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St. James Hotel

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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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Public Wifi
Wheelchair access
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Air conditioning
Non-smoking rooms
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We traveled to Selma to see two things: The St. James hotel and the Edward Pettis bridge. After reading up on the histriry of the St James it was wonderful to see the historic building. Standing on the porch you can almost feel the presence of past guests, reputed to include
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The hotel itself was lovely old hotel but the rooms and lobby desperately needed remodeling and repairs. The carpet in the rooms was extremely warn out and musty. The lampshades was filthy and torn. The room was in disrepair as well as other parts of the hotel. For the price I
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I was both excited and scared to stay at this hotel. It was rumoured to be haunted and I wasnt sure what to expect going in. We were greeted by a wonderful kid, Jordan (I think that was his name). He was so pleasant and gave us a great tour of the hotel and told us the story
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It all just depends on what you're looking for with your stay in Selma. It's an old hotel, close to 200 years old, if I understood correctly. Some of it is incredibly nice, and has tons of character - the lobby, the courtyard, the galleries on the front of the building. The
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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,
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Is the parking in a secure area overnight?
Well, we parked on the street. But, we have handicap plates so we were able to park right in the front of the hotel. They do not have a parking lot attached so you have to park on the street.
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I am fairly particular but the room we ended up with was more than adequate,A/C working and not musty.We had suite on 1st floor,corner suite nearest the Pettus bridge overlooking the river with a balcony,the view from which was amazing.Only minor point was some of the curtains do not hang properly,otherwise it was the most interesting and authentic hotel we stayed in over a 7 state road trip.
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I really just need to know if the rooms are heavily (overly) perfumed with "air freshener".
No they were not. Rooms were very comfortable.
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Is there safe local parking during our stay.Is there a cost?
Yes, plenty of angle free parking on the street in front of the hotel.
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what's the phone number? I don't see a website
"We were in 315 and had a great view of the Pettus bridge"
"Even if you're a hotel snob, let it go for a day to stay in this hotel."
"Stay at another hotel. The view is not worth the trouble."
"You MUST dine at Tally Ho -- about 15 mins from the hotel. Visit the Live Oak Cemetery too."
"Rooms around the courtyard will be quieter than street side."
st james hotel
United StatesAlabamaSelma
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