

The Hilton Garden Inn has spacious and comfortable rooms. Guestrooms are 279-square feet and come with a choice of one king size bed or two queen size beds. Suites are 535-square feet. All units come with a television, on command video and a refrigerator. Complimentary high speed Internet access is available.

The hotel has many fine amenities. Take a dip in the indoor swimming pool. Work
out in the fully equipped fitness center. There is a convenient gift shop on site. Sundry items can be found in the Pavilion Pantry, a convenience mart open 24-hours a day. Enjoy a wholesome breakfast at the Great American Grill. Or dine out at any of the fine local restaurants. There are many exciting and interesting things to do in the Birmingham area. Be sure to visit the Birmingham Zoo, home to over 750 animals of over 250 species, Barber Motorsports Park, a multi-purpose racing facility set on 740 acres, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a large interpretive museum and research center dedicated to the American civil rights movement, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, which boasts one of the finest collections of Southeast US art. Take a day trip to Spalsh Adventure, formerly known as Alabama Adventure, which is a water theme amusement park and Talladega Racetrack, site of NASCAR races.

Enhance your visit to Birmingham by staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham/ Lakeshore Drive. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.
Hotels in Birmingham
By Jessica Howell
Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham, AL
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The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel just got a renovation and EscapeWizard.com would like to invite you to check it out!  Every inch of the hotel from the fitness center to the guest rooms have been revitalized with your comfort and convenience in mind.  One of Alabama’s largest convention hotels, the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel is the perfect place for that important business meeting or just a place to call home during your next vacation.  EscapeWizard.com encourages you to book your accommodations at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel today.

When you enter the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, you will greeted by a renovated, modern lobby, courtesy of an extensive renovation.  Guest rooms ooze comfort and warmth and the deluxe sleeping accommodations will be calling to you. The signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed is adorned with a decadent duvet, plush pillows and sumptuous sheets atop a deluxe mattress.  The bathrooms at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel have also received a facelift, and come stocked with signature bath amenities.  Enjoy in-room movies and cable channels on a crisp television or be super productive with technological amenities including spacious work desk, telephone with voicemail, and high speed internet access in guest rooms upon request.  High speed internet access in guest rooms does require a small daily fee; however, all guests can stay connected with the Link@Sheraton experience with Microsoft.  This sleek connectivity hub features high-seed wireless internet free of charge – so you can stay connected and stay on budget.  Check in at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.

Although you will find a plethora of delicious dining options just steps from the hotel, the Sheraton Birmingham also has a few tantalizing options of its own.  Sip on coffee at La Taza; enjoy American cuisine at the Atrium Café or at Casey’s Sports Bar & Grill; and enjoy cocktails and snacks at Moretti’s lounge.

EscapeWizard.com recommends the Sheraton Birmingham hotel to anyone traveling to Birmingham, Alabama.  Just click on the following link to book your room today: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).  
Hotels in Birmingham
By Jessica Howell
Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham-South/Inverness
215 Inverness Center Drive, Birmingham, AL
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At the Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham South/Inverness guests will enjoy comfortable, spacious suites featuring separate living areas for extra privacy while away from the comforts of home.  Not only are the suites at this hotel impressive, but the hotel’s ideal location close to local attractions makes it even more desirable to visitors.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham South/Inverness hotel today. 

Guests can begin checking into the Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham South/Inverness hotel at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.  With attractions like the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham Museum of Art and Talladega Super Speedway just minutes away, and entertainment amenities like a flat-screen TV and DVD player, you will always be entertained. 

Just because you are away from home, that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a home cooked meal.  All suites feature fully equipped kitchens and even come with utensils.  If you know you want to cook your own meal tonight, but don’t have time to grocery shop, the hotel offers a complimentary grocery shopping service for your ultimate convenience.  There is also a 24-hour on-site convenience store – just in case there is something you forgot.  Don’t feel like cooking or doing dishes?  Then just head downstairs and enjoy a meal at one of two restaurants located on premises.   

Stay connected with wireless high speed internet throughout the hotel and in all guestrooms, and stay in shape with the fully equipped fitness center.  Guests will also love the hotel pool, tennis courts and basketball court. 

For those in town on business, the 24-hour business center featuring two workstations, printing, and fax capabilities will prove valuable.  The Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham South/Inverness hotel also boasts versatile meeting rooms for your next event. 

If you are traveling to Birmingham, Alabama, then EscapeWizard.com insists that you book your stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham South/Inverness hotel.  EscapeWizard.com would be happy to assist with your reservations today.  Just click on the following link:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Birmingham
By Jaclyn Bealer
DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham
808 South 20th Street, Birmingham, AL
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Experience true southern culture when you stay at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham hotel. WhatsCheaper.com knows that the hotel’s location in the center of downtown Birmingham, Alabama and two blocks from the vibrant Five Points South Histortic District make the DoubleTree ideal for guests traveling for either business or pleasure. If you’re flying into the city, the Birmingham International Airport is only 7 miles away. After a day of commuting, you can look forward to a warm chocolate chip cookie at your 3 p.m. check-in.

After a day of exploring the city, come back to the hotel and relax in your home away from home. All guest rooms feature the DoubleTree signature Sweet Dreams bed in either a king or double for a perfect night’s sleep. Kick up your feet and watch premium satellite channels on the flat-screen TV or keep up with friends and family back home with high-speed Internet access (charge). Upgrade to a Presidential Suite and experience true luxury. Not only will you have a balcony view, but also a spacious parlor and sofa bed. Accessible rooms are also available upon request.

The hotel’s amenities don’t just stop in there. Be sure to head down to the lobby for the fitness center and outdoor pool. Take care of your professional needs in the 24-hour Business Center where you’ll find meeting rooms, audio/visual equipment rentals, and fax machines. Hungry? The 808 south - a bistro has everything you need. Stop by in the morning for a breakfast buffet or swing by later in the day for tasty, moderately priced American cuisine.

EscapeWizard.com knows that you’ll be impressed by the DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham hotel’s amenities and friendly staff. Let us help you arrange your trip today. Click the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started.