Published January 01, 2018
Even though there is no official record of its being the birthplace of Southern hospitality, Savannah, Georgia, is, without a doubt, the city that has perfected the signature style of hosting, earning its nickname, the Hostess City. The same can be said for the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, the Hostess City’s hidden gem for simply Southern meetings and events. On the Savannah River, just a 90-second ferry ride from the big-city activities on River Street and the landmark Historic District, the Westin Savannah Harbor all at once feels like a resort that’s secluded yet somehow still in the heart of it all.
The resort recently underwent a redesign by renowned firm Montgomery Roth, and now, custom Axminster rugs lead guests through the exquisitely decorated public spaces and into their rooms. The Westin Savannah Harbor features 403 guest rooms equipped with modern amenities such as fully integrated multimedia connectivity systems, free Wi-Fi and custom stocked in-room refreshment systems; it also has a world-class spa and is home to a PGA Championship golf course that once hosted the PGA Legends of Golf Tournament.
Meeting groups can benefit from the innovative meeting amenities available in the state-of-the-art conference rooms while taking advantage of the event team’s programs that propel a standard meeting or event to the next level. Savannah’s year-round temperate climate, along with the resort’s charming features, like its Savannah River views and outdoor fire pits, make the resort an excellent choice for indoor or outdoor meetings and events throughout the year
The Westin Savannah Harbor plays an active role in its community, improving the city through community engagement and supporting special events like the annual Holiday Series, the Boat Parade of Lights, the Seafood and Spirits Festival, the Food and Wine Festival and the Savannah Speed Classic. The feeling of city camaraderie is evident the second that guests arrive. Whether groups are looking to create a gathering to enhance productivity, host a momentous celebration or simply pull off an experiential retreat, the Westin Savannah Harbor brings the best of Southern hospitality to the meeting floor.
The Westin Savannah Harbor features multiple venues for accommodating groups of 10 to 1,600. The Riverscape Junior Ballroom and the Aqua Star Private Dining Room are great for meetings of 10 to 50 guests and showcase beautiful views of downtown Savannah. The Club Boardroom can host up to 48 guests for an upscale meeting, the Champions Grill and Terrace offers private dining options for small groups, and the Ben Tucker Pavilion offers an intimate meeting space with panoramic views of the championship golf course. Aside from the flexible venues, the Westin features more than 35,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space with room for 1,600 guests in the Grand Ballroom, with 11,537 square feet; the Harbor Ballroom, with 3,400 square feet; and the Riverfront Esplanade.
Celebrated executive chef Anthony Burdo creates culinary masterpieces for group guests alongside an experienced banquet crew that provide personalized service touches and charming Savannah memories. Catering and banquet menus are customizable for any occasion or group size and can be focused to fit any theme. The team specializes in upscale Southern cuisine, and options also include a number of international dishes and flavors. The bar menu showcases a large selection of favorite brands of wine, beer and premium spirits, and the bar team crafts custom cocktails for events using top-shelf selections.
The scenery is just as beautiful inside as it is outside at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, as the meeting spaces have all been tastefully decorated to coordinate with a wide range of styles. Most rooms offer views of the landscape surrounding the resort and come equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment. Meeting planners can also take advantage of the hotel’s location adjacent to the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, a venue with more than 250,000 square feet of conventional hall space, including multiple breakout rooms, and an auditorium that can seat more than 300 guests.
The convenient location of the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa allows guests to enjoy the peaceful seclusion of the property while providing easy access to downtown historic sites, shopping and nightlife via a 90-second river ferry. Guests can relax with a beach excursion to Daufuskie Island, unwind in the award-winning Heavenly Spa and partake in an array of culinary experiences throughout the resort. The meeting and events team can arrange customized programs and wellness activities like yoga, riverboat cruises and off-site activities at unusual venues like the Savannah Smiles Dueling Piano Bar and Historic Fort Jackson.
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Size: 403 rooms
Meeting Space: More than 35,000 square feet
Access: Savannah Hilton Head International Airport; Interstates 16 and 95