Antebellum charm in the heart of Historic downtown Mobile, with a modern swimming pool! My husband and I have stayed here when he played BayFest and have so enjoyed it, we made it a destination vacation this time, booking a front room with the full balcony. Totally relaxing - watching the birds and the squirrels in the magnificent ancient oak – catching a breeze or watching the rain fall, while having the morning’s coffee or evening cocktail.
We have stayed in four different rooms and although this is our favorite, each has something unique and wonderful. The rooms in the front are original to the historic home and have the high ceilings and antique furniture. In the back, surrounding the courtyard, are the newer additions, which are smaller (also cheaper) but are opened up by the beautifully landscaped courtyard with the babbling fountain. You can sit outside your room under the overhang or have a seat at one of the tables under an umbrella.
Also opening onto the courtyard are the ice and drink machines, and a little nook where you can get your complimentary continental breakfast.
Not only is the inn itself enchanting, but the entire surrounding area. Mobile was settled by the French and Spanish before New Orleans was, and so has similar architecture to the French Quarter. In walking distance is Cathedral Square, where there is a Saturday morning market with live music, and also a great little café with outdoor seating.
The Malaga is in a prime location if you go to BayFest in October as it is in walking distance to Bienville Square, the site of the festival. So you can leave your car for free in the Malaga parking lot. Certain times of the year there are brown bag music events in the square, which is surrounded by unique shops and eateries.
Dauphin Street, the happening strip, is also a short walk from the inn. And this summer, Catt Sirten, who sponsors BayFest, the brown bags, and who hosts a jazz radio broadcast, Radio Avalon, is opening a music club there – Catt’s 360. As Catt is the man in Mobile, this is going to be great!
Speaking of jazz, you might hear John Coltrane or Miles Davis in the Malaga lobby, as Vonnie plays the old box phonograph there.
Vonnie is one of the desk staff and one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. She loves playing hostess to all the guests from all over the world. Last time there were some distinguished Brits , hip young Aussies, and relocated Katrinaites staying there. All different types, with one thing in common, they know how to choose their lodging for a unique experience and an authentic sense of place.
Vonnie is a stand-out, but everyone here from the housekeeping staff to Jordan, the owner, oozes southern hospitality.
Jordan has also begun a new music series in the courtyard on Thursday evenings, weather permitting. Mobile is a great music town. And just 2 ½ hours from New Orleans.
And when it’s time to go home, the interstate is mere blocks away.
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- Malaga Hotel Mobile