I was at a meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in Savannah this morning when the conversation turned to oyster shells. One of two handsome men I was with mentioned that if I wanted to see oyster shell chandeliers, I should go next door to the Grand Bohemian Hotel and take a look at some.
My next appointment was an hour later, so I decided to detour to the Hotel. It is a new build, nine stories tall, facing both River and Bay Streets, with a balcony dining area almost 360 around the top floor. The artwork was NOT Georgia Made Georgia Grown, but oh, the possibilities!
Beautiful Kristen of event sales was kind enough to give me a tour of the 75-room boutique property, including three guest room types. Each had welcome bottles of wine (also not Georgia) for guests and oyster shell chandeliers and sconces. The bed, desk, chairs and cabinetry were quite eclectic and well chosen; well appointed bathrooms and picture windows framing excellent views of the River were impressive.
Richard Kessler, the owner of this hotel as well as the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, grew up in Effingham County and attended Georgia Tech. He now lives in Orlando, where he has other properties. Another Bohemian Hotel will open in Atlanta in the near future.
When you are in Savannah, check the Hotel out. See what you think.