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About Mississippi

Mississippi: all those ’s’s and ‘i’s are familiar to many of us from works of fiction and imagination. For some reason this state, feeding on the great artery of the Mississippi River, is a place with a particularly large numbers of stories to tell. So you might be travelling to experience the Mississippi of Mark Twain, William Faulkner, or Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Stark Young or even John Grisham? Or you might be here for the music, the Delta blues, jazz and soul? Or to better understand the events that happened here that have shaped modern America? Or to adventure along a stretch of the mighty river? Or for a myriad of other reasons! And in this state the story behind your journey will probably impact your choice of the best places to stay in Mississippi more than in other places, because the best hotels in Mississippi are an extremely varied lot.

Many of Mississippi’s gracious old mansions have been converted into hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs, and these make for an elegant base, though they can be a little ‘out of town’. If you want to be close to the late night music venues then you might want a boutique hotel dripping with the history of the south? Or something bright and architecturally glassy and modern? At the moment our own Mississippi odyssey is unfinished, so our recommendations for the best places to stay in Mississippi are limited, but they are carefully chosen and certainly a good place to start your accommodation search if you’re looking for something a bit special.

Where to Stay and What not to Miss

  • Jackson is the state capital, and it’s great if you’re looking for Mississippi’s music scene. It’s also where you’ll find the Old State Capitol, the New State Capitol, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Museum of Mississippi History — with Mississippian Morgan Freeman introducing the museum! — and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
  • The Delta is also great for seekers of The Mississippi Sound. Cleveland has the second only outpost of the GRAMMY Museum, and the Mississippi museum focuses on the cultural context of recorded music as well as its history.  Clarksdale has the Delta Blues Museum, which has sprung up around the cabin where Muddy Waters grew up, plus the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49 where Robert Johnson supposedly made his deal with the devil mythologised in blues legend.
  • Natchez and the area around it, is where you’ll find some of the state’s most glorious antebellum homes and mansions. Natchez is also close to a part-excavated ancient Native American settlement, and several extremely sad but interesting museums about slavery, including the fascinating William Johnson House, home to Johnson, a freed slave who became a barber and prolific diarist. n addition Natchez is at one end of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444 mile long route to Nashville that dates back hundreds of years and is lined with Indian mounds, and small museums and exhibits, and known for its turkeys and deer. It’s great for motorists but also hikers.
  • Biloxi is on the Gulf Coast, so this is where to come for the beaches and subtropical weather — and, since the turn of the century, the casinos.  Biloxi also has the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, housed partly in an unusual Frank Gehry creation, the Walter Anderson Art Museum and the Beauvoir Jefferson Davis House, a museum to the Confederate President.
  • If you’re interested in the American Civil War Vicksburg will be a familiar name because if its Civil War Park. Vicksburg also has the Lower Mississippi River Museum, which is low-key but worth a visit.
  • And Elvis fans will be heading for Tupelo, to see his birthplace, a tiny, two-room, clapboard house, raised off the ground on bricks.
  • Greenwood is another place of legend, home to some of the great bluesmen, and a cemetery full of famous names.

The Best Places to Stay in Mississippi

  • Linden B&B is a totally charming and pristine, Antebellum home with a beautiful collection of antiques. There are just six guest rooms and suites, all with four-poster beds and private balconies with garden views. This is a generous sized mansion, and it has its own library and conservatory rooms, as well as a formal dinning room, lounge and breakfast room. Linden is about four minutes from the centre of Natchez and the Mississippi River.

For an Apartment or Cottage

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private cottage we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Mississippi’s international airports are Jackson Evers International Airport and Gulfport Biloxi International Airport. But this is a big state and there are numerous regional airports connected to the main US hub airports.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • The main thing to know about Mississippi’s weather is that hurricanes and tornadoes are fairly frequent, and spring and summer are the most common times. The second thing to know is that Mississippi can be pretty humid, so it’s actually not at its best during the warmer months. Based on having the most comfortable weather the best months to pay Mississippi a visit are March, October and November. But this is a big state and conditions vary, so don’t stop researching yet.

