Put Savannah's Only Hostel on Your Do List
<![CDATA[This week’s blog is from Andrew Savage, the man who’s bringing Savannah its first hostel while the rest of us are saying “why didn’t I think of that?” Square 23 Hostel will undoubtedly become a common refrain when locals tell travelers where to stay in Savannah. Read on as Andrew shares his concept and the pleasant surprises he’s finding on his entrepreneurial journey. FYI – The Creative Coast’s blogspot is Savannah’s sounding board for local thinkers, innovators, wanderers and wonders. Guest bloggers share their thoughts, opinions and creative noodling from all over the map… . A few months ago, I stopped in Nashville on my way back to Savannah. I was traveling solo and didn’t know anyone in town, so I rocked up to the Nashville Downtown Hostel around 8 that night and was warmly welcomed by the staff. By 8:30 I was jamming with a group of other travelers that I just met in the common area. Around 10 one of my new Aussie friends shouted, “Hey Andrew! Are you coming mate?” Near midnight I was listening to live music and line dancing at a honky-tonk on Broadway with 10 new friends from all around the world. If you knew me well, this story would most certainly come as a surprise. For one, country music is not really my thing. Secondly—and more importantly—I don’t dance. Lastly, the Australian girls… okay, no, the Aussie’s were just fine. Yet it was due to the engaging atmosphere at the hostel that this entire scenario played out at all.
AtmosphereThink about the last time you were visiting a new city by yourself, or even with a friend. Your time in the hotel/airbnb/etc. was mostly spent in your room, and you probably didn’t get to know many other people. There’s nothing wrong with this, but compare it with the story above and tell me which you prefer (unless you just can’t stand Aussies). I can afford to stay in a hotel when I travel, but the experiences I might have during my stay influence my decision more than price. A hostel provides such a beautiful opportunity to connect with other travelers, and, in general, you can measure an establishment not simply by the quality of the bed on which you sleep, but rather how the atmosphere it creates facilitates meeting new people.
As a natural introvert, I can firmly tell you that no place in the world offers an easier arena to meet people than the common area of a hostel. It’s one of the few places left in society where approaching a stranger and introducing yourself isn’t met with hesitation, confusion, or outright rejection, but with genuine interest. My Nashville experience is not an exception—it’s the rule. After staying in 47 hostels and in working in two, I’ve seen all manner of places along the spectrum, from shack to villa, but one thing remains constant—time and time again I continue to meet amazing people.
That is a great and inspiring story! I send you lots of goog energy! You will do well. I can’t wait to come by. I’m so glad you thought to do this! Congrats!
India – thanks so much for the encouragement!
I’m thinking of moving to Savannah from London… I’m an American.
I’m thinking of staying in an affordable hostel while I explore the area to find where I want to live.
What are your cheapest rates, please? Per week and per month.
Savannah does currently have the Pensione–on East Hall Street.
Maybe Andrew’s hostel will be different than the Pensione?
Karen – that is a good point, allow me to elaborate. A lot of people often refer to the Pensione as a hostel. However, one of the most fundamental aspects of a hostel is shared rooms, and the Pensione only offers private rooms. Square 23 will focus on design and affordability in order to offer travelers a unique experience that is not currently found in Savannah.
Excellently written piece. Keep moving forward and as always let me know what I can do to help.
So I look forward to coming to Savannah in the fall when the weather cools off and the hurricanes go away… as a native, I know the ambience created by both. my stay will be for a week to 10 days should be arriving on the 7th of October. I am wondering if square-23 got built, and if so the availability for that period of time and the rate please?