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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.
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...More
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...More
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...More
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,...More
They are having trouble with internet site which constantly says they are booked out for the foreseeable future - so I ventured there out of curiosity as so many friends had said this was a must.
It's a fascinating hotel, so much charm and history...More
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... More
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.