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Prop up your feet and stay awhile!

1/19/2015 | By Dorothy Wilson

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Prop up your feet and stay awhile!

The Coast is unique in so many ways, and the types of places to stay
are no exception. Whether you prefer a brand-name hotel, a homey
beachside cottage or an oceanfront resort experience, you can find it
here.
Front Beach Cottages on the Coast’s east end pins itself as "a coastal
inn in downtown Ocean Springs,” and that’s a great way to describe its
uniqueness. The Key West Cabana, NOLA Cottage, Bellande Cottage
and Lagniappe Cottage are just a few blocks away from Front Beach in
one direction and in strolling distance of great specialty shopping on
scenic Washington Avenue and Government Street. Location and easy
access to great shopping is what makes Front Beach Cottages special,
says Cathy MacKenzie, who is proprietor along with her husband,
Jason, at Front Beach.
The cottages are fully furnished — and that means everything from
dishes to robes!
The MacKenzies opened the cottages two years ago, targeting couples
and families seeking a beachside vacation on an economical travel plan.
Ken Cole of Shular Hospitality Inc., says if a brand hotel experience
is the preference, his Holiday Inn in Gulfport has customer scores to
prove its exceptionality. The property has received an international
honor, the Torchbearer Award, two years in a row. The award
recognizes the highest level of excellence in all aspects of being a great
hotel within the IHG chain.
"What sets us apart is our employees,” Cole says, adding that Shular
Hospitality also operates the newly remodeled Best Western and
Clarion Inn in Gulfport. The properties are all located on U.S. 49,
convenient to restaurants and shopping.
If nothing short of oceanfront living will do, South Beach Biloxi
Hotel & Suites is the Coast’s only hotel on the beach, says Kyle Loftin,
general manager of the property. "Being on the beach is our No. 1
attraction, and after that, the size of our rooms.”
South Beach offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites
that are up to 1,500 square feet. In addition to the spacious interior,
vacationers can enjoy gorgeous sunset views from their private
balconies overlooking the water.
South Beach is also known for its 3,000-square-foot terrace positioned
with views of the Mississippi Sound in mind. Other amenities include
a beachside pool, bar, café and fitness center.
By Dorothy Wilson