Tunica, Mississippi Lodging

by Meg Jernigan

Tunica, Mississippi, located about 20 minutes south of Memphis, Tennessee was transformed from a cotton growing center to a gaming destination in 1992, when the first casino opened. The town hosts more than 6,000 hotel and motel rooms, concentrated in the casinos, but low-budget motel and elegant bed and breakfast options exist.

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Casino Hotels

Tunica’s nine casinos all have hotels with standard rooms and suites. Harrah’s Casino operates three hotels in Tunica. The hotel adjacent to the casino has suites decorated by Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen’s personal designer and an onsite spa and salon. One of the casino’s dining options is a Paula Deen Buffet decorated to resemble her home. Stay and play packages at Hollywood Casino’s hotel include accommodations, greens fees and golf cart rental at nearby River Bend Links. The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub.

Other Motels and Hotels

Tunica has a few chain motels, including Days Inn, Microtel and Best Western concentrated in the Robbinsville area near the casinos. They provide a budget-friendly, no frills alternative to the casino hotels. Rooms at America’s Best Value Inn are equipped with free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges and microwave ovens, and the motel’s pool is in a private courtyard. The super cheap privately-owned Tunica Motel is north of the airport. Don’t expect more than the most basic amenities.

Bed & Breakfast

Once Upon a Time Bed and Breakfast, located in one of the oldest homes in downtown Tunica, has two guest rooms, each with a private bath and queen-sized beds. One, decorated in blues and reds, has an antique French bed, an armoire and oriental rugs. The other has a half-tester canopy bed. Both have access to the home’s screened side porch. Renovations on the historic home began in 2006. The home’s original features like heart pine flooring were restored.

Camping

Harrah’s Mid-South RV Park, on the casino property, maintains a Woodall’s five W rating. The park has 200 sites with full hookups and free Wi-Fi. Activities at the campground include shuffleboard, volleyball, swimming and horseshoes. The US Army Corps of Engineers operates several campgrounds on Lake Arkabulta to the east of Tunica with RV sites, improved tent campgrounds and primitive campsites. Improved campgrounds are near day use areas with playgrounds, boat launches and picnic areas.

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.