White House Hotel to open in July

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After about a year of construction the historic White House Hotel in Biloxi has an opening date. General Manager Cono Caranna says the hotel is slated to open just a few months from now in late July. WLOX News was at the property to get an update on the multi-million dollar hotel and its amenities.

It's crunch time for construction workers to get this 76 room hotel open

"Right now we're finishing up the dry wall on the second floor. That was the last phase of the hotel to get the inspection so they are finishing that up right now. The columns just came in early this week. We're going to be putting them up if the weather holds out," said Caranna.

Caranna says the four-story, non-smoking hotel will be a wedding and event destination with a third floor balcony, large pool and a 1,900 square foot, multi-use ballroom.

"The ballroom upstairs is going to be a catch all. We're wiring it for conventions for any meetings, anybody that wants to come through for a presentation; we will accommodate them as well," he said.

The amenities get even better with bars at the pool and lobby and 15 suites as well as a honeymoon suite. The hotel will also house a 100 seat restaurant.

"We just hired a master chef. There are 66 in the United States. He just moved in from Peru. So we've now turned the theme from the restaurant from a steakhouse to an Italian theme restaurant which is his specialty," he said.

He says by the end of this week he expects to see the landscaping underway and the columns in place at the west end of the hotel.

"The columns are pretty much the identity of the property. Everybody associates that whenever they think of the White House. We'll have different textures throughout the entire building. It's all hard flooring throughout the entire property except for the guest hallways," he said.

Hiring for the hotel is expected to begin 45 days prior to the opening date. The hotel was originally built as a house by Walter White in 1895.

The restaurant in the hotel will be named after his wife Cora and the master chef hired to work in that restaurant is Felix Picasso. Caranna says rates will begin at $119.

For details on employment or to follow the progression of this hotel, click White House Hotel Biloxi.

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