Experience Modern Southern Comfort at Savannah’s The Brice Hotel
By Laura Carson Miller
Have you the heard buzz about Savannah lately? This lovely Georgia locale, known as a Civil War spot and for a famous restaurant where folks line up for grits, biscuits and fried chicken, is now buzzing for a new reason.
Let me assure you the buzz is real. And it’s spectacular.
The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel, designed by Anna Busta of New York City-based Busta Studio in collaboration with Ave Bradley, Kimpton’s creative director and senior vice president of design, is the new jewel in Savannahs charming crown and you better get over there fast!
“The Brice’s design is unlike anything that currently exists in the Savannah market,” said Bradley. “It is sophisticated and fresh, with classic and unexpected elements that will surprise and delight guests at every turn.”
The hotel blends southern style with contemporary elements to provide an experience that meets all the needs of their guests. The original building is from the 1860s and enjoyed multiple identities as a livery stable, cotton warehouse, foundry and machine shop, wholesale grocer and Coca-Cola bottling plant prior to becoming The Mulberry Inn in 1982.
“We’re taking tradition and layering on modern elements to keep the building moving forward without staying stuck in the past or trying to recreate what once was,” explained Busta. A color scheme of gray, black and white embraces the cities own color palette, while the overall design remains progressive. Artwork sets a creative inspiring tone, from sculptures to photography and whimsical swings located throughout the hotel. Playful equine imagery in the guest corridors and a factory window above the entrance are a nod to the building’s past as a livery and as the first Coca-Cola bottling plant in Savannah. Industrial lamps made by local artists, farm tables, furniture with colorful accents, handmade concrete tile flooring and a collection of cuckoo clocks also help evoke a timeless yet eclectic feel.
And get this: as if it’s not already ticking every box on the excellence list, The Brice has a special place in their heart for your pets! My friend and local PR maven Kitsy Rose stayed at The Brice last year with her four legged children, Chihuahuas Coco and Cosmo. “Hands down my favorite Savannah retreat is The Brice Hotel,” Rose shared. “My stay included my two Chihuahuas and it could not have been more perfect. Not only is the hotel located across from two parks (ideal for pup walking any time day or night) but the staff could not have been any friendlier. Every time my pups and I returned from a walk, quick or lengthy – the team greeted us with biscuits and lots of petting.”
Not surprisingly the guests aren’t the only ones gushing about The Brice, while they are naturally the most important. The hotel is winning frequent accolades from media outlets and recently attained the coveted Four-Diamond Rating from AAA, less than six months after opening. The Brice is part of a select group of AAA Four Diamond properties known for being refined and stylish with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail. What’s more, The Brice is one of only 10 hotels in Savannah to receive the Four Diamond Rating. Conde Nast Traveler and Southern Living magazine awarded The Brice ‘best of’ titles, naming it one of the ‘Best New Hotels of 2015,’ and one of ‘The South’s Best Hotels of 2015!’ respectively.
The Brice is on my list of spring ‘must visit’ places. And if I don’t make it in spring I’ll certainly visit in the fall. I might even invite a friend with a canine so we can take advantage of the whole biscuits and petting thing. That sounds way too good to pass up.
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