The Best Hotels to Book in Mississippi, USA

The rooftop bar at the Graduate Oxford is a great place to watch sunsets
The rooftop bar at the Graduate Oxford is a great place to watch sunsets | © Graduate Oxford / Expedia
Claire Dodd

The birthplace of the blues and a key civil rights fighting ground, Mississippi has played host to some of the most significant historical moments in America. The traces of that legacy live on in the state bordered by the mighty Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, with key cultural sites like the USS Cairo Museum and Texas Monument. Explore them all, with a stay at our pick of the best hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Monmouth Historic Inns and Gardens, for Southern charm


Room at the Monmouth Historic Inns and Gardens with historic chic decor in cool blue and green tones alongside dark wood furniture
© Monmouth Historic Inns and Gardens / Expedia

Picture a historic Southern mansion, and, no doubt, a place like Monmouth comes to mind. Marble fireplaces, check. Four-poster beds, check. Antique furniture throughout, check. Manicured lawns and garden statues, check and check. Set on 26 acres (11ha) of well-tended, pert gardens of blooming magnolias, roses and azaleas, accommodation – totaling 30 rooms and suites – the hotel spreads out over seven outbuildings as well as the main house. Sip a mint julep in the lounge, ahead of dinner at the 1818 restaurant, named for the year the house – a National Historic Landmark – was built. Take a tour to learn about its history, including its part in the slave trade.

2. Beau Rivage, for golf lovers

Hotel, Casino Hotel

Glamorous restaurant at the Beau Rivage decorated in a luxurious color palette of gold, brown, red and yellow
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Love the trappings of a large resort? The Beau Rivage delivers with its pool, spa, golf-swing practice suite, exclusive use of an 18-hole championship golf course, casino, 10 restaurants, bars and cafes. A destination in its own right on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, rooms – from doubles to suites – offer views across either downtown to historic Biloxi or across the Mississippi Sound and out to sea. Be sure to specify your preference when booking.

3. Chancellor's House, for college cool


Room at the Chancellors House, with bookshelves and elegant decor in shades of grey and dark brown
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Verandas and wrap-around balconies, ornate red brick, wrought iron and columned façades define the architecture of this historic college town, home to the University of Mississippi. Expect a lot of college cheer during term time. The Chancellor’s House offers 38 neat rooms and six suites, looking out onto downtown. Cozy up with luxury touches including Egyptian cotton sheets, monogrammed terry robes, a clawfoot tub, butler services and in-room Keurig coffee makers.

4. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, for endless entertainment

Casino Hotel, Hotel

Dining room at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort with a patterned red carpet, brown leather chairs, black table cloths and yellow roller blinds
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Look out across the Mississippi Gulf Coast from the comfort of your bed. This sprawling casino resort features 300 hotel rooms, a miniature golf course, event center, pool and a number of bars and restaurants – serving everything from steak and seafood to noodles and pizza. If you tire of the over 900 slot machines, including over 50 live video poker machines and over 30 table games, head back to your room to order some room service from your bed. Book a corner room for the wrap-around view.

5. Graduate Oxford, for bold decor


Common area at the Graduate Oxford with sofas, armchairs and chairs, decorated in a modern mix of light colors
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Another Oxford gem, the rooms at the college-leaning Graduate are best described as warm and comforting – think splashes of bold red, blue and yellow, polka dot carpets, plaid quilts, quilted headboards, florals and wood features. And bathrooms feature Malin + Goetz toiletries. In the morning, grab a coffee from Cabin 82 – the hotel’s cafe inspired by a country fair. In the evenings, head to the roof for cocktails at the rooftop bar, the Coop – make ours a hibiscus daiquiri.

6. Dunleith Historic Inn, for nature’s finest


The columned Dunleith Historic Inn with a big tree in front of it and more trees in the background
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Sit beneath the shade of the large Mississippi oaks, or while away the heat of the afternoon on the two-story veranda that wraps around this pre-civil-war mansion. A National Landmark – built in 1856 to replace an earlier building that was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground – the Dunleith has been a B&B since the late 1970s. Book into the main house for gilded antique mirrors, grand marble fireplaces and 14ft (4m) ceilings. Explore the neighborhood – home to antebellum mansions – including the unfinished Longwood.

7. Devereaux Shields House, for historic gardens


Luxuriously decorated dining table in front of a fire place at the Devereaux Shields House
© Devereaux Shields House / Expedia

The historic clapboard pile consists of not one but three Victorian mansions and cottages. Though the grandest is the Devereaux Shields House – a two-story old dame surrounded by gardens of myrtles and camellias. There’s also the four-room Aunt Clara’s Cottage and the cozy Bost House, where rooms have their own fireplaces. Need a little help relaxing? The private spa room is available for single or couples treatments. Add champagne and fresh fruit to make the appointment extra special.

8. Hilton Jackson, for central convenience

Chain Hotel

Sleek cream-colored lobby with rectangular columns and chandeliers at the Hilton Jackson
© Hilton Jackson / Expedia

Stop by the state capital, Jackson, for attractions such as the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. In fact, the Freedom Trail guides visitors through landmarks and sites significant in the civil rights movement, across the city. The Hilton is 15 minutes from downtown, but, once you’re there, there’s everything you need on site. Drago’s Seafood offers New Orleans-inspired cuisine. Wellington’s serves up breakfast and Southern-style weekday lunch buffets. Alternatively, sip on a cocktail at the hotel’s bar, Fitzgerald’s.

9. Cotton House, Cleveland, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, for landmark luxury


Restaurant at the Cotton House, Cleveland with a stylish, modern decor
© Cotton House, Cleveland / Expedia

Cleveland – in the heart of the Delta – has a rich history of blues music, heroes from the civil rights movement, and migration from the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railroad that passes through town. In fact, the Cotton House is located next to two musical landmarks: the GRAMMY Museum and the Mississippi Blues Trail. Rooms in leather, copper and slate tones are stylish and cozy. Dine at the hotel’s award-winning Delta Meat Market – by chef Cole Ellis – which combines international influences with Mississippi Delta culinary traditions. Be sure to try out the seafood gumbo – complete with shrimp, snapper, oysters, seabass and ham.

10. Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg, for industrial chic


The warmly lit restaurant Bass Hat at Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg, with green walls, a wooden floor, blue armchairs and yellow seats
© Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg / Expedia

Once the center of the lumber and railroad industries, Hattiesburg’s nickname of the Hub City is borne out in this hotel’s decor. Rooms, restaurants and lobbies nod to the past with train tunnel lighting, upholstery inspired by historic conductor uniforms, and other industrial-chic touches. Close to the University of Southern Mississippi, the area has a college-town buzz. The hotel’s Brass Hat bar and restaurant serve small plates and cocktails in a space built to look like a train carriage – the fried green tomatoes are a must.

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