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Former President Jimmy Carter Cut the Ribbon  at the Grand Opening of the
Historic Best Western Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia

 
AMERICUS, Ga. -- June 23, 2010 - Former President Jimmy Carter cut the ribbon with his wife, Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, at the grand opening of the historic Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel in Americus, Ga., on Tuesday, June 15. President and Mrs. Carter were joined by Sharad and Ila Patel, owners of the Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel, Americus Mayor Barry Blount and Mark Williams, vice president of North American development for Best Western International.

“Our guests have an opportunity to enjoy a destination that offers the best of Southern charm that President and Mrs. Carter have come to love.” .President Carter and his wife first stayed at the hotel in 2002 in the Carter Presidential Suite, named in their honor. Mrs. Carter attended the ceremony to visit the Rosalynn Carter Tea Parlor, which was named in her honor in 2008.

Left to right: President Jimmy Carter; Mrs. Rosalynn Carter; Ila Patel, Sharad Patel, owner of the Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel; Mark Williams, vice president of North American development for Best Western International (source: Best Western International)

“The Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel has served as a historic landmark in South Georgia for more than a century, and my commitment to the Americus community is to maintain and preserve the integrity of the hotel for future generations,” said Sharad Patel. “Our guests have an opportunity to enjoy a destination that offers the best of Southern charm that President and Mrs. Carter have come to love.”
 

The historic Best Western Windsor Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Americus, Georgia. 

The Windsor Hotel was opened and built in 1892 by GL Norrman. It was named after John T. Windsor, a prominent local businessman. Architecturally, it is a classic mix of High Victorian and Moorish influences. The hotel closed its doors in 1972 after almost 80 years in operation. In 1991, the hotel re-opened after a $6.5 million dollar renovation. All of the wood is the original hand-carved, hand-turned golden oak. The marble on the grand lobby floor is also original, and is from Italy.

In 2010, the hotel underwent an extensive renovation updating the hotel with modern amenities, such as all new bedding including duvet and duvet covers, 32 inch flat screen televisions, granite countertops, micro/fridge, and many more, as well as restoring areas of the hotel back to its original state. In June 2010, the hotel joined the Best Western family hosting a grand opening to remember with special guest attendees Former President and Mrs. Carter and many other local corporations.

At present time, there are 53 individually appointed guest rooms, including six suites and two tower suites, the Bridal Suite and the Presidential Suite, which is named in honor of our 39th President and local resident Jimmy Carter. President and Mrs. Carter spent the night in 2002, and are big supporters of the Windsor. 

The historic Windsor Hotel has been featured on NBC’s “The Today Show”, GPB, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Southern Distinction, Southern Living, and is the recipient of Georgia’s Department of Tourism Excellence in Customer Service Award, and National Preservation Award.

Guests at the historic Best Western Windsor Hotel can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for dinner in Amelia's Restaurant, cocktails and acoustic music in Floyd’s Pub. The Best Western Windsor Hotel can host an elegant wedding or a business meeting/conference in one of our many conference rooms.

The Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel was built in 1892 and named after John T. Windsor, a prominent South Georgia businessman and philanthropist. The hotel has since undergone two renovations and is re-opening with updated amenities.

The Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel is a 1993 National Trust for Historic Preservation Award winner and offers 53 individually appointed guest rooms, including six suites and two tower suites. Hotel amenities include an on-site full-service restaurant and lounge, fitness center, business center and meeting space to accommodate up to 350 people.

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Contact: 

Abby Salman
Phone: 602-957-5589 
Email: abby.salman@bestwestern.com
 

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