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BRITT SCRIPPS INN’S HATTERSLEY NAMED ONE OF
“15 PEOPLE TO WATCH” BY ESTATES WEST MAGAZINE
Exclusive list includes 15 extraordinary people including Donald Trump
Hotelier also earns awards for historic preservation from San Diego groups
SAN DIEGO, CA – August 2005 – For San Diego hotelier Gordon Hattersley, III, 2005 has been a banner year. Not only did he welcome his first guests at the historic Britt Scripps Inn after a 24-month restoration, but his attention to detail and “do it right” attitude have earned him numerous awards and accolades culminating with being named to an exclusive list of 15 people to watch in the west that also includes real estate mogul Donald Trump and renowned golf course architect Clive Clark.
The fall 2005 issue of Estates West, a luxury lifestyle and real estate magazine, features a list of “15 to People Watch” in the west who are making their marks on industries the magazine has deemed most important to its readers, such as hospitality and real estate. Hattersley was chosen for the list, which includes a handful of hoteliers, architects, interior designers and landscape architects.
“For this issue, we chose 15 outstanding companies and professionals whose present work and future plans are worth a long look,” writes Estates West. In the article, the magazine applauds Hattersley’s “spare no expense” approach to restoring the Inn, as well as his attention to detail in everything from the antique furniture to how guests are greeted at the front door, not at a front desk.
In addition to the accolades from Estates West, Hattersley’s work on the Britt Scripps Inn has been honored by two prominent San Diego community groups. Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) San Diego presented him with the “Gift to the Street” Award as part of its 2005 People in Preservation Awards ceremony. The award acknowledges outstanding preservation efforts that benefit the community. Guidelines for the award include sensitivity to the historic integrity of the building and its site, the preservation of original historic fabric or landscape, use of historic research materials to document decisions made during the process and skill of craftsmanship.
In May 2005, the City of San Diego’s Planning Department Historical Resources Board (HRB) bestowed Hattersley with an “Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation.” The award, which is given annually to a select few, recognizes Hattersley’s excellent rehabilitative work on the Britt Scripps Inn and his dedication to historic preservation.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Gordon Hattersley, III is an experienced hotelier who first moved to San Diego to help open and operate the Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. During his tenure with Rancho Valencia, where he served as director of sales and assistant manager, Hattersley gained vast experience in both the operational and development sides of the hospitality industry. Following his four-year stint at Rancho Valencia, Hattersley established the successful Steamboat Bed & Breakfast in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In addition to owning and operating the bed & breakfast, he was involved in numerous real estate and development projects in the greater Steamboat Springs area.
In 2001, Hattersley purchased the landmark Britt Scripps house in San Diego. Following a 24-month restoration, he opened the Britt Scripps Inn on February 14, 2005.
Hattersley holds a bachelors degree from Colorado State University and a professional certificate from Cornell University’s development program for executives in the hospitality industry.
Located just a block from San Diego’s Balboa Park, Britt Scripps Inn is a 19 th century, multi-gabled house with a striking turret and wrap-around porch. With names like The Library, Renaissance, Governors and Gothic, the Inn’s nine rooms are uniquely adorned in period-appropriate furnishings such as claw-foot bathtubs and pedestal sinks, and luxurious amenities including 1,000 thread-count bed linens and Ariana bathrobes. Artfully hidden in each room is the 21 st century in the form of high speed, wireless Internet access, flat screen televisions and multi-line telephones with all the bells and whistles. The bathrooms even have towel-heating racks.
Downstairs, guests have access to an opulent parlor, quaint dining room and stunning hand-carved oak grand staircase with adjacent music alcove, where an historic Steinway Art Case piano, circa 1883, resides. All of this is framed by a dazzling two-story stain glass wall comprised of three panels depicting morning, afternoon and evening settings. Preferring to call itself an “estate hotel” as opposed to a bed and breakfast, the Inn pampers guests each morning with complimentary homemade breakfast in the dining room, parlor or porch. Each evening, guests are invited to connect with fellow travelers for complimentary wine and cheese in the parlor.
For more information, contact the Britt Scripps Inn at
888-881-1991 (toll free), 619-230-1991 or via the web site www.brittscripps.com.