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Best Hotels in Mississippi

  • Cotton House, Mississippi Cleveland, Mississippi 95 rooms from £94

    City Style  -  That rare find; affordable deluxe hotel with central location, unique sense of place, great facilities and beautiful design
    Local exploring  -  So much on the doorstep: historic Cotton Row is home to charming boutiques, restaurants, antique shops & live music venues
    Value chic  -  Amazing value while sacrificing nothing in terms of location, style, space and creature comforts
    Sights nearby  -  Cotton and blues are the region's pride and joy. Learn more at Dockery Farms plantation or follow Mississippi Blues Trail
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    Cool modern property in downtown Cleveland that manages to be both a luxury hotel and an integral part of the community. On-trend decor in stylish spaces combines light woods and sophisticated grey hues. Dine on-site at a range of top quality eateries; rooftop terrace and garden add a special touch. See More

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  • Graduate Oxford Oxford, Mississippi 136 rooms from £95

    City Style  -  Offers insight into cool contemporary student life with flair, style and comfort while remaining inviting to those just visiting
    Restaurant  -  The Coop rooftop offers live blues, light bites and craft cocktails. Cabin 82 offers drinks and snacks with outdoor terrace
    Value chic  -  Unbelievable value for luxury accomodation with impressive amenities and facilities in the heart of town
    Local exploring  -  Prime location in historic hub means that independent shops, restaurants and bars are walking distance
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    On-trend boutique hotel in downtown Oxford offering stylish stay for students, alumni and travellers alike. Contemporary eclectic decor gives a strong sense of place; gorgeous open-plan living spaces invite sociable laid-back vibe, as does the happening rooftop bar and restaurant with city views. See More

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  • Chancellor's House Oxford, Mississippi 31 rooms from £99

    Learning  -  Oxford is home to The University of Mississippi. Considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the USA, it dates from 1848
    Local exploring  -  Well-located and an extremely comfortable base from which to explore the city and visit the university campus
    City Style  -  Oxford's most glamorous hotel by a mile; drink, dine, meet and sleep in style
    Value chic  -  Unbelievable value for luxurious stay in the centre of town
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    An upmarket boutique hotel in historic Oxford. Sleek contemporary rooms spoil with Egyptian cotton linens, fluffy robes & spa-style products; suites boast epic terraces. Glossy restaurant, bar and library lounge offer excellent indoor & outdoor dining options. Charming & chic in equal measure. See More

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  • Clermont Bluffs Bed and Breakfast Natchez 4 rooms from £104

    Local exploring  -  Lovely base for those who want to explore the area but also enjoy downtime in a quiet rural setting just away from the action
    Romantic Break  -  Cardinal Ranch room offers a luxurious designer bathroom with epic clawfoot tub; perfect romantic hideaway
    Birdwatching  -  Property's large garden and waterside grounds offer ample opportunity for great bird sightings
    Sights nearby  -  The area is home to countless antebellum homes. Visit them alone or book a guided tour
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    Victorian-era home with enviable Natchez bluffs location overlooking the Mississippi River. Set over 1.5 acres yet walking distance from downtown, enjoy the wrap-around porch and leafy garden. Rooms and two cottages offer contemporary comforts while public areas ring with authentic historic charm. See More

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  • The Inn on Whitworth Brookhaven, Mississippi 14 rooms from £105

    Local exploring  -  Well located in Brookhaven's historic downtown meaning you are just moments from a good selection of restaurants and attractions
    Groups  -  The rooms can be adjoined making this a great options for a group of friends or families
    Great walks  -  Get out for scenic walks in Homochitto National Forest or Lincoln State Park
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  The Executive Suite has a whirlpool tub
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    A historic inn located in downtown Brookhaven. Interiors have been fully renovated resulting in a fresh and contemporary feel inside. Suites are decorated with simple modern furniture and local artworks. The best have full kitchens but there is also a kitchen in the lobby for all. A convenient base. See More

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  • Duff Green Mansion Vicksburg, Mississippi 8 rooms from £113

    Weddings  -  Flexible range of spaces mean the property can host weddings and events for up to 600 guests
    Value chic  -  Very affordable yet warm and authentic; offers interesting insight into the area's past
    Local exploring  -  Well-located base from which to explore Vicksburgs' rich naval and military history
    Sights nearby  -  Local sights include McRaven Tour Home, Vicksburg National Military Park and Vicksburg National Cemetery
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    Pre-Civil War mansion lovingly transformed into Vicksburg B&B. Spacious rooms with soaring ceilings come with antique furnishings & pretty views. Return from sightseeing to the outdoor pool and range of relaxing libraries, parlours & living areas. Well-suited to history lovers & cultural tourists. See More

