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Charm drapes Savannah like Spanish moss. Ageless streets lined with intricate mansions, like so many Southern bells waiting for a dance, entice visitors to explore. Mysterious parks, shaded by enormous trees, contain wrought iron benches, bubbling fountains, or carved statues that beckon passersby, hinting at the storied histories they’ve been privy to.

There is no doubt that Savannah lives up to its romantic and ghostly reputation.

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Still, there is more than immediately meets the eye. Savannah is also a modern city with a vibrantly thriving art, theatre, and culinary scene. Despite the languidly beautiful appearance of its historic district, there is an energetic and youthful energy surrounding it that is undeniable. Just give in and let yourself be seduced by all of it.

While on the path of Savannah’s seduction, we recommend you begin by staying at the Andaz. Located in the heart of the historic district, what delighted us immediately about the Andaz Savannah was the way that the modern boutique hotel embraced its context of a gorgeous, historical city while harnessing the energy and style of its cutting-edge personality.

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While 19th century mansions are wonderful to look at, small rooms and zero amenities could leave you feeling like you’ve been reverted to the olden days. The Andaz, with its soaring modern design, stunning, expansive rooms, and terrace swimming pool, immediately embraces you with an unpretentious luxury. Its stylish comfort and updated Southern hospitality makes each guest feel personally attended to.

With all details accounted for, it seems that the hotel has gone out of its way to ensure that every element of its guests’ stay has been made as seamless and welcoming as possible. All the hassles of checking in and out, for example, are made swift and positively pleasant with the efficient iPad system employed by the front desk staff. Similarly, the mini bar is stocked daily with snacks, treats and drinks, many locally procured, that every guest is invited to indulge in.

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And it’s nice to have another excuse to linger a while in one of the well-appointed Andaz rooms. Furnished with a luxurious, bohemian flair, the two room accommodations are laid out to enhance a feeling of inviting spaciousness and boutique style. Every room has lovely views over the historical streets or Ellis Square from the floor to ceiling windows.

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There is an undeniable warm and fuzzy feeling evoked by the activity of luxuriating in the graceful appeal of your modern room, while gazing upon streets oozing with unmatched Southern charm.  And this is just one of the countless reasons to revel in your stay at the Andaz Savannah.

– Ava Fedorov

Photos by Jeff Owens and Ava Fedorov for Socially Superlative