Savannah, United States

The Drayton Hotel

Price per night from$199.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD199.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Modern Southern belle

Setting

Moss-shaded squares

Settle into a slower pace of holiday with a stay at Savannah’s The Drayton Hotel, a boutique beauty in the heart of the city’s Spanish-moss-draped historic district. Tuck into breakfasts of egg-topped grits, soak in the history with a stroll through the cobblestone streets and wander down the riverfront until the hotel’s rooftop bar beckons you back. Enjoy leisurely dinners of freshly-caught seafood in the French-accented restaurant, toast to your brilliant getaway in the basement speakeasy and tumble into your cloud-like bed. Wake in the morning to views of the glittering dome of City Hall and start all over again.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

50, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £176.34 ($225), including tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $1.00 per room per night on check-out and an additional government tax of $5.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (à la carte items start from $11), but include two coffees a room, each day, and preferred reservations in the Downstairs Lounge.

Also

In-room massages can be arranged on request.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Grown Alchemist bath products, minibars stocked with wines, spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and cocktail mixers.

Our favourite rooms

Winner of best view is hands-down the City Hall King, from which you can spot huge ships winding down the river, beyond the glittering dome of neighbouring City Hall. If leisurely soaking is non-negotiable, spring for the Suite – this spacious stay is the only room with a bath tub (in addition to the large walk-in shower).

Packing tips

Haven’t read cult Savannah-set thriller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? Now’s your chance to delve into the long-neglected on-theme paperback.

Also

All common areas are wheelchair-accessible and there’s lift access to all floors. Two guestrooms are specially adapted for wheelchair users and two guest rooms are specially adapted for hearing- and vision-impaired guests.

Pet‐friendly

You can bring along one pup (under 20lbs) a room for $150 a stay; dog bowls and beds will be provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Savannah.

Children

Welcome, but you may want to venture outside the hotel for family-friendly activities. Baby cots can be added to some rooms, on request and subject to availability.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In St Neo’s, head for the room with the hand-painted mural or grab a seat at the raw bar, where the oyster shuckers can tell you the story of the day’s catch.

Dress Code

If it’s appropriate for tee time or tea parties, it’ll fly here. Golf shirts and floating floral dresses are equally apropo.

Hotel restaurant

Ms O’Hara would have approved – there’s no way you’ll go hungry at the Drayton. First, there’s St. Neo's Brasserie, a French-accented Southern belle of a restaurant, helmed by chef Chris Meenan. Selections at this seafood-centric brasserie change seasonally, but are always flavoured with a southern twist. For breakfast, crack into a crispy croque madame, smoked-salmon terrine with a slow-cooked egg or a plate of decadent doughnut French toast topped with Nutella and bananas brûlée. For lunch, come for mains of chicken and duck gumbo, blackened tuna Niçoise salad or burgers sandwiched between fluffy brioche buns. There’s also a full raw bar and all breads and desserts are made in-house. The Penthouse focuses on seasonally rotating seafood small plates – share orders of mini lobster rolls or roasted oysters while you take in panoramic views of Savannah’s riverfront from your table (indoors or alfresco). In a hurry to start your day wandering the city’s pretty squares? Coffee bar Counter Culture has you covered with grab-and-go brews and freshly-baked pastries every day of the week.

Hotel bar

The rooftop bar has classic French-bistro seating and looks out over Savannah City Hall, the riverfront and Talmadge Memorial Bridge. Head up for sundowners with a view and alfresco light bites. Downstairs, the speakeasy-style cocktail lounge has dark, elegant decor and original prints from a photographer friend of the hotel’s owner. Sip on craft scotches, hard-to-find whiskeys and classic southern bourbon or ask the experts behind the bar to shake up a creative cocktails; we like the bourbon- and mezcal-based My Brother the Gun, laced with chocolate bitters, Angostura and rosemary.

Last orders

The Coffee Bar is open from 7am–7pm, St Neo's Brasserie from 7am–10pm and the Penthouse from 10am–11pm. The rooftop bar is open 11am–11pm (2am on Fridays and Saturdays) and the cocktail lounge is open from 5pm-12am (2am on Fridays and Saturdays).

Room service

Order anything from the restaurant menus directly to your door between 7am and 9pm. Your in-room minibar is stocked with wines, spirits, non-alcoholic drinks and cocktail mixers; there’s also a handy selection of snacks from local brands.

Location

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Address
The Drayton Hotel
7 Drayton St
Savannah
31401
United States

The hotel is on the edge of Savannah’s Historic District, across from the glittering gilded dome of City Hall.

