“Love all there is to look at here!”

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The history of the place and the “current story” are interesting and inspiring. The place is charming, colorful and comfortable. The breakfast was to die for! And I helped myself to a glass of wine after checking in and a few sweets after returning from a night out. Before checkout the next morning, I found a great spot upstairs to do a little work, on the “sleeping porch.”

Green Features: Great to know Stonehurst has its own rain water collection and filtering system.
Reviewed by Patty Lundy, Atlanta, Georgia on March 29th, 2016
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Successful Business: Power Positive Words

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Stonehurst Place: Sensationally Successful

Facebook and Pinterest often recommend to me power positive words and advice, ways to help me be successful, but often I find the topics don’t really appeal to me.  Posts showing me how to be a tidier person or helping manage my time don’t grab my attention. But recently, an image on Pinterest entitled “10 Ways to Be Sensationally Successful at Your Job” from the American Express #Passion Project struck me. It didn’t only appeal to me because I love charts and diagrams, but mostly because I realized almost all the points on the chart were covered by how we manage Stonehurst Place.  How we manage Stonehurst Place is directly related to our guests’ satisfaction and to our success.

Sensationally Successful

To me, one of the most important thoughts on this image is number two, “See your manager as a person you help, not a person who tells you what you do.” As a manager, I love this. It is exactly my style and work ethos.  I also immediately thought about Stonehurst Place innkeepers Paul and Lori, who are sensationally successful at their jobs. As wonderful hosts and team leaders, Paul and Lori are always in step with me. Whether they are reminding me to do managerial tasks like renew my business license, or I am reminding them to give each room a “What-Would-Barb-See Inspection” before they leave, we are a team. That’s what makes Stonehurst Place work so well. In the end, my design of the new Stonehurst Place Carriage House is vetted by and done in conjunction with Paul, while my designs of the interior areas are always in conversation with Lori.

What also adds to how “sensationally succesful” Stonehurst Place is that we, like number five, “Spot the high performers and mimic them.” Stonehurst Place opened in the October 2008, and by January 2009 we were TripAdvisor’s #1 Atlanta inn.  This catapult success was not only because we work tirelessly to ensure the highest quality and standards at Stonehurst Place, but also because we are observant.  Every chance we get to evaluate another property’s success and adapt it to our own guest experience to make it that much more perfect, every time we ourselves are inn or hotel guests – we take in everything and bring back the best to Stonehurst Place.

My favorite is number seven: “Find a way to stand out.”

We did.

Shadomy, Stonehurst Place

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Lovely surprise in Midtown Atlanta!

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Pros: Everything.

Cons: None that I noted.
Location: Great restaurants located within walking distance of Stonehurst.
Made a reservation for an overnight stay here after being a little dissatisfied with a chain hotel a week earlier. This was a delightful surprise, arriving at 6pm,relaxing for a while on the covered deck with a glass of wine provided by the Inn itself. We were directed to the most excellent Italian restaurant within minutes walk of Stonehurst so all in all a delightful stay. Breakfast was quite tasty, a delicious frittata with extras, pressed coffee etc., Great!!
Posted on Expedia on March 17th by a verified Traveler
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“Purely Excellent B&B”

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We recently stayed here for a two day business trip. We were really looking forward to our stay! Upon arriving the first evening, we rang the bell and were promptly greeted. Upon the inn keeper coming to the door we realized that we had made a terrible mistake and did not have a reservation for the right dates. Swiftly they welcomed us to the one room they had available that evening. They did inform us that they were booked full the following night. No problem we thought, we were just so grateful that they had a room, a spectacular one at that, for our first night. The next morning while having an excellent breakfast they told us there was a possibility of one of their guest needing to leave early. If so, we would have to move rooms but could stay. In the mean time they let me stay in our room past check out time until they found out if the guest would be checking out early. Lucky for us they did and we were moved to an equally lovely room upstairs.
Highlights -Great service and so accommodating
-Comfortable beds and linens-Comphy sheets are the best!
-Beautifully resorted and decorated.
-Breakfast was excellent and plentiful
-Inn Keepers are top notch
-Location Is excellent-Neighborhood has great restaurants and good access to the interstate.
-Cold and hot beverages available all day long with great snacks!
This property is gorgeous and has a great history. It is by far our favorite place to stay now in Atlanta!

