From cute, quaint, and quiet boutique properties to lavish and luxurious casino resorts, Mississippi Gulf Coast hotels offer a wide range of lodging options to appeal to every visitor. Coastal Mississippi is a convenient New Orleans day trip and Crescent City visitors should take a couple of days to experience the gorgeous beaches and fun adventure of the Secret Coast.
For more information about Coastal Mississippi attractions, please see: Fun Things To Do On The Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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Mississippi Gulf Coast Hotels: Where to Stay in Coastal Mississippi
McCool Travel tip: When making reservations at Coastal Mississippi hotels or calling them for details, mention US Gulf Coast Travel and McCool Travel sent you for possible special rates and consideration.
Where to Stay in Bay St Louis
Bay Town Inn
Thoughtful snacks and drinks greet guests in the individually decorated rooms at Bay Town Inn B&B in Bay St. Louis. I have stayed in the flamingo and sea turtle rooms but hope to stay in pelican, star fish, and sand dollar themed rooms on future Mississippi Gulf Coast visits.
Bay Town Inn is a favorite place to stay for New Orleans residents taking weekend and vacation trips. See why! I suggest trying an elegant scratch breakfast at Mockingbird Cafe or the spicy shrimp and grits at The Sycamore House. Those are two of our favorite Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants.
McCool Travel tip: walk along the waterfront for a nice sunrise or sunset and look at the carvings in the oak trees. Be sure to visit Ruth’s Roots for some Coastal Mississippi funkiness.
Buccaneer State Park, Waveland
Head six miles southwest from Bay Town Inn and check out the relaxed glamping experience at Buccaneer State Park in Waveland MS. Let Tentrr set up a fun and memorable camping excursion for you.
All you have to bring is a cover sheet and your toothbrush. Tentrr provides the canvas tent on a sturdy platform, a full size camper cot with mattress (and matter cover), two basic bedside tables, two Adirondack chairs, propane heater, picnic table, and storage.
McCool Travel tip: the Tentrr sites in Buccaneer State Park are in the primitive section of the campground, secluded from the other campground loops. It is a wonderful spot for sunrise (the bayou is right behind) and star gazing.
McCool Travel note: two Tentrr sites here have one tent, one site has two tents (great for a family or two couples), and another site is ADA compliant.
For those coolish winter, spring, and fall nights, I love the merino wool layers from Isobaa. On the night I camped here, I wore their cable sweater to dinner and then around the campsite until I went to sleep.
Where to Stay in Pass Christian
Hotel Pass Christian
See also our favorite Things to Do in Pass Christian
Across the street from Bacchus on the Beach and overlooking quaint Pass Christian Harbor, Hotel Pass Christian is a fun place to stay. At this 10 room boutique property opt for one of the four oversized king suites with wet bars and private patios. While in The Pass, visit the super cute Pass Christian Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse and order some amazing oysters and steak at Whiskey Prime, on the ground floor of the Hotel Whiskey.
McCool Travel tip: Nearby Henderson Point is a prime viewing spot for magnificent Gulf Coast Sunsets.
Watch my video tour of a Hotel Pass Christian suite room.
Where to Stay in Gulfport MS
Grand Centennial Hotel
The newest Coastal Mississippi hotel (opened August 2019) is Grand Centennial Hotel (a wonderful #USGulfCoast relaxed luxury hotel) in Centennial Plaza in Gulfport Mississippi. Check out my Grand Centennial Hotel room video tour.
Hotels in Biloxi MS
Margaritaville Resort Biloxi
Among the mega resort properties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Margaritaville Resort Biloxi is the only one without a casino. Margaritaville definitely has a family-friendly vibe, along with that 5 O’clock Somewhere and license to chill attitude.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi
Owned by MGM, Beau Rivage Biloxi is much more than a casino resort. Relax in The Spa. Watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the upper floors. The biggest entertainers appearing along the Mississippi coast will play in the Beau Rivage theatre. I do not personally like the name of their golf course, Fallen Oak (I LOVE oaks), but it is the #1 rated golf course in Mississippi.
See our article about Beau Rivage Biloxi.
Across the street from Biloxi Beach and The Loop, DoubleTree Biloxi is a short walking distance to downtown Biloxi, Beau Rivage, and MGM Park. I recently stayed in a room on the top floor facing the gulf and enjoyed peeks of a gorgeous #MSCoastLife sunrise.
