Written by Abstract Samm
Welcome to the Savannah Insider, presented by Savannah Sip N’ Cycle here in Downtown Savannah’s Historic District. We are so glad you decided to come visit and read some of our articles. Whether you are on the search for food, drinks, shopping or entertainment, we have a little something prepared to answer all of your questions. Here in our favorite city, we can’t wait to tell you all about what we’ve got to offer and if you keep reading, you will find out about our favorite historic hotels in the area. Since the 1800s, Savannah has been known worldwide for a creative and aesthetically pleasing standard set by the architecture alone. Take a moment to read through our list of historic Inns and be sure to book your next getaway here in Savannah, Georgia.
The Marshall House
Broughton St in itself is already a pretty iconic spot. Some of the largest business names in the world sit among local wonders like Planet Fun or Leopold’s Ice Cream and The Marshall House has always been a part of the mix. Since 1851, this iconic hotel has remained a part of Savannah’s past and present, even being ranked among the top hotels in this area by TripAdvisor. More than just a carbon copy setup of multiple rooms that all look the same, The Marshall House features a variety of suite styles. You can even find games and happy hour happening in the lobby every night. When you want a taste of southern charm, complete with a staff that can’t wait to attend to the needs of any guest, you book your stay at The Marshall House.
Ranked as the ninth most romantic hotel in the United States for 2022, The Gastonian on Gaston St in Savannah’s Historic District is definitely where you want to plan your next extravagant getaway with your partner. Honeymoon or just time with your honey is made all the more special with a stay in one of these classic style rooms. Wake up to a “Savannah style” house made breakfast and end your afternoon with appetizers and wine served regularly. You will want to check this place out if you are getting married, no matter how big or small the ceremony is intended to be, they have a package available for you.
Eliza Thompson House
Have you ever heard of Savannah’s prettiest street? Jones St has been listed as the most beautiful and romantic street in all of Savannah, arguably in all of Georgia (but we are biased) and the Eliza Thompson House fits right in. Located close by Forsyth Park, near all of the best Downtown Savannah locations, the Eliza Thompson House has been a part of the city since its initial construction in 1847 as home to Eliza and Joseph Thompson. Wrought with history and filled to the brim with stunning beauty you can select from 25 rooms that are all unique. For adults only, the Eliza Thompson House is ready for your private getaway separate from all the kids.
The Kehoe House
Habersham St is home to the Kehoe House, a notoriously haunted building that was once a funeral home. Given more awards than we can list here today, The Kehoe House has been ranked among the best for many years and one visit to this location will show you why. Along with a selection of 13 memorable and cozy rooms, a few amenities include gourmet breakfast, outdoor dining in the garden, and desserts/coffee every evening. Known for being one of the best celebration spots for small elopements or even an anniversary, The Kehoe House is unforgettable from the moment you set foot inside. One visit and you will see why they are ranked as the #1 most romantic hotel in the city.
East Bay Inn
Built in 1852, the East Bay Inn sits across from River Street and is even dog friendly, which is good to know since Savannah is full of puppy friendly activities. With it’s convenient location on Bay St, you are close to the heart of the city, only a few minutes walk from all major stores, bars and venues. Make your selection from over 25 high ceiling rooms and have a nightcap or meal at the on site restaurant and bar. You can even enjoy a complimentary alcoholic drink during each night of your stay. Much like many hotels and inns in the city, the East Bay Inn is rumored to be haunted. We’re pretty used to that here in one of the country’s most haunted cities.
Olde Harbour Inn
What began in 1892 as a warehouse right on River Street, the Olde Harbour Inn is one of Savannah’s prized possessions. Featuring high ceilings and classic Savannah style architectural charm, the only part of this inn that is more beautiful than the insides has to be the view. Noteworthy due to the constant mentions on haunted tours, this inn is filled to the brim with stories, just ask any local about their experiences with the paranormal at this location. Pet friendly rooms are available and each room comes with two free robes, you won’t want to miss out on a stay at the Olde Harbour Inn on Factors Walk.
River Street Inn
Take you pick from two viewpoints in over 90 rooms that are truly unmatched by any other inn in Savannah when you stay at the River Street Inn on River St. For 200 years, this building has been one of the oldest and most well kept buildings in the city, with a view of the river or “Factors Walk” depending on what side you choose to reside in while you’re here. Along with all the features of a swanky inn that you have come to expect from Savannah, a stay at the River Street Inn includes discounts on locally owned restaurants like Bernie’s, Huey’s and Tubby’s, all incredible selections depending on what you’re craving.
