The building currently occupied by the Cotton Sail Hotel was once a cotton warehouse spanning Savannah’s historic Factor’s Walk in the late 1800s. The building has changed uses many times in its 162-year history, from warehouse, to bottling company, to offices, and now to its current use as a boutique hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar. After the economic collapse of 2008, the building was abandoned in the midst of a renovation and left vacant for several years. Its current reincarnation has brought reinvestment to the western end of River Street and has energized a portion of Bay Street and Factor’s Walk that was virtually unused for many years.
The Cotton Sail Hotel, positioned in the heart of old Savannah’s National Landmark, the Historic District, was named as a tribute to the building’s origin. With features such as the 200 year old heart of pine hardwood floors in the guestrooms, which are reclaimed from the original roof, to the upscale rooftop venue, which provides a fresh touch of nouveau charm, this building has been beautifully preserved and revitalized.