This new landmark building on Beach Boulevard will soon welcome visitors to the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis.
- Story by Lisa Monti, photos by Ellis Anderson
Hotel manager Sarah Cure Clark said the Pearl has been accepting reservations online since October. “It’s been great,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of reservations for opening day and New Year’s Eve, and for special annual events in Bay St. Louis as well as vacations.”
The 59 rooms include three junior suites and three king suites in addition to standard rooms, premier rooms and waterfront balcony rooms. Rates can be seen at pearlbsl.com.
Guests at the four-story hotel will have prime viewing from room balconies for Mardi Gras parades and events such as Cruisin’ the Coast that draw large crowds to Old Town. Nearby designated parking for guests will be added in early 2021. For now, guests will use street parking and the city parking garage.
For a small property, the Pearl will pack in some major food and beverage service. Chef Jeffrey Hansell, who hails from Waveland, and his wife, Amy, will be at the helm of both restaurants.
Thorny Oyster will serve Southern seafood, and Smoke will be a barbecue spot. The couple is well known for their highly rated Covington restaurant, Oxlot 9.
Also on the lobby area will be Hinge, a cozy bar serving signature craft cocktails as well as a variety of wines, spirits and select beers.
Clark said the hotel interior will showcase coastal art throughout, reflecting the Cures’ connection to the oyster industry starting back in 1959. They commissioned artist Billy Solitario to create paintings of the family’s first two oyster boats that hang in the hotel. Solitario, who grew up in Jackson County and has a studio in New Orleans, is well regarded for his realistic landscapes and still life paintings. Works by artist Rick Dobbs, a Gulfport native and creative director of Unreal, a New Orleans design shop, also will be featured throughout the property.
Clark, a third-generation family member, said the project is a testament to the family’s hard work in the oyster business and also “every fisherman who has been part of the family.”
104 N Beach Blvd.
Bay St Louis