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McKibbon's Residence Inn by Marriott Savannah Downtown
Receives Historic Savannah Foundation Award

Recognized by Preservation Society for “out-of-the-box” Thinking

(SAVANNAH, GA – 11/17/09) The Residence Inn by Marriott Savannah Downtown/Historic District and its developer, McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville, Georgia, were recently honored by the Historic Savannah Foundation with a special award to recognize their efforts for the development of a unique hotel property in historic Downtown Savannah.

The “Thinking Outside the Box” Award was presented to McKibbon leaders at the foundation’s annual meeting and preservation awards presentation, “in recognition of the development and execution of a creative, preservation-sensitive solution when status quo methods would not have been enough.”  The project was nominated by leaders of the Coastal Heritage Society, the non-profit organization that oversees the Roundhouse Railroad Museum and Battlefield Park, a historic landmark bordering the hotel property,.

Completed in February 2009, the Residence Inn by Marriott Savannah Downtown/Historic District is a hotel property unique to any other in the area, built to resemble with historical accuracy the 19th Century workers cottages that once stood on the site between Harris and Charlton Streets.  An interesting blend of rooflines and facades call attention to the property, comprised of a brick main building and four “cottages” with clapboard siding and quaint porches.

The hotel has been well-received by both residents and visitors. According to Scott W. Smith, Director of the Coastal Heritage Society, “Visitors looking at the buildings frequently comment, ‘What a nice hotel!  Who lives in the houses next to it?’ This is recognition of the fact that the desired effect of mimicking the original multi-story retail and eclectic private homes has succeeded.”

The unique hotel concept was originally suggested by the Coastal Heritage Society, which provided a portion of the land for the project.

McKibbon Hotel Group leaders enthusiastically embraced the concept of recreating the architecture of the era, working closely with historians and reviewing records of the area to develop a successful hotel offering that is also a suitable backdrop for a National Historic Landmark.

In honor of the award, a plaque will be mounted at the hotel, located at located at 500 West Charlton Street, just off of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

For more information, visit or call General Manager Donnie Morgan at
(912) 233-9996. 
About McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc./McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc., based in Gainesville, Georgia, is a privately owned enterprise that has grown into a premier real estate developer and owner of nationally franchised hotel brands for Marriott, Hilton and Starwood Hotels.  McKibbon is proud to be a recognized leader for over 83 years in the hospitality industry, and McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, currently operates over 60 mid and upscale brands in 8 states throughout the Southeast.  The company has a rich history and culture that promotes a family oriented environment, while holding true to its core values of honesty, integrity and loyalty.  For more information, visit



McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
  Paula MacDonald
Public Relations Director
(813) 472-7390

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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Develops New Interior Prototypes for the Hawthorn Suites and Wingate Brands;
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/ May 2009

Vann Herring Promoted to to Chief Executive Officer and President of of McKibbon Hotel Management / March 2009

McKibbon Hotel Group Opens Third Hotel at Avion Park Westshore, the 144 suite Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport/Westshore / December 2008


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