On this road trip around the United States, the first new state we needed to visit was Alabama. I have wanted to visit the state of Alabama for a very long time, and since I didn’t know much about Mobile, I added it to the list. During our stay, we were lucky enough to stay at the Malaga Inn, a boutique hotel in the center of the city.
The hotel was built as twin townhouses in 1862 for two brother-in-laws and stayed in the family until it was eventually sold. In the 1960’s, the current owner’s family purchased the property and it has remained in the family ever since. Not only does the hotel have charm, it’s clean and feels modern for such an old property. I highly recommend a stay here for anyone who finds themselves in Mobile.
The hotel is centrally located in the historic downtown district, just a short walk from the popular Dauphine Street. We headed here for dinner, as well as drinks. It was a bit of a young crowd on the night we were there, since it was the weekend and the street is quite popular with college students. But, there’s an undeniable energy in the area, so it’s fun to stroll down. While we didn’t have time to visit during the day, I’d love to go back and explore, as there were plenty of shops and some street art. There are also beautiful homes and buildings in the general vicinity and it’s a great spot to wander around.
The historic hotel is not only impressive from the outside, but that continues as you enter the hotel. The lobby has high ceilings and a record player that guests can use. There’s also a courtyard with a fountain and small fire pit. There are plenty of spots to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the hotel. It also boasts plenty of amenities including breakfast. This breakfast included waffles as well as my personal favorite breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy with a side of cheese grits. There’s also free parking and wifi, plus an outdoor pool.
While the hotel itself was beautiful, the rooms were my favorite part. Keeping with the history of the hotel, there are both historic and courtyard rooms. The historic rooms are from 1862 and are decorated in that time period. The courtyard rooms were added in the 1960’s and are decorated in a more modern way. While I would have been happy with either room, I was excited we were in a historic room in the main building of the hotel. The rooms were impressive with high ceilings and Southern charm. I loved the tall four poster beds the most, as I always dreamed of having a bed like that as a child. The wallpaper was a close favorite as it added to the historic feel of the room. The bathrooms were clean and modern, and we had a balcony with rocking chairs outside.
If you happen to find yourself in Mobile, Alabama, which I hope you one day do, make sure to book accommodations at the Malaga Inn. It is a beautiful hotel with historic charm and modern amenities. The staff is especially friendly, which adds to the entire experience. It’s the perfect way to experience this Alabama city.
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I was a guest of Malaga Inn and Visit Mobile, however, that in no way affected my experience. As always, opinions are my own.