Bargain Savannah Hotels

by Edwin Thomas

As one of the most historic port cities in the American South and located several minutes' drive from the wide, sandy beaches of Georgia's coast, Savannah has plenty to offer to its visitors. But bargain accommodations are in short supply in Savannah. To find relatively inexpensive hotels in Savannah, a visitor must be willing to either compromise on her budget or on her choice of location.

Budget Considerations

Lodgings in the historic district of Savannah are dominated by pricey, upscale bed and breakfasts set in antique houses and decorated by almost-as-antique furniture, so bargain accommodations are few and far between. Inside the historic district, the least expensive accommodations are mid-rangers with room rates typically well over $100 per night. To find a less expensive hotel, travelers need to look outside the historic district, most likely in the sometimes-seedy area between the historic area and the Atlantic Coastal Highway.

East Bay Inn

This Fodor's Choice hotel offers historic accommodations on the Savannah waterfront at mid-range prices. Set inside what were once mid 19th-century cotton warehouses, the East Bay Inn is a place of exposed red brick both inside and outside the hotel, reproduction furnishings, ornate pillars and wrought iron fittings. On the downside, parking spaces at the inn are limited and the views from the rooms are underwhelming. Nonetheless, for its location the East Bay Inn is a bargain.

Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn

The Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn is set on Chatham Square in one of the oldest parts of Savannah's historic district. It combines a central location with a historic atmosphere that extends from the curling, wrought iron railings of the stairway leading to the front door and into the rooms, with four-poster beds as well as antique and reproduction furniture. Breakfast, drawn from a menu packed with Southern favorites, is included, and can be served either in the dining room or at the courtyard patio.

Thunderbird Inn Hotel

In a city full of 18th- and 19th-century lodgings, the Thunderbird Inn has a very different kind of feel, as the place is something of a time capsule from the 1950s and early 1960s. A New York Times Travel Pick, the motel offers simple-yet-tasteful rooms and a kitschy sense of style located just outside the historic district, and was described by that newspaper as "the way to go" for budget accommodations in Savannah. The combination of price and atmosphere make it an ideal choice, so be sure to reserve rooms in advance.