MrsMJ and I recently completed a 2-night stay at the beautiful Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. This was a weekend stay for just the 2 of us for an early birthday celebration for yours truly. We were dithering around with ideas for things to do, and MrsMJ brought up Savannah. That seemed like an awesome idea as we are exploring our new Georgia digs, and we all know I love sea ports as much as airports, so I was sold.
I researched hotels and narrowed my choices down to 2, the Bohemian (a Marriott Autograph Collection property), and the Westin. I went with the Westin because they had Starwood’s great Cash & Points option available for 4,000 points and $60 dollars per night. That’s hard to beat, but there is a $22.47 resort fee (includes self parking, internet, fitness center) that will be tacked on to your bill, so you need to factor that in. The only other pre-arrival event I would note is that I received an email from the concierge a few days before our trip with the standard welcome.
We drove to Savannah. It didn’t seem that far on the map, but let me tell you there is barely anything but trees along I-16 from Macon to Savannah, and rarely more than 2 bars of AT&T cell service as well. It seemed to take forever to get there from Atlanta. MrsMJ has declared that henceforth, our trips to Savannah will be via airplane. Other than that, our trip was a pretty non-eventful drive in the Mini. (I never told y’all we have a Mini, did I?)
Upon arriving, we just parked the car and walked in from the parking lot. We were immediately greeted by the desk clerk, who checked us in. She thanked me for my loyalty as a Starwood Gold member, and even wished me a Happy Birthday! We were upgraded from a golf view to river view room on the 14th floor. Within a couple minutes, we were on our way to room 1419.
Our room was a basic King room with a view of the Savannah River and downtown Savannah. I suspect a river view room would have been a bigger deal in a room with a balcony, but I appreciated it nonetheless. There are no sky scrapers in Savannah, but there is plenty of history, and a downtown with a very colonial feel. Not to mention, Savannah is the 4th busiest port in the country, so there are lots of ships to look at too. And yes, I even appreciate cargo ships, not just cruise ships!
Our room was large enough, and quite comfortable for a weekend stay. There was a sitting chair and foot stool as well as large desk with a ton of power outlets (YES!) to charge increasing plethora of electronic devices. In short, the room was standard Starwood with a comfortable bed, nice shower, and tools to get work done if that’s what you needed to do. I snapped a few pictures.
Around the Hotel
OK, there’s nothing immediately around the hotel except a golf course and marshland….and I kind of like that. But a short complimentary ferry ride away is beautiful historic Savannah.
OK, I’ll stop with the pictures. We had a great time exploring Savannah. We actually started Friday evening with a ghost tour booked online with Savannah Tours. We’re not necessarily “in” to ghosts, but we did a “ghost tour” in Key West a few years ago and found it to be a great way to learn about some really old and slightly quirky history of Key West. We thought the same with Savannah, and we were not disappointed. Kerry, don’t know if I’m spelling your name correctly, but you did good! We did learn a lot about Savannah, and enjoyed ourselves at the same time.
After our tour, it was time for dinner. Following the recommendation of my friend Howie over at Frugal Travel Guy, I booked Sapphire Grill for dinner. It’s right in the middle of everything, and better yet, features phenomenal service and food. I was carrying a serious steak jones for my birthday, and the beautiful tenderloin filet at Sapphire Grill did not disappoint. While Sapphire Grill was the dining highlight for our weekend, we discovered a number of great spots during the weekend including Fiddler’s Crab House, Vics on the River, Warehouse Bar & Grill, and Jinx (no, I’m not a headbanger, really, I’m not, but I do know a good time when I see it).
We concluded each evening with a cocktail in the lobby bar at the Westin, the Midnight Sun Lounge. Service was great, the cocktails were good, and the crowd was lively too. We did not dine in the hotel restaurant, Aqua Star, but that’s an oversight I plan to rectify during our next visit because it looked good!
I really enjoyed Savannah. Previously, my only connection with the city was viewing Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Now, I’ve actually been there. Trust me, a movie or a book can’t do it justice. Simply put, Savannah is cool. And that’s not just because ships sail there.
OK, I do like ships…but still. Savannah was great, and so was the Westin. I will stay again.