This truly is a beautiful place and a piece of history. It seemed like a ghost hotel when I stayed though. The front desk folks were a bit lackluster. It almost seemed like no one else was staying there. It was a bit eerie. The continental breakfast was very weak and I had to ask for plates and utensils because none were provided. This place has so much potential if they could spruce up the help and the amenities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St James Hotel