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A New Favorite in Savannah

The Alida

The drive to Savannah is easy.

I find myself being pulled towards the coast as I listen to my favorite playlists (Moonchild, Fleet Foxes) and podcasts (Smartless, This American Life) and let the fervor of Atlanta fade. 

Checking into The Alida, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel in Savannah’s revitalized riverfront and new entertainment district, the mellow vibes continue with a warm welcome and a reminder that the hotel's cruiser bikes are complimentary, should I wish to pedal through the parks. Yes, please! 

In one corner of the lobby is a gift shop with a lovely collection of local products and sophisticated choices. What a nice suprise!

My view overlooks the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and Savannah River, through floor-to-ceiling windows in the corner suite. I appreciate the two robes (one for showering, one for cozy time), nicely lit bathroom (I have an aversion to overhead lighting) and the soft Sferra throw blanket on the king bed. After a bike ride, stopping at E. Shaver Books and the ShopSCAD store, I head to Rhett for dinner. I LOVE it when my home base hotel sports an excellent restaurant. The mussels and truffle fries, mushroom tartine and stuffed rainbow trout with mushrooms, leeks, smoked bacon, cured lemon pan sauce were stand-outs.

Executive Chef Jason Starnes brings his love for local cuisine and true southern hospitality after serving as Executive Chef of Barnsley Resort and South City Kitchen Buckhead. A North Carolina native, Chef Starnes enjoys spending time with his family, visiting farmers' markets, and enjoying good wine, great food, and exceptional company. 

The Alida values the preservation of history while moving considerably into the future. Their Culture Seeker package includes an unforgettable Port of Savannah boat tour with local experts, Outside Savannah. Enjoy the views of the city from the water, learn about the nation’s busiest port, and get to know another side of the Hostess City of the South then and now.  Pro tip: avoid the weekend crowds for an even more in-depth experience. 

There will also be live music all throughout April every week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in either  The Lost Square or The Trade Room at the hotel. While the city offers so much to see, you may not want to stray far from The Alida.