News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Partridge Inn (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The paint is wearing thin and gutters are barely holding on.
"A lot of the internal structure needs to be re-done there," said Noah Sword who used to work at the historic hotel.
It's still the same look for him when he was there for four years at the 104-year-old hotel.
"The infrastructure just needs to be re-worked, and I know that's a lot of money, that's probably why the previous owners didn't re-vamp a lot," he said.
He was around during the last buyout back in 2011, when new owners took over. A lot of people were expecting change, including Noah.
"They didn't change any policies, it just basically was a different name," he said.
More than three years after taking over the hotel, the Host Mark Hospitality Group has been replaced.
The new owners, Partridge Inn Holdings, already bringing in fresh ideas for a fresh future. The plan is to spend six million dollars to renovate inside and out including structural and cosmetic work, updating guestrooms and suites.
But one thing staying the same is the historic feel behind an Augusta staple that keeps people coming back for more.
"We did do a lot of our business with people, knew the Partridge Inn, the knew where it was, they had history in the area," said Sword.
History that Noah thinks can have a modern feel once this hotel gets the makeover it well deserves.
"I would love for it to regain its heyday and just be packed all the time," he said.
Another chance for everyone to experience just what the historic hotel has to offer.