See also our article about Fun Things to Do in Biloxi.
Where to Stay in Ocean Springs
The Roost is only a couple of blocks from the funky shops and eclectic eateries of downtown Ocean Springs.
Watch this video of the Lily suite at The Roost Ocean Springs.
The Inn at Ocean Springs
The Inn at Ocean Springs is an elegant two suite property in the heart of downtown Ocean Springs.
Please see this video tour of an Inn at Ocean Springs suite.
Gulf Hills Hotel & Resort
The King—Elvis Presley—stayed in the Love Me Tender, Love Me Suite at Gulf Hills Hotel & Resort for several consecutive and entire summers in the 1950s. And now you can also! The suite has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, 2,000 sq. ft of space, and vintage decor and memorabilia—and is perfect for you and your entourage.
Here is my video of the Love Me Tender, Love Me Suites at Gulf Hills Hotel in Ocean Springs, Mississippi:
The VIP Suite is a mere two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with 1,000 sq. ft. of space, and is perfect for your security detail.
For smaller entourages or maybe just a vacationing couple, Gulf Hills also has 52 hotel rooms.
Elvis Presley fans would also love the Collette America’s Music Cities tour, which visits Graceland and stays at the Guest House at Graceland.
Front Beach Cottages
For your next Ocean Springs getaway, check out the hidden gem Front Beach Cottages. Four adorable cottages sit walking or biking distance from the gorgeous downtown Ocean Springs and the wonderful Front Beach.
Front Beach Cottages also provides kayaks, wagons, and games for guest use. For some excellent Coastal Mississippi kayak ideas see our Guide to Mississippi Gulf Coast kayaking.
Watch my video of the Bellande Cottage at Front Beach Cottages in Ocean Springs MS.
See our article on Best Ocean Springs hotels.
Where to Stay in Pascagoula
The Grand Magnolia Ballroom & Suites
There are seven rooms available in the main house of the historic Grand Magnolia Ballroom & Suites (built in 1894). The adjacent ballroom hosts weddings and events for up to 600 persons. Stay in The Little Gem, as I did, where Jimmy Buffett hung out before his latest local concert in Pascagoula—to commemorate the renaming of the town beach to Buffett Beach. Richard Chenoweth, the Grand Magnolia owner, also operates the nearby downtown Pascagoula restaurant and catering company Scranton’s.
Please watch this video tour of The Little Gem room at Grand Magnolia.
Other Hotels Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Of course, there are dozens of other Mississippi Gulf Coast hotels, from Waveland to Pascagoula. Some Mississippi Coast hotels I want to try in the future include:
- Hotel Legends Biloxi (all suite hotel)
- Hard Rock Hotel Biloxi
- White House Hotel Biloxi
- South Beach Biloxi Hotel
- Hyatt Place Biloxi (reliable chain hotel for me)
- Oasis Resort Gulfport
- Island View Casino Gulfport
- The Inn at Long Beach MS
- Kelinci Spa B&B Long Beach MS
- Hotel Whiskey Pass Christian
- Carroll House B&B Bay St Louis
McCool Travel tip: When making reservations at Coastal Mississippi hotels or calling them for details, mention that McCool Travel sent you for possible special rates and consideration.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals
Vacation rentals—including condos, apartments, houses, and boats—offer a great alternative to Mississippi coast hotels.
A few of the extraordinary and best Ocean Springs vacation rental listings are:
- Coolest Cottage in Ocean Springs (1 bedroom waterfront cottage)
- Pineapple Palms (cozy loft bedroom garden cottage, two blocks from downtown Ocean Springs)
- Bottlebrush on Bowen (gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bath house, one block from downtown)
- Quaint Ocean Springs Cottage (2 bedroom cottage close to downtown and Front Beach)
Other highly-rated rental properties along Mississippi Gulf Coast:
- Biloxi Tudor Cottage (3 bedroom restored 1936 cottage in the heart of Biloxi)
- Biloxi Beach House (3 bedroom house with banana trees on property, close to Biloxi casinos and beach)
- Canary Bay – Olde Town Bay St Louis (3 bedroom 3.5 bath house across the street from Bay Town Inn)
- Historic House in Pass Christian (3 bedroom historic house across the street from the superb Pass Christian beach)
See also Romantic Hotels in North America.
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