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Where to Stay in Savannah in 2024 | Best Areas & Hotels

Where to Stay in Savannah in 2024 | Best Areas & Hotels

Savannah brings the timeless charm of the South to new levels. Do you want to explore the wonderfully kept period architecture, the leafy squares, perfectly aligned squares, and the haunted stores of this Southern Belle?

Then step into this Georgian adventure and learn where to stay in Savannah; let us be your guide!

The 5 Best Places to Stay in Savannah

Where to Stay in Savannah map in vector format featuring the best areas of town

Savannah has lots of small districts that are evenly divided throughout the city because of its well-planned urban development.

Here we chose the best three districts within the central area of the city:

  1. The Downtown/Historic District: The heart of Savannah, this most central area is a great place to start exploring the city.
  2. The Victorian District: Perfect for history lovers and flaneurs who want to explore well-preserved 19th-century colonial architecture.
  3. Starland: The perfect place for artists and those who want to uncover the alternative scene of Savannah.

Where to Stay in Savannah: Best Areas & Hotels

Savannah is Georgia’s fifth-largest city, with a population of about 147.000 people. It’s a city with a strong Southern charm, where every corner seems to tell a story of its own — including the accommodations options.

Did you know that the city is considered one of the most haunted places in the US? One example is The Marshall House, which is now a hotel, but used to be a hospital during the Civil War and Yellow Fever epidemics.

Another example is the Moon River Brewing Company, with its lady in white standing at the top of the restaurant’s staircase.

This whiff of the supernatural adds to the otherworldly charm of Savannah, and the blend of historic 19th-century mansions with the busy spirit of modern city life paints both a modern and timeless picture.

The core of the city is the historic or downtown district, where you’ll encounter countless stores and unique food joints, as well as the famous small squares offering a bit of shade and respite from your city walk.

Most accommodation options are in this part of the city, so regardless of your budget, you’ll be able to find something that works for you here.

The Victorian and Starland Districts are another story, however — they mostly have mid-range and upper mid-range, as well as luxury-type accommodations. Something more affordable can be found in local B&Bs and rooms for rent.

1. The Downtown/Riverfront District

Small shops pictured at dusk with an empty riverwalk made of stones pictured with trolley tracks running down the road

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The historic district is where all Savannah first-timers should begin their exploration of the city. It’s a joy to walk through its streets, admire the restored 18th and 19th-century mansions, and take refuge in the oak shade on one of its 22 park squares (yes, you read that right!).

There are a lot of things we love about this district, and the huge choice of restaurants and food joints is certainly one of them.

More than 100 restaurants grace the streets of Savannah’s Downtown serving traditional Southern cuisine by the Savannah River or quirky, one-of-a-kind South African sandwiches.

The Savannah River runs right through the central area, and one of the things you should definitely do there is take a boat tour. Seeing it from the water will give you a memorable experience of the whole city.

You can also visit the open-air City Market, which has existed since the 1700s. It’s a warehouse type of space where you can find food and artwork from local creatives. We’re sure you’ll find something worthy to take back home as a souvenir as well!

A stroll through River Street by the quay will uncover all the hip bars and late-night clubs in the historic/downtown area. Our personal pick is the aptly named Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.

It’s a bar perfectly described by its name, where the guests choose the songs, which then have to be played by two people dueling on the pianos.

Yeah, it’s as fun as it sounds. If you want a more casual hangout place, visit Dub’s, or go to Saddle Bags Savannah for the classic American experience — there are mechanical bull riding and regular live performances!

The Downtown/Historic District Budget Hotels

  • Quality Inn Savannah Historic District is a two-star hotel located near the Savannah River Quay. It’s close to many shops and restaurants, and it has everything you need for a cozy stay without costing too much. It’s also a pet-friendly hotel, so a good option if you’re traveling with your furry friend. Rooms have private bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and a coffee machine.
  • The Marshall House is a three-star historic hotel in the heart of the historic district. It was built in 1851, and before it was a hotel, it served as a hospital, so as we mentioned earlier, it has a spooky vibe. Still, it’s a nice hotel with an elegant atmosphere that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

The Downtown/Historic District Mid-Range Hotels

  • Planters Inn is a charming three-star hotel overlooking Reynolds Square. It has a beautiful terrace that you can enjoy as a guest. The rooms have free Wi-Fi and a rustic, homey vibe to them. This place really brings a cozy but also classy Southern feel to the hotel experience, and we love it.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Historic District is a three-star hotel, a more budget-friendly option from the famous brand, but still offers a pool, a gym, and room service. It has a great location — right in the city center — just a couple of minutes walk to Savannah’s waterfront.

The Downtown/Historic District Luxury Hotels

  • The Alida is a beautiful four-star hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms are spacious, with large flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and a beautiful en suite bathroom with rainfall showerheads. We also highly recommend the hotel’s rooftop bar, which offers impressive views of the city and the river.
  • JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District Hotel is a luxury five-star hotel by Savannah’s waterfront. All rooms are decorated in a luxury, neo-baroque, yet also minimalist style, with Wi-Fi and private marble bathrooms. Some have river views, and others have city views.

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2. Victorian District

Magnificent white fountain pictured in the middle of Forsyth park with a tree-lined walkway leading to the fountain


The Victorian district is a delightful place if you’re looking for a sweet romantic getaway vacation or a quieter spot within the central areas of Savannah.

As its name says, it’s a district filled with beautiful Victorian mansions and B&Bs, which add to the romantic flair of the area. A walk through the Victoria District is a beautiful and fun experience in and of itself.