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  • Devereaux Shields House Natchez 6 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  There's much to see in the area: historic antebellum homes, Civil War historical sites and rare ancient Native Indian mounds
    Sights nearby  -  Natchez is home to the nation’s largest collection of historic antebellum homes
    Restrictions on children  -  Children aged 8 years and above are welcome
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    Welcoming owner-run B&B situated in a Queen Anne-style main house & Victorian clapboard cottage. Rooms are decorated with antiques in a tasteful period-style. Enjoy charming and contemporary sit-out terraces and porches for outdoor relaxation. Great value and perfect for casual summer weekends away. See More

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  • Gardensong Guest House Natchez 3 rooms from £114

    Garden  -  Resorted by previous owners, the property's formal gardens are a triumph. Expect parterres, manicured lawns & Venetian fountain
    Total relaxation  -  Perfect for those after a little bit of sightseeing and a lot of relaxing. The gardens make this a tranquil haven
    Families  -  Two of the suites comfortably sleep three and four people, making this a great option for older families
    Views  -  Tucked away on the third floor, the super-private Vivalidi Suite offers impressive views over the historic rooftops of Natchez
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    Historic house tucked away on a quiet leafy street. Feel right at home with an expansive kitchen, dining & living rooms; there's also a lovely front porch & formal gardens famous in the area. Spacious musically-themed multi-room suites have been decorated in a cosy informal style. Restful residence. See More

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  • Brandon Hall Plantation Natchez 7 rooms from £116

    Total relaxation  -  Spend leisurely afternoons picnicking under 300 year-old oak trees or enjoy the view over the pond from an Adirondack chair
    Back to Nature  -  Perfect if you're looking to explore the sites of Natchez while also enjoying a leisurely holiday in tranquil surroundings
    Weddings  -  A professional wedding venue with on-site team and bridal suite. Choose between veranda, gazebo and lawns for the ceremony
    Families  -  Whitehall Cottage sleeps up to six with three bedrooms, kitchen, living room, washer/drier and porch
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    19th-century plantation home turned B&B on a 45-acre historic estate. Leading to a pillared wrap-around porch, rooms in the main house have 12 ft ceilings, grand fireplaces and antiques. More contemporary cottages in the wooded grounds come with kitchens, living areas and decks. Secluded serenity. See More

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  • Castlehill of Oxford Oxford, Mississippi 7 rooms from £119

    Weddings  -  Designed with grand Southern weddings in mind with chapel, ballroom, landscaped grounds, perfect lawns and dramatic staircase
    Business meetings  -  Considered one of the area's most exclusive event venues; host luncheons, meetings, rehersal dinners, conferences & parties
    Local exploring  -  Located just 10 mins from central Oxford, a stay offers the best of both town and country
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Rowan Oak, the grand former home of acclaimed author William Faulkner
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    A grand country house modeled on a historic Antebellum home. Surrounded by large grounds, the property has all the Southern trimmings; think a grand facade, pillared porch & painted shutters. Pretty rooms range from traditional to more contemporary. Offers a sophisticated set-up for weddings. See More

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  • Stanton Guest House Natchez 6 rooms from £119

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of the action; perfectly located to explore the town and its historic sites on foot
    Families  -  Hulda Stanton Suite and Varina Stanton Suite combine to great a self-contained two-bathroom unit
    Sights nearby  -  Stanton Hall - Natchez’ most palatial mansion - is opposite. It's less than 10 mins walk to City Auditorium and St Mary Basilica
    Kayaking  -  Enjoy the outdoors; go canoeing at the wildlife refuge or fishing at Natchez State Park
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    Lovingly renovated Victorian home converted into owner-run guesthouse with courtyard, garden and concert hall. Period-inspired interiors combine antiques, draped curtains, decorative fireplaces and four-poster beds. There's a kitchen and walking-distance restaurants. Cosy with a sense of history. See More

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  • Linden B&B Natchez 6 rooms from £125

