Parking: Upon arrival in Savannah, we stopped at the Visitor Center on ML King Hwy and purchased a parking pass. The parking pass cost $12 for a 48 hour period. We were staying 4 days, so we paid $24. The pass allows you to park in any parking garage in the historic district and at any meter over one hour. We self-parked in the Whitaker Garage adjacent to the Andaz and had no trouble finding parking. The parking pass offered considerable savings over the $16 day garage parking and the $20 per day valet parking offered by Andaz.
Hotel: The Andaz lobby does not hold much visual appeal, but every staff member was extremely friendly. We were offered a complimentary glass of wine on arrival, and complimentary orange juice and cookies and apples were provided daily in the lobby. We came in late one evening and were given complimentary cupcakes. On request, I asked for another complimentary glass of wine and the staff accommodated me cheerfully.
Our room (611) had a king bed with sofa seating and full kitchen and a tiny balcony. The room was ample size for the two of us and we declined the offer to upgrade. The Andaz is located one block off the river front, so we did not have a direct view of the water. However, we could see the bridge off to the left and did have a glimpse of the river. Our room also looked between two buildings and had a lovely view of the treetops over Savannah. Below us, we could see the News Courtyard and the hotel swimming pool and firepit area. The refrigerator is stocked with cokes, juices, water and alcohol which is replenished daily. Chips and nature bars were also provided. All snacks in the room (except alcohol) are complimentary.
We were surprised to find the beds had no top sheet. The front desk explained this was European style, however, I've traveled all over Europe and never encountered this. In any case, I requested a top sheet and they brought a set to the room.
Location: Andaz is conveniently located to the riverfront, shoppes on Broughton street, City Market and just about anything you want to do in Savannah.
Sightseeing: We worked in a walking tour of the squares and a horse Carriage Tour which was reasonably priced at $20 per person. A short drive out of town, The Oatland Island Wildlife Reserve had a nice 2 mile nature hike where you can view wolves, deer, owls, turtles, and other wildlife.
Dining: Wet Willies on the riverfront let us sample their cocktails before purchase. Henry's on Drayton for breakfast was excellent and very affordable with average entrée less than $7. We also enjoyed Goose Feathers which has amazing baked goods. We were disappointed in Cobblestone Café and Tubby's on the riverfront. There is a Tubby's Seafood Restaurant in Thunderbolt that is much nicer. Leopold's ice cream on Broughton is worth a stop. They have memorabilia from Mission Impossible movies. We also enjoyed the burgers at B&D on Broughton.
Shopping: The honey shop on the riverfront offers honey tasting and is a great place to buy gifts to take home, as is the peanut shop. Most shopping on the riverfront was unimpressive. On Broughton street though, the Tea and Spice shop also has great gifts for the journey home. I visited this store twice. In the City Market, Byrd's cookies lets you sample cookies before buying. We brought a bunch home.
Overall, we had a pleasant visit in Savannah and would definitely recommend the Andaz for comfort, convenience, and friendliness.