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Savannah, Georgia is a city known for its Southern hospitality, historic beauty, magnificent food, and delectable cocktails. Its rich history has turned it into a city devoted to the arts and dedicated to preserving its spectacular period architecture.
Dating back to the 1700s, its centuries of history and numerous associations with ghost stories have given the city a reputation of being haunted — you’ll certainly feel that when you see the sleepy Spanish moss tangled in the city’s stately (and ancient) oak trees.
This is a Southern city that’s not to be missed. If Savannah’s on your travel bucket list, consider one of the following boutique hotels to make as your home base for exploring this unique American locale.
Price: From $195 per night
The Alida, Savannah, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a 4-star boutique property that provides modern amenities with plenty of charm — while always keeping Savannah’s famed Southern hospitality at its core. Located on the riverfront, the hotel is named after Alida Harper Fowlkes, an entrepreneur passionate about Savannah’s heritage. It’s a gateway to the city’s art scene and features a cozy and timeless design with industrial accents.
The rooms at The Alida are all unique and are decorated with original artwork and crafts from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students. There are oversized windows to allow natural light to flood each room and to provide great views of River Street below.
There are guest rooms, suites, and penthouses available to book, and all include hardwood floors, mid-century furnishings, exposed brick details, brass accents, and state-of-the-art technology.
Price: From $183 per night
Azalea Inn and Villas is designed to make every guest feel like they’re at home. Guests will be welcomed as friends at the property, which provides home-cooked meals (including decadent breakfasts and desserts served every evening) and focuses on Southern hospitality.
An ideal location for those seeking a classic Southern experience in Savannah, the Azalea Inn and Villas boasts veranda porches and hidden gardens, contributing to the relaxed and warm ambiance. It also features a swimming pool as well as guest parlors for social gatherings.
Each guest room sports a different design, from Asian-inspired to classic Southern décor. However, you can expect certain amenities across all rooms, including plush bathrobes, luxury bathroom amenities, environmentally-friendly accents like CFL lighting, and towels made from cotton and bamboo.
Price: From $253 per night
Located in Savannah’s Historic District, the Ballastone Inn is a distinguished property known for the luxe experience it offers to guests. It’s truly an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or for those seeking an escape from the monotony of daily life.
The building dates back to 1828. In keeping with its traditions, the hotel boasts an antique full-service bar where bartenders whip up delicious craft cocktails. The inn’s courtyard is also a perfect oasis of relaxation.
Historic Victorian furnishings adorn every room in the hotel, along with opulent antiques and fine silver collections, though the specific design of each room is different.
Price: From $248 per night
Located on the River Street waterfront, this trendy boutique hotel used to be a cotton warehouse in the 19th century, and you can still pick up on some of its history in the details of the property’s design.
The rooms at The Cotton Sail Hotel feature king or queen beds with city or river views, and some feature balconies. The plush beds and reclaimed 200-year-old hardwood floors add to the comfort and elegance.
Every room features amenities like premium furnishings, 42-inch TVs, and deluxe bath amenities. Elsewhere on the property, you can utilize the business center and the gym, and enjoy the restaurant serving up locally-sourced meals. The rooftop bar, Top Deck, is a somewhat rare offering in Savannah that you’ll certainly enjoy.
Price: From $123 per night
Set in a massive building dating back to the 19th century and known to Savannah locals as “Grand Lady on the Bay,” the Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District makes quite an impression. It began life as a warehouse, morphed into a charming grocery store and cafe, and is now a hotel. You can still pick up on its past while walking through the halls and other spaces in the hotel.
It’s located next to the City Market, and the attractions of Broughton and River Streets are within walking distance. You’re not far from other popular attractions like Moon River Brewery and the Telfair Museums.
You can expect high-end comfort in all guest rooms at this property, but upgrading to a room like the King Suite or a 2-bedroom loft suite will add significantly to your experience.
The hotel is also pet-friendly and features a fitness center on-site.
Price: From $299 per night
An ideal base for exploring the beauty and culture of Savannah’s historic district, this quaint inn dates back to 1871 and is full of timeless charm and exquisite craftsmanship. Guest rooms feature hardwood floors, exposed bricks, and cozy fireplaces for added comfort.
The Inn on West Liberty provides a luxurious experience that makes guests feel like they’ve stepped back in time, while still offering plenty of modern conveniences. Built in the Italianate style by John B. Hogg, the inn was lovingly restored in 2004, then converted into a hotel in 2018. Its elegance, quality, and location have made it a popular choice ever since.
Business travelers will find many amenities here, from working spaces to living areas that easily turn into meeting rooms. And you can’t miss the included gourmet Southern-style breakfast that delights guest after guest.
Price: From $139 per night
Set in Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District, The Kimpton Brice Hotel is an urban resort that seamlessly combines traditional and modern elements. One of the trendier spots in town, it’s located to River Street and Emmet Park and is also within walking distance of many other Savannah attractions like the City Market.
You’ll notice pops of color on the premium furniture, the floor-to-ceiling velour drapes, and the otherwise traditional 4-poster beds.
There are views of the historic downtown, the hotel’s garden, or Washington Square from every room, and all of them feature Italian linens and plenty of space to spread out. Some of them even have private balconies, soaking tubs, or European showers.
Hot Tip: Learn more about this brand in our complete guide to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, as well as the best Kimpton Hotels to book with points for maximum value.
Price: From $296 per night
Part of Marriott Bonvoy’s The Luxury Collection, this hotel located in Savannah’s Historic District is full of art, elegance, and modern comforts. The Perry Lane Hotel embodies the city’s history but looks firmly toward the future, resulting in a one-of-a-kind hotel in Savannah.
Rooms and suites at the hotel combine regional charm with contemporary design. The beautiful furnishings and unique artwork in each room make each space unforgettable. All rooms offer loads of comfort and space and include amenities like high-end linens, designer bathroom amenities, and private bars. Suites boast separate living areas and even more lavish details.
The hotel also features a rooftop pool, as well as a fitness center.
Price: From $209 per night
Located on Reynolds Square in Savannah’s Historic District, this romantic hideaway, with its elegant colonial architecture and surrounded by flowering azaleas, allows guests to experience true Southern hospitality in supreme comfort.
Guest rooms at The Planters Inn feature traditional artwork, antique-looking furnishings, floral design accents, and warm mahogany detailing. Some have fireplaces and views over Reynolds Square.
The hotel also features a special offer of a 2-night stay with a private horse-and-carriage tour, roses, and a choice of wine or Champagne service.
Hot Tip: Read our in-depth review of the Andaz Savannah for a peek at another one of the city’s top hotels.
Price: From $189 per night
This 4-star hotel is set in an excellent location in the heart of Savannah. It’s within walking distance of many attractions like the City Market, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Forsyth Park.
In addition to supremely comfortable rooms and suites, the TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District also features a 24-hour fitness center, Southern breakfasts, a full-service restaurant, and more. It’s a great property for business and leisure travelers and would make an equally great home base for families traveling together.
Savannah is known for its great weather year-round, friendliness, and pedestrian accessibility. While it can be full of calm and serenity during the week, the weekends bring the parties, so visitors can indulge in the raucous nightlife, too. Whatever your plans in the city, there are many exceptional boutique hotels in Savannah to enjoy.
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