We enjoyed a great first visit in the spring, and just this past weekend returned for early fall. We enjoy the privacy of the Loft suite, and it's well appointed and equipped. The view from the upper deck is even better in the fall. Jim and Alex are perfect hosts and prepare a great breakfast. We'll be back again soon. Footnote: Even with the water level of Smith Lake at eleven feet below full, this part of the Lake still looks great, as the rock ledges along the shore simply "grow taller" - you don't get any of the unsightly shallow-sloping exposed dirt flats like you have on other Alabama lakes.
Stayed in the Hassinger Daniels Mansion B and B, Southern Belle room. The room was well appointed and the wonderful dresses and dolls were like staying in the V&A in London. Owner was very gracious and helped me with some travel directions.
We originally asked to stay at the Cobb Lane location, but the innkeeper called and asked if she could move us to her other property into a room that was an upgrade from our original. We were pleased with the upgrade and enjoyed the historic property. Inkeeper great hostess!
The rooms were very well furnished, very comfortable, awesome photos, beautiful antiques and quiet for downtown. The antique game is a great way to learn about odd objects from the very knowledgeable host! I would recommend this B&B to any one who wants to stay in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
I cannot say enough about how kind and gracious Sheila Chaffin was to accommodate my sweet Southern Belle of a mother! The Hassinger-Daniels mansion is a beautiful work of art in whose rooms I could just spend hours soaking up all of the history and beauty. It is in a place like this that one feels all of the nostalgia of memories made, and makes ones own memories as well. Each room is wonderful; not sure I could pick a favorite! The cool use of space in this jewel of an estate is very creative! I took Mother to the recommended Highland Grill right behind the mansion for the start of our trip. Noted chef Frank Stitts created a wonderful expletive for us from soup to dessert. We were going to Destin, Florida and didn't have reservations for our return trip as i thought would be doing a straight 8 hour drive. But my mother was so enchanted by this place that she asked to leave Florida one day early just to stay here. Luckily Sheila was able to accommodate our last minute decision and we ate at Frank Stitts sister restaurant right next to Highland Grill called Chex Fonfon. More casual, but great servers and best burger I think I've ever had. But I must give kudos to the best breakfast! Sheila and her staff create an ornate and delicious dining table experience that makes one want to stay and converse with the other guests! My mother was in Heaven getting to talk with people from other states and countries. She can hold court with delightful and interesting conversation, and this is the neat kind of entertainment and hospitality you can count on her at Sheila's divine bed and breakfast! Thank you Sheila, for making your home so welcome to my sweet Mother, and God bless you for allowing all of us to experience a place like this!
Very nice BnB. Great value, Sheila and her assistant were great. Food was even better. Only complaint was a shelf in the shower was cracked and had sharp edges and should be repaired. Very close to downtown area.
We ended up being upgraded to Hassinger Daniels Mansion! We arrived after dark -- the house was all lit up and looked like an enchanted castle from the outside. It is beautifully restored and filled with antiques, fresh flowers, and various mementos of old times. It exudes a blend of opulence and cuteness -- true to the Victorian spirit. My son especially loved the antique toys -- a collection of carousels, rocking horse, dollhouse. We stayed in "Enchanted Turret" -- two comfortable beds, satin sheets, lovely leather furniture, amazing crystal chandelier, stucco decorations on the ceiling, a meticulously clean bathroom. Windows did not have curtains though and the door to the hallway had a window pane at the very top letting light in -- so this room might not be for you if you like sleeping in a dark room.
Great get-away with friends. We stayed at Hassinger-Daniels Mansion and really enjoyed it. Convenient to many restaurants, great front porch for just 'sitting and visiting", exceptionally clean and Shelia was a great hostess.
I was given an upgrade to the H-D mansion so this review is about that property. The service was great. Breakfast was just okay, and some of the angels-and-unicorns decor was a little creepy. Don't stay here unless you really like pink.
It's certainly an extraordinary house. Learning the history of the house was very cool. But if you're expecting to stay in a turn of the century house with turn of the century furnishings and decoration, you might be disappointed. There are certainly historic elements that have been preserved (you can see the original wallpaper and lighting switches in some rooms) but the decor is a little over the top, and certainly not "period." But it's fun. The owners certainly did a masterful job restoring, and it appears they had a lot of fun in decorating. I'd have liked breakfast better if it had been a buffet but... it was fine. Many thanks to Miss Sheila for her wonderful service, though--you will not find a more delightful host!
I come to Birmingham on a regular basis for work. Finding Sheila and Ira's Bed and Breakfast has made the stay so much easier and relaxing. I have stayed at Cobb Lane but have stayed most recently at their other location: Hassinger Daniels.
Sheila and Ira have turned a decaying mansion into a showplace--six extraordinarily restored rooms and baths, lovely common areas and comfortable beds. Nice modern bathroom included in my room--and best of all close to a lot of interesting sites in Birmingham. Certainly a one-of-a-kind experience!
We got in pretty late and left right after breakfast so we didn't have a lot of time to really enjoy the place. Cobb Lane definitely met my expectations, but I didn't really give the place a chance to exceed my expectations because of the short stay.
We enjoyed our first stay so much we booked a second night on our way back through Birmingham on our way back from vacation. Same great experience. We stayed in the Hassinger-Daniels B&B, the sister to Cobb Lane, that is just about 2 blocks away.
Our stray at Daniels Mansion was a very pleasant experience. It was like going to a relative's house whom you have never met and hitting it off the very first day. We chould not have ask for anything more to have made our stay any better. Thanks to you both for showing us the southern hospitality we received during our visit. We would recommend this B&B highly. We will most definitely be returning in the future. Thanks again. Carl and Dana.
Cobb Lane B&B is nice enough, if a bit fussy. The hosts were all pleasant and the room was fine. We met some very nice people at breakfast and the table conversation was lively. It's in a good location - near lots of restaurants and also near Vulcan Park, a great place to go to in the evening to see the city below. If I were in Birmingham again, I'd consider it, although I'd choose a different room. The Bird of Paradise room is dark, and the other rooms I glanced into were all much brighter and more interesting.
Mr. and Mrs. Chaffin provide an excellent B&B experience that nobody else in the Birmingham area can match. Their service from arrival to departure is second to none - Southern hospitality at its best. The history behind this Queen Anne style mansion adds to the novelty of the experience. The location is conveniently located within walking distance of a host of restaurants and bars. Don't spend the money on a plain hotel room - book a room at Cobb Lane B&B - you will not be disappointed!
It had been over 20 years since I stayed in a B&B and staying here made me wonder why I waited so long to do it again! I was upgraded from small room with bath across the hall at Cobb to larger room with en suite bath at Hassinger Daniels at no extra charge. You are surrounded by history. It is like a museum -- really beautiful and interesting period pieces everywhere. I was alone and my kids are older anyway, but I would think twice before bringing younger more active kids who still like to touch everything and run around. Sheila and Ira are very friendly and accommodating and have wonderful stories. There were fresh baked treats in the afternoon (snickerdoodles were great!) and very tasty breakfast. There is a nice porch to sit out and watch the sights of Five Points. It is very conveniently located to just about anything you need. They take security seriously, which I appreciated. Guests are given key to front door and room and instructed to lock front door every time they walk out, even if it is just to sit on porch. Overall, great experience and would stay there again.