“Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time
as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next.”
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Had I imbibed one too many glasses of wine the night we arrived at our hotel in historic Savannah, Georgia, I could easily have thought I had fallen down a rabbit hole and into some kind of Alice In Wonderland fantasy. The Mansion on Forsyth Park, is a whimsical, eclectic confection of a hotel that perfectly embodies the sweet, quirky, Southern charm of the city it takes up residence in.
Like Savannah, the Mansion is a visual feast, with so much to see when you walk through its doors that you don’t know where to look first. Walk straight ahead, past the gilded lobby and crystal chandelier and you will find another crystal chandelier illuminating an intimate outdoor terrace that leads to the hotel pool.
Back inside the hotel there is a huge ladies vintage hat collection…
contemporary paintings draping every wall, and sculptures large and small.
At every turn it is a celebration of art. The hotel has its own gallery showcasing the creations of over 400 local and internationally recognized artists.
Dinner was divine at the Mansion’s award-winning eatery, 700 Drayton. This gorgeous 1888 mansion adjacent to the hotel, has been completely refurbished and offers an outstanding selection of contemporary Southern cuisine—try the fried green tomatoes! The artistic flair continues here, with a wide array of paintings on the first and second floors. We discovered a great bar upstairs with live entertainment and an outdoor stone terrace that overlooks the park.
With so much creativity on display at this hotel it was easy to fall in love with it. There were no talking rabbits— the Mad Hatter was nowhere in sight, but there was certainly a fantastical sensibility to the place that left me feeling like I was in some kind of fairy tale— and like all good fairy tales, this story has a happy ending. We were only in Savannah for two nights, but now that we’ve discovered it, we most certainly will be back.