I admit a little trepidation as we drove to the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi through neighborhoods with slightly run-down homes and businesses, past old warehouses, some abandoned. However, once we arrived in the heart of downtown Jackson, the Old Capitol Inn, stood proudly blocks from the city’s capitol building. A beautiful and historic boutique hotel, the Old Capitol Inn was a former YWCA, within walking distance of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol.
We turned off of State Street into the hotel parking lot, entering the hotel through a side door, and walking past meeting space to the front desk. The brick building was built in 1950 as a YWCA and recently renovated. From the front, enter up the stairs into a marble floored lobby. To the right were sofas and chairs and the breakfast room, and to the left the front desk. Check-in took only a few minutes and we took the elevator to our 3rd floor room, named the Tchula Hunt Club.
The 24 guestrooms are in various sizes and pricing, all individually designed. Ours was hunter themed, even including a photo of a tiger in the sitting room, which also included a breakfast nook, complete with mini-refrigerator and table. Our bed was a queen, and the bathroom included a Jacuzzi. Rooms either have a courtyard or city view. We welcomed the wind-down, and the complimentary WiFi was simple to connect.
The Rooftop garden offers a unique setting with a Jacuzzi and an inspiring view of the State Capitol. Hotel guests enjoy a full Southern style breakfast and a complimentary afternoon beverages (wine and beer) and snacks. Take some time to explore the Courtyard, off the breakfast room. Additional amenities include a health club, a garden, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Onsite parking is complimentary.
The Old Capitol Inn is a lovely surprise in the midst of the urban mundane of Jackson, Mississippi. This boutique hotel offers a relaxing and inspiring accommodations with designer rooms, no two alike. The bonus is the inclusive breakfast and complimentary evening social.
Photos courtesy of Diana Rowe.