I've always wanted to stay here and now that I've moved away from Mobile I finally spent four days here in May 2011. The hotel is actually two ante-bellum town houses joined with a newer lobby (ca. 1970s from the decor) and a modern multi-story annex at the rear surrounding an open courtyard.
The only recommendations/warnings I can offer:
*If you are looking for posh boutique hotel with everything trimmed in latest country house fashion, then this hotel is not for you.
*If you don't mind it being a bit faded and odd but full of character and reasonably priced, then this is definitely the hotel for you.
***The one caveat I would add is to make certain you get a room at the front in one of the original ante-bellum townhouses.
The room was large and comfortable if a bit quirky. It was clean and opened onto the balcony however, it was in the modern annex although it had a certain charm. There was a wedding party there on our last night with caused considerable disruption to our sleep so you may wish to inquire if there are any parties being held there in the evening as any party activity in the courtyard will be heard by all.
The hotel is within easy walking of downtown Mobile's sights and restaurants and also has secure parking. A new transit service stops outside for those less mobile in the Alabama heat. There is a very pleasant pool, as well.
Breakfast is basic and decent but nothing spectacular. Try the Spot of Tea on Cathedral Plaza for their bananas foster french toast instead.
The lady who worked the afternoon/night shift was an absolute delight; always greeted us in the evenings by name, asked us about our day, offered suggestions on food/sightseeing and generally charmed my English-born finance.
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- Also Known As:
- Malaga Hotel Mobile