Red Bluff Cottage Bed & Breakfast

551 Clay Street , Montgomery, 36104 USA (Show map)
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***IMPORTANT GUEST INFORMATION: Parking is not permitted in front of the house. Please see our website for driving directions that will bring you to our off-street parking lot behind the house. (Enter from Hanrick Street.) Everyone has heard about Southern hospitality, but Red Bluff Cottage invites you to experience true Alabama hospitality. Our spacious and airy cottage, filled with family antiques, is located in the downtown historic Cottage Hill District. Relax after a day of work or travel in our clean, comfortable and cozy rooms or just unwind from your day’s activities in our peaceful gazebo. Our large veranda gives a panoramic view of the river plain and downtown Montgomery, including a unique view of the state capitol. Experience for yourself what we mean when we say you will, “Arrive as guests, depart as friends.”



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Relaxing cottage

5 on July 26, 2018

Great 2 night stay! Bonnie & Barry we’re wonderful host. The breakfast both morning were outstanding. I am Celiac so Bonnie made sure I could eat both mornings . Our favorite time was sitting on the front porch relaxing till dusk. You can see the Capitol from the sidewalk in front of the cottage. The view is awesome!

Great place!

4.8 on March 07, 2017

Nice little spot. The owners are great people and very friendly.

In Montgomery for a Funeral

5 on February 04, 2017

It was my first stay at a Bed and Breakfast and I did not have any perceived notions about what to expect, if I had any, they would have been exceeded. I arrived on Friday evening and checked out on Monday. I was the only guest Friday evening. I was asked what time I would like breakfast and what I would like to eat. Breakfast was ready at 8:30 AM and it was delicious. I was treated like family. I was invited to attend church with them on Sunday and I enjoyed the worship experience. Barry and Bonnie are definitely working in their gifts. I will recommend Red Bluff Cottage to anyone who is looking for a B&B in Montgomery. I plan to go back in the near future.

Everything was perfect.

5 on September 20, 2016

Hosts were professional, personable, polite, and fun to be around. Breakfast was awesome. House was quiet, clean, comfortable, and historic. Would highly recommend. Location was awesome.....many sites and restaurants nearby.

A perfect stopover!

5 on May 05, 2016

Red Bluff Cottage provided the perfect stopover for one night in Montgomery, being convenient for both the Interstate and downtown at the same time as being quiet and peaceful. The owners were wonderfully hospitable provided a delicious breakfast the next morning. Most importantly though, our room was so well appointed with great attention to detail and the bed was the most comfortable I can remember. Thank you.

Great location in Montgomery Al

5 on April 24, 2016

Beautiful place! Can walk all around downtown and riverfront. Comfortable beds and sheets were so soft! Well made breakfast!

Great Stopover On Our Way Home

5 on October 10, 2015

We really enjoyed our stay at the Red Bluff Cottage. We were there only one night, but we were impressed with the quality of the home and furnishings. Lots of pictures, books, antiques and other items of interest. Everything was very clean and well presented. Our hosts, Bonnie and Barry, were very polite and accommodating and worked with our schedule. They went out of their way to provide us with everything we needed. We lacked for nothing. They did an excellent job with our breakfast. It was great – much better than any we’ve had in the hotels we’ve visited. We enjoyed meeting and eating with the other guests too. That added a nice family feel to our visit. Barry even said a blessing before we ate. Just like being at home!

Recent Stay

4.4 on February 04, 2015

The rooms, food and breakfast fellowship was great. During a discussion with the hostess, we did get into a disagreement over a statement of fact which was uncomfortable.

Beautiful B&B

4.0 on September 22, 2014

This is a beautiful B&B and very convenient to downtown - walking distance to my meetings. I was only there overnight and did not have time to eat, but the breakfast smelled heavenly. I arrived late in the evening and the host knocked on my door to introduce herself and check to make sure I had everything I needed. I will stay here again!

“Great experience”

5 on March 20, 2014

We loved this B & B. Bonnie and Barry are great hosts and they ensure an above average stay for their guests. Breakfast was wonderful and we met so many other fun guests. Bonnie and Barry sat and chatted with us all and breakfast turned out to be a 2 hour seating! The only disappointment was that we stayed one night only. We will definitely stay again if ever in the area.

