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Mansion on Forsyth Park

Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah

At a Glance

    Pros

  • an exciting, stimulating environment that transports you from the workaday world
  • full-service spa
  • complimentary shuttle to fellow downtown Kessler hotel, The Bohemian, on River Street

    Cons

  • very pricey, particularly for room service and phone calls
  • some of the art from the early 1970s is not appealing

Fodorite Reviews

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Mansion on Forsyth Park Review

Sitting on the edge of Forsyth Park, this Kessler property has dramatic design, opulent interiors with a contemporary edge, and a magnificently diverse collection of some 400 pieces of American and European art, all of which create a one-of-a-kind experience—sophisticated, chic, and artsy only begin to describe it. The newer wings blend perfectly with its historic surroundings and the original, 18,000-square-foot Victorian-Romanesque, redbrick and terra-cotta mansion. Every turn delivers something unexpected—the antique hat collection; the pool with its creative water wall, and a canopied patio that looks like it's out of the Arabian Nights; a Nordic-looking full-service spa; back-lighted onyx panels and 100-year-old Italian Corona–marble pillars. The 700 Drayton Restaurant offers contemporary fine dining and professional, attentive service. Upstairs, Casimir's Lounge, with live piano and jazz, is one of the city's hot spots. Rooms booked on the concierge level receive continental breakfast in the concierge lounge.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

The New Old South
Savannah might be best known for its impeccably preserved history, but the Mansion on Forsyth Park is evidence that the Hostess City can embrace a world of influences without ruffling her petticoats. Were it not for the allure of the city's iconic Forsyth Park right outside the front door and the charms of the Landmark Historic District just beyond, guests would be tempted to spend their entire trip in the lavishly appointed, 126 room hotel, which features an art gallery, two lounges, world class dining, and a seductive spa. Impeccably designed in an inspired mix of classical and modern design and as an extension of an existing Victorian-Romanesque Revival mansion, the building is a perfect marriage of what's new in the Old South.

    Hotel Details

  • 125 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • N/A.
Updated: 11-29-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    Mansion on Forsyth Park Review

    My husband and I just returned from our first (and hopefully, not last!) trip to Savannah. We're not B&B types, so we chose the best hotel in Savannah--the Mansion on Forsyth! I chose it by reading about it on Fodor's and other sites, and we were NOT disappointed.

    We asked if they had a concierge (club) level, and they had just opened it, so we chose that. They were still working out the kinks a bit, so it should be well-running by the time you go. The concierge level is on the 4th floor and requires a credit card key to enter both on the elevators and lounge area. It offers a warm continental breakfast (a special each day), 24/7 unattended snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, happy hour with alcoholic beverages that you pay for, fruit, juices, candy bars...even gummy bears...and you run into a lot of people to talk to in the "Kessler Suite."

    Our room was beautiful and very unique in that it had a huge garden tub with a look-through from the bathroom into the bedroom. Just different, and the bathroom was beautiful. Everything was clean and elegant. Beds were well-dressed and very luxurious. Our refrigerator (which we really didn't need with the concierge room closeby) had a door problem, but one mention to the bartender in the lobby bar, and she stopped a maintenance man, and it was fixed right then and there.
    We loved the lobby bar for meeting people...travelers and locals...but be aware that you will be charged an automatic 20% gratuity there. We didn't realize it and tipped her generously, then received our final checkout bill and felt rather gipped that we weren't told. I mentioned that to them on their post-stay survey.

    The restaurant and bar at 700 Drayton is wonderful. Food is great, and the bar upstairs in the old mansion that gives the hotel its name is perfect. We were there on a Friday night and went up to the bar to listen to a wonderful local Motown/Jazz/Blues band.

    The Mansion on Forsyth is located on the edge of Forsyth Park. The construction on the white fort is completed so you won't have the problem another reviewer mentioned. It's a beautiful 10 acre park with some of the city's most beautiful homes surrounding it. People are walking, jogging, cycling, walking their dogs, lounging on the grass...it's like something out of a movie! I walked it every day we were there, just pretending that I lived there and that I was one of the lucky locals. I loved walking it and studying the houses all around, and the middle walkway is something out of a magazine with its canopy of old live oaks. You are completely safe there.

    We took the Old Savannah trolley that you can buy an on-off ticket at the front desk, and we caught it right in front of the hotel, or actually right in front of 700 Drayton (the restaurant). We were able to ride the trolley, listen to the driver give us all kinds of wonderful information, and then get off the trolley and explore awhile.

    The front desk was very professional and helpful, the doormen, valet parking guys, bartenders...you name it, they were all the best. They even made reservations for us at their sister hotel in St. Augustine for our next stop. It was great, too. The Mansion has a van that will take you anywhere in the Historic District and pick you up! That's amazing, considering that it saves you on taxi fares. They took us down to The Olde Pink House for dinner and picked us up. Side note: Don't make reservations at The Olde Pink House! Just go down to the tavern downstairs and find a spot at the bar, order there, and have a lot more fun. We also enjoyed Six Pence Bar on Bull Street, Fiddler's Oyster Bar down on the riverfront, and all the shops on Broughton. I would LIVE in Savannah!!! The housing prices are amazingly reasonable.

    In the meantime, we will stay at the Mansion on Forsyth!

    by norobin, 1/31/11
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    Half great/half totally random

    This hotel looked very elegant on their web site. In reality, it is half modern/chic and half very strange/bordello-ish/tacky. It is as if two different people with different tastes designed different aspects of the hotel for a look that is not exactly cohesive. Housekeeping was okay - sometimes they felt like giving us washcloths, other times, not so much. And twice we were awakened in the middle of the night by a very strong "sewer-y" odor filling the room from either the vents or the drains. It was bad enough to wake us up! Service at the front desk, concierge and valet was great though. And the location was nice - right by Forsyth Park. We could walk from the hotel all the way down to River Street in about 30 or 45 minutes (it is about a mile away. Beware of booking a park-view room though - the hotel doesn't tell you that the park area directly across from the hotel is undergoing renovation and is completely torn apart. Not a pretty sight. All in all, not bad, but next time I think that I will try a hotel with more of a traditional southern feel.

    by OCDiner, 6/29/09

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