With original pine floors, handsome woodwork, and exposed brick, this is a hotel that provides the charm and intimacy of a B&B. Rooms with their own wrought-iron balconies, which overlook the street, are decidedly the best. Some bathrooms have traditional clawfoot tubs as well as separate modern showers. The lobby segues into the bar and then into sophisticated 45 Bistro, one of the city's top eateries. Different spaces reflect different parts of Savannah's history, from its founding to the Civil War, when it served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. A full breakfast is offered in the lovely atrium, and there's a complimentary wine-and-cheese reception in the lobby Sunday through Thursday.
Room layouts and natural light and views vary depending on location within the hotel, but overall, the decor is lovely and the beds comfortable, with premium mattresses and linens. Original wood floors are kept pristine and add to the historic authenticity.
Guests find that if they book directly on the Marshall House website instead of third-party travel sites, they get getter package options for additional amenities.
Gentle vanity lighting adds to the romantic spell this hotel casts. Bathroom fixtures and appointments competently blend historic charm with modern convenience.
Expansive arched doorways, elaborately carved dark wood banisters, leather furniture, and dramatic black and white chess tiles set the stage for a gorgeous entrance. Classically trained musicians play in the library twice a week while guests mingle over wine and cheese, and a local historian weaves the storied tapestry of Savannah's past three nights a week.
While staying here, visitors are deep in the heart of the Downtown Historic District, so it's most enjoyable to park the car for as long as possible and walk, bike, pedicab, or take a trolley tour.
Romantic 45 Bistro is the Marshall House's resident restaurant, and its proximity is a fabulous boon to staying at the hotel. It effortlessly blends classic French cuisine with southern favorites. For a tasty South-African style sandwich, Zunzi's (3-minute walk) can't be missed. Smother the "Godfather" in the sauce named with an expletive: this flavorful outburst has a cult following. And brunch at Collin's Quarter (5-minute walk) will set you up with the proper mix of incredible food, gorgeous decor, cocktails and gourmet coffee drinks for a successful day on the town.
For a 1920s deco-inspired lounge experience, try Chive Sea Bar and Lounge (3-minute walk). But if live music and glam-rock '70s decor is your thing, you will never want to leave El-Rocko Lounge (4-minute walk). The retro photo booth, pachinko machines, and jukebox jammed with old 45s pair perfectly with the small-batch craft cocktails on tap, such as the aptly named Scorpion Tea.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Beautiful and classy inside and out, the Marshall House will charm you with its fascinating history and comfortable lodgings. The location can't be beat.