The Whitman Mansion
Overlooking Forsyth Park, where you will absolutely take photos in front of the fountain, The Whitman Mansion has stood proudly since 1895, remaining fully restored over all that time. Named by GLAMOUR magazine as one of the top 5 worldwide wedding destinations, you already know that this mansion is gorgeous and picture perfect. Heated tile floors match up splendidly with antique furniture and many other old/new amenities for a stay out of this century that feels like a trip back in time. Parties, weddings or just plain old weekend getaways all have a home at The Whitman Mansion on Whitaker St so book your room now and see if you can find the secret room located behind a bookshelf.
Forsyth Park Inn
When you find yourself on Hall St, you will have a hard time missing the Forsyth Park Inn, immediately recognizable by the yellow paint and white fence border around the porch. This bed and breakfast, styled to match its 1893 roots just screams “Southern Hospitality” from the moment you walk up, until the very end of check out. From family home to boarding house and many other identities in between, the Forsyth Park Inn has housed the city of Savannah in countless ways and is waiting for you to come in sometime. As classy as they are classic, their room selections come with a full service staff, and even an assortment of room packages meant to give you the perfect getaway from all of life’s normal stresses. You truly haven’t experienced relaxation until you’ve enjoyed a cup of wine or coffee in one of their front porch rocking chairs. Take a load off the way we do here in the south at Forsyth Park Inn.
Abercorn St is one of those roads that leads to everything in Savannah and if you want to crash in style, you search for Planters Inn. Wake up service, pedicab arrangements and access to the Broughton St Fitness club are just a handful of additional perks you get to enjoy when you choose from any of these traditional style rooms. For a real treat, you will want to take advantage of the Parkview Room, with a view of Reynolds Square that cannot be recreated in any other location. What makes this inn particularly noteworthy is the proximity to The Olde Pink House, one of Savannah’s most notorious restaurants, easily recognized by the pastel shade. When you want an experience that is casual, but still high class, you don’t have to look any further than the Planters Inn.
The Drayton Hotel
What might seem to look like a bank or church at first, The Drayton Hotel might seem a little intimidating by someone walking by but don’t let that stop you! You might not be shocked to find out that this building is actually shared by the American Trust and Bank so you know they keep the inside looking incredible. With 50 rooms to choose from, all overlooking Savannah in that picturesque way we know and love, this hotel located at the corner of Drayton and east Bay Street. What makes this hotel stick out to us has to be the complimentary snack bar. Among many other amenities and even rooftop access, The Drayton Hotel is stocked full of reasons to come book your stay anytime.
Azalea Inn and Villas
Taking immense pride in treating any guest who crosses their path just like family, the Azalea Inn and Villas on east Huntingdon St is where your trip is personalized down to the last detail. Hidden gardens and veranda porches make their outside setup incredible, much like any of their B & B accommodations. Home cooked food, comfortable rooms and full service catering crews make the Azalea Inn and Villas more than just a place to stay, but a place to celebrate. Come on out and let them know what would make your next party special, this is one location that goes above and beyond to assist in making your stay memorable in the best possible way.
While Savannah’s Historic District is known for being, well, historic, that does not mean we don’t have some modern selections available. Even if you’re on a mission for some history along with your stay, you don’t have to book a room in an ancient building to capture Savannah’s charm with this vacation. For some honorable mention, read about two of the best more modern selections here in the city.
Perry Lane Hotel
Built in 2018, the Perry Lane Hotel might be younger than our other selections but that does not take away from the charm dripping from every corner. Five stories and over 150 rooms/suites, the Perry Lane Hotel on E Perry St does not play when considering the needs of their guests. Stay in style at this Marriot Luxury Collection hotel and ask about what their 12 luxury suites have to offer. With everything they have available at Perry Lane from restaurants to bars, you might end up not wanting to leave the hotel.
Kimpton Brice Hotel
Known to be the type of place that takes all of your needs into consideration before and during your stay, the Kimpton Brice on E Bay St goes out of their way to make sure you get exactly the room you pay for. Pet friendly rooms (complete with dog walking services) a full service restaurant/bar/lounge and play areas for the kids are only a few reasons to give a look to the Kimpton Brice Hotel.
So there you have it, some modern hotels to go along with the historic hotels that we are always bragging about. Here at the Savannah Insider, we are always on the search for more reasons to get you excited about visiting Savannah’s Historic District. We hope you learned a lot today and encourage you to click around through our past articles. If there’s one thing we are good at here at Savannah Sip N’ Cycle, talking about Savannah is top on the list!
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