The Malaga Inn

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Enjoy casual elegance with a Spanish twist in Mobile, Alabama.

By Hope S. Philbrick

As I was completing check-in, another guest arrived. While her husband parked the car, she eyed the lobby and declared, “This is exactly how I want the entryway of our new home to look!”

She must be building one heck of a large house, I thought: The lobby boasts a high beamed ceiling and a wall of glass windows and doors that open to a courtyard with a fountain. More than an entrance, it’s a gathering place: Old-timey, foot-tapping, sing-along tunes spin on a record player; if you’re a fan of vinyl you may linger longer than usual in the lobby and, as encouragement, it offers several antique chairs and abundant reading materials, primarily brochures for area attractions.

The woman’s husband entered and she informed him of her grand construction plans. “Did you win the lottery?” he scoffed.

The Malaga Inn - lobby“I want a round antique table like this with fresh flowers on it,” she said, abruptly scaling back her plans. “We’ll have to keep coming back here for the full effect.”

“You don’t have to twist my arm to return here,” her husband said as he hoisted the luggage up and moved toward the elevator.

“This is our third visit so far this year!” the woman winked at me and the receptionist as she hurried off after him.

Indeed, this is the sort of boutique hotel that lures return visits. The staff members are friendly, rooms comfortable and location exceptional—nestled in Mobile’s Downtown Historic District, it’s convenient whether you’re just driving through town and need overnight accommodations or staying in the area for business or pleasure.

The Malaga Inn is one-of-a-kind, though it’s named for Málaga, Spain, the sister city of Mobile, Alabama. Much of what is today the Inn was originally built in 1862 as twin townhouses by two brothers-in-law shortly after Alabama seceded from the Union. In the mid-1960s, the properties were purchased by the current owners’ family. Today, the building looks like one sprawling home as the restored townhomes are connected with the addition of two stories over the original carriage house. A casual visitor can easily miss some secrets, like tunnels under the west house where Confederate soldiers hid during the Civil War—so during your visit, be sure to ask for a complimentary tour of the home for all the insights.

Expect uncommon hospitality: Personalized guest welcome cards read, “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you. Our staff will always do everything possible to merit the confidence you have shown in us….”

Guest rooms are individually decorated with antiques and antique reproductions, without compromising modern conveniences like Wi-Fi. The place is lovingly cared for—this isn’t the sort of historic hotel where you have to worry about the air-conditioning or the plumbing functioning properly. Some rooms overlook the courtyard, some boast private balconies. Expect comfort, and also expect to feel like a welcome friend whether you opt to kick back and relax in the privacy of your guestroom or mingle with staff members and guests in the public areas.

 

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The Malaga Inn - room 201 balconyThe Malaga Inn courtyard

This is the sort of place you’ll want to call home. If you can’t quite make it your permanent address, at least you can return frequently. And, like my fellow guest, you can also mimic some of the décor in your own home as a constant reminder of The Malaga Inn.

Essentials…
  • 40 courtyard rooms, historic rooms and suites
  • Each room is individually decorated with antiques and antique reproductions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Coffee makers with basic supplies provided in each guestroom
  • Cable TV
  • On-site swimming pool
  • Located in front of the Mobile Civic Center and within walking distance of Mobile’s Spanish Plaza and the Mobile Mardi Gras Museum
  • Complimentary parking
  • The Malaga Inn is a popular choice as a wedding venue
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Lower than at national chain hotels.
The Malaga Inn - Mobile, AlabamaMore Information…

The Malaga Inn
359 Church St.
Mobile AL 36602
251.438.4701 or 1.800.235.1586

– Photos © HSP Media LLC

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HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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