Four Points by Sheraton in the Heart of Savannah’s Historic District
Those who stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Historic Savannah don’t need a car—the hotel, ensconced in an old brick building, is within walking distance of all of Savannah’s biggest attractions. It sits on the edge of the historic district, just steps away from the cobblestone paths of River Street, Broughton Street, and City Market, the city’s commercial and social center since the 1700s.
Some of the city’s best restaurants and bars are right around the corner, but you don’t need to leave the hotel to find great food. Eli’s Restaurant resides on the premises and serves American cuisine in a casual environment for breakfast and dinner. There’s also Piano Lounge, an intimate piano bar where you can enjoy after-dinner cocktails while a musician tickles the ivories.
All 127 guest rooms are smoke-free and fitted with warm earth tones. Take in views of downtown Savannah and Talmadge Bridge or settle in to watch your favorite shows on the 30-inch flat-screen TV. The hotel prides itself on finding small ways to make your stay more pleasurable; in each room you’ll find complimentary bottled water and WiFi.
Savannah, Georgia: Historical Mansions and a Lively River Walk
Founded in 1733 as Georgia's first town, Savannah is not only one of the most graceful cities in the South but also one the most historic. The old but well-preserved architecture landed it on Forbes_’s 2011 list of America's Best Downtowns, and _Travel + Leisure recently dubbed it one of the World's Best Cities for the way it "reveres its heritage.” You can see this in the city's 22 famous public squares, which play host to some famous landmarks, such as antebellum-era houses framed by moss-covered oak trees. Head to Oglethorpe Square to see the Owens-Thomas House, an English Regency–style mansion completed in 1819 that now serves as a museum; tours here depart from the original carriage house and go past its charming English-style parterre garden.
Another relic of Savannah's past, River Street curves for about a mile along Savannah River's south bank. The cobblestone walkways are lined with 100-year-old cotton warehouses that have been converted into antique shops, brewpubs, and galleries. Explore the riverfront in style aboard one of the Old Town sightseeing trolleys or during a horse-drawn carriage tour. Though the street is tamer than it was a few decades ago⎯when it was overrun with muscle cars and rowdy sailors⎯there's still plenty of energy here, with a lively pub scene and views of large ships lumbering toward the dock.
A five-minute walk west will take you to the City Market, a four-block public meeting space on the edge of downtown. This section of Savannah’s sprawling historic district has established itself as one of the city's top destinations for entertainment and dining thanks to the many artists' studios, open-air restaurants, and taverns found here.
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