By Anne Roderique-Jones

From an Art Deco dazzler in Nashville to a beach-chic boutique on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Southerners know how to build a fine hotel—hospitality is a duty in these parts, after all. The region may be known for comfortable porches, where a rocking chair and tumbler of bourbon are de rigueur, but the finer things in life are certainly appreciated. Here, properties are stacked with soaring columns, oversize chandeliers, lavish velvet furnishings, and lobbies that can stop you in your tracks. It makes for a stay unlike any other in the country—all complete with world-class service. Here are AD's picks for the most gorgeous new hotels in the South.

The Roost, Ocean Springs, MS
Located in the artsy Mississippi Gulf Coast town of Ocean Springs, this six-room property is the very definition of a boutique hotel. The town is anchored by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Shearwater Pottery, so it’s fitting that the Roost would pay homage to the artist with a namesake guest room. The Shearwater Suite, with a master bedroom and full kitchen, is awash in creamy beach-chic decor and opulent furnishings that make you feel as if you’re weekending at a wealthy but completely unpretentious friend’s summer home. There’s a loftlike common outdoor space equipped with oversize chairs, communal tables, and stunning chandeliers—ideal for sipping wine and doing what Southerners do best: making new friends.


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