BILOXI, Mississippi — It’s, in a phrase, breathtaking.
The second a visitor walks by means of the door of the brand new Lodge Legends in Biloxi, they’re transported again in time to the glamour and glitz of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with furnishings, lighting, music and different facilities harkening again to that period.
If that weren’t sufficient, the partitions of the resort are lined with a digital Hollywood Corridor of Fame, that includes photos of the likes of Cagney, Bogie and Bacall, Sinatra, Hayworth, Astaire and Rogers and a galaxy of different stars.
On the second flooring, the place it overlooks the primary foyer space, is a photograph of the famed Hollywood signal which takes up two full partitions of the ground.
And it’s not by chance. It’s precisely what the builders of the brand new resort had in thoughts when the undertaking first took wing 5 years in the past.
“We imagine the Golden Age of Hollywood has a following,” mentioned Tessy Lamber, Director of Public Relations for Lodging & Leisure Investments, which developed Lodge Legends and is the corporate additionally chargeable for the brand new Margaritaville resort and White Home Lodge in Biloxi and Centennial Plaza in Gulfport.
“We worth ourselves as an organization that tries to carry enjoyable and escapism by means of totally different avenues to the Gulf Coast,” Lambert mentioned. “One thing for everybody. Should you take a look at our portfolio, we’ve achieved that. We need to present one thing for households, enterprise vacationers, everybody and for folks to see the Mississippi coast as a vacation spot location.”
The resort is a 132-room, all-suite luxurious lodge, situated on the location of the previous Santa Maria retirement flats, which was gutted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and sat vacant for almost 15 years. Lambert notes it was considered one of solely two remaining Katrina-damaged properties nonetheless vacant.
Lodge Legends options an expansive pool space, together with gazebos and a pool bar, in addition to a fountain which places on a “present” at evening, choreographed to music from the period and lit with LED lighting, proper alongside Seashore Boulevard, the place the lodge is situated.
There’s additionally a health middle, a espresso store and three assembly rooms.
However the resort’s shining star is maybe it’s Sapphire Supper Membership, a venue distinctive to the Mississippi coast modeled after the traditional supper golf equipment of the 1930s and 1940s.
That includes white desk cloths lit by lighting beneath every desk, customized and fabricated furnishings and an array of different beautiful lighting fixtures, the membership presents fantastic eating and leisure on Thursday by means of Saturday evening, with native performers Jessie Hill and Spenser Rocca performing hits made well-known by Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and plenty of others.
There’s additionally a full bar operating almost the size of the far wall of the membership, with its personal bar menu and providing specialty drinks together with the Sundown Strip martini, a cocktail known as The Chairman, which has, after all, Jack Daniels as its predominant ingredient.
The total eating menu consists of choices comparable to Chilean Sea Bass, Grilled Stuffed Lobster, Colorado Rack of Lamb, and 4 totally different steak dishes, together with a Heart Lower Filet Mignon and a 24-ounce Cowboy Ribeye.
The brand new resort’s normal supervisor is Charles “Scooter” Yates, no stranger to the Mississippi coast. An Ocean Springs native and former Greyhound soccer standout, Yates started his now almost 40-year profession within the lodge enterprise because the evening auditor at Gulf Hills Resort close to Ocean Springs.
Through the years, Yates has labored his technique to the highest of his career, opening, managing and growing quite a few world-class resorts, together with the Melrose Lodge in Dallas, and top-tier resorts in Asia, San Antonio, Washington state and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Yates mentioned returning to the coast had been “on his radar” for a while, but it surely took the appropriate alternative to make it occur.
“This chance offered itself — an excellent property, an excellent group of individuals to work with — so I jumped at it,” he mentioned. “I’m very pleased to be dwelling. It’s totally different. It’s not as fast-paced as a metropolis like Dallas or different locations I’ve labored. It’s good to not have to take a seat in a automotive for an hour and a half to get to work. I may be right here from Ocean Springs in about six minutes. It’s nice to be again on this atmosphere.”
As famous, all 132 rooms at Lodge Legends are suites, with sitting areas and a moist bar. There are 4 several types of suites: a regular King; a deluxe King; a double King with two separate bedrooms, every with its personal deluxe rest room; and one other two-bedroom suite with a King mattress in a single room and two Queen beds within the different.
Charges vary, relying on demand and season, from $159 to $399. Lambert mentioned they’re at present within the means of growing packages, together with eating credit, which is able to seem quickly on the lodge’s website. Reservations for each the lodge and the Sapphire Supper Membership will also be made by means of the web site or by calling 228-400-4001.
Yates acknowledged opening the property, which welcomed its first company Oct. 1, within the midst of a pandemic wasn’t splendid, however mentioned the preliminary response has been super.
“The company who’ve come prior to now two weeks have been blown away,” he mentioned. “It’s completely distinctive of something you discover on the coast. They love the rooms, the art work, the theming. And the service we’ve been offering — we’ve been getting nice critiques for each the lodge and the Sapphire Supper Membership.”
Lodge Legends at present employs about 45 workers members. Yates mentioned with the workers they’ve assembled, coupled with the resort itself, the sky is the restrict.
“Having been related to high properties in my profession, my hopes are it achieves a premier rating on this market,” he mentioned. “I feel the undertaking the house owners and builders have put right here, mixed with a high degree of service and a workers that sincerely cares, there aren’t any limitations to what may be achieved at this property.”