Savannah, Georgia is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and one of the oldest cities in the United States of America. The port city where the Savannah River meets the Atlantic Ocean was integral to the American Revolution and the Civil War. Founded by British General James Oglethorpe, the city has kept its quaint character with its planned parklike squares through the centuries. Savannah was established and carefully planned by General Oglethorpe after 1733. The city has been an agricultural, shipping, military, manufacturing and shipping center throughout its history. Savannah, Georgia continues to an important industrial port as well as a charming, romantic, historic and thoroughly southern city often called the “Grand Lady on the Bay”. Savannah maintains its character today mostly through its charming cobblestone streets, beautiful parks and majestic Victorian mansions that have become Bed and Breakfasts. The city also has developed with great hotels that maintain southern charm with modern amenities. The charming city of Savannah continues to attract visitors with history, art, culture, shopping and dining and southern charm.
20. The Marshall House
The Marshall House is a romantic 68 guest room Savannah hotel. It’s located in the city’s historic district on East Broughton Street close to shopping, dining, touring and entertainment. The lobby features a large fireplace where guests can relax and socialize. There is a restaurant and bar on site as well as a business center and conference room for meetings and event space for weddings and other gatherings. The Marshal House has 24 hour concierge service and valet parking.
19. Hotel Indigo
Hotel Indigo is one of IHG’s two properties located in Savannah. The boutique style hotel is located at West Bay and Jefferson Streets. The nineteenth century building was renovated in 2004 has been renovated to reflect contemporary southern luxury. The hotel features 252 guest rooms including 57 suites located on 7 floors. Guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner at the Five Oaks Taproom. The hotel has several amenities including excellent concierge service and meeting and event space.
18. The Eliza Thompson House
The Eliza Thompson House is a 4 star boutique style hotel with 25 uniquely decorated, charming guest rooms. Each guest room is decorated with period pieces and features modern amenities and private baths. There are several different sized rooms. Guests are served a complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet as well as afternoon reception with drinks and appetizers and evening dessert and coffee. The bed and breakfast was built as a private residence in 1847. It’s located on West Jones Street close to Forsyth Park and Savannah’s historic district’s activities.
17. Kehoe House
Kehoe House was built as a private residence in 1892. Now a bed and breakfast, the inn is a part of the Historic Inns of Savannah Collection. Located on Columbia Square, Kehoe House is central to the city’s historic district with touring, shopping, dining and entertainment a short walk. Kehoe House has 13 boutique style bedrooms with southern Victorian style decor and modern amenities. Guests must be over 21 and may enjoy communal spaces including the garden and lobby which features a large fireplace. Kehoe House is known for its great staff. The inn hosts small weddings and events.
16. Perry Lane Hotel
Perry Lane Hotel is one of Marriott’s Luxury Collection of boutique hotels. Guest rooms feature unique regional contemporary decor and high end lines and amenities. Guests may enjoy an in-room spa treatment, the fitness center and the roof top pool. Perry Lane Hotel boasts a magnificent art collection and is partnered with NINE.ARTS for its pieces. The Perry Lane Hotel is home to The Emporium Kitchen which offers a diverse menu, The Wayward lounge and the rooftop Perigrin bar. The hotel also has event and meeting space.
15. Mansion on Forsyth Park
The Mansion on Forsyth Park is a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of boutique hotels. Each guest room is uniquely designed and decorated and features modern amenities. There is an on site outdoor pool, a fitness center and the Poseidon Spa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the 700 Drayton restaurant which features southern style cuisine with seasonal ingredients. The 700 Drayton offers cooking classes for those interested. Guests can enjoy music and cocktails at Casimir’s Lounge. Mansion on Forsyth Park has over 10,000 square feet of event and meeting space.
14. The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront
The Bohemian Hotel located on Savannah’s riverfront on West Bay Street is a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of boutique style hotels. Marriott’s Autograph Collection includes 170 hotels internationally. The charming Bohemian Hotel has a beautiful terrace and a lounge. Guest rooms feature street, river and corner historic district views. Rooms have marble baths and hand carved vanities and feature Matelassé linens. The restaurant is home to the roof top Rocks on the River restaurant and bar which specializes in American, particularly southern, cuisine. The pet friendly hotel also has a fitness center and hosts weddings and events.
13. The Alida Savannah
The Alida Savannah is a 4 star boutique style hotel owned by Marriott. It is located on Williamson Street near Forsyth Park and close to shopping, dining, museums and tours of Savannah. Each guest room is unique. Decor is contemporary and amenities are modern. There is a penthouse suite. Guests may enjoy the inn’s pool, 24 hour fitness room and in-room spa services. There is meeting and event space at The Alida. It is also home to Rhett restaurant which serves American cuisine, The Trade Room Art Deco style lounge, and the roof top The Lost Square.
12. The Gastonian
The Gastonian is an over 21 bed and breakfast located on East Gastonian Street. It is a part of the Inns of Savannah Collection. There are 17 unique boutique style guest rooms, each with a fireplace and flat screen television. The guest rooms feature period design and antiques along with luxury amenities including pillow top bedding. Guests of The Gastonian enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast as well as complimentary bottled water in their room. There inn hosts a complimentary afternoon reception featuring drinks and appetizers.
11. Azalea Inn & Villas
The Azalea Inn was originally built as a private residence in 1885 and was converted into a bed and breakfast with 13 rooms and villas. All guest rooms have private baths and villas have full kitchens. The on site restaurant serves southern comfort food with special pairings. Breakfast is a complementary 2 to 3 course serving. Guests of Azalea Inn & Villas are also treated to an evening social hour where wine and light appetizers are served. There is also a pool with a pool side grill. Coffee, tea and homemade desserts are served daily. Guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens that are eco-friendly landscaped. Group events feature catering and a private chef. The concierge service at Azalea Inn & Villas offers guests the best recommendations on dining and city tours as well as area spas, golf courses and other activities.
