Top Hotels in Savannah

by Edwin Thomas

Savannah has its fair share of cookie-cutter budget and mid-range chain hotels, but as a city that stands as one of the most historic ports of the American South, Savannah is also home to a number of fine lodgings. In the city's historic district, several 18th- and 19th-century buildings have been converted into hotels. Outside that district's leafy green antiquity stand high-rise hotels offering luxurious accommodations and modern design.

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Considerations

Savannah's proper Historic District, where the city's famous garden-like squares are found, is a mile-long rectangle bordered by Gaston Street and Forsyth Park on one end and the Savannah River on the other. The area around Forsyth Park is sometimes also labeled the "historic district" as well, however, and beyond that is the Victorian District. Therefore, a hotel might describe itself as being within the historic part of Savannah and still be a long walk from any points of interest, while a hotel located just outside the Historic District near the riverfront might be closer. Visitors should not take locational labels for granted and instead use a map to study where the hotel is relative to city landmarks.

East Bay Inn

A Fodor's Choice hotel and one of the top-ranked hotels in Savannah according to Forbes Travel, the East Bay Inn is set along the Savannah River in a series of converted cotton warehouses from the 1850s. The 28 rooms sport 18-foot ceilings and comfortable period reproduction furniture, while the hotel as a whole enjoys a decor rich with exposed brick and wrought-iron fixtures. An added plus is that for a top hotel in Savannah, the East Bay Inn is reasonably priced.

The Mansion on Forsyth Park

The Mansion on Forsyth Park has earned the highest ratings from both Frommer's and Fodor's, making it truly one of the top hotels in the city. The core of the hotel is the Kayton family mansion, which has long been a fixture of Forsyth Park, the city's major green space. The guest rooms are among the most spacious in Savannah and display a chic, avant-garde decor. The rest of the hotel is decorated by a rotating, eclectic collection of more than 400 original works of art.

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort

This 16-story high-rise is the largest hotel in Savannah and is adjacent to the convention center. With its three-star rating from Forbes Travel and status as a New York Times Travel Pick, the hotel is also among the most highly regarded in the city. The Westin is actually located across the Savannah River, but the hotel operates its own water-taxi, which ferries guests right to historic River Street. The guest rooms are comfortably furnished in a contemporary style, which is quite a contrast with the antique bed-and-breakfasts of the Historic District.