Everyone knows Savannah is one of the best places to have a weekend getaway in the US. Still looking where to stay in Savannah Georgia on your trip? Then you should consider the Alida hotel. This beautiful, recently opened 5 star hotel is definitely the place to be in Savannah. With its popular roof top bar, delicious restaurant and relaxing pool area, this hotel has much more to offer besides a luxurious overnight stay. Read here how we experienced our stay at The Alida in Savannah, including tips with fun things to do in and around Savannah.
Ever since I made a short stop in Savannah while traveling around in the States a few year ago, I couldn’t get this picturesque Southern town out of my mind. I knew that someday I would return.
When Jan and I planned our Deep South road trip, Savannah had to be on in our itinerary at all costs. When I described Savannah to Jan, he decided to add it to our road trip just to please me. Even though this was a large detour.
In order not to disappoint Jan, I searched for the perfect hotel where we could stay to make our first joint “Savannah experience” even better. This hotel is was The Alida.
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Where to stay in Savannah Georgia – The Alida
Arrived in The Alida we were amazed. The hotel is barely a year old, but the beautiful mix between industrial and vintage design immediately made a deep impression on us.
The building that houses The Alida dates from the thriving period during the 18th and 19th centuries. Back then 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. In the 20th century, she devoted her life to preserve the gorgeous, historic architecture. So without Alida there wouldn’t be an Alida hotel today.
Besides 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. Many 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 everything we needed for an unforgettable stay in the room. 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 are the refillable drinking bottles. 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.
Food & drinks
Enjoy an aperitivo in The Trade Room
Adjacent to the lobby we could enjoy a delicious aperitvo in the beautiful bar of The Trade Room.
Culinary dining in The Rhett
The Rhett is the restaurant on the ground flour of The Alida. We went for a delicious dinner and breakfast there. As in the rest of the hotel, here too the interior is a gem. It’s inspired by the inside of a cargo ship with a nod to the retro dinners from the 1950s. We couldn’t help ourselves but to 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 term “Southern hospitality” is certainly not missing in The Alida. The staff is super friendly and also likes to have a chat with the guest. We always love to find out more about the hotel while staying there. The great thing is that all the employees have so much knowledge about the history of the hotel and fully support 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 but yet a warm and cozy vibe. I could spend hours there and always find new details. Every corner has its own character.
Sunbathing by the pool
We found the pool area a huge bonus. During the hot summer days it’s definitely a benefit 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.
The Alida is located in the middle of historic district of Savannah right on the famous River Street. This hotel was the ideal base for us to discover the city. We were able to reach the most important sights on foot.
Fun things to do in and around Savannah
One of my most favorite things to do in Savannah is strolling down River Street. The name of the street already explains the location. This street is situated alongside the river Savannah. What makes this street so special? For me, that’s 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 this time I felt this again. I think this is definitely one of the most cozy cities I have ever visited in the States. I can’t immediately point out for what reason. Perhaps the historical warehouses, artisanal shops and cobblestone street just reminded me of my hometown Ghent.
Something we unfortunately didn’t have time for, and I secretly wanted to do, is a river cruise in a traditional Mardi Gras radar boat.
Check out het best Savannah cruises from Getyourguide below.
Do you like early morning walks? 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. This is definitely one of the most photogenic places in Savannah. Do you want to discover more beautiful photography locations? Then you should definitely check out these stunning photo spots in Savannah.
Guided tours in Savannah
Be sure to check out the entire Getyourguide range for things to do in Savannah. You’ll find the best deals to explore Savannah in an original and fun way.
If you want to explore outside Savannah as well, then you should 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.
The most impressive thing about the plantation was the long driveway with huge massive overgrown oak trees. The actual plantation consists of ruins. Those weren’t so impressive. On the domain there are also a few cool hiking trails where you can enjoy the beautiful nature of Georgia.
Savannah is also the perfect base to explore more of Georgia. Discover more epic thing to do in Georgia right here.
Jan and I greatly enjoyed our first joint Savannah experience. If we could return, we would definitely opt for a stay at the Alida again.
Check out my favorite books about Savannah below. These can definitely help you plan an unforgettable Savannah trip.
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