Savannah, Georgia is one of the most popular destinations to visit in the United States, and for good reason. Savannah has a thriving food scene, boasting with history, scary ghost stories, and home to an abundance of art and culture. You'll want to see it all, eat it all, and do it all.
BUT, where should you stay in order to see it all, eat it all, and do it all? There are 3 main areas within the city of Savannah - North Historic District, Downtown Savannah, and South Historic District. Of course you can stay outside of these districts, but these are the main areas that visitors stay to be in, or close to, the lively food and entertainment scene. Read below to see which area suits you best.
Savannah is one of the most walkable cities. So whether you stay in the North or South Historic District, you an easily walk from one end of the city to the other without burning a hole in your shoes!
Where to stay in Savannah?
Outside of just knowing the main districts, it's also important to note that there are plenty of hotels and Airbnbs. I've created a list of the top hotels and Airbnbs in Savannah, labeled within the district they are located.
Here's what we'll cover:
1. North Historic District
The North Historic District is the most lively of all three districts. The Savannah River lies here, and Bay Street runs parallel to the river. Bay Street and loaded with bars, restaurants, shops, and a popular area for bachelor, bachelorette, and party-goers. You may see a pedal bike tour, bar crawl, or ghost bar tour in this area. A majority of the must-eat restaurants are also located in this area, including the Olde Pink House. A lot of popular hotels are located in this area too. I almost exclusively stay in this area when I visit because it is a short walk to everything I want to see, eat, and do.
2. Downtown Savannah District
The Downtown Savannah District is sandwiched between the North and South Historic Districts. The Downtown Savannah District is a little more quiet, with neighborhoods nestled throughout the district. There are still plenty of restaurants in downtown Savannah, and this is also where Chippewa Square is located (famous bench scene from the movie Forrest Gump.. cue a box of chocolates). Just a short walk to the North or South Districts. This is a good spot to stay if you want to be close to the lively scene on Bay Street, but situated in a quieter neighborhood. There are a good combination of boutique hotels and Airbnbs in this area.
3. South Historic District
The South Historic District is the most south on the map of Savannah, but still relatively close to everything. It sits right next to Forsyth Park, a popular point of interest for visitors. You can find great restaurants, coffee shops, and a natural grocer in the South Historic District. It is fairly quiet and consists of mostly Airbnbs with a few boutique hotels and Inns. This is a great area to stay if you have small children with a lot of energy. Forsyth Park is huge, great for picnics, and there are two playgrounds for kids.
4. Top 15 Hotels in Savannah
JW Marriott - located in the North Historic District, on the far west side of the Savannah River
The Alida - new hotel by Marriott located in the North Historic District on the west side, close to the Savannah River
Doubletree by Hilton - located in the North Historic District on the west side right off Bay Street
Andaz Savannah - a Hyatt hotel located in the North Historic District on the west side, just a block from Bay Street
Hyatt Regency - located in the North Historic District, centrally located directly on the Savannah River
The Drayton Hotel - located in the North Historic District, centrally located directly off of Bay Street
Olde Harbour Inn - Boutique hotel located in the North Historic District, on the east side, directly on the Savannah River
Homewood Suites - a Hilton hotel located in the North Historic District, on the east side, directly on the Savannah River
Marriott Savannah Riverfront - located in the North Historic District, on the far east side, directly on the Savannah River
The Marshall House - located in the middle of the North Historic District, just a few blocks from the action on Bay Street
The President's Quarters Inn - a boutique hotel located in the middle of the North Historic District, right next to Oglethorpe Square
Ballastone Inn - a boutique hotel situated in between the North Historic District and Downtown off of Olgethorpe Ave
Perry Lane Hotel - a luxury collection hotel, located in Downtown Savannah, close to a lot of popular cocktail bars
The Inn on West Liberty - a bed and breakfast located in Downtown Savannah directly off Liberty Street
Eliza Thompson House - a bed and breakfast located in the South Historic District, just a few blocks from Forsyth Park
5. Top 8 Airbnbs in Savannah
Entire Townhouse located on Savannah River - located in the North Historic District, romantic and picturesque. Sleeps 4 guests. View HERE
Laura's Cottage, Redford film spot, historic - located in the North Historic District, Laura's 18th century cottage bring you back in time. Sleeps 4 guests. View HERE
Hidden Speakeasy Style Penthouse on Broughton - located in the North Historic District, located on a secret floor in the heart of Savannah. Sleeps 4. View HERE
The Jade Suite- Luxury Suite on Chippewa Square - located in Dowtown Savannah, luxury right next to Chippewa Square. Sleeps 2 guests. View HERE
5BR Historic Downtown House w/ Peloton & Parking - located in the North Historic District, this entire home is perfect for a large group. Sleeps 10. View HERE
Rosemary Suite in the Vintage Mirabelle Building - located in Downtown Savannah, this vintage suite is spectacular. Sleeps 4. View HERE
Wigley Manor - Come Stay in the Heart of Savannah - located in between Downtown and the North Historic Districts. Great for large groups. Sleeps 14. View HERE
Rosé All Day -- The Pinkest Home In Savannah! - located in the South Historic District near Forsyth Park. Famously known for its PINK color. Sleeps 6. View HERE
I hope this guide for where to stay in Savannah helps you! There are plenty of hotels and Airbnbs, but sometimes too many options can send you into a very dark place (or is that just me?!).