Sitting on the edge of Forsyth Park, this Kessler property has a 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.
YOU SHOULD KNOW One of the best features of this hotel is its proximity to gorgeous Forsyth Park. Request a room with a park view.
In keeping with the design grandeur of the hotel, rooms are adorned with lush fabrics, resplendent surfaces, and sophisticated, artistic touches. Beds are not just luxurious to lie in, they're also lovely focal points to the room.
Have some CDs that would make a perfect soundtrack for your Savannah getaway? Bring them along to play in your room on the Bose CD radio.
Bathrooms are elegantly appointed in in marble. Generously wrought en-suite soaking tubs, some with whirlpool jets, are a guest favorite.
Open and airy, the lobby welcomes visitors with a view of the patio and pool area, leading into the bar lounge. Guests can't help but feel they are in for a treat.
There's a fabulous cooking school onsite if you want to try your hand at local gastronomy.
Take a dip under the water wall and then lounge among twisting columns and palm trees. Fancy and otherworldly, this pool is not your ordinary hotel watering hole.
Treat yourself to a muscle-melting aromatherapy massage, refreshing facial, manicure, pedicure, or any of the other special treatments at the Poseidon Spa.
The 24-hour fitness room is just that: a cozy room with a modest amount cardiovascular equipment and free weights, with a steam room available during spa hours.
700 Drayton is a local hotspot for creative upscale dining in a dramatic setting. The seafood is always mouth-watering and fresh, and the wine list is one of the best in town. There is an opulent Viennese Ballroom and six private dining rooms for corporate and social events.
Walking is the best way to explore the hidden treasures of downtown Savannah, but there's a free shuttle between this hotel and its sister hotel on the riverfront if you want a lift.
Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room (11-minute walk) is a must-try if you've never been. This family-style Southern luncheonette has, arguably, the best fried chicken in town. Tip: It's first-come-first-serve, so get in line early because it fills up quickly. Cotton & Rye (5-minute drive) is a posh, midtown escape from the downtown core that's worth the short drive for their creative Southern flourishes to gastronomic classics.
The bars at the Mansion are delightful, but if you want to venture out with the locals, head over to the legendary Crystal Beer Parlor (13-minute walk). On the opposite end of the spectrum is Artillery (12-minute walk), an uber-chic mixological heaven with lavish decor and cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A trip to this hotel is like staying in a castle-turned-art-gallery. From its lovely, central location by the park to its Romanesque pool, visitors to the Mansion feel like the glitterati.