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Rooms & Rates

Rose Bedroom

The romantic atmosphere of this beautifully appointed guest room invites you to escape to a quieter time and place. Its focal point is a sleigh bed accented by an oval Queen Anne desk, a Tiffany lamp and a unique well-worn New England rocker. Relax as you cuddle up on the cozy loveseat or recliner and listen to your favorite CD. Read a book from the owners' library or one of many available right in your room. Take in the aroma of fresh flowers as you eat several of the candies left especially for you.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Riverboat Bedroom

The treasures of this Montgomery, Alabama lodging retreat include an American carved walnut dresser with a marble top and a leather-top writing desk. An oil painting of a riverboat overlooks the queen size poster bed and takes you back to a more tranquil place in time. For wedding night or anniversary, we offer a special rose petal turndown using high quality lace embellished linens. Upon request, the bed can be adorned with a canopy of netting and ribbons so beautiful it will take your breath away.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Stitch In Time Bedroom

This bright and cheerful room features an English barley twist king size bed. An added featherbed makes this room a favorite for guests returning to Montgomery, Alabama. Several quilts, including framed blocks from a quilt made by Bonnie's great grandmother and Bonnie's mother are among its treasures. The bed is enhanced by high quality linens that exceed many of the finest hotels. Another highlight is a large rocker used as a prop in the Rosa Parks movie about the Alabama Civil Rights movement.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Great Gatsby Bedroom

Lodging accommodations in this very large room feature a King size carved sleigh bed, a huge trunk, and a very old armoire. The recently renovated private bath features an antique cabinet with a petal vessel sink and a marble jacuzzi tub. For special occasions, a rose petal turndown adds romance and atmosphere to this luxurious room. Ultimate pampering packages are available upon request, i.e., spa gifts loaded with fine vitamin enhanced pampering products, a private massage by a licensed therapist, etc.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Steamer Trunk Treasures

Lodging accommodations featured in the larger room of the two-room suite include a King size sleigh bed, a huge trunk and a very old armoire. The adjacent room features an antique twin bed and hidden trundle bed. A steamer trunk full of "dress up" clothes and toys highlights the room and creates a haven for small children. The suite shares a recently renovated bath that is the ultimate in luxury and style.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 King

Check Dates


Location Type

Airport, Downtown


Montgomery, AL (MGM-Dannelly Field) 12 miles

Directions to property:

From I-85, take I-65 North Exit. From I-65, take Exit 172. From the south, Exit 172 is marked Herron Street Downtown. If coming from the north, Exit 172 is marked Clay Street Downtown. Follow Downtown signs; go one block on Herron Street to Hanrick. Turn left on Hanrick 1/2 block, turn right into gravel guest parking area behind Red Bluff Cottage Bed & Breakfast. Parking area is floodlit. Guest entrance is lower level. ***IMPORTANT GUEST INFORMATION: Parking is not permitted in front of the house. Please see our website for driving directions that will bring you to our off-street parking lot behind the house. (Enter from Hanrick Street.)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, ASF (AL Shakespeare Festival) Theatre, First White House of the Confederacy, Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Golf Trail, Civil Rights Museum, Maxwell AFB, Hank Williams Museum, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Sports venue, University, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Parking, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , High Speed Wireless Internet, gazebo with wicker furniture, Complimentary snacks & cold drinks, Fine Quality Linens & Bath Towels, Large veranda with wicker swing, Triple Sheeting

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wired internet

On-site activities

Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Whitewater Rafting

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On veranda or in gazebo
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card required to hold the reservation.
  • Cancellations: 72-Hours prior to stay. Exceptions should be noted when making reservation.



Barry & Bonnie Ponstein

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About the innkeepers

Bonnie enjoys cooking, hand crafts, interior decorating, gardening, reading, and sewing. Barry also enjoys cooking and reading as well as golf. Their greatest common interest is their guests and making sure they have a wonderful stay.

Check Dates




  • Time Served: 8:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Cater dietary needs

Signature Dish

Wild Rice Waffles
This delectable dish is made with specially ordered wild rice and dried cherries along with an abundance of other ingredients that compliment one other and satisfy the palate. It is usually topped off with warm maple syrup and fresh Alabama peaches or other seasonal fruit.