Where to stay in Savannah Georgia – The Alida hotel

Staying at ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Looking where to stay in Savannah Georgia? 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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Staying at ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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!

The rooms

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Food & drinks

Enjoy an aperitivo in The Trade Room

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Adjacent to the lobby we could enjoy a delicious aperitvo in the beautiful bar of The Trade Room.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Culinary dining in The Rhett

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Rooftop views in The Lost Square

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Services

Southern hospitality

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Relaxing in the lobby

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Sunbathing by the pool

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Staying at hotel ‘The Alida*****’ | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Valet parking

Discovering Savannah was perfectly possible on foot. We were able to park our car in the valet parking of the hotel.

Location

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

River Street

River Street | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

River Street | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

River Street | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Check out het best Savannah cruises from Getyourguide below.

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Forsyth Park | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Forsyth Park | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Forsyth Park | Savannah | Georgia | USA

Forsyth Park | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Wormsloe Plantation

Wormsloe Plantation | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Wormsloe Plantation | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Wormsloe Plantation | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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.

Where would you like to stay in Savannah? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.

Yours truly,

Sarah

Wormsloe Plantation | Savannah | Georgia | USA

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12 thoughts on “Where to stay in Savannah Georgia – The Alida hotel

  1. DOm says:

    Wow this hotel is awesome! I just recently met someone from Savannah so even though this is just a hotel it gives me a nice idea of what Savannah is like! Looks incredible!

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      Thank you. I think Savannah is one of the most picturesque and fun towns I have ever visited in the States. I just love the Southern vibe there.
      The Alida was an excellent place to stay and base to explore Savannah. We really enjoyed our stay there. I hope you get to go soon! 🙂

    • Chef in Savannah says:

      Savannah is not like this at all, as a native son of Savannah. Born and raised. I assure you that “this” Savannah is a just 1 square mile, and I mean literal square. From where the Alida is, if you went about 2 blocks further away from downtown, you would find yourself in what most of downtown Savannah is.. blighted area, filled with drugs, robberies, shootings. Savannah is probably one of the fakest cities in Ga. If you like over priced hotels, boring food options (there’s probably 4 original places in downtown) and extremely over priced drinks.. welcome to Savannah…just don’t go too far or out at night alone…real talk.

      • Sarah De Gheselle says:

        Dear Chef in Savannah, Thank you for sharing your experiences. My blog and my articles contain my own experiences as well (as tourist) Of course those can be very different from someone who actually lives there and knows the town. I have been in Savannah twice now but always for a short periode of time and I always had a great time as you can read. I’m just suggesting places I have visited that I like to fellow travelers. And they can choose to add it to their itinerary or not and they will of course have their personal experiences there… So I’m not trying to create any sort of image of Savannah, I’m just sharing how I experienced it.

  2. Tyrone Gay says:

    My wife and I celebrate our Wedding Anniversary June 22 of each year . We enjoy Savannah and look forward to hanging out in the sguare and downtown .

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      Hi Tyrone, first of all Savannah is such a good pick to celebrate your Wedding Anniversary. It’s such a romantic town. I hope you guys could celebrate this year? Because of corona, it was maybe difficult to travel there?

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      Savannah is just such a cosy town. I would definitely recommend the Alida when you revisit Savannah.

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