The First Hundred Days: Redefining "Luxury with a Lineage" at The Presidents' Quarters in Historic Savannah, Georgia

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Leadership is the glue connecting more than two centuries of diplomats, generals, governors and businessmen who planned and influenced Savannah's history from the mansions known as The Presidents' Quarters. During his first one hundred days of ownership, businessman Stephen S. Green has sparked a new renaissance to redefine exclusive Savannah, Georgia, lodging from his newly acquired twin mansions on Oglethorpe Square in the downtown historic district.

No fanfare announced the triumphant acquisition of the small trophy hotel property -- twin Federal mansions (circa 1860) with a presidential namesake -- The Presidents' Quarters in historic Savannah. However, when a colonial-era Trust Lot property changes hands in downtown Savannah (Est. 1733), the event is momentous, even if the new owner is half a world away in the Far East when all the legal ink is drying.

Without Pomp and Circumstance
Not even a tongue-in-cheek version of Hail to Chief played during the April 2007 property transfer. Maturity of the historic inn's transition team and southern decorum dictated otherwise.

Stephen S. Green, the new owner of the small trophy property, has retained Jane Sales to oversee the operations of the top tier Oglethorpe Square property -- notable among more than 1,200 downtown properties in the historic district. Veteran innkeeper Jane Sales, now a consultant in the field in which she distinguished herself, reports, "The Presidents' Quarters will entertain 32 guests each night, and we plan to do it at a price which covers the elegant surroundings and service but won't eat into 401K plans."

The Spirit of Ingenuity
The Presidents' Quarters is being reincarnated as Savannah's Toast of the Town (sm), anticipating business leaders, as well as carefree and distinguished travelers daily. Mrs. Sales reports that Baby Boomers and Youthful Affluents alike "love this beautiful property."

"Over-the-top opulence won't be part of the décor," adds Mrs. Sales. "Excess is considered tacky in the South," she cautions. Instead, the historic bed and breakfast mansions will convey a conservative, classic, understated feeling of old money, with glimmers to celebrate the baby boom nostalgia that defines American ingenuity.

"This inn is unique for a variety of reasons. At the top of that list are location and spacious comforts," states Mrs. Sales. Many of the very large rooms and spacious suites accommodate king beds. Smartly renovated baths feature natural granite countertops and retro decor comparable to the chic, upscale hotels in New York City and around the world.

Small Trophy Hotel Property with Southern Hospitality
"Our exclusive Savannah way of life is phenomenally intriguing and appealing to outsiders," shares Mrs. Sales. "In real life Savannah, what's old is newly fashionable again. What comes to mind are the traditional garden wedding parties, the little black party dress, and the classic simplicity and popularity of cocktail socials (such as Savannah Magazine's recent Best of Savannah event)."

In the south, it is typical to receive guests, even strangers, as one would welcome a favorite family member. The inn's invitation is to "Ease into exclusive Savannah," where the daily dress code is resort leisure or business casual.

Innkeeper Jane Sales insists, "Guests want unique adventures and to return home with treasured, unforgettable memories. At The Presidents' Quarters, we are going to do a better job of offering what is classic and exclusive in Savannah."

Typifying southern hospitality, the inn's knowledgeable staff (including many who worked with Mrs. Sales during her ownership of Hamilton-Turner Inn) offers Savannah insider information and welcome visitors with a sweet iced tea or lemonade.

The First One Hundred Days
Even during renovations The Presidents' Quarters remains active in welcoming Savannah travelers. To avoid guest hindrances, management is removing from inventory one full floor of rooms at the time.

Fresh landscapes and panoramic gardens greet visitors with easy street level access. During summer 2007, renovations included a new roof, heat, air and phone systems, and the addition of wireless Internet. Steady, systematic progress features new baths, fresh decor with sophisticated color palettes, and updated furnishings.

A special renovation rate was popular during summer 2007, keeping the property at near capacity especially on weekends. Many summer guests report to be first-time bed and breakfast lodgers who praise the service and location. Some are snowbirds looking for real estate, attracted to Savannah, a city praised as one of best places to retire.

The innkeeper reports that even with enhanced amenities and a refurbished property, the historic inn's pricing will remain extremely competitive with all historic district lodging. "What this translates to," concludes Mrs. Sales, "is each traveler can affordably enjoy an intimate, exclusive Savannah experience with spacious guest quarters, a cozy fireplace, private bath, daily housekeeping, free parking, elevator, a panoramic Savannah view, plus generous southern hospitality."

Celebrating Georgia Heritage with World-class Neighbors
The inn's most aristocratic neighbor on Oglethorpe Square is the Telfair Museum of Art's Owens-Thomas House, considered the finest example of English Regency architecture in North America by architectural historians. During colonial days, the British Crown's Georgia and South Carolina surveyors had built their family residences on Upper New Square -- today's site of the Owen-Thomas museum overlooking the park square.

More British subjects chose the square nearest to King Street (now President Street). Among those were Georgia's first Royal Governor, John Reynolds, whose home (ca. 1754) was located overlooking Oglethorpe Square, on what is now the exclusive downtown parking lot at The Presidents' Quarters.

Looking Forward
The historic inn anticipates a flood of enthusiastic returning travelers. "An amazing number of devoted, loyal guests have returned already, expressing admiration for the work already completed. We expect these devoted travelers will make special trips to enjoy the inn's exciting renovations," concludes Mrs. Sales.

Renovations are due for completion prior to the city's spring high season, which begins in March 2008.

"Luxury with a lineage. A tradition of hospitality, a legacy of style" sets a pace for exclusive Savannah leisure at The Presidents' Quarters. The pair of 19th Century mansions (ca. 1855) feature sixteen spacious quarters and executive suites, saluting the American Presidents. The best of Savannah's noble past mingle with 21st Century conveniences and sophistication in the prime entertainment hub's location in historic district downtown. Outstanding personal services, a celebrated parkside location, and only-in-Savannah experiences differentiate the twin Federal town-homes (circa 1855). The exclusive historic bed and breakfast inn occupies a full city block on Oglethorpe Square in the world-famous historic district of Savannah, Georgia. Adapted to historic bed and breakfast lodging in 1987, the property enjoys a legendary, storied lifespan. The small trophy hotel property's noble pedigree includes colonial Trust Lots from the Georgia colony (ca. 1733); the historical home site (ca. 1754) of Georgia's first Royal Governor, John Reynolds; prominent movie location (1987) for the television Alex Haley mini-series, Roots (celebrating a 30-year anniversary in 2007); and, the Upper New Square (now Oglethorpe Square) British colonial fort out the palisades along today's Drayton Street.

In April 2007, Savannah businessman Stephen S. Green purchased The Presidents' Quarters with a commitment to showcase quintessential Savannah, those experiences found only in Savannah. In June 2007 Mr. Green was appointed Chairman of the Board at Georgia Ports Authority, the second largest containerized port on the United States east coast.

Green, who has served on numerous professional, civic and charitable boards and organizations, currently serves on the boards of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Commission, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of First Chatham Bank and the Savannah Vocational Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Green is one of the Founding Organizers of The First Chatham Bank and previously served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Lindsay Thomas.

Visit The Presidents' Quarters Web site at Toll Free Telephone is 800/233-1776, FAX 912 / 238-0849, and email to the Inn is

For additional information, please contact Sandy Traub, SPATIOR Storyline Marketing, at (912) 398-9828. E-mail is available via


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