Hotels: The Revolution Lives - The Drayton
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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the travel industry like a nuclear bomb, with hotels taking the brunt of the impact. In Savannah, the pandemic came just as the city was in the midst of a hospitality revolution. And it takes more than one defeat to end a revolution.
The newest kid on the block at Drayton and Bay, The Drayton hotel welcomes travelers and locals alike to its well-appointed accommodations in one of the city’s oldest buildings — the former American Trust and Bank built in the 1890s. Owner Raghav Sapra carefully restored the building, preserving the 19th-century exterior and selecting subtle mid-century details for the interior. “We wanted it to fit in the fabric of the neighborhood and be an extension of the neighborhood as a living room,” Sapra says.
The 50-room boutique hotel features Saint Neo’s Brasserie, a seafood bistro and oyster bar, the Drayton Coffee Bar, and a jazz-themed cocktail lounge downstairs showcasing a vast record collection and performance space for potential late-night, sometimes spontaneous shows. No downtown hotel would be complete without a rooftop, and the Drayton delivers (within historic district limits). Get an unmatched view of City Hall and the Savannah River, much as it would have been in the 1890s (minus the giant bridge).
Works by local muralist Bob Christian bring the scenes of Savannah inside to the bistro and intimate drawing room beyond the lobby for private dinners and parties.