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by smmmarti guide
May 7, 2002
Unfortunately, the one thing my husband made me promise when we said our wedding vows was that I would never make him stay in a B & B ever again. As he explained so well, the idea of bunking up in the home of someone unrelated to you, where sounds carry far more than is ever comfortable for the parties on either side of the walls, where tinkling piano music, soft jazz or worse yet - Enya - is playing on the sound system, (as if it were desirable to induce narcolepsic lapses in your guests), is not at all appealing to him.
So, if you share said sentiment or live with someone who does, don’t feel badly. You can book a room at the Hyatt and still have a great experience in Savannnah. The downtown hotel is situated ideally in the center of all the action directly on the waterfront between Bay and River Streets. There is a surprisingly decent bar that overlooks the river and offers entertainment on weekends. Right out front in a cool, shaded, picturesque park, a bevy of horse-drawn carriages wait attentively for your whistle and whip.
On this Easter Sunday weekend, dining of choice was to be one of those elaborate buffets brunches set up in the atrium lobby with at least fifty feet of food laden tables and carving stations. People were parading in the their finery; party dresses on the little girls, hats on the ladies and bow ties for the little boys. So proper and Southern!
We, being neither proper nor Southern, opted for Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts, since there is a kiosk for those eye-openers as well.
The spacious room, lovely river view, valet parking, accommodating bell stand, glass elevators, potted palms in the atrium lobby, polished brass railings all make the hotel seem like so many other nice places you might have stayed before. Which is just fine.
For some people, sometimes having no surprises is a very good thing. We'd seen enough hauntings for one trip at the Francis Marion!
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