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St. James Hotel

11/06/2017 12/06/2017
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our third time staying at this remarkable hotel. Our room was spacious, beautifully decorated and absolutely spotless. The folks at the front desk couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Unfortunately, the restaurant and bar are now closed. The hotel is for sale, and somebody needs to jump in there and save this historically, elegant property from the...

1Thank sheilashotwell
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 20 April 2017

They are having trouble with internet site which constantly says they are booked out for the foreseeable future - so I ventured there out of curiosity as so many friends had said this was a must. It's a fascinating hotel, so much charm and history in a wonderful downtown location just near the bridge. If you want new and pristine,...

Thank RonWamberal
Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We love staying in historic hotels and this was no exception. Our room overlooked the Alabama river and we so enjoyed sitting outside in the early evening. The decor could use refreshing, but otherwise quite comfortable especially for the price.

2Thank JTSpiel
Havelock, North Carolina
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Historic hotel right on the river. The scenery and the decor are absolutely amazing. I loved sitting on the balcony and taking in the view and being surrounded by history. Room was comfortable and staff was friendly and helpful. However if you are stuck on modern amenities, you might find it a little lacking. If prefer history or backdrop, you...

Thank jolo76
Reviewed 9 October 2016

My wife and I stayed at the St. James Hotel for a weekend trip to Selma. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The staff was very friendly also. We ate the complimentary breakfast, and it was outstanding. I am not normally a big fan of grits, but the grits at breakfast were the best I've ever had....

1Thank rabbitt92
Augusta, GA
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We drove over the historic Pettus Bridge to get to this historic hotel and were a little shocked. The ladies who greeted us at reception were very nice and welcoming, but there was absolutely no one there to assist with anything upon check in. Not that we really needed it, but it was a little surprising for a Historic Hotel...

1Thank Kay M
Sarpsborg, Norway
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Found this place online, when we decided to see historic Selma on our road trip this summer. The place has so much potential, and so much history it was a shame to see that it wasn't fully booked and more alive. I was in a king room with my husband and a friend was in a queen room. Both on...

4Thank InaMP
Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Selma is a hidden gem of the south and the heart of the Civil Rights movement. Since it's a small town, hotel offerings are limited. I highly suggest you choose the St. James hotel (and 'splurge' for one of four suites - especially one facing the Alabama River). I would rate the hotel 3 stars but it's worth the experience....

3Thank fortitude8
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

My husband went down to eat at the hotel and to see what the Birmingham News recommended as one of the most haunted spots in Alabama. We ended up staying the night in the "haunted" room. The air conditioner did not work well and there was a mildly sour odor to the room, but the bed was comfortable, the view...

1Thank Chauntiel C
Spruce Grove
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Desk clerk Annie n Monica n Bartender Are the nicest most beautiful people ever. I jst had to mention them...they made our stay sooooooo wonderful. An funny we laff n laffed. Thank you It was great meeting you. Have a wonderful summer.😘😉😎

1Thank zeusnzor

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The St. James Hotel was built in 1837 and is one of the few river front hotels, which remained standing after the Civil War. During 1881, it is reported that Jesse and Frank James were guests of the St. James Hotel. The exterior doors and window casings are all original to the hotel. The cast iron fireplace in the lobby is also original. Most of the furniture in the public areas are period antiques bought at Paris antique auctions or donated by individuals. The tea set in the lobby was donated by a lady who is ancestor of Catesby Jones, who was the Commander of the Merrimac in the Civil War. Fabrics and colors used throughout the hotel are historic and have been used to reflect the period when the hotel was in operation. The period of architecture reflects the French influence used extensively during the 1800's. The fountain in the courtyard is symbolic of the artesian well, which was located on the property. ... more   less 

Additional Information about St. James Hotel

Address: 1200 Water Ave, Selma, AL 36703-4471
Region: United States > Alabama > Selma
Price Range: €54 - €116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — St. James Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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“We were in 315 and had a great view of the Pettus bridge”
KayM506, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Even if you're a hotel snob, let it go for a day to stay in this hotel.”
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“Stay at another hotel. The view is not worth the trouble.”
ActingLauretta, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
“You MUST dine at Tally Ho -- about 15 mins from the hotel. Visit the Live Oak Cemetery too.”
Cocktails_at_Seven, 28 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Rooms around the courtyard will be quieter than street side.”
MollyMac_11, 24 Jun 2015 | Read review
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