Hotel Group: Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott International)
Hotel Category: Category 4
Hotel Status: Gold
Booking Type: Points Booking (10,000 SPG Starpoints)
Room Type: River View King
Date of Stay: March 2018
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa opened in 1999 on the banks of the Savannah River. It’s the second tallest building in Savannah and the largest hotel in the area. Its location is on the other side of the river from the Hostess City, but the resort offers a quick ninety-second complementary water ferry ride to historic downtown.
The resort is one of a kind in Savannah offering 403 rooms and 23 suites with an array of amenities. The list includes a resort-style pool, access to The Club of Savannah Harbor, the signature Westin Heavenly spa, a fitness center, marina dock, several different dining options, and the most impressive amenity is access to the automotive road course which is only bookable to groups, but I’m sure if you wanted to spend the money, they would allow individual use. Overnight valet parking is $30.
They do charge a $28.25 + tax resort fee, which 99% of the time I have a huge problem with (I hate resort fees) but after reading all the amenities that were included, I was more than happy to pay. One of my favorite amenities was the unlimited golf balls on the range at The Club at Savannah Harbor, which is just across the street and complimentary twilight golf ($15 cart fee). Below is the full list of amenities attached to the resort fee.
I booked a one-night stay (I wish I had booked a few more nights) for 10,000 SPG points considering this is a category 4 property.
Check-in was a breeze. I arrived around 3pm and told the valet I would return in about 15 minutes to head to The Club at Savannah Harbor to play golf. They left my car out front, so I didn’t have to wait. The receptionist was quick in getting me checked in and went over all the amenities the hotel offered and was even able to upgrade me per my gold status to a river view instead of the golf course view I had booked. A River view is much more desirable not only because of the views of Savannah River but because of the one-of-a-kind views of downtown Savannah. In true resort fashion, the lobby felt more like a luxury beach resort instead of a city hotel. The close proximity to the harbor felt a world away from the downtown city hotel I stayed in, just 10 minutes away, the day prior.
All rooms, with the exception of suites, range from 300-325 sq ft. If you’re a superstitious person, you may want to avoid my room, 13th floor, room 1313. Luckily, I managed to survive it. As you can see below, it’s about as standard as it gets besides from the huge TV.
Westin beds are one of my favorites in the industry. Their Westin Heavenly bedding is top-notch. It was disappointing that only one side of the bed had decent access to an outlet. They had so many cords coming from it; it looked like a mess. I really don’t think it would be that hard for them to neatly bundle them up and make it look a bit nicer.
The coffee machine was a Mr. Coffee. I really expected at least a Keurig, and the empty refrigerator was under the TV. There was no mini-bar in the room but there was a list of items you could order, and they would deliver them to your room.
The in-room Wi-Fi was decent with speeds close to 5Mbps.
The River views were really a step up from the golf course views. I especially enjoyed looking at downtown Savannah at night.
In case you were wondering what the other views were like looking over the golf course:
The shower head in the bathroom was great. Closer to a rainfall shower than your regular shower with great water pressure.
The hairdryer was a disappointing Conair 1875 without attachments, and the toiletries were the standard Westin Heavenly Spa brand.
The bathrobe was a bit short for my taste, but the fabric was very soft.
The resort-style pool sits on the banks of the Savannah River. While I was at the pool, it was neat seeing all the boats pass along to the Port of Savannah. The pool features cabanas for a fee, a splash zone for the kiddos, fireplaces, and even a pool table. There were plenty of servers walking around taking drink and food orders. I would think this has to be one of the best hotel pool areas in Savannah.
The fitness Center is located at The Club of Savannah Harbor. It’s a five-minute walk from the hotel, or you can take the 24-hour hotel shuttle. They offer personal training, group workout classes, seasonal yoga classes, and guided runs. I was impressed with the selection of machines offered, as well as the size of the room.
The locker room is shared with hotel guest and members of the club. They offer private lockers, sauna and steam room, and showers. The locker room was slightly busy, so I was unable to get any photos of the amenities besides the lockers.
The golf course at The Club at Savannah Harbor is a 7,288-yard design by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead. It hosted the Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf from 2003-2013. The overall shape of the golf course was really good considering it was early in the year. With the ability for guest to pay $15 for twilight golf seven months out of the year, this is one of the major perks of staying at the hotel and let’s not forget, the free golf balls at the range during your stay. They do run a tournament series throughout the year, so I would contact the hotel about this in case you were wanting to stay at the hotel and play golf.
The hotel offers six dining options, including a Starbucks. The first night I sampled appetizers from Auqa Fuego and the Midnight Sun Craft Cocktail Lounge. The spicy chicken flatbread from Midnight Sun was not one of my favorites, and the southern chop chop salad was just ok. I would not order either of those dishes again.
The next day I went over to the Club to hit some golf balls before I left town. I ended up having a quick sandwich in the Champions Grill Room Legends Bar. I didn’t take a photo of the sandwich, but it was the best food item I had during my stay.
I’ll give service 8/10. I didn’t have much contact with hotel associates, asides from valet and receptionist during my stay, and they were both accommodating and polite. I was really happy about the receptionist proactively upgrading me to a river view. My bartender at the lounge Miguel was also good. The golf course employees were great in getting me set up. I suppose we can consider them hotel employees. All in all, it was a good service performance.
I really enjoyed my time here. Like I mentioned above, I despise resort fees, but if it includes free unlimited range golf balls and $15 twilight golf, I’m all for it. I really wish I would have stayed a few more nights to enjoy the place. I know where I’ll be staying next time I visit Savannah. I would highly recommend this property, especially at 10,000 SPG starpoints per night.
One thing to point out, They do have a Westin Heavenly Spa located at The Club at Savannah Harbor which I did not visit. However, according to their website, it’s the largest in the world.
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