Savannah seems to take pride in all things haunted, judging from the number of promotions I saw for "ghost tours". We didn't feel the need to hail one of those hearses given the downright creepy decor of our lodgings at The Bohemian. The hallway artwork was bizarre, with stricken faces staring out from thick, bright acrylic canvases. The room decor was even stranger, especially the barnacle-encrusted chandelier that hung menacingly over our bed.
We stayed in a "corner river room", which is, I believe is listed as a "larger guest room" on the Marriott web site which is where reservations must be made. I was looking forward to the river view but unfortunately, the river-facing windows are pretty small. Still, the location is great for getting the flavor of the river area and we really enjoyed seeing the huge container ships pass by, led in some cases by small dolphins frolicking off the ship bows. The room's side windows faced the massive wall of the Hyatt next door, leading us to understand why there was so much hoopla over allowing that hotel to be built. Too bad the Hyatt triumphed in this case.
The only thing worse than the chandelier was the faux-fur throw on the bed. I wish I had brought latex gloves with which to remove it as I suspect there was a petri dish-worth of bacteria clinging to it from the forays of previous guests. I also had concerns about hygiene issues with the red velvet-quilted headboard. The sheets on the bed were clean but limp and of below-average quality. However, the room was clean and newish and the bath, while constructed of materials bearing no resemblance to anything found in nature, was spacious and well-designed.
I read numerous recommendations for the hotel's rooftop bar, which we visited once. Pleasant but not that exciting, really, and there are very few seats actually facing the river. (For a better view, I highly recommend dining at nearby Vic's on the River) I also read a number of reviews warning about bar noise disturbing residents of higher-floor rooms. This was not really an issue for us but maybe because we were there mid-week rather than over a weekend. The room walls are thin and we did hear a lot more than we would have wished from neighboring rooms and hallway passersby.
I originally had booked with the Bohemian's sister hotel, The Mansion on Forsyth Park, but switched out because it seemed that Forsyth Park was a bit far away from restaurants and activities. We stopped by The Mansion for lunch one day to check it out and it was confirmed that for us, The Bohemian was a better choice. For all its failings, the Bohemian's location is excellent. And it seems that Marriott inadvisably let the same crazed decorator loose at The Mansion, given the bright orange-lacquered furniture and light fixtures in their restaurant.
When I read half-hearted hotel reviews, I always wish reviewers would tell me where it is they wish they had stayed instead. I can't say that I saw a clear winner for a luxury hotel in this case. The Hamilton-Turner Inn looked magnificent from the outside but there seemed to be quite a few stairs which could be a deterrent for some. Perhaps the Westin across the river would be an option, although it is a bit removed from the action and I did not see its rooms.
The staff at The Bohemian seems quite youthful but I was impressed by their earnestness and desire to provide service. Not their fault that the place was decorated by someone on hallucinogens...
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We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience during a recent visit to Bohemian Hotel Savannah.
I am sorry to hear that you did not like our unique décor and original artwork. Our goal is to combine all elements, especially those of our river front location, to create an amazing experience.
Please be assured the bed throw is cleaned on a regular basis, and we would be happy to remove from your remove if it was not to your liking.
Thank you for your comments, and we do hope you will visit on your next trip to Savannah.
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