Jameson ends #036;1 million remodel

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2005

Renovations of The Jameson Inn will conclude later this week, just in time for the busy summer travel season, including the upcoming Hank William Weekend.

That is the word from General Manager Sam Ellis, who said the hotel has undergone a complete renovation that began in February.

The total cost of the renovations could top the $1 million mark.

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Greenville’s Jameson Inn opened 10 years ago, and Ellis said it is common for hotels to undergo complete renovations from time to time.

&uot;They want to keep the look modern so the company tries to update them when possible,&uot; she said.

That update includes new interior and exterior paint.

Inside the rooms have new carpeting, new artwork, new pillow-top mattresses and bed linens.

There is also new carpet in the fully equipped fitness center adjacent to the pool.

One of the first things that guests at the renovated Jameson will see is the new hardwood floor in the lobby and dining room.

Also, the rooms will each have new black marble countertops with stainless steel Moen fixtures.

Guests will also notice that they have the convenience of a microwave and refrigerator combo in each room.

Ellis said the work has caused a drop in her occupancy, but she believes it will be worth it when guests see the &uot;new&uot; look.

&uot;It has been just like building a new hotel,&uot; she said. &uot;Everything is new and fresh.&uot;

She gave a great deal of credit to the contractors the Jameson home office sent to do the renovation.

&uot;They’ve been really great and hard working,&uot; she said.

&uot;They have been wonderful.

You couldn’t ask for a nicer group of guys.

They have worked hard and the results show that.

This has been a great renovation experience.&uot;

As for her guests, Ellis said they have been very understanding.

&uot;They understand what we are trying to do because they can see the improvements,&uot; she said.

&uot;They have been really patient and they can’t wait to come back to see the new look.&uot;

Ellis said she looks forward to the coming Hank festival and also the golfers who will stay at the Jameson in the coming weeks.

&uot;They are in for a surprise,&uot; she said.

One local group that utilizes The Jameson Inn is First Assembly of God.

The Rev. Lane Simmons, the church’s pastor, has been doing business with Ellis and the Jameson and is very pleased.

&uot;They have always been courteous and we are always so pleased with their service,&uot; he said.

‘They are a blessing to our community and they do a lot of good for it.

They give you the personal touch here.&uot;

This week, First Assembly’s guest evangelist, the Rev. Curtis Silcox and his wife Paula, made the Jameson their home while running a revival at the church.

&uot;We have really enjoyed our stay here,&uot; he said.

‘We like the town and Sam has really made us feel right at home.

We always look forward to our time in Greenville and our stay at the Jameson.&uot;

Ellis said many locals have stopped in to check out the progress and she welcomes others who want to see the new look in the hotel.