Mississippi has been a center for blues
culture since the 1920s.
Its location as a transportation hub—where Highways 61 and 49
where the Illinois Central and other railroads maintained depots and
and where the Greyhound Bus Company built a
station—made Clarksdale an economic boom town.
with money to spend for entertainment, and
the blues flourished
in the city. Many now-legendary musical artists
were born and raised in and around Clarksdale: Muddy Waters,
John Lee Hooker,
Son House, Ike Turner, Jackie Brenston, Sam Cooke,
and W. C. Handy, among them. Clarksdale was a major
market for the
Delta’s constantly traveling musicians, and the
Howlin’ Wolf, and Charley Patton are also associated
with the city.
Today, that historic blues culture is preserved for
musicians carry on the great Delta blues tradition.
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Clarksdale accommodations range from the
colorfully idiosyncratic (which can mean no phones or
Internet connections in the rooms) to the basic chain
motels which may offer swimming pools and cable TV.
• Big Pink Guest House
A former icehouse converted into an elegant,
New Orleans-style accommodation, with a waterfall
in the courtyard, a Victorian parlor, and classy
décor in its two suites. Kitchen available.
A short walk from the Delta Blues Museum. From $100
• Blues Hound Flat Blues
Hound Flat is a cool place to stay in Clarksdale,
Mississippi. A self-catering apartment located in
the heart of downtown Clarksdale, just steps from
the Delta Blues Museum, and within easy walking
distance to Ground Zero Blues Club, Madidi Restaurant,
Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art and numerous
authentic juke joints. Enjoy 1,500 square ft. of
laid-back loft living all to yourself that can sleep
up to 4. Blues Hound Flat is available for renting
nightly, long-term stays, festivals, and special
events. Space is limited. Call (901) 272-0230 or
email today firstname.lastname@example.org
for a reservation. 309 Issaquena, Clarksdale, MS
• The Clark House Originally constructed in 1859 by Clarksdale founder John Clark. It was the first home built in Clarksdale, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Clark House has just been extensively refurbished and beautifully redecorated as a residential inn.
The Clark House offers four elegant bedrooms in the main house, and three bedrooms in the cottage, just behind the main home. Each room features a private bath, desk and sitting area. All rooms enjoy the use of the beautiful parlor, library and dining room. A continental breakfast and internet access is included.
The Clark House is located in the historic residential area, just two blocks from Downtown Clarksdale’s government, business and entertainment center.
Rooms are available from $75, and reservations can be
made online at www.clarkhouse.info or by calling the Innkeeper
at (662) 621-1632 www.clarkhouse.info
• Comfort Inn This basic chain’s
swimming pool offers relief from Delta heat. From $65.
(662) 627-5122 www.comfortinn.com
• Delta Blues Gateway Hotel Package at the Isle of Capri Casino Entertainment Resort
• Delta Cotton Company Apartments.
Tastefully decorated rooms, complete with appliances and
coffeemakers, on the second floor of a former cotton-grading
warehouse, over the Ground Zero Blues Club. Each room
is named after a different grade of cotton (“Strict
Low Middling,” for example). You’ll hear the
music from below into the night (“you should be
downstairs partying anyway” suggests the Web site).
Perfect for longer-term stays and a very short walk from
the Delta Blues Museum as well as from the lively ground-floor
bar-music scene. $75-$105. (662) 645-9366 www.groundzerobluesclub.com
• Isle of Capri Coahoma County’s
only casino, located between Clarksdale and Helena Ark.
Straightforward casino-style hotel rooms, with amenities.
Downstairs restaurant offers fine dining (see “Where
to eat”). From $69-109. (800) THE-ISLE
• Riverside Hotel. As grittily
authentic as they come, with spare accommodations (bathrooms
are shared) that are drenched in Delta history. As the
G. T. Thomas Afro-American Hospital, it was the scene
of blues great Bessie Smith’s death after a nearby
car accident (the room in which she died is for rent,
when available). Converted to a hotel in 1944, it housed
musicians such as Sonny Boy Wiliamson II, Robert Nighthawk,
and Ike Turner. Now visitors book its rooms for their
ultra-Delta ambience and to hear the colorful tales of
proprietor Frank “Rat” Ratliff. From $40.
• The Lofts at the Five & Dime
Formerly the FW Woolworth Building located in Clarksdale.
Lofts include a bedroom, seating and kitchen areas. (662)
Up Inn/Cotton Gin Inn The Shack Up Inn is a half
dozen former sharecropper shacks that have been updated
with indoor plumbing and air conditioning. The Cotton
Gin Inn is just that: ten rooms carved out of a former
cotton gin building. The shacks come with kitchenettes,
porches, crazy-funky décor, and bedrooms that sleep
two to four. The Cotton Gin Inn offers basic motel rooms
with queen-size beds set inside a cotton gin building,
with unique touches (hand-painted bathroom murals). Both
are on the historic Hopson Plantation grounds, ten minutes
south of town. $65 and up. (662) 624-8329 www.shackupinn.com
• The Squeeze Box The Squeeze Box is a spacious, airy 425 sq. ft. private apartment, located in the heart of
Historic Downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi. The newly constructed apartment is located on the ground floor of the former Clarksdale
Telegraph Building (Circa 1897) at the corner of Second & Delta in the Clarksdale Downtown Historic District. Located across the
street from Madidi(Morgan Freeman and Bill Luckett’s 5 Star Restaurant), the Hambone Art Gallery, and the “Rock & Blues Museum”,
this is the best location in town. Rust Restaurant, The Stone Pony, and Cathead Blues are literally all within 300 feet of our front door.
Ground Zero Blues Club and Red’s Lounge are an easy 5-minute stroll.
• Other Chain Options: Best Western
(662) 627-9292; Budget Inn (662) 624-6541; Econolodge