If you’re a fan of 19th-century and early 20th-century architecture and beautifully preserved, colorful historic buildings, you’ll love strolling through this great neighborhood.

One example is the Eckburg Hall, where the Savannah College of Art and Design is located. The district borders the beautiful Forsyth Park on the southwest side, which is another reason you should stay here with your significant other.

Take them on a stroll through the park’s famous white fountain amid the flower beds and soak up the atmosphere of those warm Georgian afternoons. Savannah has its mystical side, as we mentioned earlier.

In the Victorian District, you’ll be able to find a shop called Ordinary Magic, selling herbs, jewelry, minerals, protective crystals, books, and other magical lifestyle products. If you’ve ever watched the show Charmed, you know what we’re talking about.

Victorian District Budget Hotels

  • B&B Zia Gianna is a nice and cozy bed and breakfast that offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms. Each room has its private bathroom. There’s also a beautiful garden that guests of the property can use, as well as a spa and wellness center. The property serves breakfast every morning, which is included in the price.

Victorian District Mid-Range Hotels

  • Bellwether House is a typical Southern mansion that’s also really close to the city center. It has a wonderful terrace and offers rooms with private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. You can have breakfast at the property every morning. There’s also a restaurant as part of the house, which serves American and Indian food.
  • Catherine Ward House Inn is a three-star bed and breakfast type of accommodation. It’s a cozy and welcoming place to stay, just a two-minute walk from Forsyth Park. All rooms have Wi-Fi, a TV, and a fridge. Some rooms also have a private balcony and a small spa bath.

Victorian District Luxury and Mid-Range Hotels

  • Mansion on Forsyth Park is a four-star luxury hotel near Forsyth Park. It has an outdoor pool, a fitness center for those who don’t want to miss out on their exercise while vacationing, and a spa and wellness center for those who just want to relax. The rooms are big, with marble bathrooms, a TV, and Wi-Fi. We recommend going to the rooftop lounge, having a drink, and just enjoying the sunset and the great view of the park.

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3. Starland District

Neat view of a gathering place in the Starland District, one of the best places to stay in Savannah, GA

Savannah GA USA June 24 2020 Starland district/Matthew Rigsby/Shutterstock

The Starland district lives up to its name. Located north of the Victorian district, it epitomizes Savannah’s artsy, laid-back, and creative side. It’s filled with galleries, studios, improv theaters, and quirky shops that are now thriving even though they used to be rundown in the 1990s.

Starland is for artsy people looking for that perfect vintage piece on their trip abroad — we suggest trying your luck at the Vintage Vortex Savannah.

If you want to look for antique furniture, art, and other items, look no further than Picker Joe’s Antique Mall & Vintage Market.

For those of you who are music lovers and are trying to find a vinyl record that no one has to bring back to your home collection, check out Graveface Records & Curiosities.

The cute and quaint cafes are also something that makes Starland truly special for visitors and locals. Stop by the Foxy Loxy Cafe, a beloved local’s coffee and Tex-Mex joint, for brunch and an evening menu of beer and wine.

If you feel like you need something extra exotic and want to fly over to Hawaii but can’t, then go to the Water Witch Tiki. It’s a quirky bar opened as an homage to Hawaiian culture, offering great cocktails. Plus, you’ll get to meet people who love to tell tales of local Hawaiian legends.

Starland District Budget Hotels

There aren’t a lot of budget options in Starland District. If you’re looking for more affordable accomodation, check out our recommendations in the Victorian District and Savannah Downtown.

Starland District Mid-Range Hotels

  • Azalea Inn and Villas is a four-star hotel about 20 minutes away from Starland. It’s a very cozy hotel decorated in the Southwestern style, offering spacious rooms with TV, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. Some rooms even have fireplaces and balconies. The hotel also has a pool with a garden. Forsyth Park is nearby.
  • Justine Inn Savannah is a three-star hotel that’s located in an 1877 French Renaissance-style townhouse. For the price you pay, you get a free homemade breakfast every day, as well as snacks, wine, and cheese in the evening. There’s free Wi-Fi in all rooms and a private bathroom.

Starland District Luxury Hotels

  • Amethyst Garden Inn is a four-star hotel located in a beautiful 19th-century Neo-Gothic mansion painted in vibrant purple color. It’s a lovely place to stay if you’re willing to spend an extra buck because it’s definitely not cheap. The hotel has free parking, Wi-Fi, and a garden with a terrace.
  • The Gastonian, Historic Inns of Savannah is a four-star bed and breakfast located only two blocks from Forsyth Park. This large southwestern mansion offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, TV, and other amenities for a cozy stay.
  • McMillan Inn is a four-star hotel about 20 minutes away from Starland. It has a garden with an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace with a shared lounge for hotel guests. All rooms have private bathrooms and Wi-Fi; some have a balcony or a patio with pool and garden views.

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Book Your Trip to Savannah Today!

Savannah is a great place to visit if you want to experience the Southern charm and hospitality. With its numerous quality food joints, Savannah doesn’t disappoint with its gastronomy either.

Overall it’s a place that’s not too big but one that offers plenty to do for its size. Accommodation-wise, Savannah, much like Santa Fe, is not easy on the budget traveler. Most budget-friendly places can be found locally through B&Bs and rooms for rent.

🍽️ Best for Shopping & DiningDowntown Savannah
🏰 Most Historic AreaVictorian District
🎭 Most Artistic AreaStarland

So, with so much to see and do, what are you what are you waiting for — book your trip today to experience for yourself all that this historic riverside town has to offer. Happy travels!