Old World Southern Charm - Malaga Inn Review

 

The name Malaga refers to the sweet fortified wine from the region of Malaga, Spain. And by it's very name the Inn reflects the influence of the Spanish explorers that travelled into Alabama in the 1500’s.

True to it’s title, the Malaga Inn is not the ordinary hotel that one would come across along one's travels. Perhaps you're a frequent traveller who tires of generic chain hotels, an individual who seeks a unique experience reflecting the culture of the region, all at a reasonable price ? Well if that's who you are, then the Malaga Inn certainly delivers.

 

A luxurious seat in the historic bedroom

 

The Malaga Inn is an intimate and quaint establishment that oozes Southern charm. The building is rustic and it’s walls seems to whisper the history of years of colorful hoteliery. There is  a hospitality at the Malaga Inn that is hard to come by most hotels, the employees at the hotel were warm and down to earth and eager to accommodate to our needs.

 

 

I found myself exploring the details of the many accents in the Inn, from the décor to the Spanish styled courtyard and it seemed to take me back to another era. There is a beautiful courtyard that sits in the middle of the hotel, with it’s renaissance styled stone fountains and flowers. The courtyard is a visual treat at night when it is beautifully lit. The velvet sky transforms it from a relaxing place to unwind into a setting for a romantic scene!

 

 

Each room has it’s own character and style, so every stay is going to be different depending on the room that you’ve chosen. There are the courtyard rooms, the historic rooms and the suites.

Be aware that this is not a modern hotel and that is part of it’s charm. During my stay, the hotel was in the midst of quiet renovations and upgrades to update certain features that have been with the hotel since it opened.

 

 

But this hotel is for the traveller looking for that old, Southern charm. Rooms open with regular keys and not with cards. The floors are made of a strong, ruddy wood. The wardrobes are sturdy pieces of carved furniture. The historic bedrooms reveal high ceilings, 3 foot high beds and rocking chairs on the balcony.

 

The lobby area

 

Entrance to the balcony comes through stepping out through large windows, which was the practise of an old era! Establishments would be taxed on the number of doors they built and so large windows sufficed to operate as doors. Then there is the the old piano in the wagon house and the large, heavy, ornate door of the entrance that required some might to open. That's the mark of a real door, once that sanctified and protects!

 

 

One of the great features of the Malaga is that it is within walking distance of Mobile's historic district. It's right across the street from a park and within walking distance of restaurants and Mobile nightlife.

A family owned business, the Malaga is run by a charming mother and son team. I sat with the son & owner, Jordan Beem and was impressed by his humility, lack of airs and willingness to please his guests.

 

 

Jordan was pleased to share on the history of the hotel and it was clear that this is not just a business but his life’s work that he has devoted himself to. It seems that the Malaga Inn, a circa 1862 Mobile, Alabama hotel is the only Boutique Inn of its kind in the state.

 

A historic crest on it's walls

 

Jordan was happy to share some of the secrets hidden away in the Malaga Inn, the tunnels under the West house which rumour has it, may have been used as a hiding place by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Sure enough as he opened the hidden doors to the tunnels, I crawled in and was able to see a hidden room and cot!

 

 

Which brings me back to it’s history. The Inn was originally built as twin townhouses by two brothers–in–law when the war was still going well for the South. Construction on the townhomes began shortly after the State of Alabama passed its secession ordinance in 1861. The townhouses remained in the Goldsmith and Frohlichstein families for many years, but as happens to many historic homes, they were eventually sold out of the family. They changed owners several times in the early 1900’s until finally being purchased by the current owners’ family in the mid 1960’s.

 

 

Nearly a century after they were originally built, renovations began on the property, transforming it with a 2nd and 3rd story rear addition over the original carriage house. The two original townhomes were lovingly restored and many guests rooms open onto the central picturesque courtyard.

 

 

Today it has 39 private rooms and suites, each individually designed and custom made. The remaining original Carriage house is the location of many special events and weddings. I browsed through some of the many wedding pictures taken at the Malaga Inn and it certainly provides a stunning, traditional backdrop for many a bride and groom.

 

 

 

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