Pearl Hotel opens in Bay St. Louis amid COVID-19 pandemic

Pearl Hotel opens in Bay St. Louis amid COVID-19 pandemic

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WLOX) - The front doors to the Pearl Hotel are finally open in Old Towne Bay St. Louis. It’s a moment General Manager Sarah Cure Clark and the rest of the Pearl Hotel staff have been anxiously awaiting.

“Christmas Eve we worked. We took off Christmas Day and we got up and we found babysitters for our children and we went back to work on December 26th,” said Clark. “We’ve been working very hard these past few weeks. At least three weeks that I can think of just day in, day out, literally to make this happen and get everything ready and fine tune things.”

The Pearl Hotel pays tribute to the oyster industry in Hancock County. And much like the hardworking people in the oyster industry, the staff has learned to overcome adversity in their journey to open the 59-room boutique hotel.

“It has been a challenge,” Clark admitted. “Not only were we working on a hotel that we worked on before the pandemic began, but we also experienced storms this year. An unusual amount of tropical storms, hurricanes also affected our construction.”

Even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, visitors are choosing to come. Mark Garcia booked a hotel room to peer out over the harbor from his balcony at the Pearl Hotel.

“COVID is COVID. It’s a real thing, but you can’t hide in your house forever. If you don’t feel safe going out, don’t go out,” said Garcia. “There’s a lot of us that it’s like the flu to me and we’re going to go out. We’re going to live our life.”

The Pearl Hotel is now booking for 2021. You can also check out their cocktail bar Hinge, as well as the Thorny Oyster and Smoke BBQ restaurants.

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