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Where to Stay in Jackson
Jackson proclaims itself the "City With Soul," and with more than 50 different venues that regularly feature live music, it certainly fulfills that claim. The Mississippi capital city is one of the South's most important hotbeds for commerce, culture and the arts. The downtown region boasts a number of historically significant sites, including the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol and the Greek Revival-style City Hall. The surrounding natural area provides travelers with ample opportunities to hike, fish and observe the local wildlife. If you're planning a trip to Jackson, you can find luxury hotels in the city's center. In particular, downtown Jackson claims several large hotels that are ideal for both business and leisure travelers. These upscale accommodations feature a variety of amenities, including business centers, wireless Internet access and swimming pools. Plus, guests have convenient access to the downtown Amtrak station and to the 330,000-square foot Jackson Convention Complex. Budget travelers can compare hotel rates at the many budget and mid-range national hotel chains located along Interstate 55. Providing guests with easy access to downtown and one of Jackson's main highways, these hotels offer travelers reduced prices without sacrificing comfort. Or search for low-priced accommodations on the west side of town near Interstate 20. Although farther from downtown, this area boasts the MetroCenter Mall, the largest shopping mall in Mississippi, as well as Jackson State University.
Jackson Hotel Tips
Jackson is home to a variety of annual festivals and celebrations. Many of these yearly events take place during the peak tourist season, which lasts from about April through October. One of the largest events is the Mississippi State Fair. Taking place each October, the fair occupies more than 100 acres of downtown Jackson. Attractions include antique shows, classic car exhibitions, agricultural competitions, food tastings, live music, a petting zoo and rides. If you are planning on taking a trip during this high season, book your hotel reservations at least a couple months in advance to ensure availability.
For those looking to beat the crowds and save money, consider exploring Jackson during the off-season. Tourism usually quiets down by the end of October and doesn't begin to pick up until April of next year. Most of the city's indoor attractions remain open throughout the late fall and winter, so visitors will have no shortage of entertainment options. Plus, this is one of the best times to find cheap flights to Jackson and hotel deals.
Jackson Hotel Recommendations
Located in downtown Jackson, the Old Capitol Inn is an elegant boutique hotel that is filled with traditional Southern charm. Guests have a choice of several room types, including standard rooms, one-bedroom suites and Jacuzzi suites. Each room is individually named and uniquely decorated in a welcoming and soothing aesthetic. All suites come equipped with ceiling fans, cable television and bathrobes. Each morning guests can enjoy a complimentary Southern-style breakfast, and in the evening, the hotel serves complimentary wine and cheese. The hotel also sports an on-site business center, a freshwater swimming pool, a rooftop garden with a hot tub and a nearby fitness facility.
Business travelers may want to consider booking rooms at the Jackson Marriott hotel. This exclusive establishment is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Jackson and boasts 303 spacious guestrooms. With its central location, the hotel provides travelers with easy access to the Jackson Convention Complex as well as the Mississippi State Capitol. All rooms are tastefully appointed and are equipped with large workspaces, individual climate control, coffeemakers and breathtaking vistas of the cityscape. Guests can relax in the hotel's outdoor pool, which overlooks downtown Jackson, or get a workout at the on-site fitness center. As for food, you can grab a bite at the on-site Bistro Restaurant or a cocktail at the Bistro Lounge.Or stay at one of the many hotels located along the stretch of Interstate 55 just east of downtown Jackson. There are nearly a dozen accommodations beginning from Fortification Street to the north and extending south to Pearl Street. Options include the Regency Hotel & Conference Center, Quality Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western Executive Inn, Red Roof Inn, Days Inn Jackson Coliseum and Jackson Residence Inn by Marriott. Many of these national chain hotels offer guests clean and comfortable rooms at affordable prices. They also have a range of amenities, including swimming pools, fitness rooms, wireless Internet access and business centers.
The Jackson Transit System, known as JATRAN, provides public transportation throughout the city. Bus service is limited with vehicles only running six days a week with no service on Sundays. Amtrak provides passenger rail service to Jackson from New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago. Because of the limited transportation offerings, many visitors opt to rent a car from one of the many rental agencies in the city. Navigating Jackson is relatively easy, thanks to the number of major highways that pass through the city. Main roads include Interstate 55, U.S. Highway 51 and Interstate 20. If you are staying downtown, you can walk to many of the city's central attractions, including the Governor's Mansion and the Old Capitol Museum.