Katrina-Ravaged Apartments to Reopen in May as Four Points by Sheraton

Following a $30 million renovation, an apartment complex that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to reopen in Biloxi, Miss., on May 28 as a Four Points by Sheraton Hotel—Starwood Hotels & Resorts' first Biloxi hotel.

"We are delighted to open our first hotel in Biloxi, a thriving center for entertainment and recreation alongside the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast," Four Points by Sheraton Vice President Sandy Swider said in a statement last fall, when the project was announced.

When it opens, the Four Points by Sheraton Biloxi Beach Boulevard will have 195 rooms—offering views of the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico—as well as a swimming pool, a fitness center, an on-site restaurant and 1,500 square feet of meeting space.

"The Four Points by Sheraton brand is a perfect fit for Biloxi and we are honored to develop the first Starwood property in the market," said Granville Smith, managing partner of Lodging & Leisure Development Group, the property's owner. "The hotel is strategically located in the heart of Biloxi, within a short distance to the coast's largest casinos, the best public beaches and the cultural destinations that complete the fabric of the Mississippi coast."

According to Smith, Mississippi's weakened real estate market has left an especially pronounced need for added hotel inventory on the Gulf Coast.

"Now that the condo market has gone soft, we think it's important to bring more hotel rooms to the coast," he recently told WLOX-TV, Biloxi's local ABC affiliate.

For more information about the Four Points by Sheraton Biloxi Beach Boulevard, visit www.starwoodhotels.com.