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Savannah Westin Riverfront RESORT

thejudge66
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3:10 AM - Aug 15, 2001 #1

What a great hotel. Located on Hutchinson Island, directly across the river from historic downtown, this hotel will meet and exceed your wishes.

The building looks new and has a great staff. You can valet for $8 or self-park for free. Definitely request a river front room. The view over the pool, river and downtown is awesome. The rooms are simple, but well-appointed. The "heavenly bed" is great after a long day of walking downtown.

They do have a couple of restaurants onsite, one that had a great menu but out of sight prices. The other is a bar/snack shop, which had fairly reasonable finger foods. You can sit outside by the pool and get served from this bar. There is also a golf course and spa, both again were out of my price range, but were very upscale.

They do charge the $10 resort fee, however, this includes unlimited use of the water taxi to downtown, which runs all day between 700 AM-1100 PM. Also includes a paper and free local calls.

Great place to stay and see Savannah.
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Sheryl
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6:49 PM - Aug 29, 2001 #2

Originally posted by Daannzz on 8/29:

We spent one night here via our priceline bid at $70 a night. What a nice hotel. While the room was clean and new it was not a big room. It was decoarated nicely and just like the Westin in Santa Clara. The heavenly beds are comfortable and loaded with pillows. It was quiet as well.
The Westin is located across the river and you must drive over the large bridge on 17 to get to it. It is distinctive and easy to locate. It is sort of on its own over there and is adjacent to the Savannah convention/trade center. The lobby is very nice and classy. Check in was easy and the staff was easily the nicest and most helpfull I have encountered in a long time.
The two views are of a golf course and some construction areas or of the river and Savannah. The river view is the good view and we were assigned to a room with this view. There is a boat that takes you from the Westin across to the River street area in Savannah where you can catch tours and taxis as well as there being lots of restaurants over there. The boats run until 11:00 P.M.
I would really recommmend this hotel...even at regular price!
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4:22 PM - Apr 17, 2002 #3

As the other reviewers have indicated, the Westin is a beautiful hotel with all the amenities. This is definitely not the place to stay if you want to enjoy the charm and grace of the historic district. The hotel is isolated on an island across from the city and is accessible only via a water taxi that runs every half hour or by car.

The rooms are comfortable but nothing out of the ordinary. The public spaces and its riverfront location are lovely. I was not fortunate enough to get a river view room, but the view of the golf course was acceptable. Food was satisfactory but, again, nothing to write home about.

Service, however, was abysmal. I travel frequently, and I have rarely encountered a staff that was so thoroughly incompetent and exhibited such a poor and unprofessional attitude. Every department that I encountered, from the front desk to housekeeping, to the so-called "concierge," to the room service and restaurant personnel proved to be disappointing and failed to complete their jobs as expected. The overall attitude of the staff was indifferent, and when I finally did get enough and complained (politely) to the manager-on-duty, the response was more defensive and dismissive than appreciative.

For $100/night, the Westin was an acceptable choice, given its many fine facilities. I would NEVER pay full price to stay there, however, and would advise anyone planning to trip to Savannah to consider other options. For pleasure travel, I would suggest spending the extra $$$ to stay in one of the charming inns in the historic district.
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3:13 PM - Apr 21, 2003 #4

I couldn't disagree more with eliyale. The staff we encountered were the best we have ever had. The valet picked up my husband in a golf cart with our bags and delivered them to our room. We arrived right before midnight after attending the Hootie and the Blowfish concert in Hilton Head. The lady checking us in was incredibly helpful and friendly. She noticed a note I had put on our reservation that it was our 10th anniversary and offered an upgrade for $35 per night. Passed on that. We received a room with a golf course view and that was fine. Room was large with chair/ottoman and desk. Large marble bath with dual shower head and of course, a king heavenly bed. Spent Saturday in the historic district. It was awesome. Came back to change to go out for the evening and the concierge had sent up a bottle of champagne and a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and sugared grapes. Very cool. What a great stay. Didn't have a lot of time to experience the amenities at the resort but hope to go back and spend more time in the future. Great time.

Martha
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11:30 PM - Aug 14, 2005 #5

Stayed here on a business trip recently (non-priceline), but wanted everyone to know how nice this resort is.

We stayed in a "golf course view" room, which is really just a parking lot view with a view of the golf course off in the distance. The other side of the hotel faces the river and overlooks the downtown area.

The hotel had a nice Starbucks shop downstairs for breakfast and also a restaurant (Aqua Star) that was reasonable. We also ate at Aqua Star on our first night in town and it was very good, especially for a hotel restaurant.

The fitness center is outstanding. All of the cardio equipment has individual LCD tv's, which is really nice for a workout. There is also a spa and golf course at this resort. Golf course looked nice. Home to a Senior Tour event. Shuttle takes you from the hotel to fitness center, spa and golf course.

