The Kessler Collection’s attention to detail has made this Savannah, Georgia hotel must-visit.
Stroll into the majestic Mansion on Forsyth Park and you will be enthralled by its magnificent Italian furnishings, antique European accents, French chandeliers, and the downhome, friendly Southern hospitality of its exceptional staff. As one of the 13 artistically inspired boutique hotels in The Kessler Collection portfolio, this property ensures that each guest enjoys an ultra-elevated experience with extravagant offerings that will give them a distinctive, luxury vacation they will cherish for some time to come.
Retreat to the Opulent Kessler Suite
When making your reservations, request the lavish Kessler Suite. The elaborate, 1,042 square-foot suite features a stunning bed adorned with luxury linen and a beautiful headboard. Curtained sinks and marble accents make for a gorgeous bathroom. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of Forsyth Park while eating in the private dining area with a crystal chandelier, lovely drapes, and modern table and chairs with a traditional touch. This majestic suite is complete with a full kitchen having stainless steel and wood accents. Entertain guests in the spacious living room with a plush sofa bed, chairs, and ottoman. At the end of the night, the excellent staff will come in to offer evening turndown service.
Additional luxury accommodations include the Executive King, Deluxe Forsyth, and Standard. All guestrooms and suites are inclusive of a miniature refrigerator, down feather duvets and pillows, in-room landline, JBL Bluetooth stereo and clock, and flat-screen HDTV. Each guest can enjoy a special tea selection and Starbucks coffee. Additional amenities encompass a lighted make-up mirror, hairdryer, signature bathrobe, and more.
Engage in Art and History
The painting, sculptures, and unique pieces in the Grand Bohemian Art Gallery and throughout the mansion are breathtaking. The specially curated collection spotlights local artists as well as internationally renowned artists. There are more than 400 pieces of art with 50 intriguing paintings by German artist Peter Keil as well as works by expressionist-colorist Jean Claude Roy. The hotel commissioned a millenary specialist to create the “Celebrating a Century of Hats” Collection which features pieces from 1860 to 1960. Karen Birchmier Jewelry and Christopher Carpentino Jewelry, among others, have graced the art gallery as well as the halls and walls of the hotel.
Dine at 700 Drayton
Beautiful décor and great views of the outdoors at 700 Drayton set the stage for an exceptionally fabulous time at this extraordinary restaurant. Savor locally-sourced southern coastal cuisine and flavorful dishes such as Avocado Toast, Crab Omelet, Johnny Cakes, Deviled Egg Mousse, Georgia Cheese Plate, Cast Iron Cornbread, and Red Snapper. Craft cocktails created especially for this hotel include the Forsyth Cosmo, Chatham Artillery Punch, and Signature Smoked Peach Punch. If you prefer to have an intimate, incomparable dining experience, make reservations to slip away to the hidden Carriage Wine Cellar.
Unwind at Bösendorfer Lounge and Casimir’s Lounge
The delightful night does not have to end as you relax at the glass bar and experience the European influence of live musical performances in the Bösendorfer Lounge. Local jazz and blues artists from the southeast tickle the ivories on the one-of-a-kind Bösendorfer piano. Recline in the regal high back, velvet chairs as you dine on light bites such as smoked eggplant, Gem lettuce from the garden, and Hunter’s Board. Sip cool cocktails such as Black Walnut Manhattan, Kessler Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Marnier Float, and Stags’ Leap Chardonnay. In the Casimir’s Lounge, behold the beautiful art and stunningly vibrant décor while drinking signature cocktails and listening to live music as well. Stroll onto the outdoor terrace to enjoy engaging conversation as the evening goes on.
Visit the 700 Kitchen Cooking School
Make reservations to take a cooking class taught by a master culinary artist. The unique classes include Date Night, Classic Italian, Hors D’Oeuvres, New Orleans Soiree, Savannah Champagne Brunch, and The Plant-Based Gourmet. Click here for reservations and details. After the class, take pleasure in select house wines and a sample menu of Classic Italian, Antipasto Salad, Ricotta Gnocchi All’Amatriciana, Risotto Frutti di Mare (mixed seafood risotto), and Citrus Zabaglione with Fresh Berries.
Embrace the Southern Tradition of Afternoon Tea
Gentlemen dressed in seersucker suits and fedoras and ladies in sundresses and fascinators are invited to have a charming time of Afternoon Tea. The exclusive Tea Service, at $49 per person, is presented in the Marble Garden Courtyard on Fridays through Sundays. The luxury tea experience commences with staff bringing out a decorative box with loose teas in green jars that encompass Queen’s Garden Tea, Green Tea, Grand Jasmin Chung Feng, The’ des Lords, Mint Tea, Chai Imperial, and Infusion de Camomille. Select one of your choices and your host will prepare it in your gorgeous, floral personal ceramic teapot. Sweeten to your taste with creamers and brown or white sugar cubes. Relish the taste of chicken salad sandwiches, smoked salmon, and capers on an open-faced biscuit, scones, pound cake, chocolate petit fours, macaroons pastries, Napoleon desserts, and other tasty pastries served with jams and butter.
Serenity Awaits at Poseidon Spa Savannah
Chase waterfalls and experience the soothing effect of candles while enjoying the tranquility of Poseidon Spa Savannah. Retire to the treatment rooms to receive restful and healing services such as a premium custom facial, neuromuscular massage, detoxifying dry brush exfoliation, privai body butter, hydrating face masque, Brazilian wax, and custom manicure and pedicure.
Southern Amenities You Will Relish
Superb conveniences offered to each guest include reclining in the marble-framed outdoor heated relaxation pool, working out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, taking advantage of bike rentals, and a Docent Tour of the art and hat collection. Ask about the Bath Butler which includes champagne for two, Bubble Bath, plush robes, and slippers that are laid out. A concierge is at your service to arrange dinner reservations, personal transportation services, limousine services, ordering special amenities, flower deliveries, tickets to local sporting events, shopping excursions, and transportation to Tybee Island/Savannah Beach and golfing. Daily, guests can enjoy coffee in the lobby from 7 am to 9 am, tasty cookies from 4 pm to 5 pm, and a Welcome Reception from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Historic Savannah Experiences to Enjoy
Venture out into beautiful Savannah. The complimentary shuttle service will take you to sister properties Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront to dine at Rocks on the River and Rocks on the Roof and JW Marriott Plant Riverside District. The latter presents live music, entertainment, high-end shopping, and dining at Stone + Webster Chophouse, Baobab Lounge, Electric Moon Skytop Lounge, Myrtle & Rose Rooftop Garden, and several others. Tour the internationally renowned Savannah Historic District including River Street, Downtown, City Market, famous squares, recreational parks, museums, SCAD, and Forsyth Park which is direct across the street from The Mansion. Enjoy Savannah Riverboat Cruises and Savannah Ghost Tours as well.
While visiting this grand hotel, you’ll see that Richard C. Kessler, born and raised in the city, has placed his special touch on everything as CEO of The Kessler Collection. Take a Virtual Property Tour of The Mansion on Forsyth Park with him at your leisure.
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