Hotels on the Riverfront in Savannah, Georgia

by Baldwin Ellis

Savannah’s riverfront area is home to a selection of hotels that provide Southern charm and distinctive atmospheres. The properties include several boutique hotels that offer a glimpse into the city’s history and a towering modern refuge with an 18-hole championship golf course. The hotels are steps away from cultural sites, picturesque public squares and River Street, which offers restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront

The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront offers upscale boutique accommodations adjacent to the Savannah River. The hotel is steps away from Johnson Square, the oldest of the city’s 24 public squares, and the Savannah Historic District. The hotel features an ornate ambiance, with marble-lined floors, polished brass fixtures and oil paintings. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms with Bose sound systems, city or river views and complimentary bottled water. Hotel highlights include a fully equipped fitness center; rooftop lounge offering panoramic city views, cocktails and an open fire pit; and the Rocks on the River Restaurant, which serves margarita pizzas, burgers and filet mignon.

The Mulberry Inn

The Mulberry Inn is an English manor-themed boutique hotel on the banks of the Savannah River. The property is within walking distance of the River Street shopping district, Washington Square and the Statute of the Waving Girl. A member of the Historic Hotels of the World, the property originally opened in 1868 as a cotton warehouse, and it also served as the world’s second Coca-Cola bottling plant. Accommodations consist of traditionally decorated guest rooms with wood furnishings, mini fridges and river or city views. Amenities include a New Orleans-style courtyard with wrought-iron furniture and gas lanterns, heated outdoor pool and complimentary afternoon tea and desserts in the hotel lobby.

River Street Inn

The River Street Inn is an intimate riverfront property near Emmet Park. The hotel is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and its architecture dates back to the mid-19th century, when it was used to store and grate cotton. Guest rooms show off a mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings, hardwood floors, French balconies and Oriental rugs. Amenities include complimentary evening wine receptions and homemade chocolates; Tubby’s, a riverfront seafood eatery; and Huey’s Southern Cafe, which serves New Orleans-style cuisine.

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa is a sprawlin, upscale property on the Savannah River. The resort is situated the on opposite side of the river from downtown; however, it offers complimentary water ferry service to River Street. Guest rooms offer river, city or golf course views; iHome docks; and Westin’s upscale beds. Hotel amenities include a full-service spa offering couples' massages, riverfront outdoor pool with a hot tub and children’s interactive area, and an 18-hole championship golf course that hosts PGA Tour events. Dining highlights include 24-hour room service and Aqua Star, a seafood restaurant serving a mix of Southern and West Coast cuisine.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Baldwin Ellis has been a writer since 2007. He covers fitness, mental health and travel, with work appearing in print and online publications such as Scazu Fitness and USA Today Travel Tips. Ellis holds a Master of Arts in community psychology.