Posted on May 28, 2014 by Andrea Six
“It’s more of a modern boutique hotel,” said co-owner Kris Patel. “Catered to all types of people, all preferences.”
In Downtown Savannah, the Cotton Sail Hotel blends the old with the new to create an upscale hotel with accents from it’s past. Its name pays homage to its past as a Cotton Warehouse. The building was constructed in 1820 and for 200 years it housed a variety of businesses. What was once a bottling plant, an import export facility and a cotton warehouse transformed into a haven for the city’s guests. The top three floors that now give guests some of the best views of the city, were once boarded up.
“My favorite part was using what we found in the building and finding a new purpose for it,” said co-owner Riki Patel. “We took structural support, things that supported this building, which was heart pine wood, we salvaged that wood and milled it into quarter of an inch hardwood floors.”
During construction of the hotel they took off the old roof and, in the process, found 200 year-old heart of pine wood that they were able to salvage and turn into the hardwood floors that are now in all of the rooms.
In addition to all of the renovations inside the hotel, an additional floor was added to give guests the best views of the town. The top floor harbors a banquet facility that can hold approximately 100 people with ceiling to floor windows with its own private balcony and also on the sixth floor is the newest premiere rooftop bar in Savannah, the Top Deck.
“The Top Deck has the most incredible view of the river and the Talmadge Bridge,” said David Thornton, the director of operation sat HOS Management.
This rooftop oasis offers signature cocktails, local brews, craft beers and an assortment of wines against a beautiful backdrop of this historic city. Guests can step away from the crowds downtown, order a little something off their tapas menu and relax.
Another bistro option for guests is the River House Restaurant, located on the first floor of the building. In the renovations, an elevator was installed to take guests down to the first floor, so they could go straight to River Street and stop to get a bite to eat on their way out. They even offer deliveries straight to any suite, if guests want to stay in for a night.
The Cotton Sail Hotel gives their guests a little bit of everything—with a business and fitness centers, a sweet shop, lounging areas with HD television, complimentary high speed wireless internet—and it creates a relaxing retreat right in the middle of everything.
“I think the location of the hotel is just absolutely wonderful,” said Thornton. “I think it will serve downtown Savannah really well.”
The Cotton Sail Hotel is located at 126 W. Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401. To make reservations at the Cotton Sail Hotel visit their website call (912) 200 -3700 or email them at [email protected] For information about other hotels in Savannah, visit our accommodations page.