St. James Hotel

1200 Water Ave, Selma, 36703-4471, AL

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1 Room / 2 Adults

1 rooms,
2 adults
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This historic hotel is an experience all in its own. Built in 1837, it is one of the few river front hotels that survived the Civil War. Families can enjoy the original iron fireplace in the lobby. Just a couple of minute walk from the hotel is the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. Keeping with history, families can visit the state’s first capitol at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. There guests can view the ruins of the state capitol abandoned after the Civil War. The Museum of Slavery and Civil Rights is sure to interest and inform any history lover. Guests can come back to the hotel to enjoy a free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Rollaway beds are available for the guestrooms.

Our Editor Loves

  • Historic atmosphere
  • Old Cahawba Archaeological Park nearby
  • Outdoor pool

Family Interests

  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural

Family Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Free Wi-Fi


Worth seeing, even tho closed.

by w1spurgeon

We traveled to Selma to see two things: The St. James hotel and the Edward Pettis bridge. After reading up on the histriry of the St James it was wonderful to see the historic building. Standing on the porch you can almost feel the presence of past guests, reputed to include Jessee James. While we weren't able to stay, the hotel is scheduled for renovation and we are looking forward to returning when it opens again.

Could be a great hotel if it was remodeled

by Rachel W

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 the hotel. For the price I expected a lot nicer room. It could be a magnificent and elegant place if it was restored and remodeled. It is ashamed that such an beautiful historic place is not being maintained and is in such disrepair.