Southern Charm Guarantees Sweet Dreams in Savannah's Appealing Hotels and B&Bs

In a city known for southern hospitality, it's no wonder that Savannah has such an impressive range of accommodations. From cozy B&Bs - many of them tucked into 19th century mansions - boutique hotels and sleek nationally branded resorts, there's plenty to choose from.

Traditional favorites include the Gastonian Inn, Ballastone Inn, Hamilton-Turner Inn and Mansion on Forsythe. Visitors in search of well known brands can check into riverfront favorites such as the Westin Harbor Golf & Spa Resort, Savannah Marriott Riverfront and Hyatt Regency Savannah.

History buffs may prefer the unique charisma reflected in the Historic District's Hilton Savannah DeSoto, Savannah Courtyard Historic District and Holiday Inn Historic District.

Popular boutique hotels are wowing visitors with their blend of "something old, something new" touches. Current darlings include the Andaz Savannah and Bohemian Hotel.

For visitors on a budget, numerous choices abound outside of the city's Historic District. Inexpensive, well-maintained hotels and motels include Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah and Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown both located just a few miles from the Historic District.

No matter where you settle, you're sure to find Savannah's legendary excellent service and attention to detail, for which the South is so well known. As travelers from all over will find, "Southern Hospitality" is alive and well in this charming city.


The Brice
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Tucked into downtown Savannah's antebellum background, The chic Brice - a member of Kimpton Hotels - houses 145 stylish guestrooms and suites providing a pleasing blend of vintage with edgy modern touches. Rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, oversized desk with ergonomic desk chair, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities and organic honor bar. Peek through floor to ceiling silver velour drapes allow panoramic views of the historic downtown. If you like to keep fit when on the road, a full-service fitness center, Pilates, in-room yoga mats and swimming pool will keep you on the move, while stress-relief is available with in-room customized massages and body treatments. Dining is a delight in Pacci Italian Kitchen +Bar, set in an Italian country farmhouse ambiance. Mornings feature specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and freshly baked pastries, while afternoon and evenings showcase cicchetti (Italian tapas), Panini and tasty seasonal dishes. For a romantic téte-a-téte, the garden courtyard beckons. In keeping with Kimpton's tradition, complimentary wine is served by the Master Sommelier between 5 - 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby. For special events and business meetings, the hotel has nearly 6,000 square feet of indoor meeting space equipped with state-of-the-art amenities, punctuated by outstanding catering. For something more intimate the Secret Garden offers a lush courtyard setting. Pets are important at The Brice and they accept "any pet, any size or breed," at no extra charge. In fact, they even offer special pet amenities such as pet bowls and beds as well as a dog leash and VIP (Very Important Pet) amenity delivered to the room upon arrival. Pet sitting, grooming, walking, massages and acupuncture services can also be arranged through the concierge.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This chic hotel offers luxurious posh amenities and exceptional services not only for people, but for their furry companions.

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Historic District

"Something old, something new" best describes the Marshall House. Built in 1851 and restored and reopened in 1999, the iconic hotel has the distinction of being one of Savannah's oldest hotels. Many of the Marshall House's original features remain untouched, including 19th-century doors, windows, moldings, staircases and railings. Many of the guest rooms contain traces of the hotel's early days - among them antique claw foot tubs and wrought-iron balconies. All of the 68 guestrooms feature Wi-Fi, wall-mounted flat-screen LCD HD TVs and premium mattresses. Complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast, and complimentary wine and cheese (Sunday - Thursday) are additional "perks." The hotel's desirable location on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah offers easy access to numerous shops, restaurants and bars. One of the city's best restaurants, 45 Bistro, is located on the hotel's ground level.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This quaint hotel blends the best of both worlds - Old World charm with modern-day amenities.

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Historic District

It may now belong to a renowned chain of hotels, but Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel has a rich history of its own as the former DeSoto Hotel - "the" hotel in Savannah for many years. Ideally situated in the heart of the Historic District, the hotel is conveniently close to many of the city's worthwhile downtown attractions. The 246 guestrooms boast breathtaking views of Savannah's skyline, while offering historic elements along with modern amenities such as 32" flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Guests can also take advantage of the refreshing rooftop pool, the popular DeSoto Grille, dishing up a full breakfast and lunch buffet, and the Lions Den, the hotel's cozy lounge.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hilton is always a sure bet and this hotel blends modern touches and easy access to the city's Historic District.

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Enveloped by the charm of the Historic District, Andaz Savannah possesses a trendy urban vibe which combines perfectly with a taste of worldly sophistication and the warmth of Southern hospitality. The chic boutique hotel houses 151 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, which combine with work and living spaces to offer luxurious amenities topped off by stellar service. A state-of-the-art fitness center and a sparkling outdoor pool on the 2nd-floor terrace with cabanas, sitting areas, a fire pit and urban oasis views offer stress relief. A 24-hr Business Center and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel will keep you connected. Savor tasty market-to-table Southern cuisine at Square 22, or meet for classic handcrafted cocktails and artisan plates at Square 22 Bar. Successful meetings and events can be staged in several versatile meeting spaces powered by Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and appetizing cuisine.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is a chic, boutique gem, close to some of Savannah's most important sights.

