nemaworkshop designs interiors of The Drayton Hotel

New York-based design firm nemaworkshop completed the interiors of The Drayton Hotel in the Historic District of Savannah, Ga. The overhaul was led by owner Raghav Sapra.

The original building where the 50-room, 45,000 square-foot hotel is located is one of Savannah's oldest buildings. Accordingly, design and construction teams began by preserving and restoring the façade, and entrance canopy that date to the 1890s, while gutting the aged interior.

The lobby has sofas upholstered in floral fuchsia and citrus tones, wool carpet that explodes with oversized peach and magnolia blossoms, and potted ferns. The lobby's square format echoes Savannah's parklike courtyards, a distinctive feature of the city's street planning. The space also has herringbone brick flooring that gives a nod to the city's cobblestone streets, as well as a full-length wall composed of handwoven cane rattan panels that reference the Victorian-style architecture and plantation-style furniture. 


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There are also industrial-style fixtures throughout, including textured glass and blackened steel, providing a counterpoint to the Victorian floral decoration.

The rooms have residential feel, using shades of green and eggplant. Key features include oak floor planks, which were cut from the demolished wood joists of the original building; a small table with a pen, wooden chair, mirror leaning against a wall, and an antique mahogany bed.

For dining, the property has Saint Neo’s Brasserie and the Drayton Coffee Bar. 

An intimate drawing room is also located beyond the lobby, adorned with artwork from local muralist Bob Christian.

At the top of the property, the penthouse bar, lounge and terrace provide views of City Hall, The Savannah River, and the cityscape. Intimate seating groupings, indoor and out, are set among generous plantings.

Photo credit: nemaworkshop