Local hotel hoping renovation will give them an edge

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A local hotel is hoping a large scale investment now, will give it a jump on the competition once the economy picks up. The Hampton Inn in Ocean Springs has just completed a one million dollar renovation.

Patsy Smiley frequents the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"We love the weather and the people. We always have such a good time when we come down. We come down, I come down two or three times a year," Smiley said.

The Hampton Inn in Ocean Springs hopes to lure in more guests after completing a nearly year long renovation. Brandon Turner, the general manager, says the hotel looks nothing like it did before.

"We've done everything from the guest rooms; we've replaced all the furniture, televisions, all the bathrooms, vanities, completely renovated the lobby area, the breakfast area," said turner. "It doesn't look anything like it used to."

Turner said the goal was to make this Hampton Inn feel less like a hotel and more like home, and there's a business strategy behind investing one million dollars during a slumping economy.

"To be ahead of the competition. To be positioned when the economy does pick back up to where we can welcome the guests back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and be ready to welcome them with the new renovation," said Turner.

The coast has several hotels either brand new or under construction. Hampton Inn officials said that makes having a competitive edge even more important.

"It's definitely going to make it a little more tough for each of the hotels. Anytime that supply is increasing and demand is decreasing, it does make it a lot harder. But hopefully with our changes here, even though we do have some new hotels in the area, we're basically like a new hotel," Turner said.

Turner also said he's hopeful that expansion of the Coast Coliseum will bring more tourists and business travelers to the area.