The jewel of Mobile Bay just got even better.
On August 29, the historic (and AAA Four Diamond) Grand Hotel near Fairhope, Alabama, became part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels. Rebranded as the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, the property has undergone a 3-year renovation, adding new amenities and dialing up the style of existing ones. The hotel first opened in 1847 as a two-story building with 40 rooms. Over the years, it has changed hands and expanded, recovering from hurricanes, fire, and a war or two. In 1864, part of the Grand became a Confederate hospital; you’ll find a cemetery for 300 soldiers near the 18th tee of the Azalea golf course. During World War II, the Army Air Corps used the hotel as a training base. (Guests still get to hear a patriotic cannon salute at 3:45 each afternoon.) Follow us inside the Grand to see what’s new.
Rich in History
Presidents George H. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford have stayed at this elegant, old school gem, which still serves high tea and has an activities lawn for croquet, horseshoes, and corn hole games.
The resort’s feature, adult, and indoor pools were all renovated. Private cabanas at the adult pool include fans, TVs, refrigerators, and pool butler service.
Room to Roam
The Grand sits on 550 acres. Resort chefs harvest fresh produce from the newly expanded estate gardens.
Once a small, privately owned hotel, the Grand now features 405 renovated guest rooms in five buildings.
Can you imagine a better view to enjoy while you soak, chill, and get sandal-ready?
The Grand just opened 6 new restaurants and lounges: Jubilee Poolside Grill, Bayside Grill, Southern Roots, Grand Hall, 1847 Bar, and the Local Market. Popular Bucky’s Lounge got a remodel.
Picture Perfect Every Time
The real attraction at the Grand? That’s easy: Sunsets over Mobile Bay.