Karyn Wofford is a freelance writer in the fields of travel, eco-tourism, and wellness. She’s an avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up with a passion for travel, exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean, and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.
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Savannah, Georgia is a majestic destination thanks to centuries of accumulating charm. Much of Georgia’s architecture was sadly destroyed during past war activity, so having a place like this, with such impeccable preservation, is truly special. The Historic District is a scenic gem, with parks, dramatic foliage, nearby markets and stunning structures. All of this overlooks the Insta-worthy Savannah River. Numerous hotels reside in the area, and even the branded selections are set up in buildings with an extensive past. For so many reasons, these are the best hotels in the Savannah Historic District.
Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District blends well with the overall look of the area, but inside guests will find a multitude of upgrades and modern appeal—it’s an excellent blend. One of the best hotels in Savannah, the hotel’s pleasantly gritty look can be attributed to the hotel’s warehouse past, and we can just imagine the tales seeping from the bones of this place. To top it off, the Savannah River grazes by, parallel.
River Street Inn sits right against the water, hence its appropriate name. This structure, too, was an old warehouse that once processed cotton, but now has been repurposed to provide posh accommodations with a rustic edge. Suites are adorned with brick walls, spa bathrooms and period furniture—a classic Savannah mashup.
The Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah is technically a Hilton property, so one can expect all the amenities typically found when staying with the line. Being right on the river, the views from the rooftop bar are incomparably dramatic, and could quite possibly be touted as the best in the city. If you were wondering, this too was once a warehouse. Seems there is a theme in the district.
Hyatt Regency Savannah delivers with classic hotel vibes, paired with unobstructed views of Savannah’s bustling river. Watch boats chug up and down the water way from your bedroom window, and enjoy proximity to local shops and eateries. Another added bonus is the spacious indoor pool, perfect for rainy days.
Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District goes beyond the norm with its well-appointed suites with a contemporary flair. However, the exterior matches the district aesthetic. Guests get all the chain perks like a free hot breakfast, but the show-stopping feature is on the roof. A pool and lounging area await with birds-eye views of the historic downtown and the river bridge.
Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District is much like the latter listing—it features all the expected comforts and quality, so you know you’re in for a solid stay. But little extras elevate the establishment beyond what one would anticipate, with both its location and, drum roll, rooftop pool. City Market is only a few minutes away.
Andaz Savannah is a Hyatt property, with even more posh amenities, right down to the small stuff, like free snacks. The pool is more polished than some of the more historic properties, so expect cabanas, sleek style and modern fire pits. The rooms measure up with muted yet upscale design, and the comfiest beds ever. City Market is just a mile away, and an on-site southern restaurant serves delicious fare.
If anything is the epitome of old Savannah, it’s the traditionally decorated Planters Inn—in fact, it’s all about tradition. Guests will be treated to a home-cooked breakfast that can be delivered to your room, and daily treats like a wine and cheese social display southern hospitality. One of Savannah’s most well-known restaurants The Olde Pink House, is adjacent, so guests can walk a few steps for mouthwatering pecan pie and other dishes true to the region.
Foley House Inn is a long-standing favorite thanks to incomparable 1800s charm and hospitality that makes southerners proud. Furnishings and decor are spot on, while it has just enough flair and color to keep it fun. Don’t miss out on the cooked to order breakfast.
Presidents’ Quarters Inn also ranks as one of the highest, and it embodies the same old charm as many of our other picks. The bed and breakfast consists of two federal mansions that have stood the test of time, since the 1800s. While still displaying the past, everything has been slightly refined to modern standards. Enjoy extras during your stay, like wine and cocktails.