Affectionately known as the Hostess City of the South, Savannah has long been celebrated for its antebellum architecture, mossy oaks, and rich heritage. Along the languid Savannah River, mere miles from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean, the city developed in the 18th and 19th centuries as a major port on the Eastern Seaboard.As development boomed in the 20th century, many plans called for historic buildings to be demolished. That hundreds of landmarked structures stand today is, in large part, thanks to one woman—and our namesake—Alida Harper Fowlkes. Born in 1908, she was an entrepreneurial Savannah woman who worked tirelessly to preserve the city’s architecture and promote commerce and culture in the 20th-century South. Bold, self-made, and decades ahead of her time, Alida cultivated Savannah’s unmistakable creativity.Today, the Riverfront’s collection of centuries-old cobblestone roads and former cotton warehouses has transitioned into one of the most exciting destinations in the city, attracting world-class chefs and artists, shop owners and gallerists with its old-meets-new urban aesthetic. Anchoring the revitalized stretch of riverfront, The Alida is more than just a hotel. It’s an introduction to Savannah’s distinct culture — a harmonious mix of legacy and enterprise—and a new generation of Alidas making, crafting, building, designing and continuing to reclaim and reimagine the Riverfront.