Kimpton Brice Hotel
What We Love
- Free daily wine happy hour features appetizers from on-site Pacci restaurant (served in the lobby from 5 to 6 p.m.)
- Savannah has no open container law; feel free to ask for your wine to go
- Kimpton’s signature pet-friendly service
- Pedaling around the city on one of the hotel’s free cherry-red cruiser bikes
What To Know
- The Brice opened in May 2014
- The 24-hour fitness center is still under renovation; in the meantime, you’ll get free access to the gym down the street
- WiFi is free when you join the Kimpton InTouch program (it’s free to join)
- The pool is open year round
- Read more about what to see and do in Savannah in our magazine section
- A mandatory $5 per night hotel fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Since May 2014 this three-story, 145-room Kimpton has been a strikingly modern addition to Savannah’s otherwise Old Worldly aesthetic. The Brice’s colorblocked black and white exterior is dotted with yellow awnings and bisected by sleek chrome lettering. Inside, hip, cheeky decor lines the light-filled lobby: Think swirling white bookcases, geodesic glass terrariums, vintage typewriters and an assortment of expertly framed modern artworks. Upstairs, the hallways are decorated with equestrian drawings and Damien Hirst–esque butterfly decals.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s black, white and yellow palette is reflected in the guestrooms as well, which have floral headboards, graphic rugs and lime-green accents throughout. The minibars are stocked with such Southern staples as Firefly whiskey and honey-roasted peanuts, while such mod cons as flat-screen TVs, bedside outlets and iPod docking stations (fit for the iPhone 5!) keep the rooms feeling fresh. The bathrooms are stocked with C.O. Bigelow amenities, and while Kimpton is usually notorious for its zany zebra prints, the Brice stays true to Savannah style with seersucker bathrobes.
The ground-floor Pacci restaurant is open around the clock, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a “punch-drunk brunch” on weekends, weeknight apertivo specials and all-night room service. The space is reminiscent of a European brasserie; the menu is Italian-inspired, with killer breakfast offerings like pancetta hash and crepes Florentine, alongside bottomless Caffe Vita coffee from Seattle. The pool is open year round, and although the 24-hour fitness center is still under renovation, guests get free access to a local gym down the street in the meantime. Be sure to take advantage of such cushy Kimpton extras as free cruiser bikes, morning coffee and an evening wine hour (plus nibbles from Pacci), best enjoyed on the Brice’s twinkle light–dotted courtyard or taken in plastic cups to go: Like party-hearty New Orleans and Las Vegas, Savannah has no open container law.
In the Area
Located on the border between Georgia and South Carolina, this quaint city is known for the 24 “Squares of Savannah,” the charming landscaped parks and squares that occur every few blocks in the Historic District. The most famous are Forsyth Park, known for its picturesque willow trees and ample suntanning space, and Chippewa Square, which appeared in the opening scene of Forrest Gump. Start your day off with a cold brew coffee from the Coffee Fox, then get the lay of the land with a historic bike tour from Savannah Bike Tours, where $25 will get you a two-hour tour, bike, helmet and bottle of water. Afterward, nosh on a healthy lunch at Starland Café or get your fill of African-inspired sandwiches at cult favorite sandwich shop Zunzi’s. Have a postlunch ice cream at Leopold’s or a craft beer at Savannah’s only brewpub, Moon River Brewery; get a tasting flight and sit outdoors in the beer garden if the weather is mild. For dinner locals love the Olde Pink House, which serves Southern fare in an 18th-century mansion on Reynolds Square.
How to Get There
We may stay here again, but will likely try to find something more interesting. Our room overlooked the Bay Street out front, which is a little busier than most would want. The pool area is gorgeous, especially after the sun goes down. Happy to have it as an option in Savannah!
We didn't stay at the Brice, but my wife and I were sitting outside with our dog (Ginger) waiting for our tour bus, and two of the staff members came outside to say hello. They brought a treat and a bottle of water for Ginger. It says a lot about the property when its staff is willing to take time to be so nice to a non-resident dog (and her family). HUGE shout-out to Rodney and Mo thank you both again!
We generally love Kimpton properties. The Brice is pretty much in line with other Kimptons. However, I would like to make other guests aware of a situation we encountered with our stay. In the evening after we had checked out, I received an alert from my credit card that an $40+ was charged to my credit card. I immediately called the hotel to inquire about it, and was told that it was for mini-bar items. We had never even OPENED the mini-bar, let alone take a bottle of Grey Goose, jerky and a Snickers bar! Obviously, a hotel employee entered our room after we checked out and stole these items. I emailed the hotel manager, called three days later and left a voicemail, and NEVER received any sort of response from him. I called the hotel one more time, in an effort to speak with him again, but he had "just stepped away." The assistant manager did email me a copy of the folio showing the reversal of the charge. One would think that a hotel manager would care enough to respond to this.
So while the hotel itself is dog-friendly, clean, and the majority of the staff very friendly and courteous, I would not trust my valuables without being locked up, and I advise that guests check their credit cards after they check out for items that are charged to your room.