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The Battle House, A Renaissance Hotel

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Lobby of The Battle House

Lobby of The Battle House

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What's Special About Battle House:

The Battle House in Mobile, Alabama offers both historic ambience and modern amenities. This eight-story downtown hotel, originally built in 1852, has been thoroughly renovated and expanded. Its newest guest rooms are within the neighboring RSA Battle House Tower, the tallest building in Alabama.

Guest Rooms at Battle House:

The property features 238 standard guest rooms (average of 545 square feet in the original hotel and 432 square feet in the tower) and 31 suites (most of which are 660 square feet). All rooms offer a coffeemaker and tea service, iron and ironing board, robes, bathtub and walk-in shower. Bedding includes down comforters and down or foam pillows.
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History of Battle House:

Built in 1852, the grand hotel was the backdrop for Mobile’s social scene for more than a century. Among its most illustrious guests were Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson and Babe Ruth. As downtown Mobile declined through the 1970s, the hotel was closed. With the downtown’s recent Renaissance fueled by investments by Retirement Systems of Alabama, the hotel underwent a $200 million renovation. It reopened with much fanfare in May 2007.

Attractions Near Battle House:

The Battle House is allied with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, including nearby Magnolia Grove with 54 championship holes. Just a few blocks from the hotel, the Oakleigh Historic District is filled with classic, historic Southern homes. Other nearby attractions include the Mobile Carnival Museum, Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Fort Gaines Historic Site and The Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Activities at Battle House:

You’ll likely want to explore the hotel during your visit, including the gorgeous Crystal Ballroom and the Grand Lobby’s delightful whispering arches. To learn more about the history of the property consider signing up for the daily 10 a.m. tour. Guests have access to fitness facilities at a nearby YMCA.

Dining at Battle House:

The Trellis Room, a gourmet Italian restaurant specializing in steaks and seafood, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant, graced by cathedral ceilings and a show kitchen, is in keeping with the superior level of cuisine in Mobile’s top restaurants. The laid-back Royal Street Lounge is open for lunch and dinner. The Joe Cain Café, set to open in December 2007, will offer a casual atmosphere for breakfast and lunch.

What They Do Well at Battle House:

The hotel offers the best of the old and new. For example, the breathtaking Grand Lobby is complemented by the availability by high-speed Internet. The service level is high, and hospitable details, like fragrant gardenias placed in crystal bowls, enhance the hotel’s Southern charm.

What Could Be Improved Upon at Battle House:

A spa and fitness center, expected to be complete by the end of 2007, will be a welcome addition. Compare Flights

Contact Battle House:

26 North Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602
Phone: (251) 338-2000, (866) 316-5957; Fax: (251) 338-5300
Web site: The Battle House, A Renaissance Hotel

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