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Facing Savannah's famed Chippewa Square, the Foley House Inn is a romantic bed and breakfast tucked into two adjoining historic mansions. The inn's 19 spacious rooms house elegant furnishings, large HDTVs, in-room fireplaces and Wi-Fi. Mouth-watering Southern-style breakfasts and freshly-baked pastries are available throughout the day and tasty appetizers are paired with wine tastings in the evenings. For an additional fee, pets can be accommodated in the inn's carriage house and garden-level rooms. Its desirable location near the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Church, the Andrew Low House and Colonial Park Cemetery, make the Foley House Inn is a sure bet for anyone wanting a memorable Savannah getaway.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: One of Savannah's favorite B&Bs, you'll find true Southern hospitality here.

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The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
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Unobstructed views of Downtown Savannah, an 18-hole golf course and an award-winning spa are just part of the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa's appeal. Just a short drive or ferry ride from Savannah's Historic District, the luxurious resort houses modern guest rooms with Westin's signature Heavenly Beds and Baths, 42" flat panel LCD TVs and high-speed internet access. The 18-hole championship course, designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead, is home of the PGA Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Heavenly Spa by Westin features a full slate of indulgent services, including massages, skincare treatments, manicures, pedicures and private yoga lessons. The hotel's Aqua Star Restaurant, Midnight Star Lounge and Champions Grill are the perfect choice for guests who are content to stay put on Hutchinson Island, while enjoying everything that the Westin has to offer.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Widespread views of the city, luxurious amenities, soothing spa treatments and Championship golf. Who could ask for more?

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Historic District

A breathtaking 19th-century Renaissance Revival mansion is the setting for the Kehoe House, a charming 13-room inn in Savannah's Historic District. Each of the guestrooms features elegant touches as well as luxe European linens, private bathrooms and modern amenities including Wi-Fi. Some, have separate sitting areas and private verandas. The inn also serves a complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea and daily wine and hors d'oeuvres. The well-located inn overlooks Columbia Square in the heart of the Historic District and is just steps away from interesting sites such as the Isaiah Davenport House and the Owens Thomas House and a short stroll to other popular destinations including Colonial Park Cemetery and the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The charm of 19th century decor, combined with modern-day "perks," conveniently located make this the perfect vacation hotel.

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Overlooking the Savannah River, this swanky hotel's 75 stylish rooms and suites - some with balconies - blend maritime-inspired décor with 18th-Century style and modern creature comforts. Opulent décor includes luxury bedding, HDTV, pillow-top mattresses, coffee-makers, free Wi-Fi and marble-accented bathrooms - some with whirlpool baths. The hip, indoor-outdoor rooftop Rocks on the Roof is the perfect vantage point from which to view the city while sipping signature drinks. Rocks on the River, dishes up American cuisine with a southern twist as well as an eclectic tapas-style menu. A fully-equipped fitness center and extensive meeting space complete the appealing amenities. The Bohemian is pet friendly, providing accommodations for all dogs up to 60 pounds for an additional fee.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The chic Bohemian is just steps from some of Savannah's most iconic attractions.

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Historic District
The Gastonian
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Housed in two 19th century Regency-Italianate style mansions in the heart of Savannah's charming Historic District near Forsyth Park, this "adults-only" B&B offers the perfect respite for anyone in search of a romantic escape. There are 17 elegantly decorated rooms with unique - and antique - furnishings, working fireplaces and private baths - some with antique claw-foot tubs - as well as luxury bath products and robes. Chandeliers, verandahs, complimentary Wi-Fi and HDTV are added touches. Breakfast is served on silver trays in your room, or family- style in the kitchen. Late afternoons, guests are invited to mingle in the Double Parlor over hors d'oeuvres and wine, followed by and desserts and cordials in the evenings. Hidden gardens brimming with colorful azaleas, boxwoods and seasonal plants, accented by a graceful fountain, small goldfish pond and a romantic swing for two offer a pleasant pause.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This charming B&B has held the coveted AAA Four-Diamond Award since 1986 and has been the recipient of numerous other awards.

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The boutique Mansion on Forsyth Park holds the AAA Four-Diamond distinction and is the city's most iconic hotel. Renovated and reopened in 2005, the Victorian Romanesque mansion overlooks Forsyth Park, boasting 125 elegantly decorated rooms, luxurious bedding and amenities including flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and upscale furnishings. Onyx and Verona marble, a Lalique chandelier and Versace furniture grace the lobby while an art collection of more than 400 original pieces paves the way for an exceptional experience. The full-service Poseidon Spa promises total pampering, while a swimming pool and fitness center provide a sports break. Dinner at the 700 Drayton offers exceptional menu choices and ambiance, while refreshing signature drinks and live entertainment can be enjoyed at either the swanky Casmir's or Bösendorfer Lounges. In-door, out-door flexible conference space assures plenty of options for meetings and special events.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This Kessler Collection boutique property has a AAA Four-Diamond distinction and is one of the city's most famous hotels.

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