Hospitality Honorable Mention

Boutique Hotel

Savannah, GA


Project Description:

Designers transformed a 250-room two-star brand hotel in Savannah’s historic district into a boutique hotel. Last renovated in the 90’s, the property consists of an historic (1890’s) building linked with a later addition. An aggressive schedule required creative solutions – like guest rooms designed with minimal rework to utilities – to accomplish the client’s goals and standards within the budget.

The client’s goals included a hotel that would become a part of the city’s community. Designers focused on lobby spaces, relocating and expanding bar and lounge areas to encourage guests and locals to dine and linger. Taking cues from its location within Savannah’s historic market district and its original use supporting the market, designers focused on exposing key elements – floors, brick walls, and structural wood timbers – back to original beauty. This backdrop, softened by rich textured fabrics, lighting selections, and pattern, is counterpoised with more sleek, contemporary, and often whimsical elements like reclaimed receipt boxes forming the front desk. Industrial, reclaimed furniture is super-functional while adding to the vintage vibe.

Judges Comments:

The attention to every last detail makes this project a real gem. (David Stone)

Creative mix of soft contempory and rustic existing elements. (Jane Hallinan)

  • Exceptional project – gorgeous on every account
  • Wonderfully creative use of old and new elements
  • Perfectly appointed
  • Sophisticated yet comfortable and engaging

(Royce Epstein)