I’ve become rather rusty at writing hotel reviews. Since March I’ve only had to write about our stay at a Georgia cabin and a long weekend at Vero Beach. As we headed out on our first big trip post-COVID, we’d be staying at four different locations over 8 days. Time to break out the iPhone camera and take plenty of pictures of hotel beds, bathroom amenities and work areas.
We were looking for somewhere located between home in Orlando and Asheville, NC for the first night of the trip. I instantly gravitated to Savannah, GA, which is one of our favorite cities and a place we’d gladly visit just for a meal. When I looked at hotel rooms downtown near the river, all of the major chains jack up the number of award points needed for free nights so you’re not able to use a free night certificate earned from a credit card for a room. Since I have several free nights to use, my goal was to use at least one of them on this trip and preferably one of them expiring soon. That is my 25,000 point Marriott Bonvoy free night from our discontinued Marriott Bonvoy Chase Visa card.
I couldn’t find a hotel in town, but there were plenty of places near Savannah Airport that were bookable with a 25,000 point free night certificate. I picked a hotel that was recently refurbished in June of 2020. I remember another blogger saying that it’s always best to pick the most recently renovated property when staying near the airport.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Airport
10 Stephen S. Green Drive
We arrived at the hotel around 6:30 PM, which meant it was almost pitch-black outside already.
We walked into the lobby where there were a front desk clerk and another hotel employee having a chat. Both of them were wearing masks.
We were asked our name, Sharon was thanked for being a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum member and the desk agent asked if a room on the 1st floor was acceptable. We said that was great and were assigned a room down the hall from the lobby area.
Unfortunately, we weren’t upgraded to one of their suites and it looks like we were given one of the smaller rooms at the hotel.
That’s OK. We were happy enough to be on vacation!
Next, we did what we’re doing anywhere we’re staying during the pandemic, disinfecting all of the room’s touch areas. The only other stay in before this, the room was spotless. Despite Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean,” it looked that only the noticeable areas were cleaned. The front of this lamp near the switch was cleaned but the back was still full of dust.
Housekeeping also missed this bottlecap on the counter.
And unless this is a Platinum amenity, there was a beer left in the fridge.
Since we planned on cleaning the room ourselves, these were not huge problems. Just an indication that not all hotels will be sparkling clean and you may have to take it upon yourself to clean to your level of comfort.
The room was nice, with a king-sized bed. Both sides of the bed had nightstands.
Unfortunately, there was no available power outlet on the left side of the bed. I was forced to charge my phone with the plug in the clock.
The room had an empty fridge (once removing the beer) and a desk, office chair and a TV.
The bathroom had a walk-in shower with closing glass doors and a toilet.
I’ve already written about the hotel’s breakfast buffet, which was quite a shock.
The Fairfield Inn at Savannah Airport was a great choice for us. It was right off of I-95 and a 20-30 minute drive into downtown Savannah, which was close enough for us to drive into town for dinner but far enough away for the hotel to offer cheap award night rates. I was able to burn my 25,000 point Marriott Bonvoy certificate at a room that would have cost around $100, meaning that I did a little better than break even.
With air traffic way down, there’s a glut of rooms at airport hotels. They’re currently a great option to find an inexpensive room when you’re taking a road trip.
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