The Best Place For a Night on the River
Having lived in Savannah in the 1980s as a college student, I had always said that I would return one day when I can afford a nice room with a balcony on River Street where I could watch the mighty ships go up river to the port of Savannah. For that singular experience River Street Inn definitely fits the bill. The view has improved over the years with Westin’s magnificent resort towering across the west channel. Having lived in Savannah, I can tell you that River Street in and of itself is not to be mistaken for Savannah itself. The heart of this city lies around those moss draped squares and side streets that span inland from the river for a couple of miles. Savannah is glorious and a little less gritty these days and requires a good pair of shoes from River Street.
Our richly furnished red room was quite large and clean. Large wing back chairs flanked a black lacquer table in the corner by a window with stunning view of the bridge and riverfront. As mentioned by some other reviewers the balcony was more less a tiny perch. There is room for two to stand side-by-side if you close the French door. The balconies off the rooms in the West wing do appear to be slightly larger. Though it may be tempting, resist the urge to sleep with the door open listening for distant fog horns to lull you to sleep. The trash trucks and the occasional drunken reveler will surely end that dream. Service was nice enough. We got the room we asked for the first time. Turndown chocolates and Gilchrist and Soams products and comfy robes were a plus.
Though this hotel does have the Historic Hotels of America designation, don’t expect the St. Regis. This is a big money 1980s renovation of some very old cotton warehouse and office complexes that date from the days of the sailing ship. Though looking slightly worn around the edges, this inn still offers perfectly comfortable lodging. The River Street Inn is essentially the center section of the upper floors of the historic center warehouse section of River Street.
A steel bridge connects the third floor main entrance and small lobby to Bay Street. We had to take the elevator to reach our limited access fifth floor room as the main staircase does not go to the fifth floor. Even the elevator provides a view of the river while being barely noticeable from outside the building. We didn’t make it to the evening manager’s reception down in the bar, but breakfast at Huey’s downstairs was excellent for breakfast. One floor up from Huey’s on River Street, Tubby’s Tankhouse seemed very popular providing a deck area of outdoor dining over the river