The Valley Hotel, a 129-room luxury hotel in the heart of idyllic and quaint downtown Homewood, Alabama, is set to open early in 2021. A Curio Collection by Hilton™ hotel, The Valley Hotel offers a modern retreat infused with an independent spirit that blends Southern charm and contemporary lifestyle. Just minutes away from downtown Birmingham, the new property features spacious rooms, an upscale chef-driven restaurant, a signature café and over 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Nestled along Homewood’s main thoroughfare, amidst an unparalleled, walkable retail and culinary scene, The Valley Hotel offers a neighborhood feel that mimics Homewood’s bucolic environment. The property features 129 spacious guestrooms with nine luxury suites that evoke Homewood’s relaxed sophistication and vibrant environment through a rich color scheme and thoughtful design elements.
Rooms will offer a place of respite for urban travelers and space to enjoy time with family and friends with premium amenities and comfortable furnishings, including original artwork by local photographers.
The Valley Hotel is the first luxury lifestyle hotel in the area with an in-house chef-centric concept restaurant. Paying homage to Birmingham’s industrial heritage, Ironwood Kitchen + Cocktails is an upscale restaurant that will utilize simple and honest food to reimagine southern comfort staples into the ultimate feast for the senses. Dishes like Clyde Mays Smoked Short Ribs with Yukon gold potato puree and crispy onion rings, Grouper and Grits with white cheddar grit cakes, Conecuh sausage, classic tartare and a soft poached egg and Smoked Chocolate Toffee Cake lead the menu and offer the ultimate feast for the senses as diners enjoy their meals amidst an intimate environment in cozy dining nooks replete with cast iron finishings.
Ironwood Kitchen + Cocktails is complemented by The Terrace Bar, offering original craft cocktails alongside extraordinary, fireside views of downtown Homewood.
In addition to Ironwood Kitchen + Cocktails, The Valley Hotel is home to The Valley Coffee Co., a relaxed and welcoming gathering place for both guests and locals. The charming café serves craft coffee offerings, in addition to freshly baked pastries, breads and savory items in the morning. In the afternoon, the café offers a variety of gourmet salads and artisanal sandwiches in a soothing setting.
Spearheading The Valley Hotel’s culinary program is Executive Chef Zuk, who brings more than a decade of industry experience to the role. Prior to joining The Valley Hotel, Chef Zuk pioneered the food and beverage industry in Las Vegas, with Executive Chef and Chef De Cuisine roles at Hank’s Fine Steaks at the Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino and Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Throughout his career, Chef Zuk has remained committed to crafting creative seasonal menus and delivering memorable guest experiences.
“Both Ironwood Kitchen + Cocktails and The Valley Coffee Co. offer a true taste of Birmingham and Homewood,” said Chef Zuk. “The menu offers unique, rich flavors across small plates, all perfectly paired with our mixologists’ signature craft cocktails. I’m excited to share the robust history of this city through food with our guests.”
Chef Zuk is supported at Ironwood Kitchen + Cocktails by general manager Luis Lozano. Prior to joining The Valley Hotel, Lozano served as the Director of Food & Beverage at Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, Fla., where he oversaw all culinary operations and concepts.
“We could not have found a better industry leader than Chef Zuk to launch The Valley Hotel’s culinary venues,” said Luis Lozano, general manager at Ironwood Kitchen + Cocktails. “Chef Zuk is dedicated to telling stories through his food and connecting with locals and travelers alike through the menu.”
The Valley Hotel will also offer custom catering menus, as well as room service options.
The luxury property will also cater to corporate groups, weddings and other social events with 7,000 square feet of meetings and event space with coveted al fresco options. The property’s Red Mountain Ballroom is customizable for events and will offer an adjacent pre-function space. The over 400 square foot Vulcan Boardroom and nearly 1,000 square foot Shades Creek Room, an exquisite breakout room with natural light, will complete the event space.
“With its beautiful landscape, burgeoning art and creative scene and charming, tight-knit community, Homewood is one of the best places to visit,” said Danny Hiatt, regional director and general manager at The Valley Hotel. “Our team is looking forward to opening our doors in this city and offering a sophisticated, yet comfortable place to stay and dine, while guests explore the unique area that’s just outside their room doors.”
The Valley Hotel is located at 2727 18th Street S. in Homewood, providing guests with easy access to explore Homewood’s unique culture, local shops, art galleries and golf courses, as well as the neighboring University of Alabama at Birmingham campus, Red Mountain Park and downtown Birmingham.
For more information about the hotel, visit www.valleyhotelbirmingham.com.
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