A boutique hotel with handcrafted, art-deco finishes is on the market for $2 million in downtown Gulfport.
Hotel Vogue was originally scheduled to open in the summer of 2016, but it sits 80 percent completed on 24th Avenue two blocks off the waterfront.
Real estate broker Felix Bertucci represents the owner, who had planned to move from New Orleans to Gulfport but is now relocating off the Gulf Coast and wants to sell the project she conceived and designed. He said the building is being sold without debt.
“We’re trying to find the right buyer who understands what we’re doing here,” Bertucci said. “It’s going to be really spectacular.
“This is the trophy. This is the place.”
The hotel has 16 rooms on two floors. The first floor also features a lobby, restaurant and bar. A second restaurant and bar, Lafitte’s at Hotel Vogue, sits behind the main building.
The project started with a unique building. The north side was built 115 years ago, while the south side was added later. The original brick is exposed on the north wall of the building’s interior, in the main bar and restaurant and in upstairs suites.
The owner, who wanted to remain private, found many of the interior touches in New Orleans, including stained glass windows from a church and walnut doors for the upstairs suites. Transoms will hang over the doors.
Glass block windows accent the rooms.
Custom wood framing has been built around the elevator and is used throughout the building.
The public areas are designed to make a statement. A bar that runs along one side of the main restaurant was handmade from the ground up, with black marble and curved wood finishes.
Across the street sits the city’s historic Hardy Building, where the Urban Development Department is located.
“I would love to see (the hotel) finished,” said Urban Development Director Greg Pietrangelo. “I think it’s a great venture and it would do well. I know the administration would love to see it finished. It’s something that adds to the uniqueness of downtown.”