The FM Team recently had our annual team meeting in one of my favorite southeastern cities: Savannah, Georgia. Hyatt has an enviable group of properties in downtown Savannah, including the massive, riverfront Hyatt Regency and a well-regarded pair of boutique properties: the Thompson and the Andaz. I had an extra night after our meeting, as well as an expiring Hyatt Category 1-4 free night certificate. The combination provided a great opportunity to check out the Andaz.
Andaz Savannah Bottom Line Review
The Andaz Savannah checks most of the boxes for an enjoyable stay in Savannah. It can be booked with a category 1-4 free night certificate, which can be valuable during peak season when weekend rates sometimes top $400. It’s a small hotel without a ton of frills, but the lovely, outdoor pool terrace, desirable location, excellent elite recognition and included extras make it a worthwhile option. Thumbs Up
- Price: Hyatt category 1-4, award prices ranges from 12,000-18,000 points per night. I booked using a Hyatt Cat 1-4 Free Night Certificate. The cash price on the night that I stayed was ~$240/night.
- Value: It seems to usually offer 1.5-2.5 cents per point in value, right around our reasonable redemption value for Hyatt points of 2.1 cents each. However, booking this as a free night award with the destination fee waived (and parking if you’re a Globalist) adds some significant value, due to all of the complimentary food and beverage that’s provided (see below).
- Location: Andaz Savannah has an excellent location in downtown Savannah on Ellis Square, right by City Market and a block from Bay Street. It’s also about two blocks from River Street and the Savannah riverfront.
- Room: I booked a standard king room and was proactively upgraded to a ~540sq ft Andaz Suite. The room included a complimentary snack bar, deep soaking tub and a lovely view of Ellis Square. The only downside was the significant noise from music at the neighborhood bars around the square.
- Parking: Valet parking is $45/night (waived for Globalists on award stays). Self-parking is available in a nearby garage for $24/night.
- Resort/Destination Fee: $33 (waived on award stays). Includes:
- Discount with Old Town Trolley (up to $21 or more based on which tickets are purchased).
- Complimentary, refillable snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
- 2 daily appetizers in 22 Square Lounge from 5-9pm.
- Daily beer and wine tasting at 22 Square from 5-8 p.m.
- Complimentary champagne on arrival and with 22 Square dinner reservation.
- 50% discounted poolside cabana reservations with seasonal infused water.
- Daily sunset s’mores at firepit area.
- Internet: Good throughout the property, indoor and out.
- Service: Good overall, with excellent elite recognition and benefit explanations. Valet was a bit slow and the pronounced friendliness of the service occasionally veered towards overkill.
- Turndown service: None.
- 22 Square Restaurant and Bar: Located on the ground floor, with large windows facing the square. Globalist breakfast is served off the menu here. Open for breakfast daily from 6:30am-11am, lunch from 11am-2pm and dinner from 5pm to 10pm. The bar is open daily from 3pm-12am, 1am on Friday and Saturday.
- Spa: There’s no spa, but there is an atmospheric outdoor pool area on the third floor with cabanas, table service and an outdoor firepit.
- Fitness Room: There is a small fitness room located by the pool on the third floor. It’s fairly bare-bones with a smattering of weight and cardio equipment.
- Hyatt Globalist Benefits:
- Room Upgrade: I booked a standard room and was proactively upgraded to a ~540 sq ft Andaz Suite with a view of Ellis Square.
- Free Breakfast: Served off the menu at 22 Square Restaurant. Includes Coffee, juice, entrée, side and gratuity. The benedict that I had was excellent.
- Club Lounge: None. All guests do get appetizers and beer/wine tastings daily at the 22 Square bar.
- Late Checkout: I was automatically given a 4pm checkout
- Welcome Amenity: Local candy as well as 50ml bottles of Savannah Distillery vodka and tequila.
- Would I stay again? Yes. It’s a good location and offers additional value as an award given the waived destination fee and food and beverage add-ons.
Andaz Savannah Pros
- Nice location right in downtown Savannah on Ellis Square, but off of the main drags
- Excellent added food and beverage amenities
- Terrific elite recognition
- Cool pool terrace that has an outdoor firepit with s’mores
Andaz Savannah Cons
- A little noisy on the square-facing rooms
- Lame fitness area
Andaz Savannah Andaz Suite
Andaz Savannah Globalist Welcome Amenity
22 Square Restaurant and Bar (elite breakfast)
Andaz Savannah Pool Terrace