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
My husband I loved staying at the Kimpton Brice. The property has a very instagram aesthetic --- it's quite photogenic and has fun and funky decor touches everywhere -- in the common rooms, in the bedrooms, and in the lovely courtyard, too. The pool was refreshing and while not overly gigantic, enough to satisfy the desire for a quick dip to cool off from the Georgia August humidity. The bed was a dream --- cosy and comfortable with high thread count linens (and we also adored the toiletries and seersucker bathrobes and other little touches like this that made one feel as if a lot of creativity and thought had gone into the guest experience). Even the "Do Not Disturb" sign was a little homage to the south. There was free coffee in the mornings (you just had to make the sojourn down to the lobby to get it) and in the evenings there was a wine and appetizer social that was really wonderful. The wine was quite decent, but the Savannah spiked lemonade was otherworldy. We found ourselves asking for thirds and fourths. We arrived too late on our first night to partake in the social hour but received a complimentary drink at the Pacci bar instead, which was quite lovely. Highly recommend!
I had reserved a room online- I am a Kimpton member. I believe I also added a note that I did not want to be on the East side of hotel. We arrived and the lady at the front desk, while not overly friendly, was ok. It was also not very busy at all on Thursday afternoon. I asked again to not be placed on the East side of the hotel. In fact, I asked four times as I stood there, explaining I am a light sleeper and it would be too loud for me. She just stared at me. Finally I said I would try it for one night.
It was a dismal night. Heavy traffic, sirens, semi trucks going by, loud music.
I spoke to the valets (always great) as I went out to walk the dogs, explaining my unhappiness over the room location. Mo found Alphonse (manager) who came to our breakfast table a bit later. Alphonse was wonderful and found us another room away from the street. Ok, so the a/c did not work well in the new room. No problem, the front desk had it fixed by the time we returned from dinner; we slept great! The beds are awesome in this hotel. Alphonse mentioned he had put a credit on my room. How wonderful of him. Upon checkout, I found he had only comped 1/2 of the room charge for the first night. I explained to Robbin (very nice) that I had a miserable night and I was under the impression that the entire charge was comped. She turned to Curtis who assisted. He explained that all the suites are on the East side of the hotel. I mentioned that I did not need a suite, had I been aware of that, I would not have booked one. He SNAPS at me 'Well, perhaps your check in person did not know that!' He did give me another $100 credit on my bill. At 62 years of age, I have never asked for a credit at a hotel in my life.
Curtis was so nice to us on our first stay at the Brice in 2017, and we had an excellent room over looking the side street and park. Curtis, what is up with that attitude?
We also visited the Brice for our Anniversary in May 2018 and the weekend before New Years Eve 2018. No problems at all!
I also must agree with Bethanyp66 review of the Brice. The hallways have always needed vacuuming. The elevators need cleaning,and painting. One elevator had broken glass in it. It had been picked up upon our return, perhaps they could have also swept out the car? The hallways and doors are badly in need of a coat of paint. Housekeeping needs to up their game. Under the bath vanity of our suite, there was a huge pile of talcum powder on the wall down to the baseboard and carpet. How this could have been overlooked is beyond me. No exhaust fans in the shower / bathrooms.
The highlights of the Brice: the Valets (Mo/ Maurice and Rodney especially), Pacci ,the Italian in-house restaurant and everyone who works in it, including Samantha and Brendan the managers. The food has always been very good, even though I think $9.00 for a bowl of oatmeal is a little crazy.
Except for the street noise on the East side, the location is excellent.
We will not be returning. There is an Inn across the park that is dog friendly.
I think I will still walk by and chat up the Valets though......
We took a long weekend trip to Savannah over Labor Day and booked the Kimpton Brice with very high expectations given the price, as well as our stay at the Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman (which was PERFECT). Needless to say, our expectations were not met at the Brice. We had never been to Savannah, so upon arrival we thought we would be greeted with "southern charm". The bell boys were all very polite and welcoming - however, the front desk clerk needed to up her charm level tremendously. She had absolutely no personality whatsoever and came across rather rude. We got our key and made our way up to our room. First impression was that it was nice. It's trendy and nicely decorated and somewhat well kept - but didn't feel "clean". There were nasty stains on the couch in our room. Also, the hallways in the hotel are very dirty. We actually considered switching to a different hotel. We didn't, but we will also never return to the Brice. Also, it was very noisy. The first night there was a bachelorette party next door and there was also music coming from somewhere outside very late into the night. Being that it's location is at the end of Bay St., we expected it to be quieter. (It's actually a great location). Also, on a good note, it's nice that they have coffee ready in the morning for everyone, and wine and an appetizer in the evenings. The restaurant attached was quite good as well. Overall, I will not stay here again and really can't recommend it until they clean it better - and the front desk clerks go to charm school!