By Gareth Clary | GulfLive.com , Powered by the Mississippi Press
March 13, 2014
[Innisfree Hotels Management Client]
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — The Hilton Garden Inn, Pascagoula’s newest jewel, has seen a whirlwind of activity this week as the countdown to next week’s opening winds down, according to one of the hotel’s co-owners Roy Williams.
“They are working through the final punch list,” Williams said. “I’d say it’s 96, 97 percent complete. We’re looking to open a week from Friday (March 21).”
This week, new employees have been going through training. Locks on the rooms are being programmed.
They were meeting Wednesday afternoon in the hotel’s large conference room, which already has it’s first major bookings. On March 27, Chevron will host a reception for retiring general manager Tom Kovar and on March 28, Ingalls Shipbuilding will host a reception for retiring president Irwin Edenzon.
The hotel received its food license this week and the dining crew prepared the first meal in the expansive kitchen on Wednesday as part of a training exercise for employees. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the new facility, which sits on the property where the landmark La Font Inn once stood. Williams said the hotel is expected to have its ABC license this week so the bar can be stocked. The bar area also includes a seating area as well as an outdoor patio that can be used for special events or just casual meetings.
The hotel has five stories with 119 guest rooms. The rooms come in five configurations, including some multi-room suites. The main lobby is bathed in natural light and brightened by floor-to-ceiling orange drapes that accent the corners of a quaint seating and gathering area. Off the main lobby is a room called The Library, which can host small meetings. It features a unique conference table that has wavy edges.