Updated: May 21, 2015

Reviews: Best Savannah Hotels

If you are planning on visiting Savannah, Georgia, good for you. The small city is beautiful and sits right on the Savannah River as it passes through to the Atlantic Ocean. I have been to Savannah multiple times and I would definitely go again if offered. It's not the type of place you need to go every year, but if you are in the area, stop in for the night and enjoy the history that Savannah offers. What I like about the city of Savannah is that it's small enough to walk around and the downtown area felt safe along the water where my hotel was. I have stayed at both the Savannah Marriott Riverfront and the Hyatt Regency Savannah which are both on the water and within walking distance to most things you'll want to see. I-95 cuts near the heart of Savannah and you have to take Hwy 16 into the city where you can get on the 17 and go over into South Carolina. Part of the allure of Savannah are the 22 squares in the Historic District that are great to see on a walking tour.


Beyond the riverfront hotels, Savannah has some charming hotels like the Marshall House which is located just a few block in from the river at 123 East Broughton Street in between Drayton and Abercorn. Marshall House offers up 65 guest rooms and 3 suites which are perfect for a romantic getaway on a weekend. Other quaint lodging options include the East Bay Inn, The Old Harbour Inn at 508 East Factors Walk, and The Gastonian on East Gaston Street. Room rates start at about $129/night and go upwards depending on season and day of the week. If you venture down W. Bay Street you will find the Doubletree Savannah at 411 West Bay Street and within a short walk to River St or Factors Walk. Since you not in the heart of downtown Savannah, the hotel rates are definitely affordable at $134/night (Internet - King Bed). The Savannah Marriott Riverfront has a beautiful waterfront location near the Savannah Theater, Andrew Low House, and Bonaventure Cemetery. Rooms are over $200/night and I was able to get my business to pay for my stay, but I would still recommend the hotel even if you have to pay the room rate yourself. Not too far from the Marriott hotel in Savannah is the Historic Mulberry Inn a Holiday Inn property with rooms that still hover around $200/night in this elegant inn. You'll find luxury hotels and discounted hotels throughout the Savannah downtown region as some locations are superior to others and require less walking to the popular spots. I found driving to be reasonable except when I wanted to park near the river walk region. There are plenty of restaurants with about a 5 block radius so once you get near the waterfront you should be able to park your car and walk to your destination. A few top picks for food include the Chart House at 202 W. Bay St and the Paula Deen Restaurant at 102 W. Congress Street. You can read reviews on the restaurants and hotels in the Savannah region on Tripadvisor.com where travelers rate and post comments on their lodging experiences. I have stayed in downtown Savannah twice, once for business and the other was a nice romantic weekend with my wife so I know the type of accommodations that work for either situation. If you need a hotel near the Savannah airport, check out the Extended Stay Hotel or the Homewood Suites which are literally a few minutes from the terminals. Savannah is a great little city that will give you at least 2 days of sightseeing with historic squares, a gorgeous riverfront walkway, and tasty southern food.

Best Riverfront Hotel Savannah:

Like most of us, you probably want a hotel room right along the Savannah River. The good news is that you have a few choices when it comes to accommodations along the waterfront. My personal favorites are the Hyatt Regency Savannah and the Marriott Riverfront Savannah. The Hyatt features 351 guest rooms and room rates online were as low as $189/midweek if you prepay. Walk to the historic squares or take a riverboat cruise. Restaurants are just out the front door and the views of the river are wonderful (ask for river view room). The staff was more than accommodating when I was in town giving me good recommendations for restaurants and shopping nearby. You can find the hotel online HERE. The other top rated hotel along the riverfront is the Savannah Marriott Riverfront with rooms that start at about $240/night. When I stayed there I walked along the riverwalk and then up into the historic district to see the squares - one of which was the filming site for the movie Forrest Gump when he is sitting waiting for a bus. The Marriott offers spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and excellent service. The River Street Inn sits between the Hyatt and Marriott hotels along the river. It's a great smaller hotel with more personalized service that includes an "afternoon wine & hors d'oeuvres reception" and "homemade chocolates as you retire for the evening" per their website. Room rates are about $200/night for city views and closer to $250/night for the water views.

Downtown Savannah Hotels:

A little forgotten gem in downtown Savannah is the Ballastone Inn which sits at 14 East Oglethorpe Avenue. Rooms are pricey starting at $235/nigth and working up to close to $400. The inn was built in 1838 and is a 4-story antebellum mansion with incredible interior design and features. The rooms are spectacular and reviews are very positive for this hotel with only a few travelers noting that the staff was not friendly enough for the high prices. Overall, if you can afford it, the Ballastone Inn is the best downtown Savannah hotel available. See them online HERE.

Savannah Cheap Hotels:

Without having to sacrifice too much in terms of lodging, there are a few cheaper hotels in the Savannah worth a mention. The Inn at Ellis Square is a Days Inn property and has rooms that are about $125/night for a hotel that is in a great location. The Comfort Suites Historic District is a little further away but travelers say the Days Inn is superior. Of course, the further away from the action, the lower the rates on rooms. We found some good deals on the Courtyard Savannah Historic District which is on W. Liberty Street and the Country Inn which is not too far away on Montgomery Street. Both hotels require a little more walking, but still are close enough to enjoy most of what Savannah offers.

Historic Savannah Hotel:

Staying in the historic district is a great idea and the Staybridge Suites Historic Savannah is an excellent option. Rooms start at $134.99/night and the hotel is right on East Bay Street near Lincoln St. You get a complimentary buffet breakfast, the suites are studio, and 1 and 2 bedrooms with fully equipped kitchens. Those traveling with pets will need to put down a $75 deposit for their stay. The hotel has 5 floors, 104 guest rooms (suites), a fitness center open 24 hours, and wireless access to the Internet. It's a cozy spot and most reviews posted to travel sites only have good things to say about the staff, location, and rooms. You can find them online HERE.

Savannah Airport Hotels:

Anyone looking for a room near the Savannah airport should consider the Extended Stay Savannah - Midtown location at 5511 Abercorn St. The hotels main website is HERE and they offer rooms with kitchens and a separate living area. A midweek room rate was about $65 and weekend rates were only about $10 to $15 more. Most reviews note that the hotel is best for those traveling only overnight and needing a room near the airport. It's not the type of place you want to stay when vacationing in Savannah. The Homewood Suites Hotel is Hilton property in the Savannah and room rates are more expensive than Extended Stay but reviewers note the hotel is nicer and is better for longer stays when in town. Room rates midweek started at $130/night. You can find them online HERE.