10. The Kimpton Brice Hotel
The Kimpton Brice is a 4 star boutique hotel located on East Bay Street among mansions and museums and near the river. Among the hotel’s amenities are in-room spa service, Atelier Bloem products, French pressed coffee, a fitness center, seasonal swimming pool and access to public bikes. Pacci is The Kimpton Brice Hotel’s restaurant where rustic Italian cuisine is served and guests can opt to sit at the Chef’s Table. Along with a courtyard and gardens, The Kimpton Brice Hotel has 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.
9. McMillan Inn
The McMillan Inn is a romantic Victorian bed and breakfast located on East Huntington Street next to Forsyth Park. The inn features 12 uniquely styled guest rooms and a larger carriage house. There is a beautiful communal front veranda and parlor as well as a courtyard with lovely gardens, a fountain and a dipping pool. Plant owner Thomas H. McMillan built the house in 1878. McMillan was also integral to creating Forsyth Park. The private home was restored as a bed and breakfast in 1995 and is currently owned by Eric and Melissa Calhoun. The Calhouns offer guests breakfast, all day coffee and tea and host an afternoon tea.
8. Andaz Savannah
Andez Savannah is located on Barnard Street in Ellis Square near shopping and dining. It’s a Hyatt concept hotel with a combination of modern and southern charm. Andez Savannah has 151 guest rooms including 37 suites with views of the city or the pool terrace. The hotel is home to 22 Square Bar which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner indoors or on the terrace. The restaurant specializes in southern coastal cuisine with fresh, locally grown ingredients and features a community table. Andez Savannah has a beautiful wedding and event venue.
7. Olde Harbour Inn
When it was built in 1892, the building which is now Old Harbour Inn served as a cotton warehouse along the Savannah River. Today it has been refitted as a hotel. Rooms are spacious and modern with balcony views of the river or street. Breakfast is served in the dining room daily. Olde Harbour Inn also offers a wine and appetite happy hour each evening. The staff go out of their way to accommedate guests. This is a pet friendly hotel, evening serving daily treats to its furry guests. Olde Harbour Inn also offers guests a nightly turn down service with a special ice cream treat.
6. Inn On West Liberty
The Inn on West Liberty was designed by John B. Hogg in 1871. It served as a 9 bedroom private home for decades and was then used as law offices. The building underwent a 2 year restoration completed in 2004 bringing back to life the Italianate style architectural details. The property was purchased by Patty and Suzy Homer in 2018. The Homers love to mingle with guests in their 8 bedroom bed and breakfast. Guest rooms feature Italianate style, fireplaces and private porches. Period antiques are mixed with modern luxury amenities.
5. The DeSoto By Sotherly
The DeSoto By Sotherly is located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district in Madison Square. It’s an elegant hotel with 246 recently renovated rooms. The building has always been used as a hotel. It was built in 1890 and visited by several United States Presidents. The hotel is known for its southern charm, excellent service, original crystal chandeliers, terra cotta tiles, contemporary art and modern amenities. The DeSoto is home to the 1540 Room restaurant where local, farm fresh ingredients are used, Edgar’s Proof & Provision bar and lounge and the Buffalo Bayou cafe.
4. The Cotton Sail Hotel
The Cotton Sail Hotel is part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection of boutique hotels. The Inn is located in a nineteenth century cotton warehouse and was renovated to include 200 year old pinewood floors and Federalist architecture. Guest rooms have a contemporary warehouse feel and modern amenities and have balconies with city and river views. The Cotton Sail House is known for its Riverhouse restaurant built in 1982. The menu features fresh seafood. There is also a great roof top bar, Top Deck. Hotel amenities include a fitness room, a sundry shop and a wedding venue.
3. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn
The President’s Quarters Inn is located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. The Inn features 16 guest rooms, each named for a United States President. Each suite is elegantly decorated and has modern amenities. Each has a private bath. The Inn offers complimentary breakfast, homemade desserts and has a bar. There is a beautiful garden and common rooms to socialize. The President’s Quarters Inn is a romantic place to host a wedding.
2. Hamilton-Turner Inn
The Hamilton-Turner Inn is a beautiful 17 room boutique bed and breakfast. Rooms feature nineteenth century Victorian architecture like 11 foot tall windows. Four poster beds and antiques are mixed with modern amenities and comfort. The Hamilton-Turner Inn also has a large carriage house with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The 1878 mansion was built by Samual Pugh Hamilton and was a social hub of nineteenth century Savannah. It is also the setting for John Berendt’s novel and the film “Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil”.
1. Ballastone Inn
If you visit Savannah the best place to stay is the Ballastone Inn. This 5 star bed and breakfast has a long history and its painstaking renovations are outstanding. The original 1838 mansion was built at the southern edge of James Oglethorpe’s settlement. It was passed down to plantation owner Major George Anderson in 1874 and then to Captain Henry Blunt who had the home enlarged in 1883. The home would be used as a boarding house, a bordello, apartments and offices before 1980 when when it was renovated to be used as a bed and breakfast. Jennifer Salandi purchased the B&B in 2002 and further renovated the building bringing a mixture of charm and romance in period decor while updating it with modern amenities. Today the Ballastone Inn has 16 unique luxury suites. It’s often used as a small wedding and event venue where guests can enjoy ceremonies in the outdoor courtyard or by the cozy indoor fireside.