The county seat of Chatham County lies on the southeastern US coastline. As the nation’s oldest city, it’s filled with signs of its heritage, such as cobbled streets, antebellum architecture, pretty squares, parks filled with mature trees and a Gothic-Revival cathedral. This old-world feel is bolstered by tourist favourites such as trolley rides and romantic horse and carriage trips. More recently the city was featured as a backdrop for the movie Forrest Gump. If you’re not good with humidity, visit earlier in the summer, or during the spring, when Savannah’s flowers are in full bloom.
Perry Lane Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah
Forming a single hotel from two buildings across the road from one another, Perry Lane is named after its address. It began life in 2018, as part of the Marriott group, but projects a distinct personality that, like its frontage, is well in keeping with Savannah style. The lifts are decked out in tropical wallpaper, there’s a large art collection, Turkish rugs and a library with comfy leather chairs and plantation shutters. Up on the rooftop you’ll find a pool area with a bar and a midcentury vibe and an astroturfed space for games; while a different kind of game (retro video) can be played in The Wayward bar and eatery.
The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection
Just steps away from the lights of River Street, this boutique hotel offers great views of the waterway and a vintage maritime feel inside. Guests can enjoy a curated programme of live music from local artists, including Southern blues and jazz. Watch the boats pass by from the outdoor terrace of Rocks on the Roof with some tapas and a handcrafted cocktail; or dine at the indoor section of the restaurant, savouring the all-American flavours. Other highlights of The Bohemian Hotel include a glass of champagne on arrival, Matelassé bed linens, in-room Starbucks coffee and oyster shell chandeliers.
Found where the Historic District meets Eastern Wharf, Thompson Savannah’s interior has been inspired by southern living. Dallas-based Studio 11 Design were responsible for the decor including 193 guestrooms and suites, all accommodated in a specially commissioned tower by Smallwood architects, providing east-facing views of the river, the coastal islands and the Atlantic Ocean. Its public area includes the Fleeting restaurant serving dishes crafted from seasonal produce; the rooftop Bar Julian; a second-floor pool (accessed via the lobby) and a poolside lounge, the Sunroom.