The Thunderbird Inn

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THE THUNDERBIRD INN
DAVID GARDNER AND BILL O’BRIEN
611 WEST OGLETHORPE STREET
SAVANNAH, GA 31401
912-232-2661/Fax: 233-5551
e-mail: info@thethunderbird.com
website: thethunderbirdinn.com

The signs along the highways coming into Savannah say “Hippest Hotel in Town.” That’s the impression you get when you see the Thunderbird Motel for the first time. The borrowers David Gardner and Bill O’Brien, both New England transplants, had a vision of what the old “art deco” motel should look like. Using the SBA 504 loan program with the assistance of Darby Bank and Trust, David and Bill bought the old hotel and breathed new life into the Oglethorpe Avenue location. David has many years of motel experience and Bill has the experience in rehabbing old buildings. Together they have set a new standard to the motel business that surrounds Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD couldn’t do any better and they are the premiere restorer of real estate in the City of Savannah.

New colors, new carpet, new furniture and an update to the services that a hotel can offer have brought this mid 50’s motel into the twenty first century.