Cotton Sail Hotel, Savannah, Georgia – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 6 April 2015
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Over the past few years, I’ve slept in a former post office, a former monastery, a 17th-century army barracks, and the former home of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It therefore did not seem all that out of place to find accommodations in what had been a warehouse.

Indeed, the charming Cotton Sail Hotel in Savannah, Georgia opened this past May in a renovated cotton warehouse. Cotton and Savannah are inexorably intertwined, with the crop having played a huge role in the city’s history. Indeed, cotton became the primary commodity after the American Revolution, bringing considerable wealth to the city’s European immigrants.

Driving along the Savannah River in the city’s historic district, I arrived at the late-19th-century building and was warmly greeted by the doorman. It soon became clear that the hotel deftly mixes the old and new. The modern lobby (as well as each of the 56 guestrooms) has 200-year-old heart of pine wooden floors that used wood from the original cotton factory’s roof.


Check-in formalities were brief and I was soon settled in my room, admiring the river view.


My River View Deluxe King with Balcony room was on the small side but still provided more than sufficient room for two. The room was one of the few with double doors and larger balcony, also one of the few with original exposed brickwork.

The room was dominated by the king size bed, which was framed by an elegant wooden headboard with twin nightstands and sconces above. It was quite comfortable and I woke up the next morning refreshed, the wear and tear of travel (and a four-hour drive from Atlanta) completely dissipated.

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