Fodor's Expert Review Cotton Sail

126 W. Bay St., Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States See on Map

One of the newer hotels dotting the landscape, this locally owned and operated establishment is perched over River Street and offers expansive views of the Savannah River. The well-appointed hotel is resplendent with coastal-theme decor and remnants of historical details, like the hints of exposed brick in the lobby and a few of the rooms and the original wood floors said to date back several centuries. This is where you'll find the city's most beautiful rooftop bar, which features delicious small plates perfect for sharing. For business travelers, the Cotton Sail offers the only rooftop meeting space in the city.

If the $27 per day valet parking seems a bit steep, you can always park in the Whitaker Street garage, which is only two blocks away and is $16 per day.


The spacious rooms have a sleek, clean look, with distinctly modern furnishings. Beds are extremely comfortable. The hotel is a 100% smoke-free property. All rooms come standard with 42-inch TVs and Starbucks coffee makers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The third-floor rooms are actually on street level and can sometimes be exposed to noise from foot traffic outside. Light sleepers may want to request a higher floor.


Bathrooms leave the historical charm behind and are all modern throughout. Showers are clean and spacious. There’s plenty of counter space for your toiletries.


The hotel is a recently refurbished 5-story 1800s cotton warehouse. The lobby retains some of that historic charm with 200-year-old antique hardwood and exposed brick contrasting with contemporary furniture and light fixtures.


There is a small recreation center with a treadmill and an elliptical machine.


Top Deck is a wonderful place to grab a cocktail before venturing out into town. Stay a bit longer and order some light fare while taking in the panoramic views of the Savannah River and River Street.


Getting Around

Savannah’s Historic District is pedestrian-friendly, so feel free to leave your car behind when you venture out. In minutes you can walk to the heart of downtown Savannah. Trolley Tours are also a great way to see the sights while learning a bit of local history, often from colorful characters.


Vic’s on the River's (3-minute walk) excellent fresh seafood steals the show, but don’t let the surf cloud your sight of the turf. Vic’s can rock beef short ribs and a lamb shank with the best of them. For a more laid-back experience, Moon River Brewing Company (4-minute walk) delivers a casual beer garden setup, with solid bar fare and a chance to sample some quality local beers. For imaginative and delicious Asian fusion, including great sushi, Co (4-minute walk) is the place to dine in downtown Savannah. If you love pork belly, don't miss the Vietnamese ramen.


Craft cocktail connoisseurs love Alley Cat Lounge (7-minute walk) Yes, it’s really in an alley. Here you will find a speakeasy-style subterranean bar, with what many locals consider to be the best mixologists in Savannah. Congress Street Social Club (7-minute walk) is a rowdier option, for sure, with a sports bar on the first floor and pool tables downstairs. If you need a late night burger to soak up those drinks, their outdoor patio grill has you covered.


One can’t get much more in the thick of things than on the bustling and vibrant River Street. The rooftop bar has one of the best views in the city to take in a beautiful Savannah day.


Business, New, Views
56 rooms
Bar Top Deck
Valet Parking


Phones: 912-200–3700

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