A chic and cheerful Savannah spot
Only seven Andaz boutique hotels exist in America, all uniquely local thanks to the company’s commitment to showcase each city’s culture through its décor, menu and monthly culturally rich salons. Andaz Savannah’s inviting lobby is surrounded by tall glass windows that provide tons of natural light, which helps show off the handmade wood furniture by Savannahian designer and Savannah College of Art and Design alum Harley Ashbaugh. The low-seated, light-colored pieces by Ashbaugh would be at home in any modern living room, which is how the Andaz staff treats the space. Upon entering, you are led to a seat in one of the alcoves and offered a cocktail or water by a host or hostess armed with an iPad to make checking in a personal experience.
Andaz Savannah’s glassed, contemporary exterior might be out of place among the city’s older, tree-lined squares, yet is right at home next to Ellis Square — resurrected in 2010 with a kid-friendly spray fountain and lots of wide-open space. Inside, each room offers either a view of bustling Ellis and the adjacent City Market, or overlooks Bay Street, which at some vantage points allows for glimpses of the Savannah River. Ornate headboards and funky animal-print chaises with colorful throws provide modern pops of color that complement the urban design and vibrant artwork.
In-room snacks and sodas are complimentary at Andaz, but don’t fill up on these welcome treats because you’ll want to enjoy the free candied bacon that awaits in the lobby at Square 22 Bar. If you’re a Manhattan fan, try the Savannah hotel’s version made with cherries prepared on a smoker and flamed orange zest, or test your palate with other fun, mixologist-approved twists on classic cocktails, such as the Ellis Sling and Savannah Fizz.
Just beyond the bar sits 22 Square Restaurant — like the bar, its name pays homage to Savannah’s beautiful 22 downtown squares — serving all local, all the time. You’ll find farm-to-fork produce sourced from the Forsyth Farmer’s Market, meats from Hunter Cattle Company, chocolates by Adam Turoni and coffee by Perc roasters. Pork belly, free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and local oysters compile the modern Southern menu.
There’s one more spot where you can fill up: Andaz Savannah also has a second-floor open terrace with a pool, extra-large fire pit and a bar with snack and drink service.