Kimpton's New Digs Will Be In Savannah and Milwaukee
Kimpton is planning its first property in Georgia with the purchase of the historic Mulberry Inn in Savannah. The 145-room property is interesting because it was built in 1982 on the site of a former Coca-Cola bottling plant, then went bankrupt, and then became a Holiday Inn.
Even after joining the franchise, though, people continued referring to it as the Mulberry Inn rather than Holiday Inn because it just didn't 'feel' like a Holiday Inn. (Ask Rudy Giuliani--he stayed here once).
Apparently the timing is right for this next phase of the hotel's evolution because even though folks love the Mulberry Inn as a historic landmark, recent Yelp reviewers have called the place "noisy," "musty," and in need of an update. Hopefully, Kimpton's planned eight-month renovation project will make those complaints a thing of the past.
Of course, the bar was recently raised in Savannah with the opening of Andaz Savannah in September. So Kimpton ought to have their hands full...
But that's not the only reason they've got their hands full! In addition to the new San Antonio beer brewery property we reported on last month, Kimpton is also planning a brand new 158-room hotel in the Third Ward district of Milwaukee.
JSOnline reports that the hotel will be eight stories, with a restaurant on the ground floor, a rooftop bar and a fitness center. Right now, the site's just a parking lot (that Joni Mitchell song just started playing in our head), but the finished product is set to open in 2015.
As we mentioned before, a 90-room Brew House Inn & Suites is set to open in an old Pabst brewery complex in May.
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