Located near the beaches at Tybee Island and Hilton Head and blessed with one of the best-preserved historic districts in America, Savannah offers visitors top-notch attractions and the hotels to match them. In the historic district, travelers will find inns and hotels of antique origins located down the street from modern chain hotels designed to blend in with the historic, red-brick surroundings.
Historic District Hotels
Frommer's describes the "charming small inns" of the historic district, often set in renovated 19th century homes, as "the undisputed stars" of Savannah's hotel scene, but these inns are essentially bed and breakfasts. While they might be set in historic homes, packed with antique furniture and immersed in Savannah's antebellum atmosphere, most will lack amenities such as fitness and business centers and swimming pools, and off-street parking will be in short supply. Visitors to Savannah who insist upon these features should skip the historic inns and proceed directly to the historic district's chain hotels.
The Azalea Inn
The Azalea Inn occupies an Italianate house from the 1880s, and according to Frommer's this inn enjoys furnishings "a little richer, its colors a bit more evocative, and its decor more appealingly cluttered" than other bed and breakfasts in Savannah. Guest rooms are individually decorated in a Victorian fashion but come with modern touches such as air-jet bathtubs and DVD players. The Azalea Inn bases its breakfast on Southern recipes and local and seasonal foods, offering fare such as buttermilk pecan pancakes, honey-roasted plums and shrimp and grits.
The Four Points by Sheraton
This chain hotel is located on the southwestern fringe of Savannah's historic district, so while it is not in the middle of things, it remains convenient to the riverfront and Broughton Street. The Four Points blends in seamlessly with its surroundings thanks to its modest height of five stories and red brick facade, but on the inside this is a thoroughly modern hotel. The guest rooms come appointed in contemporary fashion, and the hotel has amenities such as a roof-top swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.
The Gastonian earned a place on the "Conde Nast Traveler" Gold List in both 2006 and 2007, and stands as one of the most highly regarded hotels in Savannah. The 17 guest rooms feature individual decoration based on Georgian- and Regency-era antique and reproduction furniture, and mix old-fashioned features such as fireplaces with the odd modern touch, like flat-screen TVs. The Gastonian also offers themed package deals such as the Relaxation Package and Golf Package, including accommodations and extras such as restaurant vouchers and guided tours.