One of the city's few high-rise hotels—and the major anchor of the east end of the River Street area—the Savannah Marriott Riverfront delivers the professional management demanded by business travelers while offering some of the resort amenities that vacationers crave. The views from the balconies of the riverfront rooms are truly magical at night. The service is elevated on the concierge level, which offers a complimentary breakfast and continuous coffee service but, alas, no wine or other alcohol. The suites are handsome, but "suite" may be an embellishment—the bedroom is separated just by a partition.
Tastefully appointed and always in the process of being updated, this hotel has been a mainstay of local tourism for years. Rooms are comfortable and clean, but decor and amenities are not lavish in the style of some of boutique rival hotels. Some rooms have balconies.
There is great allure in being located directly on the Savannah River, as guests find when they stay in a room with a river view. The height of the building muffles the noises from busy River Street below, while affording gorgeous panoramas.
Guests often love the vanity lighting, which is backlit and flattering while offering good visibility.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bathrooms in the more recently updated rooms, and in the higher-value rooms, are noticeably nicer and more luxurious.
The newly renovated lobby atrium is stunning. With its impossibly high ceiling and overlooking balconies, it feels open, classy, and invitingly communal.
There's plenty of space to lounge with a cocktail and enjoy the view in the outdoor rooftop pool area.
The amply sized and well-staffed Magnolia Spa will soothe away your cares with a variety of treatments and services.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A 20% gratuity for your technician will be automatically added to your spa bill, and anything extra is at your discretion.
The fitness center is a good-sized one, with a sufficient number of machines to accommodate normal demand.
The hotel offers a full American breakfast, a continental breakfast, and a buffet breakfast served by the onsite restaurant: Blue, A Savannah Bistro. They also serve lunch and offer room service.
When staying in historic downtown Savannah, the easiest and most impressive way to get around is on foot. The local trolley companies that originate from the Visitors Center on MLK Boulevard also offer fascinating—and often colorful—historic tidbits while shuttling visitors around the landmarks.
If you want to venture out for breakfast, grab a table and a quiche or fresh pastry at Cafe M (10-minute walk). Alternatively, B. Matthews Eatery (8-minute walk) serves creative and indulgent full brunch and dinner fare in a relaxed, refined dining room with warm exposed brick and cool light fixtures. The Olde Pink House (12-minute walk) is an old Savannah institution and with good reason. The crispy scored flounder is the house specialty.
Abe's on Lincoln (10-minute walk) is a fun little dive bar with quirky cartoons papering the walls and affordable drinks. If you want to meet some of the hipster locals, Abe's is where you want to be. Frosty daiquiris on a hot day? Don't miss the infamous Wet Willie's (11-minute walk) on River Street. Be forewarned that ordering the Call a Cab may make it necessary to do just that.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Stunning river views, proximity to the Savannah International Trade & Convention and an expansive atrium make it perfect for large groups to mingle. It's ideal for conference and convention goers.