Originally created 09/30/05

Hotel's owners have changes in the works

The Partridge Inn is getting a multimillion-dollar face-lift, courtesy of new ownership.

Atlanta-based Walton Way Hotel LLC purchased the hotel Thursday and is already planning major renovations, General Manager David Jones said.

"We're definitely going to improve the physical product here, but we're going to maintain the history," Mr. Jones said of the 18th-century hotel at 2110 Walton Way.

The company's principal, Rick Patton, has hired The West Paces Hotel Group, also of Atlanta, to manage the property. West Paces was founded by Horst Schulze, the former president of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The purchase comes after months of negotiation and paperwork with The Partridge Inn's Montana-based owner, Gordon Cross of Partridge Place Associates.

Every guest room will be renovated, said John Russell, West Paces' vice president, but added that the lobby, restaurant and other public spaces will be the first phase in the reconstruction. The goal is to have this phase complete by Masters Week, he said.

Sunday brunch will likely be the last meal served in P.I. Bar & Grill for the next few months while construction starts, Mr. Jones said.

The hotel will remain in operation during construction, using a temporary entrance on Hickman Road. The hotel will continue serving food in the space formerly occupied by the restaurant Bambu on Hickman.

The project will enlarge the hotel's smaller guest rooms, reducing the total room number from 156 to 145. The new owner said the property's historical architectural style will remain intact.

Business has been good, and renovations should make it better, Mr. Jones said.

"We just came off the strongest summer we've ever had," he said.

Reach Tony Lombardo at (706) 823-3227 or tony.lombardo@augustachronicle.com.

About the Partridge Inn

Address: 2110 Walton Way

Amenities: 145 rooms after renovations, P.I. Bar & Grill, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, meeting facilities

Renovations: Increase size of smaller rooms, refurbish interiors including all rooms and the restaurant, expand lobby and a reconstruct facade


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