I usually ONLY stay at Marriott's because no matter what part of the globe you go Marriott's ALWAYS have the same standards in their hotels.
So I was a little hesitant to stay at this hotel. But I was there for a wedding and that's where the rest of the wedding party was staying so I caved in. I was also skeptical of the price $149 for the wedding discount which was usually $198. For that price I want to know EXACTLY what I'm getting. I have NO problem paying $198 in a heart beat for a Marriott room because I KNOW what I'm getting.
Anyway I looked at the website and of course they had the most glossy, brochure air brushed pictures you could imagine and that scared me even more!!! I thought to myself "What am I getting into, nothing looks THIS nice in real life."
I went ahead and paid my deposit and crossed my fingers. I quickly received a confirmation email encouraging me to sign up for cooking classes, tours, and spa experiences and I still wasn't buying it and didn't sign up for anything.
I'm usually the optimist in my family but I was still stuck on my Marriott loyalty and wasn't willing to budge until we got there.
WELL!!! When we finally pulled up I was a gasp!!! The Forysth park adjacent to the hotel had a HUGE chain linked fence around it, making it look more like a combat zone. The valet parking drop off area was soo tiny we drove past it the first time and we were forced to drive around the block, and as we did drive around THAT block I IMMEDIATELY clicked the lock button on my car as I saw a man strolling down the street in a "wife beater" tshirt drinking out a big brown paper bag.
All I could think to myself was WHAT HAD I DONE!!! We quickly drove around the block, all the while my husband laughing at me, and finally made it to the valet parking drop off, where they announced valet parking would be $20 a day!!!
Well after seeing that man barely dressed drinking out a brown paper bag I was MORE than willing to have them park my car for $20 a day!!!
I know what you're thinking....how was this ONE of the BEST hotels you've stayed at....
Well from the minute, I finally got out the car until I checked out of the hotel, a few days later we were waited on hand and foot. The hotel staff were by far the most courteous staff I've encountered in a long time. They were extremely accommodating, helpful, professional and cheerful.
We had the Premium King room I believe and the room was, may I say, "opulent" and I loved every minute of it. Others have described it as shabby chic, I prefer opulent. I loved everything about the room, the color of the walls, the choice of decor, knobs on the armoire, the shabby chic curtains and matching lounge chair, I loved the mixture of white head board and dark room furniture, the glass shower doors, mini chandeliers and my greatest love was the barnyard style doors over the bathroom tub that allowed you to look out to the bedroom.
Another person reviewed the barnyard doors in the bathroom as a lack of privacy, I thought it was a novel and eclectic touch that was a well appreciated touch of style. Plus I have a 3 year old so I was able to put her to sleep and slip into the tub with my husband all the while being able to keep a watchful eye.
However, I really didn't need to keep a watchful eye as the quaint intimate swimming pool wore her out and that coupled with the bed kept her asleep all night.
Back to that bed....My husband described it as (and please don't take offense here) if he could imagine what it would FEEL like when god says "come to me my son it's time to go meet your maker"....how euphoric that MIGHT feel...THAT'S HOW SLEEPING IN THIS BED FELT!!!! As we were getting ready to leave he actually pulled up the sheets to check out what kind of mattress it was and found out it was a "Simmons Beautyrest pillowtop mattress". I think I might have to buy one for Christmas and put the Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Mattress in the guest room!
We did not eat at any of the restaurants so I can't review the service or quality of the meals. We ate a local place called Smokin Ribs or something like that...but it's fine forgot the name of the place as they ran out of ribs anyway...."How can a rib place run out of ribs?"
I also didn't have time to sign up for a spa experience which I was very disappointed about after I'd fallen in love with the hotel. But I did get to wonder the limited grounds of the hotel and especially get to take in the art gallery and I found the entire place well thought out and a master of decor.
I later found out after driving around the block once more, that across the street is an old people home and that's why I encountered the older gentleman poorly dressed and nursing the BIG brown paper bag.
I must say though that while the hotel was beautiful the surrounding areas are possibly in the middle of gentrification and while this is a sad turn of events once it is done the surrounding areas will be just a appealing as the inner comforts of the hotel itself. But until then just enjoy all that the hotel has to offer INSIDE!!!
But I do wish the gentrification did NOT have displace the poorer people of the neighborhood as it's their hands that made Savannah what it is today.
Oh before I forget don't forget to check out the fountain in Forsyth park across the street if you dare!!! The fountain was actually bought out of a "Sears and Roebuck" catalog so I was told!!! I also wanted to find out why the trees in the neighborhood that were used to hang slaves no longer bore willows while all the other trees had magnificent willows draping from each limb. But I'll hopefully/sadly find that out during our next visit...YES I WILL BE BACK it was worth every Triple A Four Diamond penny!
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