Popular Retro Hotel Mascot, George Monk Sock Monkey, at Thunderbird Inn Savannah USA

A popular addition to our fun hotel staff, George likes to remind us that he was retro before retro was cool. Dressed in his colorful Thunderbird Inn monogram t-shirt, George Monk is in demand. Some guests give a priority to their “George reservation” before they finalize their hotel booking!

Thunderbird Inn was built in the Sixties – and sock monkeys like George had been around a good 30 years by then. The popular toy seems to have had its origins in the Depression, when worn-out socks were stitched up as playthings. Today’s versions are mass produced, but we’ve seen vintage hand-made models that date from the 1950s. George himself doesn’t like to talk about his age.

Age doesn’t stand in the way of hipness, anyway. George even has his own Facebook page (friend him at http://www.facebook.com/george.monk.31 ) When he’s not taste-testing the food around the Thunderbird, George pals up with friends – sometimes our guests, sometimes local business folks – and goes out on the town. Next time you’re in our office, check to see if George can make room on his social calendar to go out with you!

We hope you’ll snap your photo(s) with George about town during your visit. Then, share a few with the inn by simply posting them to George Monk’s Facebook page, sharing your George Monk adventure.


Declaring itself The hippest hotel in Savannah™, the delightfully quirky, Thunderbird Inn (42 rooms) is where the historic downtown Savannah location and retro motel eccentricities meet up. Featured in New York Times, Southern Living, Miami Herald, Best10.com, TravelMuse.com, Dog Friendly magazine, the Telly Silver and Telly Bronze award-winning, downtown inn-hotel recaptures the southern retro spirit of the Swinging Sixties. The youthful General Manager, Mark Thomas, has directed the much-touted marketing toward a bold, free-spirited and young again approach, making the most of the popular resurgence of retro in the United States. Discounted Savannah lodging was never so much fun! Ask about discount local coupons, Staff Picks, MoonPie® on your pillow, and dog friendly / pet-friendly vacation accommodations. 611 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA USA 31401. Toll Free Reservations (866) 324-2661; International +1/912-232-2661; Fax 912-233-5551. Twitter: @TBirdInn; E-mail info@thethunderbirdinn.com; Web: TheThunderbirdInn.com