There is a $12 resort fee which includes fitness center, shuttle (took us downtown one night) and local calls. There is also a water taxi that leaves from behind the resort and takes you across the river to downtown. It's about a $12 taxi ride around, so this is really nice. Free rides when you stay at Westin.

Room was very nice. Heavenly bed and bath were everything I wanted. Bed is comparable to Ritz-Carlton beds. Staff were very helpful in suggesting restaurants. We ate at the Pink House and the Chart House, which were both nice places.

We paid about $400 total for our three nights and this place seemed worth it, even at that price. I'm sure with priceline, you would get the same room we got, but unless you're going to sit in your window all night, a view isn't that big of a deal.

Hotel was a ways away from the airport (about $45 cab ride for 4 people). The resort is on Hutchinson Island, which is across the river from everything else in Savannah. With the water taxi, most stuff is within walking distance.
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11:40 PM - Aug 25, 2005 #6

Review for the Savannah Westin Riverfront Resort

We stayed here for three nights. (16-18 August 2005). The bid details are here:
p070.ezboard.com/fpriceli...=497.topic

This hotel was quite nice, but I did not feel it was anything really spectacular. The rooms were very well appointed but I found nothing particularly heavenly about their famous beds.
The location is a bit of a problem since there is nothing else around it and to get to downtown Savannah you must either drive or take the passenger ferry (currently free if you have a hotel key). BE WARNED the ferry does quit running at a certain time at night (forget about it after 11 PM - Check their schedule at the front desk) and it tends to leave 2-3 minutes early sometimes.
The parking garage is a complete ripoff because you can apparently only use it if you being valet parked - $16-18 dollars a night! A surface lot is a three minute walk away but has limited spaces and no shade.
The resort fee is also about $16-18 a night regardless of your check-in time. We made used the driving range one day for an hour - they provided a cart and loaner clubs. That was nice but I still felt a little looked down upon for asking for loaner clubs. I think I must have passive-agressively taken it out by adding divits to the driving range. They also said that loaner rackets were available but we'd need to supply balls or buy them there.
The fitness center was inconviently located off site at the clubhouse. It was nicely equipted but not huge. A hotel porter will drive you there. The clubhouse also has a spa.
The pool was clean and nice but very small compared to our expectations. The depth was no more than 4-5 feet - somewhat surprising. Towels were good and it was cool to watch the cargo ships traveling down the river to sea.
Watch out for toll-free calls - each one costs $2 regardless of length. Also no kids' programs except on weekends.
If you are really want to save money and see Savannah a bit more easily, I would recommend bidding on 3* in the historic downtown area. (At this time I do not believe that there are any 4*). Those hotels seemed to be pretty good from what we saw of the lobbies.
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9:24 PM - Oct 23, 2005 #7

My wife and I stayed at the Westin October 9-14 via a $120 Priceline bid and found it to be a great value. The staff was accomodating and gracious. Everyone smiled and greeted you at every turn. Valet parking was of course extra but we paid no "resort" fee. The ferry to downtown was free to hotel guests, it took 90 seconds. The Aqua Star restaurant was the only one open at this time, we had dinner there the first evening and it was GREAT, (and expensive.)

The room was nicely decorated and well kept. Maid service was always prompt, if we needed anything we only had to ask. There was every effort to show a real personal touch and it was appreciated.

David Randall, Kenewick, WA
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1:52 AM - Apr 15, 2009 #8

We stayed three nights in April. The accommodations were very nice, but the additional $20 per night resort fee didn't pay off for us because we didn't utilize the amenities such as fitness center and bicycle rental. They include several rotating daily offerings which are complimentary, such as in-room movie, spa massage, and ghost stories around the fire pit. We just couldn't fit them into our schedule. We would have rather stayed in the historic district, but the location was still convenient, with free parking and free ferry access to the historic district. (Also, it's tough to avoid tipping the overly helpful bellhops even if you want to handle your own luggage.)
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9:19 PM - Apr 23, 2013 #9

We stayed two nights at the Westin Savannah 4/17-18/2013, for $100/night. Great price for this hotel, even with the mandatory $22/night resort fee. The resort fee included the self-park fee of $18/night, but I think I saw a sign saying the valet fee was not included. Nevertheless, we parked in the covered garage in a spot adjacent to a "Valet" designated spot, and this was a 60-second walk to the hotel side entrance/ferry landing. Not bad.

We were happy with watching the sunset from our River View room, and heard a large ship horn only once during our stay. The bed, pillows and towels were all of great quality. The ferry to the Historic District takes 20 minutes or less, depending on if they need to stop at the Marriott dock for invisible passengers, and the trip back is only 10 minutes. If you hate picturesque ferry rides, drive your vehicle ten minutes across the bridge -- street parking is plentiful, but bring your quarters for the meters (run 8 am - 5 pm, M-F).


We were recommended a walking tour by "Savannah Dan" -- $20 for a 2-hour enjoyable tour, with plenty of history about Savannah and not too many corny jokes.


Great hotel with great views of Savannah.
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