Family Hotel Near Historic District
For our family vacation this past Christmas, we wanted something different. Skiing is our usual plan, but one of my daughters hurt her knee. Florida has iffy weather in December, the Caribbean was too expensive (ditto Europe) and the west coast seemed too far for just a week.
We decided on Savannah, Georgia, and it was an inspired choice. Besides the wealth of free activities, we took a fun, educational ghost tour, explored historic homes and museums, enjoyed jacket-free outdoor dining (with delicious food, though vegetarian options were scarce) most days and discovered a family – and dog friendly – environment.
Our base for half our trip was Embassy Suites Savannah, a block from the visitor’s center where a lot of walking tours originate and a short stroll from the heart of the historic district.
Great for Families
Embassy Suites’ 2 room suites are great for families. Even better for our family of five, we were upgraded to one of the 3 room suites: 2 bedrooms and a living room, with a fridge, coffee maker and microwave. The kids’ room had 2 queen beds, and the master bedroom a king sized bed. There were also 2 full bathrooms, so we didn’t have waste time waiting for someone to shower.
Breakfast and Afternoon Snacks
The chain offers free breakfast, with made to order omelets, along with eggs, biscuits, grits, (we were in the south) oatmeal and cold cereal. There were also breakfast meats, (untouched by our vegetarian family) bagels and toast, packets of peanut butter and cream cheese, fruit and yogurt. We grabbed bananas for late morning snacks.
Later in the day, the lobby was a social scene, with free beer, wine and cocktails, crudite, chips and cheese. There was even dessert, but we just stopped in before going out to dinner so the kids could have fresh veggies and not load up on bread.
What Works for Families
- Free breakfast
- Free evening snacks
- Free Wi-Fi
- Heated outdoor pool and fire pit
What Doesn’t Work for Families
Absolutely nothing. Honestly, I have nothing negative to say. I suppose you could nitpick and say soy and almond milk weren’t available, but there were so may choices at breakfast almost any allergy or food intolerance was accommodated.
This is for the family that likes to be close, but not too close. You have a door separating the kids from the parents, a TV in each room so Nick Jr and HBO can we viewed separately, and super comfy beds to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.
Although our room was close to the elevator, and the hotel was packed, we heard no outside noise.
The heated pool was warm enough for a swim during the day in December – even better is the fire pit.
The spacious lobby was a hive of activity; breakfast and happy hour snacks are in a huge room with tables and couches, so you can lounge while you eat.
The exercise room had plenty of treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes, plus free weights, benches and yoga mats. My only minor complaint was that the cold water ran out.
That Little Bit Extra
The staff couldn’t have been more welcoming. We spent our last day in Savannah, after checking out of the hotel. We were able to store our bags in the hotel since the truck we were driving had no storage. Even better, we were able to leave the vehicle parked all day in the garage, at no extra charge.