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Waterfront, Park Side or in the Heart of Downtown Savannah: Find the Perfect Hotel for Your Historic District Vacation



Savannah’s Historic District boasts a number of outstanding hotels, from reputable, big name chains to charming bed and breakfasts. To find the perfect hotel, first decide which part of the Historic District is most appealing, then hone in on your options. Visitors who want to stay in the heart of the Historic District will find that there are several great choices, including the Hamilton-Turner Inn, a lovely bed and breakfast housed in a restored 19th-century mansion. Other centrally located hotels include the Hilton Savannah DeSoto and the Kehoe House. Visitors who like long walks in the park and greenery may enjoy booking a room at one of several hotels near Forsyth Park, a 30-acre park located on the southern edge of the Historic District. The Mansion, which overlooks Forsyth Park, is a boutique-style hotel that receives rave reviews for its chic décor and modern amenities. The Forsyth Park area is also home to several superb bed and breakfasts, among them the Olde Savannah Inn, the Gastonian, the Forsyth Park Inn and the Dresser Palmer House. River Street, a historic and commercial street that overlooks the Savannah River, is a popular tourist destination and also boasts several great hotel options, including the Bohemian, the Hyatt Regency Savannah and the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. Other superb choices in the Historic District include the Marshall House on Broughton Street and the Andaz Savannah near City Market.


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With a lovely view of the Savannah waterfront and easy access to both River Street and Bay Street, the Hyatt Regency Savannah is a great choice for travelers who want to be right in the middle of the action. The full-service hotel's 351 guest rooms have either water, city or atrium views and feature Hyatt's signature Grand Beds, iHome stereos with iPod docking stations and deluxe bathrooms. Among the Hyatt's amenities are a 24-hour fitness center, indoor heated pool, on-site restaurant and bar, and in-room dining. The Hyatt offers both valet and self-parking, making touring the city by car simple, but guests will find that they can walk to most attractions in the Historic District.


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Overlooking Columbia Square in the northern portion of the Historic District, the Kehoe House is a charming bed and breakfast that is close to many popular Downtown Savannah restaurants, shops and attractions. Housed in a gorgeous 1892 Renaissance Revival mansion, the Kehoe House features 13 rooms outfitted with European linens and each boasting a private bath. The inn gets high marks for its complimentary cooked-to-order gourmet breakfasts, afternoon tea service and daily wine and hors d'oeuvres. Guests looking to make the most of their Historic District location will appreciate the inn's premier concierge service, which visitors may utilize before and during their visit.


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The Gastonian
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The Gastonian, a bed and breakfast near Forsyth Park, is a great choice for travelers looking for a Historic District location but who don't want to compromise peace and privacy. The romantic inn, which is housed in adjoining 19th-century Regency-Italianate-style mansions, has 17 guest rooms with features such as antique furniture, private bathrooms and working fireplaces. The B&B's two hidden gardens, bursting with colorful flora, are the perfect spot for guests seeking a quiet and romantic place to relax. Foodies will love the Gastonian's gourmet breakfasts, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and wine, and evening desserts and cordials. Guests who want to venture out will find that the Gastonian is just a short walk from several Historic District attractions, among them the Andrew Low House, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Green-Meldrim House.


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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.


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Guests looking for the ultimate bed and breakfast experience will adore the Olde Savannah Inn, an intimate, five-bedroom B&B just a block from Forsyth Park and within walking distance of many Historic District attractions. Housed in a restored 19th-century residence, the Olde Savannah Inn boasts a lovely English garden, beautiful French Renaissance antiques and cozy beds covered with gorgeous Italian linens. The gourmet breakfasts feature French press coffee and an assortment of hearty morning fare. Innkeeper Kathleen Dupuis goes out of her way to take care of her guests, whether it's ensuring that their accommodations are just right or directing them to the best spots in the Historic District.


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Occupying a prime piece of real estate between Madison Square and Liberty Street, the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel is a centrally located Historic District hotel that boasts some of the best views of Savannah's skyline. The 246-room historic hotel, which dates back to 1909, features modern amenities such as rooms with flat screen TVs and wifi, a fitness room and a rooftop pool. Guests can enjoy a breakfast and lunch buffet at the DeSoto Grille, the hotel's popular restaurant, or take a load off at the Lion's Den, the DeSoto's full-service bar. Nearby attractions include the Green-Meldrim House, the Andrew Low House, Colonial Park Cemetery and the stunning Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.


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Savannah's only hotel located on Broughton Street--the commercial hub of the city's Historic District--the Marshall House is an ideal choice for travelers who want to be near the city's best shops, restaurants and bars. The historic hotel, which was originally built in 1851 and reopened in 1999, features beautiful 19th-century details throughout the lobby. Some of the Marshall House's guest rooms even boast clawfoot tubs and balconies with wrought iron, while all of the 68 rooms feature modern amenities such as premium matreses, wifi and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. In addition to enjoying easy access to Broughton Street, guests are also just a stone's throw from many other popular attractions in the Historic District, including River Street and City Market.




Boasting a lovely view of Forsyth Park but still close to many Historic District restaurants, shops and attractions, The Mansion is a favorite among travelers who appreciate stylish décor and modern amenities. The boutique hotel, which is housed in a stunning Victorian Romanesque mansion, boasts 126 rooms with luxe bedding and upscale furnishings, a full-service spa, and a top-notch restaurant and bar. Guests enjoy easy access to Forsyth Park--home of the two-tiered, white cast-iron fountain made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--and are within walking distance of many of the Historic District's best attractions, including the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Andrew Low House and Colonial Park Cemetery.


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Many hotels claim to be located in the heart of the Historic District, but the Hamilton-Turner Inn may just take top honors. The lovely bed and breakfast, perched on Lafayette Square in the center of the Historic District, is a short walk to all of the Historic District's major attractions. The inn, which was recently named one of the Most Romantic Hotels in America by Travel and Leisure magazine, is housed in a restored 19th-century mansion and features 17 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Each morning, guests are treated to a lavish complimentary breakfast served in a lovely dining room that overlooks the square. After a day of exploring the Historic District, guests are invited to an afternoon reception featuring wine and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres.




If you enjoy life's little luxuries but also want easy access to the best of Savannah's Historic District, be sure to book a room at the Bohemian Hotel. The 75-room boutique hotel, which overlooks the Savannah River, is a short stroll to many of the Historic District's best attractions, among them City Market, Broughton Street and the Telfair Museums. And River Street--the famous brick-lined street teeming with historical attractions, shops and restaurants--is just steps from the Bohemian's back door. But a prime location is just one of many reasons the Bohemian is a great Historic District choice. The hotel boasts luxurious guest rooms with tailor-made furnishings, deluxe pillowtop mattresses and flat screen, LCD TVs. The hotel's striking lobby and dining areas feature eye-popping artwork and gorgeous historic details. The Bohemian scores bonus points for its outstanding restaurant, Rocks on the River, and its hip rooftop bar, Rocks on the Roof.


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