My mom and I were heading to Savannah for a weekend girls trip. I was looking for a centrally located hotel that met my high standards for service, ambience, comfort, cleanliness with an interesting view. All the properties around Savannah looked tired and a little too authentically historic. I'm not a fan of the B&B experience which to me feels like living with strangers in my grandma's house. I settled on the Grand Bohemian and was not disappointed.
I enjoyed our riverfront room with balcony overlooking the bustling commercial Savannah river. Note: this is a working river with large container ships and industrial debris on the opposite shore. Some reviewers complained that it's not pretty, and if you're expecting something bucolic and blue a la a caribbean resort, you will be disappointed. This river is central to the local economy and always has been. Personally, I enjoyed that aspect and helped me put Savannah's history in perspective. The location can't be beat. You have the river and the historic district at your feet. Savannah is small enough that you can stay at one end and not have to really exert yourself to get to the other end. My mother is an active 69 and had no problems walking to Forsythe square and back, with lots of detours in between, and then doing the river walk that night.
The room itself is decorated in an eclectic and modern spanish style with great art that I enjoyed even if it's not how I would choose to decorate my own home. Beds were crazy comfortable. Bathroom was fine. Lighting was a little dim but it didn't bother me. I wasn't after a spa experience so there was no part of me that wanted or expected a tub. I think you can book a king room with a tub but this isn't standard so give them a call if you require this. Loved the little balcony and the view, though not every river view room has a balcony so if you require one you'll need to call and make sure you get one that does. TV took a few minutes to figure out but not such a big deal. If you're not technical, ask for help. They probably could have directions available, though. We stayed on the 4th floor, which is actually the main level. I'd heard that higher floors on the weekends can be a bit loud with the live music on the roof. I didn't hear anything from the roof. On our last night I was woken up by my neighbor's TV, though. Granted, it was blasting! Not even sure I can blame the hotel on that.
Service and check-in was great. Bell hops and desk attendants are personable and eager to help. We got in just an hour before the normal 4pm check in but we just went to roof top restaurant to eat while we waited for our room. Food and view were outstanding up there. They also gave us an hour late check out and held onto our bags for the day while we explored some more. We had breakfast at the hotel, which was tasty but nothing special. After looking for a place to eat along the river and seeing nothing tempting, we even returned to the hotel for dinner and drinks in the first floor restaurant one night and it was fantastic.
Overall, this hotel was perfect in every way for what we wanted our weekend to be: not a honeymoon, not a family vacation, not a spa, but a fun, active girls' weekend of shopping, eating and drinking in a quaint little city.
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