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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

  • 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.

    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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  • 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

    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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  • 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
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day family-fun filled day at the Jackson Zoo
    Fishing  -  Spend a day on the Ross Barnett Reservoir fishing

    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

    Frilly, fancy & fantastic 19th-century antebellum mansion. Surrounded by 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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