PHOTO: The Kessler Collection

The Bohemian

102 W. Bay St., Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States

Giving you easy access to the hustle and bustle of River Street, this boutique hotel is a much-needed addition to the hotel landscape—instead of the Victorian decor that's so prevalent in Savannah; a stay at the Bohemian is like settling into a gentleman's study in a regal English manse. The hotel was designed as an homage to the British maritime settlers who first colonized this area in 1733, including Gen. James Oglethorpe himself. Think heavy woods studded with brass, dark tufted leather, and elaborate lighting fixtures crafted from shells and driftwood. The Bohemian's rooftop is a chic lounge with indoor and outdoor seating that has become a popular nightspot for locals; the crowd is generally 30 and under, so the scene can be rowdy. A restaurant is on the River Street level. It's a handsome place to wash up, and like Savannah's founders, you might just be persuaded to stay a while.

Photo: The Kessler Collection


Dreamy and dramatic, guest rooms are a surreal escape with their ornate wood fixtures, elaborate headboards, and funky renaissance decor. The pillow-top bedding beckons you to sleep in a little longer before starting your day's adventure.

For beautiful views of the Savannah River, request a River View room. But be forewarned: River Street can get noisy with late-night revelry. If you're a light sleeper you may want to try the Historic View side instead.

Photo: The Kessler Collection
Photo: The Kessler Collection


Generously proportioned bathrooms with lighted makeup mirrors and marble surfaces reveal the Kessler Hotel family touch. Even the bas-relief sinks are works of art here.

Photo: The Kessler Collection


Twisted metal chandeliers and striking artwork greet a flurry of guests and interlopers on their way through the lobby up to the top floor to enjoy the spectacular view from Rocks on the Roof.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The lobby is on the fourth floor, which is accessible from the Bay Street entrance. The first floor houses their restaurant, Rocks on the River, which lets directly out onto River Street.

Photo: Foyer / The Kessler Collection
Photo: The Kessler Collection
Photo: The Kessler Collection


The 24-hour fitness room is well-stocked with cardio and weight-training equipment.

Rocks on the River
Photo: Rocks on the River / The Kessler Collection


Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Rocks on the River is part elegant medieval dining hall and part romantic bistro. On nice days, the restaurant opens its walls out to River Street for fantastic people- and boat-watching. The menu is carefully curated to offer tempting selections to anyone with restrictive diets or food preferences. The fried green tomatoes are a crowd pleaser.

Rocks on the River
Photo: Rocks on the River / The Kessler Collection


Rocks on the Roof is a hotspot for tourists and Savannahians alike because of its breathtaking views of the riverfront. The cocktail, wine, and beer selections are varied and the friendly staff will steer you well. Get there early to claim a spot by the firepit on breezy evenings; you can't go wrong with an order of truffle fries.

Rocks on the Roof
Photo: Rocks on the Roof / The Kessler Collection
Rocks on the Roof
Photo: Rocks on the Roof / The Kessler Collection
Rocks on the Roof
Photo: Rocks on the Roof / The Kessler Collection


Getting Around

When you stay at the Bohemian, all the pedestrian-accessible wonders of River Street and downtown Savannah are at your doorstep. There's also a free shuttle to the Bohemian's sister hotel, The Mansion on Forsyth, which lets you out in front of beautiful Forsyth Park.


Vic's on the River (7-minute walk) is among the best fine dining restaurants along the Bay Street/River Street corridor. The seafood and views are outstanding. Order the crawfish beignets. For imaginative and delicious Asian fusion, including great sushi, Co (2-minute walk) is the place to dine in downtown Savannah. If you want to venture out for breakfast, grab a table and a quiche or fresh pastry at Cafe M (6-minute walk).


The best place for discovering new beers while soaking up the southern sun is the beer garden at Moon River Brewing Company (1-minute walk). Make a request at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Bar (4-minute walk) and grab a drink: you're in for a raucous good time.


A pet-friendly boutique hotel that offers luxury and homey courtesy, the dramatically handsome Bohemian makes you feel like royalty. And no matter which room you choose—river or historic—the views are stunning.


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Phones: 912-721–3800;888-213–4024

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