The Historic Guckenheimer Building and Days Inn and Suites Become Inn at Ellis Square, A Days Hotel

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Ray Rickards, President of Oak Hotels, Inc., the management company for The Days Inn and Suites on Bay Street in downtown Savannah, Georgia, announces a $6-million renovation to the hotel and the adjoining historic Guckenheimer Building to include a new lobby, upgraded guest rooms, and expanded meeting space. When the renovation is complete, the hotel will become the Inn at Ellis Square, a Days Hotel.

Ray Rickards, President of Oak Hotels, Inc., the management company for The Days Inn and Suites on Bay Street in downtown Savannah, Georgia, announces a $6-million renovation to the hotel and the adjoining historic Guckenheimer Building to include a new lobby, upgraded guest rooms, and expanded meeting space. When the renovation is complete, the hotel will become the Inn at Ellis Square, a Days Hotel.

Constructed in 1851, the Guckenheimer Building, a nationally registered landmark, was a grocery store in the middle of the bustling business world of Savannah’s Ante-bellum era. The historic building features 57 suites, each featuring a living and a bedroom area.

The new décor of the hotel will have a traditional “Southern Inn” theme. Plans include the addition of amenities attractive to business travelers, as well as families, including free high-speed internet access in every room; banquet and meeting space for up to 200; complimentary deluxe continental breakfast; garage parking; Dominique’s Lounge and outdoor pool.

"Guests can enjoy staying in one of Savannah’s historic treasures, while enjoying all the modern amenities,” said Ray Rickards, President of Oak Hotels, Inc.

In addition, guests will enjoy Ellis Square, adjacent to the Inn and one of four squares General James Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia in 1733 originally planned. The city of Savannah plans to restore the square to become another “jewel” in Savannah's crown with green spaces and a possible central fountain sculpture.

“We are very excited about the new look of the hotel,” said Julie Getty, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Days Inn and Suites. “The facelift will add to the beauty of historic Savannah, and the Inn is perfectly positioned in the heart of the historic district, adjacent to River Street and Old City Market, ideally located for both tourists and business travelers. Guests may walk to most any destination and will enjoy the proximity of one of the beautiful squares of Savannah.”

"Our desire is to fill the needs of travelers to Savannah, as well as contribute to the success of the community,” said Getty.

More details about the plans for the grand opening celebration of the hotel will be released at a later date. For information about group and corporate rates, please contact Julie Getty at 912.236.1024 or toll free at 877.542.7666. For reservations, guests may call 912.236.4440 or toll free at 877.542.7666.

The Days Inn and Suites, soon to become the Inn at Ellis Square, a Days Hotel, is privately owned. The hotel is located at 201 West Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia, 31401.

Directions: From I-95: take I-16 to the end. Go straight on Montgomery Street to Bay Street and turn right on Bay Street. Inn at Ellis Square, a Days Hotel, is two blocks east at the intersection of Barnard Street and Bay Street on the right-hand side.

Available for interviews:

Julie Getty, Director of Sales and Marketing, the Days Inn and Suites. Ray Rickards, President, Oak Hotels, Inc.

Patrick Shay, Principal Architect, Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects, PC. Please contact Wendy Cooper, Director of Public Relations, Cox Advertising & Public Relations, Inc. at wcooper@coxadvertising.biz, or call 912.898.5656 for details and available images.

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Wendy Cooper

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912.898.5656

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