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A Grand, Colorful Past That Distinguishes Us From Standard Southern Hotels

For more than a century, The Partridge Inn has hosted presidential visits, world events, and lavish social functions. Known as "The Grand Hotel of the Classic South," our legendary Southern hotel has earned a reputation for luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining, and personalized service. However, this storied Southern vacation spot wasn't always a prestigious landmark. In fact, the hotel began as a two-story private residence. It wasn't until 1892 - when the property was purchased by Morris Partridge, a northern "snowbird" who often vacationed in Augusta - that it saw new life as a lodging destination. Mr. Partridge transformed the residence into an intimate exquisite inn, and over the years, this acclaimed Southern inn has experienced many changes and milestones including:

  • 1836 - The Partridge Inn is first built as a two-story private residence.
  • 1892 - The Partridge Inn is purchased by Morris Partridge, a northerner who frequently vacations in Augusta, who converts it into a hotel.
  • 1892 to 1930 - Dazzling prosperity follows. This is Augusta's heyday as the South's premier winter resort destination. Morris Partridge is renowned as a gracious, charismatic host, and his hotel builds a reputation for excellent cuisine and a warm, caring ambiance. During this period, The Partridge Inn expands from two stories to six, and a quarter mile of verandahs and balconies are added.
  • 1910 - After extensive renovations, 60 rooms were added enabling The Partridge Inn to open as an ‘official hostelry’ on January 8, 1910. On January 9, 1910, The Augusta Chronicle reported that “Partridge Inn Opened Saturday: New Sixty Room Hostelry in Summerville Finished—Several Parties of People Expected During Week.”
  • 1923 - The Partridge Inn is selected by the city of Augusta to host a gala banquet for President Warren G. Harding - the zenith of the hotel's first golden age.
  • 1930 through the 1950s - The Great Depression ravages the United States. Oil magnate Henry Flagler helps extend the national railroads to Florida, which soon eclipses Augusta as the South's top winter resort locale. Hard times befall the city and The Partridge, Morris Partridge gives up on his dream and sells the property.
  • 1960s and 1970s - The Partridge Inn is converted into apartments.
  • 1980s - Languishing in a state of disrepair, The Partridge Inn is slated for demolition. This arouses community leaders, activists, politicians, and investors, who fight on behalf of the legendary hotel - saving it from the wrecking ball.
  • 1988 - After several years of extensive renovations, The Partridge Inn re-opens to passionate fanfare. Capitalizing on its historic appeal and new luxurious face, the hotel finds new success as the 20th Century comes to a close.
  • 2006 - The Partridge Inn completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, promising guests and local residents an even higher level of service and elegance, and building on its distinctive mystique.
  • 2006 - The Partridge Inn completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, promising guests and local residents an even higher level of service and elegance, and building on its distinctive mystique.
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Celebrate the splendor of the Old South at The Partridge Inn - a full-service hotel that has defined excellence in Augusta since 1892. Nestled in the heart of the historic Summerville district, this newly renovated landmark features luxurious accommodations, elegant event venues, and more than a quarter mile of verandahs and balconies wrapping around the hotel. Book your Southern hotel reservations online today for our exclusive rates.

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