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  • In 1703 Mobile, Alabama hosted the first Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.





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Mardi Gras 2019 is Tuesday, March 5th

The Historic Battle House Hotel

Mardi Gras in Mobile's Living Room

The lobby of the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, Alabama
Mobile's Living Room - The Historic Battle House Hotel

During Mardi Gras, a stroll from Government Street along Royal Street carries one past crowds of revelers, society matrons in broad-brimmed cotillion hats, and blazer and tie clad southern gentlemen of all ages.  For visitors who are not a part of this tribe, immersion, even for brief periods, in that world helps to set the tone for Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama. 

And by the time they reach Dauphin Street, most Mardi Gras visitors cannot help but get caught up in the multicolored, aromatic frenzy of Mardi Gras.  But, if they walk a few steps further to the historic Battle House Hotel they'll reach an architectural work of art that many consider to be the heart and soul of Mardi Gras in Mobile.

Opened in 1852, the Battle House Hotel was later destroyed in a 1905 fire.  It reopened just three years later after a series of extensive renovations were completed.  Through boom and bust, the Battle House Hotel was a center of Mobile high society on and off for decades.  The historic hotel was (and is) so revered that it is often referred to as “Mobile’s Living Room”. But, as time wore on, the hotel began to age, and, in 1974 it closed its doors.

Seventeen years later, as part of a campaign to revive downtown Mobile, the Battle House Hotel took its first steps toward historic restoration.  Hundreds of designers, engineers, and craftsmen labored for nearly six years.   And on May 11, 2007, the Battle House Hotel reopened, complete with 238 rooms, a top of the line spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.

Today the Battle House Hotel’s majestic main lobby boasts, a magnificent stained glass dome, plush conversation seating, and trompe-l’oeil portraits of the four great rulers who have flown their flags over Mobile (Louis XIV of France, George III of England, Ferdinand V of Spain, and George Washington, the father of the United States). 

Centrally located along three (A, B, and C) of the four major Mardi Gras parade routes, the Battle House Hotel is not just a convenient place to stay during Mardi Gras, but is an excellent place to watch the parades, and also a convenient spot to meet up with friends and family before and after Mardi Gras events.

Because of its central location, the Battle House Hotel is also a focal point for many Mobile Mardi Gras krewe and royal court members.  Many parties and pre/post parade gatherings take place in and around the hotel.

With luxurious rooms, an opulent atrium, a downtown location close to major Mardi Gras parade routes, and an honored and historic place in Mobile society, visitors to Mobile are hard pressed to find better Mardi Gras accommodations than at the historic Battle House Hotel.

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