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Where to Stay in Mobile
Nestled next to Mobile Bay by the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the port city of Mobile, Alabama boasts a beautiful cityscape, delicious regional cuisine and a heavy French influence. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, Mobile can accommodate you. A number of high-end chain hotels are located in the downtown district near Government Street, one of Mobile's main thoroughfares. These hotels cater to a business crowd with 24-hour business centers, meeting spaces and easy access to nearby convention centers and corporations. They're also ideal for family vacationers looking for a comfortable, centrally located option. In fact, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, one of the city's most popular kid-friendly attractions, is located in this district. Budget travelers looking for a place to sleep on the cheap should compare prices at the hotels located along Interstate 65. This area features a cluster of mid-range and budget accommodations. It's also a shopping hub, serving as a home to the Springdale Mall and the Bel Air Mall Shopping Center. Finally, for vacationers looking to for an island getaway, search for hotels on Dauphin Island. Located less than an hour south of Mobile, Dauphin Island features beaches, a large fishing pier and a picturesque golf course. Visitors can choose from the small selection of intimate inns and bed and breakfasts that populate the island.
Mobile Hotel Tips
Mobile's Mardi Gras celebration is the oldest in the U.S. Each year, the city's downtown streets are flooded with floats and revelers to mark this occasion. If you are planning on taking part in the festivities, which occur either in February or March, book your reservations months ahead of time to ensure a room.
Another popular time to visit Mobile is during the city's annual music festival, Bayfest. Bayfest is a huge celebration of live music that spans three days in October. The event features more than 100 musical acts on nine stages and welcomes thousands of music fans from across the country. If you are planning on attending this popular event, make sure to search for affordable hotel rooms far in advance.
Budget travelers can find the best Mobile flight deals and hotel discounts during the city's shoulder months of May and September. For the best prices, make sure you're traveling before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.
Mobile Hotel Recommendations
Stay among classic Southern charm at the historic Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa. Originally built in 1852, the centrally located downtown hotel provides guests with convenient access to the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center and the majestic waters of the riverfront. Each guestroom is luxuriously appointed in contemporary Southern furnishings. For the business traveler, the hotel offers a range of business services and business-related in-room amenities. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a whirlpool spa, a fitness center and tennis courts. There is also a golf course with 54 holes of championship golf located nearby. For a special treat, pamper yourself at the hotel's full-service spa with a massage or a calming footbath.
Located in a historic district just northwest of downtown Mobile, the Malaga Inn offers guests an intimate accommodation in a boutique-style setting. Originally built in 1862, the privately owned facility features 39 private rooms and suites, each individually designed. Rooms are lavishly decorated, and some feature original furnishings, including pocket doors and chandeliers. Rooms outside the main house overlook the hotel's picturesque courtyard. Guests can convene in the hotel's original carriage house for breakfast or an early evening cocktail. The hotel also sports some unique Civil War history. Under the establishment's West House are a series of tunnels that were used to hide Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Today, the hoteliers can provide visitors with complimentary tours of the hotel's grounds.
Or get away from the city and explore the serene landscape of Dauphin Island. Fully furnished vacation rentals are a popular lodging choice on the island. Or stay in a hotel-like setting at the Dauphin House Bed and Breakfast. Located on the northern part of the island, the bed and breakfast serves up hardy breakfasts of bacon, eggs, sausage, grits, hash browns, pancakes, muffins and biscuits each morning. The facility boasts 10 uniquely appointed guestrooms, each with its own private bath. Rooms can accommodate anywhere from two to four guests. The B&B provides easy access to all of Dauphin Island's main attractions, including the Estuarium Public Aquarium.
If you're visiting downtown Mobile, you can get around for free on the city's Moda! electric trolley. The trolley runs along a three-mile route throughout downtown, making 22 stops along the way. Mobile also sports the Wave Transit System, which operates the city's public bus service. If you're looking to travel to Dauphin Island, catch a ride on the Mobile Bay Ferry, which can accommodate passengers and vehicles. Taxis are available as well. Mobile is also a fairly car-friendly city. Many rental companies operate in the city. Main thoroughfares and highways include Government Street, Intestate 65 and Interstate 10.