When the splendid DeSoto Hotel opened its doors to much pomp and circumstance on New Year’s Eve 1890, the majestic hotel of grandeur welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from near and far. Over the next 129 years, prominent individuals, including Elvis Presley, Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn, and five presidents – William McKinley, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter – would grace its magnificent halls.

Now it’s “A New Day,” and The DeSoto, a stately, treasured landmark with stunning contemporary décor, continues to carry on the impeccable legacy of being an epicenter of Savannah’s social life. The historic hotel features antique elements from the original property, including terra cotta pieces, wrought iron details, lion head water fountain located outside, and sparkling crystal chandeliers. The iconic Grand Dame of Savannah Hotels, immaculate property with exceptional southern hospitality, currently serves a new generation in perpetual excellence.

SCAD Art Gallery Savannah

The Artistic SCAD Touch.

Upon your entrance into the grand vestibule, you will find intriguing paintings and captivating sculptures. The architecture intersects splendidly with contemporary art as a result of The DeSoto partnering with the internationally renowned Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). In its internal gallery, the hotel showcases the temporary and permanent art of SCAD graduates, fine art photographers, and emerging artists. Engaging pieces include works by Tom Francis, Lauren Clay, and Justin Ward. Take a complimentary tour of the college’s flagship building named Poetter Hall, which is a short leisurely stroll from The DeSoto.

Savannah Hotel

Retreat to Historic Regal Suites.

With views of the beautiful Savannah skyline, the 246 elegant rooms, including regal suites, have hardwood floors, marble baths, and luxe Sotherly signature amenities. For an ultra-luxury experience, consider suites such as the Taft Suite or the State Suite with private furnished balconies, dining area seating for six, living room area with sleeper sofa, wet bar, pantry, and full refrigerator. The magnificent State Suite boasts four private balconies and 3 ½ modern, marble bathrooms.

Savannah Desoto 1540 Restaurant
Savannah, Desoto 1540 Restaurant. Courtesy of Desoto

Dine at the Stylishly Decorated 1540 Room.

Deriving its name from Hernando de Soto’s exploration of Georgia in 1540, the upscale restaurant pairs upscale cuisine with premium wines and cocktails. In the evening, dine on the Poached Pei Mussels, Foie Gras & Waffles, and Coastal Empire Bouillabaisse. Start your day of touring picturesque Savannah with breakfast, including Stuffed French Toast, Liberty Street Benny, or Georgia Corn Beef Hash Skillet with beverages including mimosas and Irish coffee.

Savannah's Proof and Provision Dining

Lounge at Edgar’s Proof + Provision.

This fascinating dual outdoor patio bar and chic cocktail lounge are certainly worth visiting. The light, the tasty fare includes Edgar’s Truth Whiskey BBQ Wings, Lump Crab Flat Bread, locally sourced Cheese & Charcuterie Board, Georgia Cobb Salad, Chicken Biscuit with tomato and jalapeno jam, and its P & P Signature Chocolate Mud Pie. Enjoy live music on weekends while savoring the Edgar’s Truth private label bourbon and craft cocktails such as Georgia Blue, Liberty Sweet Punch, Desoto-Rita, and Pulaski’s Paloma.

Frequent the Buffalo Bayou Coffee.

This contemporary café is worth the visit several times during your stay. Sip hot and chilled beverages exclusively from Savannah companies PERC Coffee and Ashford Tea Company. Try the Honey Bee Latte, and other macchiatos, iced coffees, expressos, and americanos. As for teas, the Forsyth Mimosa, Midnight in the Garden, and Tybee should be a delight. Absolutely delectable menu items include the Bagel & Lox, Spinach Quiche, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Croissants, Pimento Cheese & Bacon Biscuits, fresh fruit, healthy bars, chilled beer, wine, and juices.     

Meet Kolin Your Sotherly Host
Meet Kolin Your Sotherly Host

Meet Your Sotherly Host Kolin.

It would be a pleasure for this gentleman to engage with guests, familiarizing them with the splendid hotel and the goings-on in historic Savannah. There are the second-floor rooftop pool and sundeck, state-of-the-art fitness center, private cabanas, seasonal pool bar, fabulous décor, six ballrooms, 11 intimate summit rooms, and welcoming patios.  The DeSoto expert can acquaint you with tours of legendary River Street, trendy Bay Street, cool City Market, and numerous historical squares. Inquire about a tour with Pedicab Savannah. Ask about great upscale, eateries with delectable cuisine including Chive Sea Bar and Lounge, Husk, Squirrel’s, and Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant.

Savannah Jazz Festival Presents Anat Cohen
Savannah Jazz Festival Presents Anat Cohen

Revel in the VIP Experience at the Jazz Festival.

The DeSoto has partnered with the 38th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival. Attendees may enjoy VIP Access by purchasing tickets online. From Thursday, September 26 through Saturday, September 28, special guests can relax in premier seating at Forsyth Park and relish heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The entire seven-day festival, beginning September 22 and ending September 28, has 27 complimentary performances at various venues around the coastal city.

Savannah Jazz Festival VIP Section

Leslie E. Royal is an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, social media influencer, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, FORTUNE.com, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books:  Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One-Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) – How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps (Leslie’s Lane Inc.) ($9.95) Follow Leslie! Instagram and Amazon Author page

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Leslie E. Royal is an international travel writer, author, micro-influencer, and veteran multi-media journalist. She loves to travel with her wonderful husband Tony, grandbaby Kedei Savanna, children Antasha and Jay, and son-in-love Jules! When she's not traveling, she's writing and working on other exciting projects. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Chicago Tribune, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Upscale Living, Medium, The Ashro Blog, AAA Midwest Traveler, Upscale, and AAA Southern Traveler. She is an Ashro Brand Ambassador and the host of their popular video series called Onward and Upward with Leslie E. Royal. The creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog, she has two books: Leslie Lane The Book!: Your One-Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel & More ( $14.95) and How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-Free Steps ($9.95). Follow Leslie on Instagram @LesliesLane and see her Amazon Author Page.