Posted on TripAdvisor by Jennifer E, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado on

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Drawing the story – the art of Wendy McNaughton

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Wendy McNaughton's TO DO tells a story

How did Wendy McNaughton draw my story?

Artist and illustrator Wendy McNaughton knows a bit about everyone. Just watch her describe her art as she tells her own story in this PBS NewsHour’s ‘Brief But Spectacular’ video.  A good deal of my personal art collection adorns the walls of Stonehurst Place; I collect contemporary art work partially because I am interested in its deconstructive aspect.  Wendy McNaughton, whose art and illustrations are a breath of fresh air to me, holds pride of place beside my desk in the Master Suite of Stonehurst Place.  There I hung her print, TO DO, so that I can see it and be reminded 1) Get To Work and 2) Laugh at Yourself Whenever Possible. McNaughton takes witty artistic concepts and then makes small venn diagrams, flow charts or readable sketches of rational ideas. Her art puts large ideas into context, and portrays irrational thoughts and emotions in a rational manner. I find her art evocative because she manages to both make anxiety, imposter syndrome and confusion a rational and quantifiable idea, while at the same time making light of these traits that make all of us human.

Wendy McNaughton's TO DO tells a story

When I saw TO DO I was struck .. then I laughed and laughed.  She drew my life story, and we’d never even met!  I suspect many readers who look closely at the venn diagram of my story that she’s documented will find their own story in it, too.  I am a big over-thinker, so much so that it can paralyze me.  I’ve recently experienced this designing the new Carriage House at Stonehurst Place.  I need to examine every possible option, and even then if I haven’t found the right design I think tomorrow, or maybe next week, it will come to me.  I am like a terrier on my own pants leg, not understanding the word ‘no’ but just determined not to let go until I get it right.  McNaughton’s venn diagram dives deeper and deeper into my story, drilling down through things I think about doing, things I want to do, things I plan to do, the things I avoid and procrastinate, until she gets to the small segment of All The Things I Actually Do.  She has illustrated me.

As an aside, I will be part of my alma mater Oglethorpe University‘s Alumni Weekend this April 16th by spinning a tale from my college years in a storytelling seminar.  Facilitated by the Southern Order of Storytellers, current students and a few alums like me have been selected to share our OU story with the audience, who will then enjoy learning from the professional Storytellers how to share their personal stories in the interactive seminar.  I’m looking forward to this experience, I’ve got a doozy to tell!

Shadomy, Stonehurst Place

 

 

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“Fantastic Experience”

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I had a fantastic experience! From the assistance in getting there (I was lost…) to the warm welcome and fantastic breakfast(!), it was a great experience. The Innkeepers were welcoming and helpful, the inn beautiful and the atmosphere relaxing after a long work week. Thank you Lori and Paul for the hospitality, it is appreciate and has been shared with friends and family…

Posted on Google Reviews by Scott Signorini on March 8, 2016

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“Loved Staying at Stonehurst Place”

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I absolutely loved staying at Stonehurst Place! I was looking for reasonably priced accommodations close to major thoroughfares, restaurants, and shopping, while my mom and I looked for my bridal gown. Stonehurst met and exceeded all my expectations. It is beautifully appointed with a fantastic mix of historic charm and modern upgrades. Everyone, including the other guests, were so pleasant and sociable that my mom and I found ourselves comfortable just lounging around rather than leaving to explore the city during rush hour. Wifi and parking are all included in the cost of stay, not to mention an out of this world breakfast. I literally have never had such an amazing peach cobbler, and for a person such as myself that has a major sweet tooth, that in and of itself is enough to bring me back to Stonehurst. I can’t wait to come back with my future husband!

Posted on Google Reviews by Tiffany P. on March 1, 2016

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“Most Memorable Stay”

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I can’t say enough good things about this place. They went the extra mile to make our stay the most memorable ever. They assisted with planning and preparation to make our Valentines Day weekend extra special. . The rooms were beautiful and the food very tasty. We don’t live far away, actually walking distance yet we felt like we had totally escaped from the daily life in Atlanta. Location of Stonehurst is ideal for lots of activities in Midtown Atlanta. Great restaurants, Piedmont Park, and nightlife all within walking distance. But once you go inside you might not want to leave. We definitely will be back again.

Posted on Google Reviews by Mike McCrary on March 1, 2016

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