Historic Savannah, Georgia, attracted visitors before its founding in 1733. Savannah’s earliest tourists did not have the luxury of fine accommodations, but it is not hard to find hotels and suites in this city today. According to Visit Savannah, over seven million individuals find themselves in Savannah’s hotels and suites each year for business or pleasure, allowing them to experience accommodations once reserved only for those in the upper realms of society.
Hotel in a Historic Building
Located in the renovated Guckenheimer Building, built circa 1851, the Inn at Ellis Square is a good option for those looking to stay in the Grand Lady area of Savannah’s historic district. Winning the 2006 Historic Preservation Award by the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Inn at Ellis Square is housed in a colonial-style building. With its prime location on Bay Street, the Inn at Ellis Square is in the same vicinity of the Ellis Square Project, City Market and The Shops at Ellis Square. The hotel is three blocks away from the Telfair Museum of Art, four blocks from riverboat cruises and three blocks from the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. The Inn at Ellis Square has modern guest rooms and suites whose decor reflects the town’s history, with special touches such as handcrafted wooden furniture throughout. The hotel provides basic amenities and garage parking.
Boasting affordable rates and pet-friendly accommodations, the Comfort Suites is an all-suite hotel located in Savannah’s Historic District. The Comfort Suites is a tenth of a mile from the Antique Mall and Savannah Theater. City Market and historic River Street are only 0.2 miles from the hotel, and guests of the hotel find Paula Deen's Lady & Sons restaurant, the Visitors Center and the birthplace of Juliett G. Low within a half-mile from the Comfort Suites. The suites in this accommodation range in size according to the number of guests in a party, and are decorated modernly with a colonial twist, such as the use of arches and small columns to separate a room. The Comfort Suites is FEMA approved for government travelers, and provides an on-site laundry facility for its guests.
Forsyth Park Hotel
Offering standard double rooms to suites, the Mansion on Forsyth Park Hotel houses its guests in a restored Victorian mansion that overlooks Savannah’s Forsyth Park. This hotel is a mile and a half from City Market, a mile from the Davenport House and a half mile from the Savannah History Museum. The Mansion on Forsyth Park Hotel is a luxury accommodation that greets its guests with onyx marble the moment they walk through the front doors of the lobby. The décor throughout the hotel incorporates a mix of Victorian-style furniture (minus the floral elements) and modern design to create an elegant shabby chic look. The hotel features a marble garden pool with a water wall, on-site cooking classes and the Grand Bohemian Gallery with over 400 rare pieces of art. Amenities include over-sized soaking tubs, concierge services and guest packages for those who wish to stay during Thanksgiving or Christmas, a spa package and packages for couples looking for a retreat.
Tailored to those who love being where the action is, the Thunderbird Inn is located on Savannah’s West Oglethorpe Avenue. Originally opened in 1964, the Thunderbird Inn renovated its motel-style accommodations into stylish rooms and suites that kept the best of the 1960’s design ideas. This hotel is located within a mile from the Savannah Visitors’ Center and History Museum, Historic Railroad Museum, the Wayne-Gordon House and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The hotel provides its guests with basic amenities, a kitchenette, blackout drapes and spa-quality toiletries. The Thunderbird Inn is pet-friendly, and its staff can provide the hotel’s guests with local sightseeing tour tickets.