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Where to Stay in Savannah: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Written by Carri Wilbanks

When it comes to sleeping in Savannah, there are hotel options for all budgets and styles of traveler, whether you're with the kids, grandparents, or your significant other. The best areas to stay in Savannah are the Downtown and adjacent Historic District, and here, you'll find the majority of the luxury and upper mid-range accommodation. The city also has a large number of boutique bed-and-breakfasts, especially when it comes to the luxury market, and these are usually inside meticulously restored yesteryear mansions in the Historic District that fit in perfectly with Savannah's charming, old-fashioned ambiance.

A few Downtown and Historic District examples of this style of lodging include the Hamilton-Turner Inn inside an opulent French-style mansion dating back to 1873 and the top-rated Kehoe House, which is our top pick for couples as it doesn't allow guests under the age of 21 to stay. For more affordable sleeping options, you'll find Midtown hosts a number of budget and mid-range picks, like the simple but tidy Best Western Central Inn.

Where to Stay for Luxury

Fountain at Forsyth Park

Fountain at Forsyth Park

The Kehoe House - A Boutique Inn is a historic, luxe B&B in a central Downtown location just under a 10-minute walk from Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, where you'll find many shops and restaurants. Housed in a renovated, 1892 Renaissance Revival mansion, it is also a romantic pick that's perfect for couples as it does not allow guests under the age of 21 to stay in its elegant rooms with Victorian-style furnishings and plenty of antiques. Many rooms also have fireplaces, and some come with veranda access. Breakfast is included in the rate and made to order, and there is even a complimentary hors d'oeuvres hour, as well as homemade cookies in the rooms. Paid parking is available.

In Downtown's heart, on leafy Lafayette Square, the Hamilton-Turner Inn is a wonderful pick if you're looking for a luxury B&B-style sleep. In an opulent 1873 mansion, it offers larger-than-life, glam rooms done up in period French decor with antique-style furnishings like four-poster beds and, in some cases, claw-foot tubs, tasteful colors, and framed art work. The beds are very comfortable, and the bathrooms are enormous. Breakfast is included in the rate, and there are complimentary afternoon snacks for guests. There is no parking, however, so this is a better choice for guests not traveling with a car.

The Savannah Historic District is another popular place for tourists to stay. Here, you'll find the Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, which is a fun luxury option. It offers rooms and suites with retro-chic decor and lots of art, as well as super comfortable beds with soft pillows. The hotel is also known for its professional service. Away from the rooms, you'll find a contemporary restaurant, rooftop swimming pool, fitness center, and options to take on-site classes, from cooking to art. The hotel is also pet-friendly.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Savannah waterfront

Savannah waterfront

Savannah's top mid-range sleep is the Olde Harbour Inn - River Street Suites, which is located in the heart of the Historic District just across the street from the Savannah River. The quaint property is housed in a converted 19th-century warehouse and has 24 spacious and modern suites done up with contemporary furnishings and original stylings like wood beams and floors. A hot buffet breakfast is included, and there is also a complimentary cheese reception at night and a nightly turndown service featuring ice-cream. The hotel is pet-friendly.

Holiday Inn Express Savannah - Historic District is another convenient mid-range sleep in the Historic District. It offers contemporary rooms that are clean and comfortable and come with perks like mini-fridges, microwaves, and high pressure shower-heads in the bathrooms. It is good for families as kids stay free with an adult. On-site amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, hot tub, business center, fitness center, and paid parking. There is also a free hot breakfast, and coffee is served all day.

If you're looking for a more boutique style sleep in the upper mid-range bracket then check out East Bay Inn, located in a cotton warehouse dating back to 1853. It is located just across from the River Street shopping and dining district, and the rooms here come with exposed brick walls, old-fashioned furnishings, and city views. They also feature comfortable beds and, in many cases, high ceilings. Breakfast is included in the rate, and there is also an on-site restaurant serving Asian-fusion fare. Unlike many boutique properties in Savannah, the East Bay Inn is kid-friendly and also pet-friendly.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Savannah City Hall

Savannah City Hall

Best Western Central Inn is in a relatively convenient location in Midtown, about 8.5 miles from the Historic District. It offers clean and comfortable budget rooms with free Wi-Fi; work-desks; flat-screen TVs with satellite cable channels; and, best of all for families, a kitchen. Away from the rooms, amenities at this property include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, parking for cars and RVs, a swimming pool, and a workout room.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Savannah Southside offers a central location just under a 10-mile drive from downtown Savannah by the Hunter Army Airfield. It features simple but clean and comfortable rooms that come with perks like pillow-top mattresses and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini-fridges and microwaves in most. Some rooms are kid-friendly, with separate living spaces featuring pullout sofa beds. On-site amenities include a free continental breakfast and parking, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, workout room, business center, and laundry facilities.

Where to Stay for Families

Tree-lined Savannah park

Tree-lined Savannah park

Unlike many of Savannah's historic inn-style sleeping options, The Marshall House is very child-friendly, offering kids under the age of 12 a free stay with an adult. The hotel is in a landmark building constructed in 1851, a five-minute walk from the shops, restaurants, and galleries found on River Street. The rooms and suites are elegant and comfortable, if on the small side due to the historic nature of the building. The suites feature claw-foot tubs, decorative fireplaces, and separate living rooms. On-site amenities include a free continental breakfast and evening cheese hours. There's also an on-site bistro restaurant and paid parking.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/Riverfront is another popular choice with families as it has all-suite accommodation in a central location overlooking the Savannah River. It features contemporary suites that are spacious, clean, and comfortable and come with pullout couches in separate living rooms, and kitchens. Some also have balconies featuring views across the river. Amenities include a free breakfast, rooftop swimming pool, workout room, and convenience store.

Where to Stay for Couples

Historical home in Savannah

Historical home in Savannah

The Gastonian - A Boutique Inn is another luxury, historic inn. Located inside two Regency-Italianate mansions, which sit next door to each other just a few minutes' walk from Forsyth Park, the B&B offers 17 elegant rooms filled with antique furnishings; working fireplaces; and in many cases, chandeliers, four-poster beds, and claw-foot or Jacuzzi baths. On-site amenities include a complimentary breakfast cooked to order, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and evening dessert service. Parking is free. The hotel is also a good choice for couples as it is adults only.

Another romantic boutique hotel for couples is the Eliza Thompson House Savannah inside an elegant, resorted 1847 home, which is in Savannah's Historic District and within walking distance from many sightseeing attractions, shops, and restaurants. It offers luxe, elegant rooms in either the main house or a carriage house also on the manicured grounds. A continental breakfast is included as are evening hors d'oeuvres and dessert service. Couples can relax in the charming brick-paved garden courtyard with a fountain and koi pond.

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