Page 13: Unique hotel opens in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - When you look at the hotel scene in South Mississippi, you see giant Casino properties, Mom and Pop motels and an array of hotel chains.

Gulf Coast businessman Rip Daniels has transformed a private residence into what he calls a boutique hotel. The Almanett Guest House on 15th Street on the eastern edge of downtown Gulfport offers five rooms and a guest cottage.

"It's a different kind of experience. I think the more diverse opportunities we have to provide entertainment and accommodations is important," said Karen Sock who has been brought in as a consultant on the project.

The Almanett has a jazz club on the first floor and chef Calvin Coleman from Naomi's Catering is handling food service. Each room is unique and the Almanett is a multi-use facility.

"There are places for business meetings and conferences. You can also hold private parties or receptions" said Sock.

Daniels purchased the building after Katrina and decided to convert the structure into a hotel, named after his mother.

"I feel fortunate to be able to give back to this community where so many have given me so much support over the years. This is a tribute to my dear mother and to see something arise from disaster is another example of the resilience of the Gulf Coast after Katrina" said Daniels.

Artwork can be found through out the hotel and each room has a private balcony revealing signature views of the Gulf Coast.

The Almanett Guest House in Gulfport is another sign of post Katrina recovery along the Mississippi Coast.

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