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 Hotels and Transportation

Savannah, Here we Come!
We now have two hotels!
The DeSoto and the Courtyard Savannah Downtown


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Dear Members,

We have important news regarding our convention hotel reservations. The big news is that the DeSoto block of rooms is filled, surpassing our expectations! While The DeSoto is at capacity, we've been able to secure extra rooms nearby, at the Courtyard Savannah Downtown/Historic Hotel. 

Courtyard Savannah Downtown Details:

  • The Courtyard by Marriott is conveniently located, just an 8-minute walk or a short Uber ride from The DeSoto at: 415 West Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

  • Rates: $200 per night for King or Double/Double rooms from April 23-26, 2024.

  • Bonvoy Members: Earn loyalty points; ensure you have your number ready when booking.

  • Amenities: Rooms include free in-room internet, refrigerators, coffee makers, and hair dryers.



DeSoto Cancellation Policy: Very Important!

  • If you need to cancel your DeSoto reservation, it is very important that rather than canceling directly with the hotel, please email me with the name on the reservation and confirmation number at:

  • I will inform the hotel and they will cancel your reservation, placing another member in the released room.  I will then confirm with you.


Standby List for The DeSoto:

  • If you wish to be on the standby list for The DeSoto, please email your details to (Name, email, phone, dates, room type, occupants). We will notify you of any cancellations.

Convention Registration Note:

  • Be sure to mention your hotel choice at the top of your convention registration form.


Gentry, Gumbo and Ghosts Event:

  • For Courtyard guests planning to attend this event, the trolley will conveniently pick up and drop off at The Courtyard.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We reserved more rooms than needed based on historical data, but overestimating is costly. Questions?

Contact: Polly Toll Goodman, National Meeting Site Coordinator


Phone: 818-706-7782

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to a fantastic convention!

To book a room at the Savannah Courtyard Downtown/Historic click here:

About the Courtyard Savannah Downtown:

Map of downtown Savannah

Hotel Location

The Courtyard Savannah Downtown/Historic is located at 415 W. Liberty Street. 

The Courtyard is situated in the historic district.  Most importantly it is only a few blocks from the DeSoto hotel.

Meet up with fellow Kiwis at The Bistro for "cooked to order" breakfast choices, and a variety of dinner and cocktail options. Satisfy late night cravings or early starts with at the 24 hour convenience store: offering  food, beverages, and personal products. 

The recently renovated guest rooms include wi-fi, refrigerators, coffee makers, and hair dryers.


Tap anywhere on the map to open a larger map. 

About the Desoto Hotel:


Hotel Location

The DeSoto, is located at 15 E. Liberty Street in the Historic District, where you may stroll at your leisure enjoying the many historic homes, and squares, shops and restaurants. For those who prefer to ride rather than walk, just outside of our hotel is a DOT stop, the fare-free shuttle service with 18 stops in the Historic District and the Savannah Belles Ferry.  

Please note that at this time The DeSoto is fully booked. Additional rooms have been blocked  at The Marriott Courtyard.

All convention events will be held at the DeSoto.

Tap anywhere on the map to open a larger map. 

What to do Near the Hotels:

 Some of the most popular nearby attractions and landmarks include:

  1. Forsyth Park: This beautiful 30-acre park is located just a few blocks south of the DeSoto Hotel and features a large fountain, walking paths, and plenty of green space for picnics or relaxation.

  2. River Street: This historic cobblestone street is located a few blocks north of the DeSoto Hotel and features numerous shops, restaurants, and galleries along the Savannah River.

  3. City Market: This four-block open-air market is located just a few blocks east of the DeSoto Hotel and features a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

  4. Savannah Historic District: The DeSoto Hotel is located within the boundaries of Savannah's Historic District, which is home to numerous historic homes, churches, and other landmarks.

  5. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD): The DeSoto Hotel is located just a few blocks away from the main SCAD campus, which is home to numerous galleries, exhibitions, and events.

Other nearby attractions and amenities include the Savannah Civic Center, the Telfair Museum of Art, the Owens-Thomas House, and numerous restaurants and bars.


