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Countdown to Savannah: Mansion at Forsyth Park
In early 2007, we started our official Countdown to Savannah. Each Sunday, we posted a different topic about this special city where we met for our first Great Slow Travel Gathering in Spring 2008.
With 63 posts over 14+ months, we learned a lot about the many facets of this historic, hospitable and intriguing American city. Our weekly posts touched on Savannah's history, famous people, architecture, food, culture, surrounding area and much more. We hope this information acquaints you with Savannah, entices you to visit this historic city, and prepares you for a very memorable trip.
UN-Savannah style in this Premier 126-room Luxury Hotel
Walking into the Mansion at Forsyth Park, I am struck by the UN-Savannah style. A simple “wow” escapes my lips. After noticing the huge Lalique doorknobs on the main doors, the lobby is a feast for the senses: Versace furnishings, amazing antique chandelier, pink marble columns and a white onyx reception desk. Just past the lobby is the gorgeous marble garden courtyard where I imagined the guests relaxing there were Julia Roberts and Oprah — it is just so beautiful.
The information packet says the property is “chic, luxurious, inspiring” and it is obvious that hotel chain mogul, Richard Kessler, spared no expense in this upscale “love note” to his birthplace, Savannah. Originally designed in 1888 as an 18,000 square foot Victorian homestead, the mansion was completely renovated and restored by Mr. Kessler. It reopened in 2005 with 126 guest rooms and is now Savannah’s premier luxury hotel.
It is well worth a stroll through the Mansion just to see the huge, ever-changing art collection. On our visit, we saw fascinating antique hats dating from 1860 to 1960 displayed on two of the hotel’s glassed-in walls. Contemporary paintings, art-glass, and sculptures, alongside genuine antiques, decorate almost every wall and are even featured in the guest rooms, which include ultra modern bathrooms, Bose sound systems, and “lavish high thread count sheets.” (I secretly hope that, at least, one Slow Traveler will stay at the mansion so we can all visit the bathroom—Italian white marble and open air shower.)
Located across the street from the 20-acre Forsyth Park, the hotel is also home to the full-service Poseidon Spa, and the 700 Cooking School. 700 Drayton is the equally luxurious restaurant which adjoins the hotel.
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