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.
While Coastal Mississippi (formerly Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast)—and various properties, attractions, and restaurants—hosted McCool Travel and picked up the tab for my extraordinary stays, please be certain that my message is carefully crafted for my awesome audience so that you can make informed decisions in order to Travel Happy on future trips.
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 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! Owner Nikki Moon is a delight and is happy to provide suggestions on things to do and places to eat in Bay St. Louis. I suggest trying an elegant scratch breakfast at Mockingbird Cafe.
Please see my video tour of a Bay Town Inn room.
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.
Where to Stay in Pass Christian
Hotel 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 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: Henderson Point is a prime viewing spot for magnificent Mississippi 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. Below is my Grand Centennial Hotel room video tour from October 2019.
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.
Watch my video tour of a Margaritaville Resort Biloxi room and my dedicated article Margaritaville Resort Biloxi: Fun Lodging Along the Mississippi Coast.
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.
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.
Where to Stay in Ocean Springs
The Roost Ocean Springs opened in April 2017 with six rooms, reclaimed wood, oyster shell walls, a 200 year old tub, and wonderful oak trees. Architectural Digest named this “beach-chic boutique” one of the most beautiful hotels in the southern US. I stayed in one of the five new rooms in June 2018, a week after the magnificent expansion was completed. On property funness includes Eat Drink Love (remarkable roast beef sandwich and delicious salads) and The Wilbur Bar (visit the Speakeasy room).
I love the location of The Roost, a couple of blocks from the funky shops and eclectic eateries of downtown Ocean Springs and a couple of blocks from The Greenhouse on Porter (daily, made from scratch sweet and savory biscuits. GO!).
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 and convenient property in the heart of downtown Ocean Springs. Two luxury suites at the Washington Street location feature all the home-away-from-home amenities to make you feel comfortable. I stayed in the Avenue Suite, with a king bed and further away from the street. Two other suites are just a few blocks away in a residential setting, located in Bradford House on Bowen Avenue. Bright Eyed Brew Co occupies the front part of the building and serves made-to-order scrumptious Belgian style waffles. I cannot personally attest to their coffee but have heard rave reviews from other people. The Roost (above) is their sister property.
Please see this video tour of an Inn at Ocean Springs suite.
Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center
Perhaps the most fun place to stay in Coastal Mississippi is in the lavish and incredible Love Me Tender, Love Me Suite at Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center. The King—Elvis Presley—stayed here for several consecutive and entire summers in the 1950s. 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.
Of the dozens of Elvis artifacts, including gold records on the hallway walls, this plate is my favorite.
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 tour of America’s Music Cities, which visits Graceland and stays at the Guest House at Graceland.
Front Beach Cottages
For your next getaway to Coastal Mississippi, check out the secret hidden gem Front Beach Cottages. Four super sweet cottages are themed after Ocean Springs, New Orleans, and Key West. The Front Beach Cottages property sits walking distance from the wonderful downtown Ocean Springs and the lovely Front Beach waterfront. In fact, do as I did and hop on a bicycle to catch sunrise over the water. It is beautiful. They also have kayaks, wagons, and games for guest use. For some excellent Coastal Mississippi kayak ideas see our Complete Guide to Kayaking in Mississippi on the Gulf Coast.
Watch my video of the Bellande Cottage at Front Beach Cottages in Ocean Springs MS.
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
- Holiday Inn Express Long Beach (reliable chain hotel)
- 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)
To search for your own Coastal Mississippi vacation rental, click below.
Before your next Mississippi Gulf Coast trip, please read these articles about things to do in Coastal Mississippi:
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants: Coastal Mississippi Dining Guide
- 51+ Coastal Mississippi Hidden Gems on The Secret Coast
- Margaritaville Resort Biloxi: Fun Lodging Along the Mississippi Coast
- Fun Things To Do On The Mississippi Gulf Coast
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