Talk about Southern charm. A former Guckenheimer tobacco warehouse and grocery, a nationally registered landmark built in 1850, has been transformed into Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District. Located at 201 West Bay Street, the iconic Georgia building now accommodates travelers in 252 rooms in the heart of the City Market neighborhood, known today as the “Art and Soul of Savannah,” that was once a hub of commerce for farmers and fishermen.
The hotel is managed by Inter-Continental and rates start at about $215 for a room in early May.
The building was returned to its original historic shell, preserving century-old materials and historic details including exposed brick and unearthed structural timber beams which are visible throughout the property. Students at Savannah College of Art & Design submitted various art pieces to be featured in the hotel, and the winning piece is displayed in an art installation on the east end of the building.
Local artist Meryl Turret designed the guest room murals which showcase historic bottles that were unearthed in this district of Savannah, and each room also features unique watercolor pieces that highlight the original market building. There are also several additional murals throughout the hotel which are replications of original advertisements from the Guckenheimer warehouse and market.
“This boutique hotel delivers a truly authentic local experience inspired entirely by the very community that surrounds it,” says general manager Kellie Lindner. “You will taste the local flavor on our menus and see it in the art and photography displayed on our walls. You will catch guests and neighbors hanging out in our bars and get great advice from our team members on the many things to see and do in our wonderful community.”
The hotel features The Five Oaks Taproom restaurant, offering breakfast and dinner. The restaurant serves locally inspired dishes with ingredients sourced from within 90 miles of Savannah, whenever possible. Guestrooms feature plush bedding, hard-surface flooring with area rugs and spa-inspired bathrooms. Guests also have access to a 24-hour fitness center and 6,000 square feet of flexible event space.
The Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District also offers the brand’s Neighborhood Guide, an innovative touchscreen display that connects guests to each other, the local neighborhood and to Hotel Indigo locations around the world. Hotel team members, many of whom are locals themselves, promise to share their favorite hidden gems with guests looking to explore and discover the neighborhood.