$20-million renovation complete at Savannah Marriott Riverfront!
By Hope S. Philbrick
“We have the strangest collection of things in this car,” said my friend Jan, as we pulled out of the Tanger Outlets Savannah and headed to Savannah Marriott Riverfront. By that point, we’d been on a shopping spree for a few days. I hadn’t known my car could hold so much.
Among recent purchases: an original 40″ x 30″ oil painting, ten pounds of fresh Wild Georgia Shrimp, jewelry, clothing, a new blue-and-white suitcase, ornaments, and more.
I didn’t imagine I’ve be able to leave such valuables in a parked car overnight. I was sort of dreaded lugging it all upstairs just to tote it back down the next morning.
Having visited Savannah, Georgia, multiple times before, I knew that parking in that city can be a challenge. Built in horse-and-buggy days, the city has had to adapt to cars. It’s best to choose a hotel with on-site parking that’s within walking distance of all that historic downtown has to offer.
As I pulled in, I discovered that the parking lot at Savannah Marriott Riverfront hotel is gated—more secure than average! What’s more, valet greeters stood at the hotel entrance. In addition to a large outdoor parking area, covered parking is tucked under the hotel.
We parked near the main entrance and, gawking at the eye-popping new lobby décor, rode the escalator up to check-in where friendly folks made the process a breeze. “How safe is the parking lot?” I asked.
“Very safe!” I was assured. In addition to lights and security cameras, local police patrol often.
I described the contents of my backseat and trunk. The hotel agent said, “Really, it should be fine if you leave it in the car.”
He had a you-can-totally-trust-me vibe, so I took his advice and everything was still secure the next day—even after Jan and I walked the city all morning. I’ve been to Savannah many times and have personally always felt safe, but Savannah Marriott Riverfront, which sits at the edge of the historic area right on the Savannah River, definitely offers the safest feeling of any hotel property in that city I’ve yet encountered.
It was a convenience to leave items in the car, but I couldn’t leave all that shrimp in my car overnight without the risk of it smelling like a fishing boat. I hauled the heavy insulated tote up to my room, dumped the melting ice into the shower, refilled at the ice machine down the hall, and had zero problems. (The guestroom had a small refrigerator, but the seafood seller had recommended sticking with ice. I ran water in the shower to melt the ice to ensure no aroma lingered.)
Savannah Marriott Riverfront is within walking distance of restaurants, but after a busy day Jan and I opted to grab dinner at the Atrium Great Room Bar. The food was fresh and flavorful, service attentive and prompt.
Jan had chilled a bottle of rosé in her room’s mini ‘frig, so after dinner we sipped some wine while chatting. The room had a comfy sectional so we didn’t have to sit on the bed like girls at a slumber party.
The renovated guestrooms are thoughtfully designed so you can use the space to relax, sleep, clean up, work, watch TV, whether you’re traveling with companions or solo. The color scheme is modern led by multiple shades of gray. Every room features plush bedding, large bathrooms with premium bath products, and USB plug points next to the nightstand outlets.
I retreated back to my room and crashed for the night, happy for the cozy pillow-top mattress. Jan probably slept, too, but the shared walls at this hotel block noise quite well so even if she was dancing the night away I wouldn’t have known.
In the morning we had breakfast at Blue, A Savannah Bistro. You can opt for buffet, but we ordered a la carte. Our dishes were delivered hot and fresh by a smiling server.
Before departing my guestroom for the last time, I stood on the balcony for a bit to watch container ships sailing past. Amazing!
“It’s incredibly exciting and energizing to see our Marriott with its new design! Our guests and clients are wowed when they enter the hotel and see all the changes,” said Michael Bailey, General Manager of Savannah Marriott Riverfront, in a press release. “We are beyond proud to showcase the new renovations and take our guests’ experience to the next level.”
It’s easy to walk from the Savannah Marriott Riverfront to attractions in historic downtown Savannah, including…
American Prohibition Museum — Tour the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the time period from when Georgia went dry in 1907 until Prohibition’s national repeal in 1933, ratification of the 21st Amendment and the roots of NASCAR. You can even sip a cocktail in the museum’s speakeasy-style bar.
Davenport House Museum — Tour the American Federal-style house, and the artifacts within, built by master builder Isaiah Davenport (circa 1820-27).
- Located at the edge of Historic Savannah, within walking distance of historic squares, shopping boutiques, historic homes, museums, art galleries, restaurants and more
- Connected to the world-famous River Street via the city’s Riverwalk
- $20-million renovation updated more than 387 guestrooms and common spaces
- Free on-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
- On-site dining at Blue, A Savannah Bistro, Atrium Great Room Bar
- Magnolia Spa located on-site
- 24-hour fitness center
- Outdoor pool (open seasonally)
- 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space
- Every guest room features a modern palette and flexible furnishings designed with the modern traveler in mind; Junior and Executive suites, along with a Concierge Level, offer additional comforts
Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Blvd.
Savannah GA 31401
– Photos courtesy Savannah Marriott Riverfront
Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. Thanks to Savannah Marriott Riverfront for hosting our accommodations and breakfast.