The Best Boutique Hotels in Savannah For Foodies
As you probably already know, traveling for me revolves around food, and choosing a hotel in Savannah was no different. As soon as I knew we were visiting Savannah, I consulted a source at the Chamber of Commerce and asked for the best boutique hotels in Savannah, GA for foodies. She replied with 5 recommendations: The Andaz Savannah, The Alida Hotel, Perry Lane, The Kimpton, and The Drayton Hotel, and then I scrutinized my options.
Choosing the Best Boutique Hotels in Savannah, GA
We used three main criteria for selecting the best places to stay in Savannah for our foodie adventure. Fist criteria—location! Not only did we want a hotel in the historic district, but my husband, Mike, and I wanted to be to be able to walk to some very specific Savannah restaurants (more on that later). Second we wanted a hotel that also had it’s own great restaurant too. And, third, since we don’t hold back on our food spending, we definitely compared prices when deciding on where to stay in Savannah.
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Recommended Boutique Hotels in Savannah
The Andaz Savannah: My #1 Savannah Boutique Hotel
We chose the Andaz Savannah as the best boutique hotel in Savannah for our stay, and were glad we did! Our room was spacious with a couch and ample room to enjoy some Champagne and macarons while viewing the pool and fire pit. The helpful staff made us feel right at home. Upon arrival guests are greeted with a welcome drink of sparkling wine (me) or local beer (Mike). Beverages are definitely a welcome perk at this Savannah hotel, especially in summer! After a long hot day of walking I desperately needed the waters and cold beverages available free at the front desk.
Although I love walking when visiting a new city, I was not prepared for a Savannah summer. As a longtime Californian, I am not used to humidity. And staying in La Jolla for the last year and a half turned me into a full-blown Goldilocks. So, the benefit of choosing our Savannah boutique hotel by location was even more brilliant than first realized.
The Andaz was the clear winner when it came to location. It took less than 10 minutes to walk to The Grey, an old Greyhound Bus station converted into an amazing restaurant. Many food lovers here even consider it the best restaurant in Savannah. So, knowing it would be at least a year before we could return, we splurged for the chef’s tasting menu and enjoyed every bite!
As a foodie destination, Savannah boasts many excellent restaurants, and from the Andaz, you can walk to those located at the Plant Riverside District, the City Market, or on the famous Broughton Street in just minutes. In fact, The Grey Restaurant was the furthest restaurant we trekked to from our room in Savannah!
A few of the locals in the industry let me know some of the most well known places like Paula Deen’s Lady and Son’s tended to be over rated. So, we stuck to trusted recommendations and found our favorite Savannah restaurants served local specialties, some with a twist.
The closest restaurant, 22 Square, was right in our favorite Savannah boutique hotel, of course. What a treat to eat a fabulous meal without having to go anywhere! We started with a couple of signature cocktails custom crafted by the personable bartender, Barbara. She was a delight and if you see her at the bar, stop and have one of her inventive cocktails and a chat. I particularly liked her refreshing “SPA Treatment.”
Dinner started with southern-inspired charcuterie and a Caprese salad which we happily consumed. The charcuterie board containied 4 huge strips of the house specialty, candied bacon. Yes, there were many other delectable things on that platter, but if you eat nothing else here, it should be the candied bacon! But of course we did eat more. Chef Peter’s Shrimp and Grits and Braised Short Ribs were worth a trip to the restaurant even if you’re not staying at The Andaz!
So, how did our pick for best Savannah boutique hotel compare on price? It was actually the best available deal for our dates! In full disclosure, we did get a special media rate (we were offered others as well). However, even without it, the price was lower than the other Savannah boutique hotels we were comparing.
Address: 14 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401
The Alida Hotel came a close second in location. It sits just off the Savannah River walk, but was less centrally located for some of our other destinations. The hotel itself had a great vibe—smart furnishings, a large pool, and fire pits. And the restaurant will satisfy the most discerning foodie!
The Rhett Restaurant located in the Alida Hotel serves traditional Savannah dishes with a creative flare. The Southern Salmon Cakes, Lowcountry Mussels, Pan Seared Sea Scallops, and Pineapple Fricassee Fish were all gourmet quality and quite yummy. After dinner you cannot go wrong with a visit to the rooftop bar!
Address: 412 Williamson Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Savannah Boutique Hotels
The runners-up for recommended best Savannah boutique hotels were taken off of this list for different reasons:
I excluded The Kimpton Brice Hotel because of it’s Italian restaurant. Not because of the quality of the restaurant, but because I wanted southern-style Georgian food in Savannah!
While Perry Lane is closer to Forsyth Park, one of the major tourist attractions in Savannah, it is further from the Plant Riverside District, the City Market, and Broughton Street. I would have been drenched by the time I walked to dinner. And it’s more of a Savannah luxury hotel to me with a luxury price to match.
The Drayton Hotel was also a little further from our dining destinations, and their customer service communication did not wow me.
If you’ve read this far, you now know The Andaz is the best boutique hotel Savannah has to offer us foodies! From there you will be able to not only walk to the best restaurants, but most of the tourist attractions as well. However, a nice way to get your bearings and a quick overview of the city is to do a hop-on-hop-off Trolly Tour of Savannah.
What else should a foodie do on a trip to Savannah, GA? I love looking for unique culinary experiences like the local markets, and of course, food tours! And I love taking photos. You can get some unique views from river boat cruises, and they’re usually around 90 minutes, some even have food and drinks.