In 2015, developer John Hartlein built The Whitney Apartments on Lumas Street as an upscale accommodation in Starkville’s coveted Cotton District. Snuggling comfortably alongside Roman and Greek architecture and French and New Orleans style balconies and walkways, the four-story Whitney building consists of 27 apartments on the top three floors. Nine are one-bedroom units and 18 are premiere or deluxe two-bedroom/two bath units. There is an elevator service, covered ground-floor parking, and security cameras to assure better safety.
But there’s more.
The two ground floor spaces of the Whitney Apartments had been originally planned for commercial use. However, after serious brainstorming, John decided to develop the spaces into two luxury hotel rooms. He named them The Whitney Suites.
“I consider them 4-star hotel quality,” said John. “We serve Starbucks coffee and Evian water from the French Alps.”
The Whitney Suites feature two boutique king rooms. In each is a coffee bar with a microwave and a small refrigerator with ice. On the coffee bar counter sits a Keurig single cup coffee maker alongside two porcelain cups and a basket of coffee condiments for guests to make the perfect cup of Starbucks coffee. Or they may choose from the various sized crystal glasses in the pantry to pour a relaxing afternoon cocktail. The king bed is fitted with fine linen by Hilton. At the foot of the bed sits a trendy loveseat that faces the 60-inch HDTV hanging on the wall across the room. The bathrooms have marble floors and a stand-up shower. Arranged on the sleek granite countertop are top-quality toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames of London and plush white bath linens by Hilton.
Rooms can be rented seven nights a week, said John, but there is a two-night minimum. Guests can also rent by the week or month making The Whitney Suites perfect for family and friends of students living in the Whitney Apartments or somewhere else in the Cotton District. Location makes the Whitney Suites not only desirable, but practical because of its close proximity to shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues and the MSU campus.
A graduate of Mississippi State University in Landscape architecture in 1973, John has been involved in construction and real estate for the past 35 years. He founded J. W. Hartlein & Company, Inc., which specializes in residential, Gulf front condominiums and hotel developments in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana. His experience in Starkville includes commercial work at Oktibbeha County Hospital, Starkville High School and Sudduth Elementary School. In 2012, the Home Builders Association of Mississippi (HBAM) recognized John as the winner of a Best in Mississippi Award for the Chaney Paschal Residence he built in the Maison de Ville Garden Homes community in Starkville. It was his third HBAM award.
“If you want a unique experience of staying in the Cotton District and having a luxury room, this is the only hotel in Starkville where you can do that,” said John. “It’s for the discerning traveler that likes a quality experience.”