**disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but this does not alter the fact that I share my own honest experiences **
Since I made a short break in Savannah a few years ago while traveling, I couldn’t get this cozy, picturesque Southern town out of my mind. I knew that someday I would come back here.
When Jan and I planned our Deep South road trip, Savannah had to be on our route at all costs. When I described Jan how I once experienced Savannah, he decided to add it to our itinerary just to please me. Even though this was a few kilometers detour.
In order not to disappoint Jan, I searched for the perfect hotel that could only make our first joint “Savannah experience” better. This hotel was for us “The Alida“.
Arrived in hotel The Alida we were amazed. The hotel is barely a year old and the beautiful mix between industrial and vintage design in the interior immediately made a deep impression on us.
I have to correct myself already. The building that houses The Alida dates from the thriving period of the 18th and 19th centuries when Savannah played a major role in the industrial evolution with its large harbor. Along the river, which by the way has the same name as the city of Savannah, there were large storage places for cotton. The building in which The Alida is located was also one of these historic warehouses.
Another fun fact is that The Alida is named after a woman named Alida Harper Fowlkes, who devoted her life, in the 20th century, to preserve the gorgeous, historic architecture. So without Alida there was no “The Alida.”
In addition to the fascinating history of the building, The Alida also has a clear mission. The hotel wants the guests to immerse themselves in the unique Savannah Culture, a mix between historical legacy and the creative contemporary spirit. Well, I have to say: mission accomplished!
Depending on your wishes and budget, you can choose a room that fits your needs perfectly within “The Alida”. We stayed in a beautiful corner suite. The first thing we noticed was the stunning, large window in the corner of the room. It provided an enormous amount of light, which made the room even warmer and cozier.
The suite is decorated with contemporary and timeless furniture. Modern industrial accents are also incorporated that refer to the industrial history of the building. I particularly liked the new technological gadgets such as the USB gates next to the bed. Ideal for charging your smartphone and other electronics close at hand. Furthermore, we found in the room everything we needed for an unforgettable stay. From shower products in the bathroom to artisanal delights in the mini bar. The room was very well kept and everything was finished to perfection.
Something I have never seen before in a hotel and really thought it was a great initiative is the refillable drinking bottle. At the check-in we both received an empty drinking bottle. On each floor there is a tap where you can fill your bottle with water as you wish.
The term “Southern hospitality” is certainly not missing in “the Alida”. The staff is super friendly and also likes to have a chat. We always like to find out more about the hotel and people who work there. The great thing is that all the employees have so much knowledge about the history of the hotel and fully supports the mission that The Alida pursues.
Relaxing in the lobby
The lobby is a good example of how you can divide one large room into numerous cozy corners. Behind every corner there is a another seating area uniquely decorated with both industrial and vintage elements, which creates a trendy yet a warm and cozy vibe. I could spend hours here and always find new details. Every corner has its own character.
Sunbathing by the pool
We found the pool a plus. During the hot summer days it was definitely an added value to cool down in the pool during the hottest hours of the day.
Discovering Savannah was perfectly possible on foot. We were able to park our car in the valet parking of the hotel.
Aperitivo in the trade room
Adjacent to the lobby we could enjoy a delicious aperitif in this beautiful bar.
Culinary dining in the Rhett
The Rhett is the restaurant in “The Alida”. We went for a delicious dinner and breakfast there. Here too the interior is a gem. Inspired by the inside of a cargo ship and with a nod to the retro dinners from the 1950s, we could not help ourselves but enjoy the setting. The chef works with local products and manages to offer the typical Southern Cuisine deliciously light and culinary.
Rooftop views in the lost square
My favorite button in the elevator was with 100% certainty R, all the way to the roof. Stepping out of the elevator I was blown away by the most pleasant rooftop bar with a fantastic view of Savannah. Perfect to relax after a long day exploring the city.
The Alida is located in the middle of historic district of the city of Savannah right on the famous River Street. The Alida was the ideal base for us to discover the city. We were able to reach the most important sights on foot.
What you should definitely not miss when visiting Savannah:
One of my most favorite activities in Savannah is strolling down River Street. The name of the street already explains the location a bit, namely alongside the river Savannah. What makes this street so special? That was, for me, definitely the unique and cozy atmosphere. When I first walked in this street a couple of years ago I felt a warm and recognizable feeling and I now felt this again. I think this is definitely one of the most cozy cities I have ever visited. I cannot immediately point out for what reason. Perhaps the historical warehouses, artisanal shops and cobblestone street just reminded me of my hometown of Ghent.
Something we didn’t have time for, and I secretly wanted to do, was a river cruise in a traditional Mardi Gras radar boat.
Do you like a morning walk? Then I advise you to walk to Forsyth park, about 20 minutes from The Alida. I thought it was wonderful to explore the oak tree-lined avenues in and around the park and enjoy the stunning Victorian architecture.
If you want to get out of town for a while, consider visiting the Wormsloe plantation. This location is approximately 20 minutes by car from The Alida. At the entrance you have to pay an entrance fee of 10 USD per person to enter the domain. For more info, take a look at the website.
The most impressive thing about the plantation was the long driveway with huge massive overgrown oak trees. The actual plantation consists of ruins that weren’t so impressive. On the site there are also a few cool hiking trails where we could enjoy the beautiful nature of the Deep South.
Jan and I greatly enjoyed our first joint Savannah experience. If we could go back sometime, we would definitely opt for a stay at the Alida.
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