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Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Grand Ave.
Hoover, AL, 35226
The Ross Bridge is not actually a hotel but a resort, as they insist on calling it and rightly so. The hotel itself is in the shape of a famous Scottish castle, nestled in wooded countryside overlooking hills and a golf course about 20 minutes southeast of central Birmingham.

The public spaces are gorgeous and dramatic with cherry wood, lots of marble, copper accents, soaring ceilings, graceful chandeliers, and big stone fireplaces sort of a modern interpretation of a lodge. Onsite is a very nice looking restaurant, a couple of bars, a big outdoor pool, a business center, a fitness center, and a lovely spa.

Mary was treated to a massage administered by an amazing local man whose father was an assistant pastor at Bethel Baptist church when it was bombed during the Civil Rights movement (he told of sitting in the back of the bus and other tales from that time) and who is currently a minister himself. The ensuing theological conversation turned the massage into an even deeper and renewing connection.

For those with a hankering for the greens, there is a championship level golf course surrounding the building.

The rooms are spacious and gorgeously decorated with extremely comfortable furnishings, squishy beds, balconies, flat screen televisions, high-end bath amenities, high-speed Internet service, and turn down service with chocolate on the beds. We like chocolate on the beds.

Service was top notch from arrival to departure and we loved this place so much that we were tempted to barricade the door and just stay there for the rest of the trip. Or lives. Whatever.

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