The DeSoto's rooftop pool features incredible views of the city — Photo courtesy of Hilton Savannah DeSoto
If you’re looking for a terrific view of Savannah’s skyline, you’re in for a surprise: the City of Savannah mandates that buildings in the historic district not exceed a designated height. The tallest building in the downtown area houses offices, so unless you’re in for business, you’ll have to find your first-class view elsewhere. Fortunately, the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, the city’s fourth tallest building and second tallest building in the Historic District, gives visitors an opportunity to get a glimpse of Savannah in all its glory.
Located between Madison Square and Liberty Street in the heart of the historic district, the 246-room hotel stands 15 stories high. The 15th floor Harborview Room - the site of special events like wedding receptions - boasts panoramic views of the city. In addition, many of the upper-level rooms also give guests an opportunity to enjoy spectacular city vistas.
Getting up close and personal with the Savannah skyline is just one reason to book a room at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto. The hotel’s comfortable accommodations include guest rooms with either one king-size bed or two double beds, and larger suites with one or two bedrooms and private dining, hospitality or meeting areas.
Other amenities include a rooftop pool with a spacious patio and tiki bar, as well as a fitness center equipped with cardio equipment and weights.
Known by locals simply as "the DeSoto," the hotel is within easy walking distance of numerous restaurants and bars. But if you’re feeling cozy and don’t want to leave your temporary digs, then you can fill your gullet and imbibe without even walking out the front door.
The DeSoto Grille, a Southern-style eatery, serves breakfast, a terrific lunch buffet and dinner seven nights a week. Guests especially love the Friday night seafood buffet and Sunday brunch. The Lion’s Den, the hotel’s full-service bar, is an intimate nook perfect for quiet conversation and libations. Guests can even get their Starbucks fix at Beulah’s, which offers coffee, breakfast breads, sandwiches and salads for people on the go.
History buffs will appreciate the DeSoto’s rich history. The original DeSoto Hotel was built in 1890 on the site of Savannah founder General James Edward Oglethorpe’s barracks. For decades, the swank hotel was a gathering place for the Savannah elite; it welcomed celebrities, dignitaries and even presidents. Though the hotel was eventually rebuilt, guests can learn about that history in the DeSoto’s sitting room, which gives visitors a glimpse into the hotel’s past.