Shoals-themed GunRunner Hotel provides unique retreat

By Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com | Posted Could 30, 2019 at 08:21 AM | Up to date Could 30, 2019 at 08:31 AM

As of late, journey is all about discovering a novel place to spend your evenings, and a lodge in Florence has garnered nationwide consideration with its swanky-cool design, historic attraction and strange hands-off strategy to hospitality.

GunRunner Boutique Resort

The GunRunner Boutique Resort, opened in 2017 at 310 East Tennessee St. in Florence, was named for a pawn store as soon as situated within the sprawling brick constructing. In a earlier life, the constructing housed an auto dealership and showroom. The truth is, the lodge bar, proven within the background of the photograph above, was constructed atop the large elevator that lifted automobiles to the showroom flooring. 

GunRunner Boutique Resort

 The lodge – the imaginative and prescient of native businessman Billy Ray Casteel – affords 10 suites, each designed with a theme associated to Shoals historical past, together with one adorned by famend designer Billy Reid; one which honors Sam Phillips, Florence native and founding father of the well-known Solar Studios; and one other honoring Frank Lloyd Wright, who constructed the close by Rosenbaum Home that’s now a museum. The Sam Phillips suite is proven above.

GunRunner Boutique Resort

Southern Dwelling says the lodge “is one among solely three lodges on the earth with a sanctioned Frank Lloyd Wright suite, which references one of many architect’s properties close by.” The suite is proven above.

GunRunner Boutique Resort

The décor was chosen with care, says supervisor Chris McMeans. “Each image, autograph, e-book, and piece of memorabilia celebrates the unbelievable historical past of Florence.” The room above has gold information on the wall.

GunRunner Boutique Resort

 Whereas the lodge property includes a spa, full bar, espresso store, rooftop house and a three,200-square-foot frequent space, the lodge itself will not be staffed. The lodge “operates with a hands-off strategy to luxurious hospitality,” its web site says.  

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