There's no better way to keep the blush on romance than by tucking yourselves into a dreamy hotel or inn. Fortunately, Savannah has a history of romance and offers a host of selections ranging from posh boutique hotels, to cozy Bed and Breakfast establishments and quaint inns.
The Historic District is the obvious choice for venerable mansions-turned-hotels and what better place to start than with the Gastonian? Tucked into a 19th-century Regency-Italianate-style mansion near Forsyth Park, it personifies romance with rich antiques, fireplaces in each room and secluded gardens - and it's for adults only.
Other sweet picks in the Historic District are the Ballastone Inn, the Kehoe House and Hamilton-Turner Inn, all of which offer luxury, excellent service and delicious breakfasts.
For something more modern, the swanky Bohemian Hotel overlooking the Savannah River houses 75 stylish rooms and suites - some with balconies - and maritime-inspired décor with 18th-Century style and modern amenities.
The Marshall House - the city's oldest hotel - is another good choice as it is romantic and also has easy access to some of the city's best restaurants, bars and shops.
The Cotton Sail
A former red-brick 19th-century cotton warehouse on the banks of the Savannah River is home to the Cotton Sail. The refined, 56-room boutique hotel draws its name from its history, paying tribute to it with touches such as 200-year-old hardwood floors taken from the roof of the old cotton factory. Modern amenities blend effortlessly with touches from the past and genteel southern hospitality. Cotton Sail's chic rooftop bar, Top Deck is the perfect vantage point from which to view the scenic Savannah River and historic city skyline, while selecting from their international wine list. Following, savor a romantic dinner at River House Restaurant, which is not affiliated with the hotel, but is located on the hotel's lower level and is popular with locals and hotel guests alike.
Something old, something new best describes the charming Marshall House. Built in 1851 and restored and reopened in 1999, the iconic hotel has the distinction of being Savannah's first hotel. Many of the Marshall House's original features remain untouched, showcasing 19th-century doors, windows, moldings, staircases and railings. Many guest rooms contain elements from the hotel's early days - among them antique claw foot tubs and wrought-iron balconies. All of the 68 guestrooms feature Wi-Fi, wall-mounted flat-screen LCD TVs and premium mattresses. Complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast, and complimentary wine and cheese (Sunday - Thursday) are additional "perks." The hotel's desirable location on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah offers easy access to numerous shops, restaurants and bars. One of the city's best restaurants, 45 Bistro, is located on the hotel's ground level. Special packages are available for small weddings and elopements.
Opulent décor showcases the 13-room inn tucked into a 19th-century Renaissance Revival mansion located in Savannah's Historic District. Rooms feature luxe European linens, elegant furnishings and modern amenities. Some rooms offer separate sitting areas and romantic private verandas. Complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea and daily wine and hors d'oeuvres add to the welcoming touches found here. The well-located inn overlooks Columbia Square and is close to popular sites such as the Isaiah Davenport and Owens Thomas Houses and a short stroll to other favorites such as Colonial Park Cemetery and the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. The Romantic Proposal packages features two nights in a superior king guest room; a one-hour carriage ride through romantic Savannah; a bottle of chilled champagne with keepsake champagne flutes and a silver-tray breakfast delivered to your room.
Tybee Island Inn
Located just one block from the beach on the secluded north tip of Tybee Island, this charming inn - built in 1902 - was once part of the Fort Screven Hospital. Restored over the years, it still maintains a touch of its history with original features including pine flooring in the living and dining areas and tin porch roofs. Each of the seven guestrooms offers a laidback beach cottage coziness with eclectic themes inspired by the sea. Each room has a private bathroom, TV and designer linens. A full breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and snacks are served in the afternoon. For a special romantic escape, book the Dolphin suite. One of only two rooms located on the second floor, it features a king size bed, oversized tub/show combination and a private deck.
The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection
Located by the Savannah River, this swanky boutique hotel offers 75 stylish rooms and suites - some with balconies - blending opulent 18th-Century décor with modern-day amenities. Easy access to some of Savannah's most popular attractions including the Telfair Museums, City Market and River Street's historical attractions, restaurants and shops - makes this the perfect pied-à-terre for a visit. The hip, indoor-outdoor rooftop Rocks on the Roof offers a romantic view of the city while sipping signature drinks. For dinner, Rocks on the River, dishes up American cuisine with a southern twist as well as an eclectic tapas-style menu.
Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection
With a prime location in Downtown Savannah, the Mansion on Forsyth Park is one of the city's crown jewels. Housed in a magnificently restored Victorian Romanesque mansion overlooking Forsyth Park, the hotel features a striking lobby accented with onyx marble and an impressive collection of original artwork. The hotel's 126 rooms boast luxurious bedding, flat screen televisions, WiFi and upscale furnishings. Guests can pamper themselves at the hotel's full-service spa, dine at 700 Drayton, the Mansion's outstanding restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the swanky Casimir's Lounge. The Mansion also offers a swimming pool and fitness center, making it a perfect choice for a romantic escape.
Nestled amid magnificent magnolias and live oaks in the Historic District's Lafayette Square, the Hamilton-Turner Inn has hosted many of Savannah's movers and shakers since it was built in 1873. The boutique hotel has 17 beautifully decorated rooms and suites and is the perfect place for a romantic escape. The recipient of many awards - including being named one of the "Most Romantic Hotels in America," by Travel and Leisure in 2012 - you'll find that the round-the-clock attentive service and friendly staff are just the beginning of a memorable stay. Complimentary touches include a delicious southern breakfast served in the charming dining room; afternoon and evening refreshments with hors d'oeuvres, late night Port - all served in the Parlor - and nightly turndown service with sweets.
Touted as "Savannah's Most Romantic Inn," the Ballastone is tucked into one of the Historic District's 19th-century buildings and is a treasure trove of period antiques and authentic reproductions. Built as a private residence in 1838, it was expanded in 1880 and houses 16 guest rooms decked out in lush Victorian décor. High Tea at 4 pm is a special ritual with tasty finger food, which might include smoked salmon sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream, fine pastries and more, served on an antique tea silver service. Elegant southern breakfasts are included and served in the mansion or in the charming garden. The Romantic Getaway Package offers a horse-drawn carriage tour of Savannah, turndown service with rose petals and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a $100 gift certificate for dining at Garibaldi's, Circa 1875, Olde Pink House, or Alligator Soul.
Housed in two 19th century Regency-Italianate style mansions in the heart of Savannah's charming Historic District near Forsyth Park, this "adults-only" B&B offers the perfect romantic escape. Seventeen elegantly decorated rooms boast unique - and antique - touches with working fireplaces and private baths - some with antique claw-foot tubs - along with modern-day amenities. Breakfast is served on silver trays in your room, or family- style in the kitchen. Late afternoons, mingle with other guests in the Double Parlor over hors d'oeuvres and wine. When night falls, desserts and cordials are served. Hidden gardens brimming with colorful azaleas, boxwoods and seasonal plants, accented by a graceful fountain, small goldfish pond and a romantic swing for two offer a pleasant escape.
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