Midnight Auteur to open debut hotel Municipal Grand early 2025

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Rendering of Municipal Grand

US: Hospitality company Midnight Auteur, created by the founders of cocktail lounge Death & Co and The Ramble Hotel in Denver, will open its debut luxury boutique hotel in Savannah, early 2025.

Municipal Grand, located in Savannah’s North Historic District neighbourhood, will be housed in the former First Federal Savings and Loan Association building at the corner of Abercorn and Broughton Streets.

It will feature 44 guest rooms, a lobby bar and restaurant, rooftop pool, and subterranean bar – all across six floors. Local architect Lynch Associate Architects and interior design partner AAmp Studio will oversee the project. 

Ryan Diggins, partner and CEO at Midnight Auteur, said: “We hold a deep, and slightly obsessive, reverence for the all-day lobby bar, which is really the foundation of Midnight Auteur. We love the idea of immersing our team and our guests in a vibrant, celebratory experience that only a hotel lobby bar can appropriately capture. The community created and hospitality shared over a coffee or cocktail is something we’re passionate about, and look forward to bringing to Savannah.’’ 

David Kaplan, partner at Midnight Auteur, said: “Our collaboration in Denver has been incredibly rewarding, and since opening The Ramble Hotel, we’ve spent years evolving the ideas started within its walls. We were very lucky to find this property in Savannah, which will enable us to bring our vision to life in one of our favourite cities in the world. While it may be a lofty ambition, we hope to create a space that can serve as Savannah’s living room.” 

Alex Day, partner at Midnight Auteur, added: “A remarkable hotel isn’t just a place to rest, it’s a gathering place in service to building a meaningful community. That’s our vision at Municipal Grand – a place both to retreat and to celebrate, for casual gatherings or to act as a platform for life’s most important moments. And while we’re excited to share our passion for hospitality and great food and beverage with Savannah, we’re equally excited for Municipal Grand to become ingrained in the city’s daily life, our offerings and approach evolving as we become a part of such a vibrant community.”  

Municipal Grand marks the first official venture from Midnight Auteur into the luxury boutique hotel sector. Diggins, Kaplan and Day first partnered six years ago with the opening of Death & Co’s second location in the lobby of The Ramble Hotel.

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