Grand reopening: Grand Hotel de Hogansville reopens after extended closure – LaGrange Daily News
With a single signature and a room key exchange, Wayne and Karla Singleton were the first guests to stay at the newly reopened Grand Hotel on the corner of Main Street in Hogansville.
The hotel quietly began to open for reservations on Monday as staff began adding small touches to the historic building to give incoming guests a “new experience with old style,” said the hotel’s new manager. , Pablo Serrano.
After decades of absolute vacancy, work to get the hotel back up and running began in November 2020, Serrano said, after the hotel was taken over by Pioneer Hogansville. Another agency attempted to reopen the hotel in 2011, but for reasons unknown to Serrano, the effort was dropped.
“Before  the hotel was closed for 20 years, so it was closed for 40 years, âhe said.
The hotel’s 10 rooms, decorated in the classic charm of mixed 19th and 20th-century decorum, with a hint of modernization, are now available for booking, and many rooms have already been booked, Serrano said.
Serrano was recruited last year to manage the hotel, which he did while in his home country of Argentina. He said he had already fallen in love with not only the hotel, but the community as well.
“[My wife and I] were looking for a change, a quiet place, and [slower] and we didn’t know we found this here, âhe said. âThe people around here are very niceâ¦ so it’s like family.
Other amenities such as the downstairs and second floor lounges, the currently bare wraparound porch, and the downstairs garden patio are also open to guests, but areas such as the bar are not yet open. However, guests will still be allowed to relax in the area.
The wraparound upstairs porch, which offers sweeping views of downtown Hogansville, will soon be furnished with rocking chairs and tables, and the flooring will be repaired as needed. The garden on the ground floor will also soon be furnished with outdoor furniture. Across the garden is an impressive water fountain and wooden gazebo, which Serrano hopes will be icons in the wedding photos of future guests. You can also visit the main street market, accessible outside the building or through the hotel lobby.
The bedrooms have been furnished with new, modern linens and a paint job while the wooden floors throughout the building are polished like new. The bathrooms in each bedroom are still being renovated to add new showers but are otherwise functional. Much of the hotel furniture was already there when Serrano started cleaning the hotel, he said, and many pieces were in storage.
âWe wanted it to look like the one from 1890, but because there isn’t a lot of furniture [available from that period] we used what was already available, âSerrano said.
Singles chose room # 2, which gave the couple direct access to the wraparound porch. The room rate was $ 140 for the night.
Wayne found out about the hotel completely by accident, he said, adding that he had never passed through Hogansville before.
âTwice a week I went to eat at Rogers BBQ, and about a week and a half ago I was coming from Newnan, and the freeway was blocked,â Wayne said. âI got off at the Grantville exitâ¦ and it brought me here, and this was my first time through this town. I was so impressed that [Karla] and I came back three or four days later, and she points to the hotel and says “it’s open”.
Serrano proceeded with the Singletons grand tour, Wayne said, and the two immediately planned to return to the hotel for just one night. Wayne previously worked as a government contractor and was impressed with the architecture of the hotel.
âIt was instant nostalgia,â he said. “I was so impressed, and I knew right away that I didn’t just want to stay here, but I wanted to be the first to stay here.”
Serrano said all hotel amenities will be fully operational by August. The bar in particular will be open not only to customers but also to the public, who can access it from the hotel’s patio, he said. He also plans to bring live piano music to the bar on time.
As Serrano continues to add the finishing touches to the centuries-old building, he calls the experience a âonce in a lifetime opportunityâ.
âFor me it’s amazing,â he said. âThere are people who were born here who have never seen the hotel openâ¦ for me, it’s just wonderful.
To reserve or visit the hotel, dial (706) 616-0244.