Wylie Hotel Brings Neighborly Feel to Old Fourth Ward
Forthcoming boutique hotel announces new teammates
ATLANTA (April 22, 2021) – Slated to reopen its doors this May, Wylie Hotel is excited to announce its newest teammates – general manager James Green III and culinary director Ewart Wardhaugh. They will join Liz Young, director of sales, on Wylie Hotel’s opening team to spearhead the hotel’s operations, management and food & beverage program. Young, Green and Wardhaugh bring spirit, grit and decades of hospitality know-how to Wylie Hotel – welcoming both locals and travelers to relish in the community’s rich history and placing an emphasis on developing a community-driven establishment.
“I am excited to join Wylie Hotel’s team,” said Green. “We’re looking forward to hosting the neighborhood, whether they’re staying with us, dining with a friend or enjoying the terrace for coffee and a pastry before work.”
Rounding out guests’ experiences with a diverse food & beverage program, Wardhaugh will lead the charge as culinary director – alongside his position as executive chef of Epicurean Atlanta – and will work to conceptualize menus, incorporate seasonal changes and provide ongoing consultation for the hotel. His creative direction can be seen throughout Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen – a Southern-inspired restaurant offering comfortable, familiar fare served in a variety of spaces, including cozy banquettes, a lively sunroom and an inviting outdoor terrace.
Partners Kim King Associates and Mainsail Lodging & Development come together to revive the former 551 Ponce de Leon Hotel, in hopes to restore the property to its roots – a homelike, friendly neighborhood hotel. After falling into disrepair over the years, Kim King Associates purchased the building in 2019 and worked in tandem with Francis “Butch” Ross, Ross Hotel Partners, to engage Mainsail Lodging & Development to oversee the hotel’s management. All parties are hoping to pay homage to the hotel’s past lives – incorporating small touches to bring its century-long stint on Ponce de Leon Avenue to the forefront, with Southern hospitality and charm at every turn.
“With Old Fourth Ward being one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods, we are excited to preserve the history of the surrounding community, while bringing new life into the building,” said Beau King, CEO of Kim King Associates. “Once the opportunity presented itself, our team knew this property would be something special, and we can’t wait to show the incredible work done to such a memorable place.”
The hotel’s renovations are being led by the partnership of local architect, Stevens & Wilkinson, and Atlanta-based interior design firm Pixel Design Co. Bringing its original character back to life, Wylie Hotel will incorporate tidbits of inspiration from the building’s history with modern upgrades, including bar-centric dining concepts and technology-forward stays. The hotel will re-emerge as a 111-room boutique hotel, offering individualized, distinctive spaces unique to each guest.
Located at 551 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Wylie Hotel is anticipated to officially open its doors to visitors in mid-May. Follow along for additional updates on Instagram (@wyliehotel), or stay tuned to Wylie Hotel’s official website (wyliehotel.com) for updates.
About Wylie Hotel
Built in the 1920s in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, Wylie Hotel is a mainstay in Ponce de Leon Avenue’s history, standing over the years to see Atlanta become Atlanta. In 2021, Wylie Hotel will re-emerge as a 111- room boutique hotel in the heart of O4W, including restaurant concept Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen, a Southern eatery located in the hotel’s basement, alongside a sunroom and outdoor terrace made for both work and play. For more information, please visit wyliehotel.com or follow along on Instagram at @wyliehotel.
About Kim King Associates
Kim King Associates is a family-run, full-service real estate firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded in 1972 by the legendary Georgia Tech quarterback and influential Atlanta business leader, Kim King. With over 45 years’ experience as a trusted name in real estate, the company has helped shape the Atlanta skyline with commercial, residential and mixed-use development properties throughout the city. Now under the leadership of Kim’s three children, the firm has built on its founder’s legacy with a diverse portfolio that includes developments Centergy and Technology Square, Shops at Pharr in Buckhead and Huff Trail in the West Midtown corridor. KimKingAssociates.com
Ross Hotel Partners
Ross Hotel Partners (RHP) is a hotel developer, advisor, and owner’s representative for all hotel product types, while specializing in development, financing, project management, advisory services and consulting for both adaptive re-use and new construction. RHP negotiates and delivers capital stacks for hotels ranging from limited service to full service, which includes establishing long term relationships with private equity firms and family offices, as well as both regional and national banks. With over 30 years of hospitality experience, Francis J. “Butch” Ross has been responsible for the development and acquisition of more than $1B in hotel properties. Learn more at rosshp.com
About Mainsail Lodging & Development
Mainsail Lodging & Development is an award-winning, Tampa, Florida-based company specializing in hotel, corporate furnished housing, and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. An established company with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Mainsail prides itself in finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose, and applying its passion and expertise to each project. Create by President Joe Collier with a combination of daring vision and dogged determination, Mainsail has built an impressive portfolio of topbranded properties throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Each Mainsail property inspires guests with a distinct character and meticulously crafted, sophisticated style, from a private island resort, and urban culinary showplaces, to waterfront marvels, boutique southern hotels, and a historic jazz era icon. Through its Mainsail Corporate Housing and Mainsail Vacation Rentals brands, the company manages a collection of private vacation homes in Florida and corporate housing solutions across the country. To ensure long-term success and profitability, Mainsail relies on the dedication of its high-performing leadership team, a growing group of enterprising investors, and a commitment to giving back, every step of the way. MainsailHotels.com
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