Natchez Grand Hotel is in the heart of the city’s history
by Lisa Monti
Published: March 27,2014
The Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites opened in March 2008 and is considered the downtown convention hotel, located right across the street from the Convention Center, which opened a few years earlier.
The Natchez Grand Hotel at 111 Broadway Street has sweeping views of the Mississippi River and a location right in the heart of historic downtown Natchez. The four-story hotel has 119 rooms, including 19 suites.
Brittany Smith, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, describes the Natchez Grand as a modern, upscale and unique hotel for the business and leisure traveler. Its location helps set it apart, she said, “simply because there is no better location.”
“We are in the heart of downtown, directly across the street from the Convention Center. We’re surrounded by several restaurants, boutique shops, entertainment and tourist attractions,” she said. “Once you check in, you can practically park your vehicle, attend your meetings, dine, and enjoy various activities for up to three days without having to drive anywhere. It’s a very unique set up.”
Known for its gracious amenities and impeccable service, the property recently upgraded many features, adding new furniture and a new chandelier to enhance the elegance of the lobby and new sleeper sofas, hallway runners for an added touch of luxury and 55-inch television sets to the suites.
The enhancements include turning an empty outdoor spot off the ballroom into a welcoming patio with tables and chairs and covered by an attractive awning.
The Natchez Grand Hotel’s goal is to make guests feel comfortable and pampered and no detail is too small. A local potter was commissioned to create small works of art that are placed in the suites to add to the sense of a warm, welcoming atmosphere, making guests feel as though they are at home. “That’s what we want, for our guests to feel like they are at their home-away-from-home,” said Smith.
She said the hotel welcomes a range of clientele, from convention attendees and business travel to tourists and families. It is popular for association and government meetings, weddings, social events, corporate retreats and military and church groups. The hotel has more than 5,000 square feet of meeting room space for groups.
“We really emphasize on making the whole experience grand,” she said. “We have a great team that is happy to customize an event to make it special and well remembered.”
The hotel serves a top-notch hot breakfast buffet every day. “It’s the real deal,” Smith said. “Scrambled eggs, sausage and biscuits, grits and more.” Guests can enjoy their morning meal in an enclosed breakfast room that also is used for catered events.
The hotel’s catering team prepares lunch, dinner and reception menus for groups at the hotel.
The hotel is smoke free and all guest rooms and suites have safes, Internet access, flat screen TV, a coffeemaker and complimentary coffee and a work desk with lamp. Handicap-accessible rooms are available.
There are several options among the hotel’s suites, including one-bedroom suites, a whirlpool suite, balcony suites and suites with views of the scenic Mississippi River.
Value-added packages that include unlimited access to the business center and fitness center are available.
To make your stay at the Natchez Grand even more special, the hotel will make dinner reservations for its guests at its sister property, Monmouth’s Restaurant 1818 and can arrange a tour of Monmouth Historic Inn as well. Also available by reservation are horse-drawn carriage tours through the historic district and tours of three of the city’s antebellum homes.
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