Stayed here for two nights on business because I hoped it would be more comfortable than the generic hotel chains. I wasn't disappointed. The room, while small, was pretty, comfortable, and very pleasant (there's a small kitchenette, a coffee maker, and l'Occidental products). Both the service and the food was also exceptional. It was probably one of the best B&B experiences anywhere including much more expensive places in places like Napa/Sonoma.
The inn also is well situated in the small city. It's right by Fort Conde in a charming historic neighborhood and within walking distance to restaurants and the history museum. It's also right by the freeway, making it very convenient to get around in the area.
(I too heard the train, but didn't find it particularly bothersome...)
A couple recommendations:
-- the Royal Scam nearby for dinner is great. The food is nothing fancy but very very solid. The gumbo that I had there was delicious.
-- ask for a room upstairs especially in the coach house if you are sensitive to noise. The structure is made of wood, so if you have noisy neighbors upstairs, the sound of footsteps could be loud.
-- order the eggs benedict for breakfast. the egg is perfectly cooked so it's runny inside, and it comes with a crawfish sauce that is divine
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fort Conde Inn, Alabama's only 4-star, AAA four diamond rated boutique hotel and bed and breakfast, is a luxurious facility exuding the style and feel of nineteenth century Mobile. Requiring two years of meticulous workmanship, the Inn has now been restored to its original Victorian splendor. Built in 1836, the Fort Conde Inn (Hall-Ford House) is Mobile’s second oldest house and its interior and exterior finishes reflect its architectural vintage from original heart pine flooring and custom-milled stairways, moldings, and window and door trim to marble fireplace mantles, plaster walls, 12 foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers. The Fort Conde Inn, located in Mobile's historic Fort Conde Village, has recently expanded to include four newly restored hisorically certified homes: The Antunez House, the Spear-Barter House, as well as the Blakely and Gonzalez cottages. Walking into the Inn today, is like taking a step back in time to when these homes were originally built. The Inn sits on a quiet street in Fort Conde Village surrounded by Victorian homes restored with integrity and respect for their architectural heritage. It is situated adjacent to Fort Conde, a pre-revolutionary war fort built by the French in 1720 and named after the Prince of Conde, a grandson of Luis XIV. Mobile was founded by the French and the fort protected Mobile from incursions by the British. In recognition of the French heritage of this land, the rooms at the Inn have been named in French after friends and family members of the owner. ... more less
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