As General Manager of the Staybridge Suites Montgomery-Downtown, George Sanders greets guests from all over the world. Hearing their stories and sharing the city’s story with them is a true “work perk” for him.
Are you from Montgomery? No. My dad was in the Air Force, so I have lived all over the world. God had everything to do with bringing my wife and I to Montgomery!
How long have you worked in hospitality/hotels? 34 years
How long have you been at Staybridge Suites? We opened July 30, 2019, and I was brought on board by PCH Hotels in November 2018.
What does your job involve? Leading by example. Being active in the community. Forecasting. Cost control. And ensuring we are welcoming our guests with hospitality!
What sets Staybridge Suites apart? It is the only extended stay hotel downtown. It has full kitchens in all suites. We serve up a complimentary breakfast buffet every day, with a variety of items including eggs, bacon, sausage, baked goods, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, coffee, juice and more. And on Monday through Wednesday evenings, we offer our fabulous evening social that includes hot hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work? One of my go-to questions for my guests is “What brings you to Montgomery?” and I love hearing all the varied responses. I also enjoy helping them explore our city. Our location at the corner of Bibb and Lee Streets is an easy walk from the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Rosa Parks Museum, Hank Williams Museum, Alabama State Capitol, the Performing Arts Center, The Alley, the Riverfront and more. We are seeing visitors from all over the world. We had a recent tour group from Sweden who raved about the hospitality here.
What are your interests outside of work? Spending quality time with my bride and our two dogs and two cats.