Now Owned: The Willis Park Hotel, bainbridge, GA

Posted on August 10, 2023
Nancy Bahnsen (left), Chrissy Kay (right), owners of The Willis Park Hotel

For Immediate Release

The Willis Park Hotel Welcomes New Co-Ownership, Continues Tradition of Excellence

Bainbridge, GA – August 10, 2023 – The Willis Park Hotel, a historic gem in the iconic Belcher Building in downtown Bainbridge, Georgia, has entered an exciting new phase under fresh co-ownership. After decades of vacancy, this storied landmark was thoughtfully restored by Tyler and Heather Thomas, who embarked on the journey in 2018. Now, Nancy Bahnsen and Chrissy Kay, the hotel’s new co-owners, are committed to upholding the tradition of excellence set by the Thomas family during their stewardship.

Since its original construction in 1899, The Willis Park Hotel has been integral to Bainbridge’s history for over a century. The elegant two-story building boasts six exquisite guest rooms and suites, a charming café, and a picturesque balcony overlooking the bustling downtown square.

Under the previous ownership of Tyler and Heather Thomas, the restoration of The Willis Park Hotel was a labor of love that included incorporating meticulous design elements. The preservation of a century-old stained glass window from Alabama, the addition of historic stained glass doors from France, dual skylights, a cozy reading nook, a custom architectural double spiral staircase, and more breathed new life into this historic icon.

The new co-owners, Nancy Bahnsen and Chrissy Kay, are steadfast in their commitment to preserving the history and charm of The Willis Park Hotel. “We’re thrilled to carry on honoring the rich heritage of this boutique hotel initiated by the Thomas family,” said Kay.

Bahnsen added, “The Willis Park Hotel is an exceptional destination for couples, art enthusiasts, and all those seeking a memorable historic boutique hotel experience.”

The new owners extend a warm invitation to couples, artists, wedding parties, and business travelers to continue supporting The Willis Park Hotel and relish in the enchanting atmosphere of the beloved downtown square. “It fills us with pride to be the next stewards of this Bainbridge treasure,” affirmed Bahnsen and Kay.

For more information or reservations, visit or call 229-400-9388.

About The Willis Park Hotel

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Bainbridge, Georgia, The Willis Park Hotel is an enchanting 6-room boutique hotel perched gracefully above the town square. First erected in 1899, this historic property remained abandoned for decades until its meticulous restoration in 2018. Embodying the essence of its past, the hotel seamlessly blends period details with modern amenities catered to today’s discerning travelers. Guests will undoubtedly appreciate the unwavering commitment to preserving the property’s unique heritage while experiencing a new standard for sophistication and service. For more information, please visit

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