Hotel Indigo Makes Mississippi Debut in Hattiesburg

The South is known for its hospitality, which makes Southern cities an attractive destination for groups. Unfortunately, small and mid-sized Southern cities often lack the hotel stock of their Northern competitors. But that's changing thanks to several new hotel openings in second- and third-tier cities across the region.

One such opening is the Hotel Indigo-Hattiesburg in Hattiesburg, Miss., which opened on July 26 and is Mississippi's first and only Hotel Indigo, parent company InterContinental Hotels Group announced last week.

Located within walking distance of the University of Southern Mississippi, the new hotel has 100 guest rooms across five stories, as well as a business center, a fitness center, a restaurant/bar that was inspired by a 1930s railroad dining car, and a 144-square-foot meeting room for small groups of up to 12 people.

"All of the team is really excited to be a part of this, especially with it being the first one in the state," said General Manager Rhonda Cunningham. "This is such a beautiful hotel with custom-detailed work -- there's nothing else like it."

The custom work to which Cunningham alludes includes an interior design that reflects the culture, character and history of Hattiesburg, which is best known for its timber and rail industry.

"We have murals throughout that reflect the railroad and timber industry and are very artsy," Cunningham continued. "It's not your normal chain, box hotel. We've customized all the features and the décor. We're telling our neighborhood's story."

To see four other new Southern hotels worth checking out, go to