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St. James Hotel
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Selma
Reviewed 11 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.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
1  Thank zeusnzor
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Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

We spent the night in Selma & this appeared to be the only hotel here. The building itself is very beautiful, just a bit run down. As are many buildings in Selma, but this is all part of its charm. The hotel is basic, you can by no means call this a lavish hotel. But the river view is gorgeous & our experience of the hotel was absolutely fine, the staff were friendly & helpful & our stay was very comfortable. Don't go here thinking you'll be getting anything other than the basics but there's no need to be wary, this place is fine & anything more updated would be completely out of place in Selma. It's got it's own unique charm which should be appreciated!

Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
2  Thank hardoAC
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

I made a reservation through TripAdvisor's link to Booking.com. After a tiring 4 hour drive, I arrived looking forward to a relaxing evening in an historic hotel. GUess what? NO reservation, NO rooms available. ST James does NOT accept reservations through booking.com. So I sit in a crummy motel writing this, listening to traffic go by at 11 at night.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled solo
1  Thank KK61273
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

We stopped here while on a road trip because of inclement weather. We got a great rate on the room and stayed in a corner on the top floor. There was a nice view of the river and the street. The room was very large, with beautiful furniture and gorgeous historic features. Keep in mind this is an old hotel. It was built in the 1830s and there are still a lot of old features. A beautiful old building means that sometimes there are not so beautiful old problems. However, we didn't experience any issues during our stay.

Right outside is historic Selma and we enjoyed walking around the neighborhood and soaking in the history. Street parking was free, easy and convenient. There weren't a lot of options for food for dinner so we dined in the bar. We both had the shrimp and grits, which was delicious. While there we were treated to great company and fantastic stories by our amazing bartender Felecia.

Overall, while we didn't meet any ghosts, we really enjoyed our stay and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RebelBerggren
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Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

While in town for a bar mitzvah, we stayed at the St James, a lovely old hotel by the river, steps from the historic Pettus bridge. Selma has seen better days, and hopefully will again -- and the St James Hotel feels like the courageous epicenter of that revival. Staff were simply lovely, room was gracious and spacious, hallways wide with gorgeous oil paintings and fresh flowers in the lobby. Being an older hotel, it doesn't have the amenities (like a pool) of one of the chains at the outskirts of town, but it more than makes up for it with charm. The courtyard with its fountain and tropical plants and twinkling lights feels like New Orleans, or maybe New Orleans feels like old Selma! I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
1  Thank westsilverspring
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Additional Information about St. James Hotel

Address: 1200 Water Ave, Selma, AL 36703-4471
Region: United States > Alabama > Selma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Selma
Price Range: RM 235 - RM 509 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — St. James Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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 
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