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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 May 2015

Great historic and comfortable place to stay,avoid modern hotels,fantastic views from balcony,restaurant food some of the best we had throughout our southern States tour from the UK. Room 220 the best.This place does have its problems......booking not recorded at hotel so had to start again,ended up with double booking we are trying to resolve back in UK,4 room changes due...

3Thank ROSS3076
Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

Unlike stated on this site, there is NO free breakfast, NO gym & NO room service! AND my brother also reserved two river front suites online, and when we got there they did not have our rooms reserved. #PLEASE UPDATE AND GET CONNECTED!# In spite of all this, our rooms were great, wonderful view. Friendly staff & delicious food at...

3Thank renfire
Trussville, Alabama
Reviewed 2 May 2015

A couple of weeks before a scheduled trip to Selma I booked reservations on line at the St. James. Upon arrival we were told that we did not have a room. We were asked how the reservation was made. I said on line and was told that for the paste month they had not been notified of reservations that were...

4Thank 2520Watson
Reviewed 1 May 2015

i don't know why anyone would want to stay out in the suburban hotels when this place is available for the same price, with MUCH more charm and elegance. unfortunately, downtown Selma has seen better decades. but its still a wonderful place to stay. many old beautiful buildlings in the area that are great for wandering around sunset. you are...

1Thank seattledirtbag
Pelkie, Michigan
Reviewed 16 April 2015

This is really an historic hotel. Upon my arrival I was checked in by a very friendly guy whose name I do not remember. My room was a double and very clean close to the veranda easily accessible from the hall on the 2nd floor. Wifi was good but the television took a few tries to figure out how to...

1Thank Johnnyboy48
Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Hotel is in a gorgeous building that's been nicely restored. Rooms are nothing special -- the courtyard,facing room I had was a bit dark -- but it was comfortable enough. The restaurant is excellent, though it's closed on Sundays and Mondays. Downtown Selma has obviously seen better days as there are an awful lot of empty buildings and not much...

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 7 April 2015

I am embarrassed to say, we left this hotel without staying. Everyone I encountered was extremely pleasant and helpful. The restaurant that I walked through to get to the front desk oozed character and charm, as did the lobby and courtyard which looked very clean, not at all littered or run down as I read in another review or two....

2Thank BusterB8
London England
Reviewed 3 April 2015

This is a charming hotel in a good location next to the river. The service was good and we ate one if the best steaks ever tasted in the restaurant. When we arrived there was an event going on in the street - very lively street scene. The room was large with good beds and the interior decoration of the...

1Thank patriz
Reviewed 29 March 2015

This historic hotel, located on the Alabama River and adjacent to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, must at one time have been a fine establishment. The bones of this property are sound. The lobby and restaurant are lovely, though service is slow. The historic elements are worth seeing; beautiful tile in the bathrooms and a lovely veranda. The center courtyard is...

1Thank FamilyTravellerMI
Reviewed 16 March 2015

Beautiful antebellum hotel in downtown historic Selma. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The restaurant opens at 5 pm and Chef Carlos prepared a seafood medley that was amazing. The maitre d, Marcus was gracious and welcoming. The bartender was a true mixologist and could made any drink you wanted (as long as he had the ingredients). Front desk Jennie was...

3Thank Kathie H

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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 

Additional Information about St. James Hotel

Address: 1200 Water Ave, Selma, AL 36703-4471
Region: United States > Alabama > Selma
Price Range: $78 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — St. James Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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“You MUST dine at Tally Ho -- about 15 mins from the hotel. Visit the Live Oak Cemetery too.”
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“Rooms around the courtyard will be quieter than street side.”
 of 5 bubbles MollyMac_11, 24 Jun 2015 | Read review
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