We recently spent the night here based in large part upon the reviews. The exterior of the house is every bit as impressive as it appears in the website pictures. There is no real parking area, so you just need to make yourself a spot on the driveway. I found the innkeeper, Marci, in the kitchen working on our breakfast for the next day. She got us settled in right away and urged us to look around the property, which we did. The mansion itself is sort of creepy, because it is quite underfurnished. It's missing a lot of the furniture and decorative objects you would expect to find (maybe that makes set up for events easier?). The wide-open spaces make the house feel deserted rather than welcoming. Our room was much the same; it was missing on the of chairs shown in the picture on the website and had none of the little touches you might expect. Our bed inexplicably had no blanket or comforter; you had the choice of using the decorative bedspread or freezing.
The land on which the mansion sits is pretty and would make for some nice walks or a picnic in the summer. In the colder weather, though, there is not a lot to do.
Marci was great; she apparently thought we had not asked for enough, because she brought us drinks and snacks, and we enjoyed visiting with her. But neither she nor I could ever get the guest wifi to work (and even though Marci implied repeatedly it was me, another guest said in the morning that he had been unable to connect that evening as well). Although the inn previously had a chef, he is no longer there, and Marci has responsbility for breakfast. Her bread pudding was delicious and more successful than the other breakfast dishes she offered. All in all, I might return in better weather to give it another try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WELCOME TO OAK CREST MANSION INN.Oak Crest Mansion Inn, built in 1920, is the epitome of Old Southern charm and hospitality. Located in Pass Christian, Mississippi, the historic home, twelve tranquil acres, charming chapel, picturesque gazebo, pergola and manicured gardens create an ideal atmosphere for your stay or special event. Oak Crest Mansion Inn provides access to the rest and relaxation of the countryside, excitement of the casinos, and beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast for your personal or business use.This unique setting provides a gracious bed and breakfast, a cornerstone for getaways, weddings, celebrations, social events, corporate offsites and business meetings. Oak Crest Mansion Inn is the premier location for luxurious accommodations and unsurpassed events on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.The lush surroundings and exquisitely appointed home is the backdrop for your most memorable occasions. From romantic evenings for two in front of the fireplace, to elegant afternoon tea service, to larger celebrations with family, friends or co-workers, Oak Crest Mansion Inn is the magnificent destination that exceeds every expectation. The chapel on the grounds provides the perfect setting for intimate indoor weddings. The gazebo gives options for spring occasions, ice cream socials, or company picnics. The Mansion is perfectly located for your wedding, reception, corporate retreat, social event or lavish party. Indoor conference space meets the most sophisticated information technology needs, allowing for business meetings or training sessions in an atmosphere reflective of the Gulf Coast, rather than a nondescript room.South Mississippi lost hundreds of historic structures to Hurricane Katrina. Preservation of this architectural gem, and returning it to its former glory, has been the passion of its owners. We are honored to preserve South Mississippi's heritage and history through Oak Crest Mansion Inn's rebirth. We invite you to join us, and see Where History Meets Luxury. ... more less