If You are Flying to Savannah:

You will most likely fly into the Savannah Airport (SAV)  

There are several ways to get from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to The DeSoto hotel in downtown Savannah:

  1. Taxi or ride-share: You can take a taxi or ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft from the airport to The DeSoto hotel. The ride should take around 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Cost is around $28 one way.

  2. Rental car: You can rent a car at the airport and drive to The DeSoto hotel. The hotel has a valet parking service available for an additional fee.

  3. Airport shuttle: Several shuttle companies offer airport transportation to and from The DeSoto hotel. You can book a shuttle service online or at the airport upon arrival.

  4. Public transportation: You can take the Chatham Area Transit (CAT) bus from the airport to downtown Savannah. The fare is $1.50 per ride, and the bus stops near The DeSoto hotel.

If you are driving to Savannah

If you live less than 300 miles from Savannah you will probably consider driving. Here are a few places that are less than a five hour drive.

  1. Atlanta, Georgia (approx. 4 hours)

  2. Charlotte, North Carolina (approx. 4.5 hours)

  3. Charleston, South Carolina (approx. 2 hours)

  4. Raleigh, North Carolina (approx. 5 hours)

  5. Knoxville, Tennessee (approx. 5.5 hours)

  6. Jacksonville, Florida (approx. 2 hours)

  7. Daytona Beach, Florida (approx. 4 hours)

  8. Orlando, Florida (approx. 4 hours)

  9. Tampa, Florida (approx. 5 hours)

  10. St. Petersburg, Florida (approx. 5 hours)

Driving to Savannah

Overnight Parking

The DeSoto Hotel  offers valet parking for its guests. The cost is $42 per night with unlimited in and out privileges.


Here are some options for overnight parking near the hotels. 

You'll find several parking garages and lots within a few blocks of the hotel.

  1. Liberty Street Parking Garage - a two minute walk from either hotel, this garage offers hourly and daily parking rates, as well as monthly parking options. The daily rate is $14

  2. State Street Garage -  this garage offers hourly and daily parking rates, as well as monthly parking options. The daily rate is $14

  3. Robinson Parking Garage - located about three blocks from the hotel, this garage offers hourly and daily parking rates, as well as monthly parking options. The daily rate is $14, and the overnight rate is $18.

  4. Bryan Street Parking Garage - located about four blocks from the hotel, this garage offers hourly and daily parking rates, as well as monthly parking options. The overnight rate is $16.


Keep in mind that these rates and availability may change, so it's always a good idea to check with the parking facility directly for the most up-to-date information.

How to get Around Savannah without a Car

Yelow Taxi

If you don't have a car, no problem. There are several ways to get around Savannah without a car, including:

  • Walking: Savannah is a very walkable city, and many of its attractions, restaurants, and shops are located within walking distance of each other. The Desoto Hotel is int he heart of Savannah.

  • DOT Shuttle - The shuttle arrives every ten minutes at 18 stops throughout the Historic District and is available seven days a week. 

  • Public transportation: Savannah's public transportation system, known as Chatham Area Transit (CAT), offers bus service throughout the city and surrounding areas. You can purchase daily or weekly passes or pay per ride.

  • Taxis: Taxis are readily available throughout Savannah, and you can hail one on the street or use a ride-hailing app such as Uber or Lyft.

  • Bicycles: Savannah has a bike-share program called CAT Bike, which allows you to rent a bike by the hour or day. Additionally, several bike rental shops are located throughout the city.

  • Trolley Tours: Trolley tours are a popular way to see the city's main attractions, and many tour companies offer hop-on, hop-off tours that allow you to explore the city at your own pace.

  • Pedicabs: Pedicabs are a fun and unique way to get around Savannah. These small, bicycle-powered vehicles are great for short trips around the city, and many pedicab drivers offer guided tours of the Historic District.

  • Savannah Belle Ferry: If you'd like to see the city from the water the Savannah Belles Ferry system provides free passage across the Savannah River between downtown’s riverwalk and Hutchinson Island, home of the Savannah Convention Center and Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.

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