Planes

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is 20 minutes away by car; the hotel can arrange transfers on request.

Automobiles

Valet parking is available for $39 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Swing by the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, to thank her for her contribution to female entrepreneurship and addictive cookies. Wander through the infamous Mercer Williams House on Monterey Square – flanked by palm trees, this eerie abode was the site of a crime documented in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Not spooky enough for you? Wander the Spanish-moss-hung squares and cobblestone laneways on a ghost tour.

Treat yourself to a scoop or two at Leopold’s Ice Cream; this Savannah institution is filled with kitschy film posters, props and frozen desserts. Try a cone of colourful Tutti Frutti, a scoop of Girl-Scout-cookie-inspired Savannah Smiles, or a generous helping of former President Jimmy Carter’s favourite butter-pecan ice-cream.

Tag along for a behind-the-scenes tour at Ghost Coast Distillery and hear about Savannah’s unique history of drinks before tasting a few yourself. Rather skip straight to the good stuff? Head to the Ghost Coast bar and order vodka-based Basil Sours, peach-laced Fuzzy Savannahs and chocolate-cherry-tinged Time Travellers – all made with spirits that are distilled on site.

Local restaurants

Part coffee shop, part bakery and part Tex-Mex cantina, Foxy Loxy Cafe is the place for leisurely brunches. Go traditional with bacon-topped shrimp and grits (crucially, of the cheese variety), try the café’s signature Foxy Haystack: home fries, eggs, bacon, cheese and salsa on a bed of grits, or go the whole hog with an order of brisket hash, served with an over-easy egg and a generous helping of chipotle barbecue sauce. Pop into Back in the Day Bakery (open Thursday to Sunday) for freshly-baked treats: cinnamon biscuit buns, thick slices of red-velvet cake and classic pecan pie. Lunch like a true Southerner at Wiley’s Championship BBQ; order stick slabs of St Louis barbecue ribs, queso-drenched Mexican-style pork plates and brisket-stuffed baked potatoes. For dessert, go for the classic peach cobbler or a generous helping of bread pudding with praline-bourbon sauce. Too tough a choice? Go for both – we’ll never tell. Farm-to-table Italian eatery Cha Bella sources its ingredients from local farmers and fisherman. Start your dinner with a sharing plate of clam scampi on toasted ciabatta before tucking into a dish of Georgia white shrimp and risotto. Just peckish? Opt for the bacon and bourbon tasting-board – an impressive array of candied bacon, pancetta-wrapped dates and a flight of 13th Colony Whiskey. Locally loved laidback neighborhood eatery Atlantic​ has given new life to an old filling station and has an inviting patio for alfresco dinners on warm summer nights. Start with sharing plates of citrusy scallop crudo and garlicky shrimp scampi, move on to mid-size plates of meatballs on a bed of creamed collards and potato purée or salmon gravlax with caviar and ‘everything’ sourdough crackers, then tuck into mains of linguine with Sapelo Island clams or maple-glazed duck. Share a bottle of Negroni or a heady grenache from Breaking Bread Winery; the selection of local beers on tap rotates often – state your preferences and ask for recommendations.

Local bars

The Grey Restaurant was once an actual Greyhound bus station, but today it’s one of Savannah’s go-to spots for craft cocktails and sharing plates. The drinks are saddled with appropriately transportation-inspired names, such as the pecan-flavoured Passenger, made with scotch, Calvados and Ciociaro. At the Wyld Dock Bar, order classic rye-whiskey Old Fashioneds, gin-based Chasing Rabbits cocktails with carrot and pear shrub or a heat-busting Pain Killer slushie. Keep hunger at bay by nibbling on shrimp corn fritters, bacon-fried brussels sprouts and tortilla chips with hot crab dip in between rounds.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Deep South and unpacked their cornbread mix and jar of peach jam, a full account of their historic city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Drayton Hotel in Savannah…

A stately Victorian building gone modern, eclectic Southern stay the Drayton Hotel is liberally decorated with plants – some mimicking the hanging Spanish moss of Savannah’s famous squares – floral prints, and a sprawling mural hand painted by a local artist. Rooms are subdued, with a penchant for mid-century-modern-inspired colours and globe lighting. Rooms and suites look out over the city’s historic neighborhood. Grab a coffee and a pick-me-up pastry and explore the city, but return for leisurely dinners in the seafood-centric restaurant and sundowners on the French-accented rooftop bar. Why, I do declare…

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