Our Staycation at the Luxurious Elyton Hotel!

Vintage Elegance meets Modern Luxury at the Elyton



Elyton Entrance

The Elyton Hotel

While there are plenty of buildings being restored in Birmingham, one stands out from among the rest. The Elyton Hotel is located in the beautifully restored Empire Building on what history remembers as The Heaviest Corner on Earth.” In 1902, this one street corner held the four tallest buildings in the South which were made of heavy concrete and steel. Some people actually wondered if the earth below could withstand the weight of these towering structures.
The Heaviest Corner on Earth Elyton Hotel

Marker for the "Heaviest Corner on Earth."

Fast forward nearly 120 years and the buildings still stand tall. While they didn’t sink into the earth as some had predicted, they did fall victim to Birmingham’s post industrial decline. Luckily, The Elyton, its restaurant The Yard, and rooftop bar Moonshine, have breathed new life into the once abandoned Empire Building.
Checking into The Elyton

Happenin's in the Ham checking into The Elyton


We were lucky enough to have a staycation at The Elyton during Sloss Tech and Sloss Fest this year. Since we don’t live downtown, this was SUPER convenient during those onerous weather delays at Sloss Fest. Staying at The Elyton allowed us to enjoy being downtown without having to worry about when we would have to commute home each day.
The Elyton Lobby

The Elyton Lobby


From the moment you walk through its doors, The Elyton makes you feel like you are somewhere other than the Birmingham we’ve all grown accustomed to. It’s ornate lobby has a sleek modern look that still emphasizes parts of the original structure. You also notice the concierge desk. The Elyton is the only hotel in the Birmingham area that offers a full concierge service that will rival anything you will find in Manhattan.
The Elyton Lobby

The Elyton Main Lobby.

Once we checked in, we headed up to our room to settle in. The room was painted in bright colors and the furniture was white with a modern twist. We especially appreciated the USB outlets and the smart tv that allowed us to log into our streaming accounts like Hulu and Netflix!
Elyton Hotel Bed

Bed at The Elyton Hotel

Elyton Hotel Suite

The Elyton Hotel Suite

To top off the modern features, each room comes equipped with a tablet that is personalized with your registration info. It has information on local attractions, the menu to The Yard & Moonshine, as well as a quick way to contact the front desk.
The Elyton Hotel Ipad

Customized Tablet Interface

The bathroom setup was convenient as well. The shower was on one side of the vanity, which had a stylish backlit mirror, and the toilet was on the other side with its own door. This allows for one person to use the restroom with added privacy while someone else is taking a shower.
Elyton Hotel Suite

Chairs in the Hotel Suite

From our window, we could see the historic John Hand Building which is home to Shipt! While the view from the room was great, it didn’t hold a candle to the view from the rooftop bar, Moonshine!
Moonshine Patio Bar

Moonshine Rooftop Patio

The elevator that takes you to the rooftop is decked out to look like something from prohibition era Birmingham and even has a glass ceiling if you’d like to watch your ascent to the Moonshine Bar! Moonshine has plenty of indoor seating and two separate patios with comfortable sofas and chairs. This is probably the best place to view a Birmingham sunset over the city’s western horizon as you enjoy cocktails and various small-bite appetizers.
Moonshine Elyton Face

Moonshine has an incredible view of Railroad Park!

Be sure to get a look at the sculpted faces, or “medusas,” that adorn each corner of the building. I’m sure if they could talk, these concrete faces would have a lot of stories to tell about what they have witnessed over the past century. Now, they gaze upon beautiful Railroad Park!
The Yard Restaurant

Dining area at The Yard

Complementing the rooftop bar is The Yard, a phenomenal restaurant and bar located near the lobby on the first floor. While the bar on the roof is geared towards vodka based cocktails, the bar in The Yard focuses heavily on bourbon and whiskey!
The Yard Restaurant Seating Area

The Industrial look of The Yard

You can see an immediate change in design and decor as soon as you transition from the hotel lobby into the restaurant. In place of the sleek, modern, feel The Yard has brick walls, natural wood accents, and a vintage ceiling. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the legs of some of the tables are made from parts of the original freight elevator! Dining in The Yard gives you a feel of what parts of the building were like in the early 1900’s.
Shrimp & Grits at The Yard

Shrimp & Grits at The Yard. Photo: The Yard Facebook

Chef Haller Magee always ensures that there’s a menu full of exquisite dishes to choose from. We could do an entire post on Chef Magee, The Yard, and its incredible food, but we recommend that you try it for yourself during this year’s Birmingham Restaurant Week! The Alabama Peanut Co.

The Alabama Peanut Co. on Morris Ave.

Another perk of The Elyton is its central location. You are just a quick walk from The Food Hall at The Pizitz, historically photogenic Morris Ave., and all of the new venues at Founders Station! Both The Essential and Pilcrow just opened up at Founders Station. The Essential is a great option for a delicious breakfast on the patio, while Pilcrow is perfect for cocktails!
Birmingham Skyline from Moonshine at Elyton

The Birmingham Skyline from Moonshine

From a rich history, delicious food, top tier service, and amazing amenities, The Elyton truly is a sanctuary in the city! It allowed us to escape our day to day worries without us ever having to leave our city! If you have family or friends visiting from out of town, this is a great way for them to experience the best parts of our city! As we mentioned before, The Elyton is also perfect for turning a weekend festival (like Sloss Fest, Secret Stages, or Sidewalk Film Fest) into a fun staycation!


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Happenin's in the Ham at Elyton Lobby

Having fun in the Elyton Lobby!

-Russell H.



* Our room was provided by the Elyton Hotel, but as always, all of our opinions are our own.