On our way back from a cruise, we stopped for a quick day of shopping and dining in southern charm Savannah. We adore these historic, walkable cities of the south – Charleston, Savannah, and of course, Richmond. I love walking the brick sidewalks, peeking into boutiques, and finding little hidden gem parks or beautiful buildings.
On this trip, we stayed at the historic Marshall House on Broughton Street – right in the heart of the historic district with plenty of shops, restaurants and sites surrounding this beautiful hotel. The facade reminds me of New Orleans, with the wrought iron balconies and lights strung across the avenue.
Built in 1851, The Marshall House is Savannah’s oldest operating hotel – a 68-room inn, preserved in historic architectural details that some even say is haunted. Apparently many travelers stay here in hopes of seeing or feeling the spirits of Union soldiers who stayed here during the Civil War, whose spirits still roam the halls and rooms of The Marshall House.
The great location and historic charm is what attracted us to the The Marshall House, and we loved all of the details – high ceilings, original wood floors, gorgeous chandelier lights with pendants, classically trimmed fireplaces. Yet the historic charm is met with a perfect balance of modern amenities and decor, including plush furniture, a kryptonite-esque fireplace, and all the modern comforts of home including wifi, a mini fridge, central air, and LCD TV’s. It felt so comfortable here. I always wonder when I check into a hotel touted as historic if I’m going to be missing my modern luxuries…and sometimes I do. But here, they really strike the balance well, if not sometimes a little funny. Like with a kryptonite fireplace!
The library is a spacious, bright, and comfortable place to meet fellow guests of The Marshall House. Complimentary wine and cheese is served here on certain evenings. Now, sometimes inns have a quiet, very uncomfortable vibe in their common spaces. That is definitely not the case at this hotel. The night we stayed, the library was a fun, comfortable spot to socialize, and the complimentary wine certainly didn’t hurt.
The rooms are quaint and cozy with all the little details that excite us history nerds and romantics. The bed was comfortable, and I loved the window overlooking the courtyard. It brought in natural light that made the room feel airy and warm.
The most luxurious accommodation is The Mary Marshall Suite, offering a parlor with a sofa (that opens up to a sleeper bed), a desk and sitting area with French doors that open into the king bedroom. A claw foot tub/shower balances the modern amenities with historic detail.
The Juliette Gordon Low Suite is another gorgeous and historic accommodation that offers more luxurious space and amenities. It pretty much has the same amenities as the Mary Marshall Suite, in a slightly different space. Finally, a hotel that’s not afraid to use a bit of rich color!
The hotel has a lot of nice touches that we appreciated, including a courtesy call shortly after we checked in to see if we needed anything, a great complimentary continental breakfast in the courtyard, cozy robes, and a makeup towel so I didn’t have to worry about messing up their plush white towels. It’s the little things.
The Trade Offs
While a stay in such a historic hotel is lovely, there are some trade offs you should be prepared for:
- Small rooms and bathrooms – True to the period built, but a bit small compared to modern hotels.
- Low water pressure – It took me a little longer to shower, because I had to make sure with such low water pressure that I got all the shampoo out. Just a bit of an adjustment.
- Noise carries. The rooms are cozy and comfortable, but the acoustics with such high ceilings and wooden floors allows voices and noise to carry. We didn’t notice this too often, though. Our fellow Marshall House occupants were very considerate.
- The floors creak. These are beautiful, original wood floors. They’re going to creak, so step lightly if you notice certain creaky areas during late hours.
Really, these trade offs weren’t an issue at all to us. We really LOVED our stay, and we’re used to these types of trivial things. We expect them, especially when we travel to Europe or stay in historic buildings. It’s all about your personal preferences and what is relatively important to you. With us, the positives outweighed the negatives with this charming gem. I just have an honest obligation to give you the full experience!
The Marshall House is a great balance between modern luxury and historic preservation. If traveling to southern charm Savannah, The Marshall House is worth the visit. Once you get that glass of wine and settle into that comfy couch by the kryptonite fire with fellow travelers, you’ll realize this place is a notch above the rest.
But don’t get too cozy. We only had one day, so it was time to see Savannah! After we checked in, it was time for a little shopping and sightseeing between Broughton and Bay Streets.
They have a ton of fantastic shops – a mix of big brands like Kate Spade as well as locally owned boutiques. We discovered Chocolat by Adam Turoni – a shopping experience unto itself before you even get to the point of tasting his delectable chocolates.
After you walk into this little wonderland with astroturf as carpet, you are handed a silver platter to pick out your favorites by pulling out drawers of perfectly place truffles and bonbons. And the store smells so good. Most importantly, the chocolates did not disappoint! I wish we’d bought more. I mean, gilded chocolate lion head. Need I say more?
While The Olde Pink House is a must for dinner, there are so many foodie finds in Savannah, your head will spin. Another traveling couple happened to be at the front desk while we were checking in, and recommended Treylor Park, an eclectic bar and restaurant that re-imagines southern comfort fare. I wasn’t so sure about how they described it, but we decided to give it a try. And. oh. my. gosh. It was incredible.
Our waiter was so friendly, and helped us figure our way through the menu, offering his own insight into the dishes. My husband ordered the Southern Sloppy Joe while I got the Chicken and Pancake Tacos. They had this amazing strawberry salsa, which sounded a little weird, but brought a crisp freshness to the palette and paired scrumptiously with their honey chili sauce. Amazing. Just amazing. When the waiter came to check on us, I couldn’t really vocalize how much I was enjoying it. I think I managed to get out that I was having a godly moment in between bites.
After our entrees were devoured with a swiftness, we ordered a couple desserts, which also did not disappoint. I got the banana pudding creme brulee, and the husband got the bacon brownie. Both were decadently delicious.
They also made a STELLAR old fashioned, as well as their specialty cocktail, the Georgia Mule. Their mixed drinks were perfect, and if they weren’t so busy, we could have sat at that table all night drinking and eating until we had to be rolled out. So thank goodness they were so busy – saved our waistlines.
Isn’t that a sign of a great restaurant? Almost empty when we got there early in the evening to almost completely full an hour later! Glad we got there when we did, and incredibly happy we found them. We will be returning!
I love going to Savannah because each time, I discover some new gem. This time our trip was fast but so good.