Hancock County

Boutique hotel coming to ‘ground zero’ of bustling Bay St. Louis

An architectural rendering of the North Beach Hotel being built in Bay St. Louis.
An architectural rendering of the North Beach Hotel being built in Bay St. Louis.

A boutique hotel with a distinct design is coming to the busiest corner in downtown Bay St. Louis — North Beach Boulevard and Main Street.

New Orleans architect Peter Trapolin is excited that the hotel his firm designed will be located at “ground zero” in the Bay, which is experiencing a post-Katrina revival of restaurants, shops and bars situated above the Bay of St. Louis and the city marina.

“It's an ideal site,” said Trapolin, principal at Trapolin-Peer Architects. “We've talked to hotel consultants who think this is an excellent location for a project like this.

“There's a lot of good restaurants and nighttime activity along north beach, which makes it an attractive place to stay.”

Trapolin-Peer designed the hotel for Mike Cure, a Hancock County businessman who plans to oversee the operation but will have on-site management.

Trapolin said the hotel will stand four stories with 60 rooms. Exterior rooms will include balconies. An interior courtyard, pool and hospitality suite are planned for the second floor.

The hotel lobby will face Main Street. Plans call for retail space on the North Beach side, plus a restaurant and bar. Cure will lease those spaces to tenants, Trapolin said.

The architecture is traditional with a beach feel, including earth tones and light pastels. The exterior will be stucco, except for the first floor. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission has signed off on the plans, Trapolin said, but did ask that a material other than stucco be used on the exterior’s first floor.

Cure is shooting for a high-end look without the steep prices of a luxury hotel, Trapolin said.

Trapolin enjoyed working on the project because he spends a good bit of time on the Coast. His family has had a second home on Henderson Point, just across the bay in Harrison County, for 77 years.

This will be his first major commercial project on the Coast, although he has taken on numerous residential jobs.

“I think Bay St. Louis is well-situated for something like this,” Trapolin said, mentioning the marina, casinos, and downtown dining and entertainment options.

He said construction should start by year’s end and be completed in 10 to 12 months. He did not want to disclose the project’s cost.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99