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Montgomery, AL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 52
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,191
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 342
Committable Meeting Rooms* 32
Largest Ballroom 72,520 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $198
*Maximum for a single hotel

Montgomery, AL Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Montgomery meeting planning guide – a city guide for meeting planning in Montgomery, Alabama. Located in central southeast Alabama, the city of Montgomery is rich in history, attractions, and accessibility. Montgomery sits along the southern bank of the Alabama River, just 175 miles from Atlanta, 95 miles from Birmingham, and 85 miles from Columbus. Thanks in part to its position as state capital, meeting and dining venues in Montgomery are busy and plentiful.

Getting to Montgomery is a breeze, as the city is located just six miles northeast of the Montgomery Regional Airport. Serving 13 central Alabama counties, the Montgomery Regional Airport serves more than 400,000 annual travelers, offering nonstop service to such destinations as Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Memphis. The airport offers direct access to the city's public bus system, Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS), which runs along 16 fixed routes within city limits. Traditional cab service as well as modern ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are also available at the airport.

Montgomery is a vibrant, new south city, with a downtown heating up by the day with an exciting revitalization. The charming, walkable downtown convention district features unique historic attractions, an award-winning AA baseball stadium located on the riverfront, fine hotels and dining, and a lively entertainment district that continues to grow.

Located in downtown historic center, the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center features more than 103,000 square feet of meeting space. The upscale hotel and convention center together feature 32 meeting rooms and a maximum of 16 breakout meeting rooms, as well as a 75,520-square-foot exhibit hall, 13,920-square-foot ballroom, and 1,800-seat Performing Arts Theatre. The 342-room hotel features such amenities as a 9,000-square-foot European spa, signature pool, and onsite dining and entertainment. This state-of-the-art property, is located directly across the street from Riverfront Park and the Alley entertainment district, home to a number of restaurants and entertainment venues.

Montgomery is home to a number of unique venues, attractions, restaurants, and cultural sites that can also accommodate group events. One of the city's most popular attractions, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, houses a beautiful collection of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures, Old Master prints, regional art, and decorative arts. The museum is set on beautiful lakeside property and welcomes private events in its expansive rotunda and auditorium. Alley Station, The Warehouse and 129 Coosa all offer a beautiful restored warehouse atmosphere for large and medium sized group events, and are just a few steps from the Convention Center.

About Montgomery, AL / Additional Info

A wonderful vacation and meeting destination, Alabama's state capital of Montgomery is known for its rich history, unique shopping, home-style Southern and international cuisine and culture.

Montgomery's past is marked with struggle and success. The city served as the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family from 1954 to 1960, while King served as pastor of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. During this time, King became a community leader during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, which started on December 1, 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a public city bus. Parks' actions spurred a city protest, condemning Montgomery's segregation laws and catapulting the city into the center of the Civil Rights Movement.

Today, the city celebrates its past and role in the Civil Rights Movement in its many historical sites and attractions. Visitors may tour the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement at Troy University's Rosa Parks Library and Museum. The Rosa Parks Library and Museum features a recreated street scene and replica of the Rosa Parks bus, as well as video footage and exhibits on the days of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The city's Civil Rights Memorial and Center together honor those who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as examining contemporary social justice.

Many of the city's attractions and favorite sites celebrate Montgomery's rich culture and beautiful setting. One of Montgomery's most heralded cultural institutions, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, located on the grounds of Montgomery's Blount Cultural Park, is one of the 10 largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Montgomery's Hank Williams Museum pays tribute to one of the country's most celebrated performers, who got his start when he won a talent show – at age 14 – held at the city's Empire Theatre. For a relaxing, scenic take on Montgomery, visitors may board the 19th-century Harriott II riverboat for dinner, sunset and daytime educational cruises.

Montgomery's dining scene ranges from tucked-away, home-style Southern eateries to fine upscale restaurants specializing in locally sourced, creative dining, always inspired by southern roots. Located within the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center, The House Restaurant serves New South cuisine using local products, serving such selections as house made jumbo crab cakes with remoulade sauce and low country friend chicken with bacon onion Brussels sprouts and green tomatoes with blackened Conecuh sausage artichoke sage gravy. Montgomery's East Side is home to "America's Best Snack Bar", The Tipping Point, which is known for its relaxed atmosphere and extensive craft beer selection, while the historic Old Cloverdale eatery Vintage Year delivers a classic dining experience with seasonal cocktails, an excellent wine list and inspired steak and fresh gulf seafood dishes. And no trip to Alabama is complete without a big plate of Barbecue and a cold craft beer, and Montgomery has the best at Dreamland Barbecue where they serve Railyard Brewing company beer, brewed on site by the Godfather of Alabama Brewing, Jamie Ray.

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