Rockbridge to Build Boutique Hotel in Savannah Historic District

MerkelCOLUMBUS, Ohio—Rockbridge announced plans to develop a 173-room, boutique hotel in Savannah, Ga. The property will be located in Savannah’s Historic District on River Street.

With a projected opening in late 2016, the hotel will include a ground-floor restaurant and retail, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a pool, a rooftop bar, and on-site parking. Rockbridge plans its all-king concept for this property, with 82 double king rooms, 66 kings, and 25 suites.

“If people plan a trip to Savannah, they want an experience that is linked to Savannah and the local culture,” said Rockbridge President and CEO Jim Merkel. “Our development focus is on creating that end user experience by providing distinctive food experiences, social interactivity, and desirable design.”


The hotel is located on the site of the oldest bottleworks factory in America and will incorporate historic bricks and bottles from the site in the development. In addition, Rockbridge has been working with city leaders to design and construct the first public, ADA-accessible pedestrian stairway and elevator to the river adjacent to the property. Plans include very wide, safe stairs and elevator, complete with new streetscaping and lighting enhancements.

“Our goal is to make this Savannah hotel an attraction in itself within the Historic District,” Merkel added.