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Savannah

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Savannah has enjoyed a recent renaissance, and today it is recognized for its wonderful creativity thanks to the flourishing Savannah College of Art and Design. Known as “the Hostess City of the South,” Savannah proudly displays its Southern hospitality, its beautiful architecture, rich history and classic charm, making it the perfect spot to slow down and stay awhile.

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Perry Lane Hotel

The chic and buzzy Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia feels stylish, quirky and cosmopolitan, without sacrificing its Southern roots.

Aerial View - Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, American South

Mansion on Forsyth Park

Since taking over this over-the-top hotel, Marriot has only slightly toned down some of its most decorative excesses. Entering the lobby, with its twisted marble columns, baroque mirrors and giant backlit slab of onyx serving as front desk, you may think you are in Las Vegas or Graceland rather than in the only five-diamond hotel in a town so genteel that it’s known as the Hostess City. The open-air courtyard off the lobby, which is tented in a white fabric and draws ladies for lunch and afternoon tea, may reassure you, but the bar, restaurant and 126 guest rooms are all theatrically decorated. Some feature red velvet curtains and black lacquer cabinetry, while others contain flamboyantly shaped chaises lounges upholstered in chartreuse chenille. The high-gloss-white headboards reach almost to the ceiling, creating an Alice-in-Wonderland effect.

Yet despite their exaggerated aesthetic, the rooms are comfortable and well equipped, with generous desks, large closets and marble bathrooms. Some have walls that can be opened up to merge bed and bath into one open room. Minibars, plasma-screen TVs, good reading lights and super-comfortable beds round out the rooms’ comforts. Other hotel amenities include a small pool, a spa, a lounge, a restaurant, a business and fitness center and a tastefully done cooking school. Seven Hundred Drayton, the hotel restaurant, boasts a black-and-orange color scheme, with black leather banquettes, dripping orange chandeliers and shiny pumpkin-colored chests.

But the draw of Savannah is its history rather than its hotels, and the Mansion offers a comfortable central location for exploring. A nice perk is the complimentary shuttle, which guests can request to drop them off and pick them up throughout the Historic District. The front desk or van driver will give you a number to call when you are ready to be picked up and brought back to the hotel.


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