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. It's also the best hotel in Selma.
The suites are HUGE and include a walk-in closet, working fireplace, fridge, and shared patio. The service is also top notch.
Here are some things to consider before planning your trip:
The rooms have window air conditioners - I would suggest travel in the fall/spring. The room was WARM in early June.
Room service is not available but the restaurant is open late.
Adjoining rooms are available.
Room rates are affordable ($80-100/night - The suite was $100)
The wi-fi is slow - don't plan on getting work done.
The hotel offer complementary continental breakfast.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- St James Hotel