Posted on August 1, 2016 by Nikki White
Are you planning a trip to Savannah—the oldest city in the state of Georgia? We always get asked the same question by people planning to visit—where is the best place to stay? Well, that all depends on the kind of trip you want to have! We’ve done our best to break down the answer to that question by the different exciting possibilities, from inns off serene squares, to happening hotels right in the heart of the Historic District and accommodations to suite every preference.
For the Ultimate Downtown Experience:
The best place to stay for exciting events, fun First Friday Fireworks and an abundance of shops and restaurants is the famous River Street! With all kinds of festivals organized by the Savannah Waterfront Association, there’s always something to do! Stop in either the Savannah Candy Kitchen or River Street Sweets and indulge in taffy and pralines. Then head over to Wet Willies or another bar and grab a to-go cup of your favorite cocktail or beer! Enjoy delicious seafood at Fiddler’s Crab House. Walk along the Savannah River and discover several monuments all the while enjoying the view of the beautiful river and the Talmadge Bridge, and you might even see a cargo ship go by on its way out to sea.
If you enjoy a Thriving Nightlife
The best spot in Savannah for live music, nightlife and bar hopping is the City Market. City Market is a four-block marketplace between Ellis Square and Franklin Square on West St. Julian Street, that features art galleries, shops, bars, live music and restaurants—all inside of old warehouses that have been around since the 1700s. After hours, City Market doesn’t shut down; instead, things pump up with live music, concerts, performers and more! Enjoy walking around with Savannah’s famous “to-go” cups, while enjoying the live music, and even pop in an after-hours eatery if you get hungry.
If you’re a History Buff
Want to visit Savannah and soak in all of her vibrant history? The best accommodations for history buffs are the hotels, bed & breakfasts and inns near the local museums, such as the Savannah History Museum and Georgia Railroad Museum, as well as the Telfair Academy, Jepson Center and Thomas-Owens House.
Another great area to stay in for history is around any of the dozens of squares that are peppered throughout the Historic District. The squares say the most about Savannah’s history, and are often called the “heart and soul” of Savannah. There are 22 in total, and originally there were 24 squares, six of which were built by James Oglethorpe, the founder of Savannah.
If you’re an Art Lover
Savannah is the home to tons of amazing artists, and the art community continues to thrive and grow every day. Some of the best areas to stay to really soak in the culture would be around the many art galleries, such as the ones at City Market. Another great place to stay is near the Telfair Museum or the Jepson Center, where you can enjoy exhibits and culture alike. Savannah is also home to the Savannah College of Art and Design, which owns and operates their own art museum that is open to the public.
If you’re a Shopaholic
Do you enjoy shopping and hitting up boutiques? Try staying around Broughton Street or somewhere along Bull Street, where there are boutiques and stores aplenty! Shops are scattered throughout the Historic District, around City Market and also lining the many historic squares, but the best area to target is Broughton Street or Bull Street.
If your pup is with you
Staying at pet-friendly hotels and inns around any of the many squares is a great option if you bring your pooch with you to Savannah, as they provide a green space for your furry friend to walk around. Even better is Forsyth Park, the largest park in the Historic District—30 acres of serenity nestled right in the middle of the busy downtown area. With a wide variety of features, including the Forsyth Fountain, the splash pad, the big open fields, the playgrounds, the many recreational courts on the south end of the park and the amphitheater, both humans and dogs alike can enjoy just about every inch of this park. Forsyth Park is a hub for the locals and tourists alike, and there’s something for everyone, even Fido, to enjoy!
If you have a car
If you are making the drive to the Hostess City of the South and don’t mind staying just outside of the Historic District, then consider booking a hotel in Midtown. Just south of the Historic District, Midtown features more restaurants, the Oglethorpe Mall and several other shopping centers. There are several hotel options in the midtown area, and the downtown area is only a 10-minute drive away!
If you’re visiting a college
Are you visiting the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) or Armstrong University? If you’re visiting SCAD, the two best areas to stay is either around the Savannah Visitor Center, near the freshmen dorms, the Civic Center or on Bull Street near Poetter Hall, where the admission department is located. If you’re visiting Armstrong University, you’re going to want to stay on the Southside of Savannah, about 20 minutes outside of the Historic District. The Southside features Armstrong University, Savannah Mall, Bass Pro Shop, Target and a number of other stores, as well as some of everyone’s favorite restaurants.
Try these for SCAD: Embassy Suites Historic Savannah, Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District, Hamilton-Turner Inn
Try these for Armstrong: Days Inn Savannah Abercorn Southside, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Savannah – Midtown, TownePlace Suites Savannah Midtown
If you’re on a budget
Want to save some cash during your trip? Try staying at a neighboring city, such as Garden City or Pooler—which feature many inexpensive hotels, and are only a short drive away! If staying Downtown is something you’re not willing to negotiate, then no worries, there are also a handful of hotels in the Historic District that cost a little less than their neighbors.
Hotels in Garden City: Baymont Inn & Suites Savannah/Garden City, InTown Suites (Extended Stay)
Hotels in Pooler (near the airport): Best Western Plus Savannah Airport Inn & Suites, Quality Inn Pooler, Comfort Inn & Suites Savannah Airport
Hotels Downtown: Quality Inn Savannah Historic District, DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District, Thunderbird Inn