    Local exploring  -  Located 4 minutes away from the Natchez downtown area and the Mississippi River
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 10s only and there is no provision for extra beds in rooms
    Sights nearby  -  A 15 minute walk from the Natchez National Historical Park
    Great walks  -  Hikes along the Mississippi River can be organised
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    A pristine, Antebellum home filled with antiques. Romantic rooms & suites feature four posters and all have private balcony with views over the gardens. There's a formal dining room, library and several outdoor seating areas. A free guided tour of mansions and a full southern breakfast is included. See More

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  • Choctaw Hall Natchez 4 rooms from £130

    Weddings  -  The place for a charming, intimate and traditional Southern wedding. Think old-school rehearsal dinners, receptions & luncheons
    Local exploring  -  It's a two minute walk to the historic attractions and restaurants of downtown Natchez and metres from the riverfront
    Sights nearby  -  Make sure to visit nearby Natchez City Auditorium, Stanton Hall, Rosalie Mansion and Stratton Chapel Gallery
    Great walks  -  Walk to nearby Natchez Grand Hotel for picturesque views over the Mississippi River and Bluff Park
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    Grand 19th-century mansion walking distance from the banks of the Mississippi. Immaculately restored, expect a red brick facade, pillared porches, plantation shutters & antique four-posters. Spacious high-ceilinged rooms, traditional decor & welcoming hosts give the feel of an upscale private home. See More

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  • Travelers Hotel Clarksdale, Mississippi 20 rooms from £132

    City Style  -  Will suit those after an authentic local experience; the property has evolved into a cool and contemporary community hub
    Families  -  The Bunk Room features a double bed and two single bunks which works well for families with kids
    Full of character  -  The hotel was developed by downtown revitalisation nonprofit with the aim of building community through the arts
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Cutrer house, believed to be the inspiration for Big Daddy’s house in A Streetcar Named Desire
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    1920s Clarksdale building artfully renovated into a shabby chic boutique. Boho loft-style rooms feature exposed concrete, handmade furniture, locally crafted quilts & eclectic artwork. A sociable fireside bar and lobby lounge are the heart of the property. Perfect for laid-back creative types. See More

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  • The Burn Bed and Breakfast Natchez 9 rooms from £134

    Local exploring  -  Walking distance to Natchez's historic sites but also wonderfully secluded; a stay here really offers the best of both worlds
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy relaxed days lazing by the gorgeous outdoor pool or explore the property's three-acre estate garden
    Groups  -  The Lucy Room is perfect for friends travelling together; it sleeps four and is mere steps from the pool
    Swimming Pool  -  Handsome bricklaid pool is surrounded by the lovely leafy garden. You won't be able to tear yourself away on sunny afternoons!
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    Idyllic 19th century mansion with rich history set in expansive gardens. Rooms and suites with authentic period furnishings and decor are spread over the main house and cottage; expect four-poster beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, impressive antiques and silk damask curtains. Homely tranquil hideaway. See More

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  • Fairview Inn Jackson 18 rooms from £148

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is neatly positioned near downtown Jackson, making the galleries, shops and museums very accessible to guests
    Spa  -  The Nomispa offers facials, reflexology, aromatherapy, and detoxification baths
    Restaurant  -  The library lounge offers casual southern-inspired cuisine
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day family-fun filled day at the Jackson Zoo
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    An intimate boutique hotel in the heart of the Belhaven neighbourhood. Rooms are spacious and elegant with antique furnishings, bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and luxury Gilchrist & Soames bath and body amenities. The restaurant serves southern fare at the restaurant alongside cocktails. Very chic. See More

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  • Monmouth Historic Inn Natchez 30 rooms from £214

    Local exploring  -  Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. Tour the downtown with its antique stores, restaurants & river-front gaming
    Romantic Break  -  A stay makes for a romantic evening; take drinks in the historic lounge before a delicious dinner and fireside relaxation
    Great walks  -  There are many great walks you can do from the property, including through courtyards and past fountains in the hotel's garden
    Birdwatching  -  It's a great spot for birding; 26 acres of woods, blooming flowers and bushes, as well as 2 ponds make good sightings likely
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    Frilly, fancy & fantastic 19th-century antebellum mansion. Surrounded by 26 acres of picturesque grounds, expect opulent rooms with chandeliers and pretty colour schemes. The antique canopy beds are sensational, as is the painted wallpaper & historic porch. Experience the past with modern comforts. See More

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