We spent two days in Savannah just before Christmas on our way to Atlanta and had the perfect weekend. We stayed in the Mary Marshall Suite, which I insist that anyone spend the extra money to stay in because it was worth it many times over. The room was a luxury in so many ways. It had period decor, but every modern amenity that you could want such as a sinfully comfortable king bed, fluffy pillows, mini-fridge disguised as a side table, claw-foot tub with a stand-up shower as well, a roomy bathroom, a wardrobe rather than a closet with a safe, two flat screen TVs, a radio/CD/MP3 player, plus all the other things you find in nice accomodations. Mrs. Marshall did not have doors to the veranda in the design of the hotel because of a door tax if she did; therefore, you must climb out the window to the veranda which was not a bother for us and actually a lot of fun. It is a wide window, so it is not a squeeze, and there is a step-stool to help, but I would take one of the other veranda rooms if you can't climb out a window; the sills are lower on the other rooms. The veranda was nice to sit on with a bottle of champagne in the evening or coffee in the morning and watch the world go by below. There is a street right in front of the hotel, but the noise from it was not invasive when we were sleeping.
The staff were extremely courteous and helpful. They have directions and information for any place that you might want to visit including Bonaventure Cemetery and the Antique stores in town. They made dinner reservations for us, were prompt in confirming them, and always had a recommendation for whatever we were looking to see or do. Kyle, Reid, Shannon, and Paul - among many others - exceeded our expectations and were most gracious hosts.
Breakfast in the atrium was a delight. Not only were we surrounded by historic architecture, but it was decorated for the holidays with evergreens, cranberries, and oranges. Don't let "continental" put you off, it was the best breakfast service I have ever come across and I have stayed in many highly rated hotels. They also had hot dishes such as quiche, eggs, and sausages. You will want for nothing in the morning.
We were too busy enjoying the town to join everyone for wine and cheese, but I peeked in one afternoon and it looked very inviting.
There is a parking garage behind the hotel that I understand charges $10 a day max with hourly fees. Honestly, it is easiest to spend the $15 for the valet. They were always quick, courteous, and I had no qualms about leaving my car with them.
I could have wandered around the hotel itself for quite some time. It is heavy with history and local lore. Be sure to observe the painting of Mrs. Marshall behind the front desk. To my understanding, it was obtained from the estate of Jim Williams, the gentleman of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" fame. At the other end of the hall from the suite is a collection of artifacts that were found during renovation. Some were left from the time when the hotel was a Union hospital during the war. We did hear quiet noises in the night, but it was clearly other guests and the sleepy settling of an old building on a cold night. No ghosts - unless there weren't any guests staying close enough for us to hear!
To be fair, I have not been to Savannah before and have not stayed in any of the other B&Bs or hotels, but I will find it VERY hard to consider another place when we venture back to Savannah.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Marshall House, voted Best of Savannah 2016, is one of the most unique hotels in Savannah. Room rates include complimentary WiFi and a weekday wine and cheese reception. The hotel's 68 guest rooms offer an authentic historic Savannah experience with modern conveniences. Coastal Living magazine named The Marshall House among its top 20 favorite lodgings, the Travel Channel featured The Marshall House on its "Great Hotels" program, and Expedia awarded the hotel with the Expedia Select honor. Winner of multiple "Best of Savannah" awards. Located on Broughton Street, amid great shopping and dining. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marshall House Hotel Savannah
- Marshall Hotel Savannah