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It’s pretty challenging to find genuinely boutique hotels in Savannah. While there are many unique accommodations, most of them are part of the big hotel chain groups. This guide will share hotels deemed independently owned, some of which are part of a small collection of historic homes.
Savannah’s Boutique Hotels
Stay in an 1888 Italianate Revival building at the McMillan Inn (304 E Huntingdon St), owned by Eric and Melissa Calhoun.
Located blocks from the city’s landmark, Forsyth Park, the original inn owner, Thomas H. McMillan, is said to have been chair of the Savannah Park and Tree Commission that planted azaleas in the urban park!
Insider tip: there are two fountains in this park; the second is hidden in the Garden of Fragrance.
This award-winning historic bed and breakfast has 12 rooms and a carriage house.
Rooms start at 300 sq ft and feature a private bathroom, robes on request, a working fireplace, a mini fridge, a TV, and Wi-Fi throughout.
The garden-level rooms are accessible.
Southern breakfast is served daily, and there is an outdoor pool!
Built in 1868, The Gastonian (220 E Gaston St) is a luxury boutique hotel in Savannah.
The 17-room hotel compromises two mansions (The Main House and The Champion House) and offers 15 rooms starting at 200 sq ft and two suites for very special stays.
Most rooms have city views and a bath or claw foot tub.
The Caracalla has an oversized whirlpool tub. Check out our Savannah hotels with jacuzzi guides for more.
Guests can use the hotel’s beach gear for day trips to Tybee Island.
The Gastonian is owned by HLC Hotels, Inc. – which manages six historic hotels in the city.
All six Historic Inns of Savannah offer the traditional bed and breakfast service, plus a wine and hors d’oeuvres daily schedule.
You may also like our guide to hotels with indoor pools.
The Eliza Thompson House
The Eliza Thompson House (5 W Jones St) is located on one of the most beautiful streets in the US, Jones Street, where the first houses built in Savannah are situated.
Constructed in the year 1847 for Eliza, Joseph, and their seven children, this inn is one of the city’s infamous haunted hotels!
There are 12 rooms across the Main House and Carriage House, and rooms start at 200 sq ft.
Breakfast is included.
Hamilton-Turner Inn (330 Abercorn St) was built in 1873 for the Lord of Lafayette Square, Samuel Pugh Hamilton, a Savannah businessman, and today it is owned by Charlie and Sue Strickland.
This inn has survived lots of controversy over the years, appearing in the crime book and movie ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.’
Another cool note about this property is that it was the first to have electricity, and it is mentioned in most Savannah tours for this little local titbit!
The bed and breakfast has 17 rooms in the main house, and the carriage house offers three bedrooms with three baths.
Foley House Inn
The 19-room Foley House Inn (14 Hull St) was built in 1896 for Owen Foley, a wealthy Irish immigrant, and his wife, and later widow, Honoria.
Popular for being the very first bed and breakfast in Savannah, the original family home and business was destroyed by the Great Savannah Fire.
Today it is owned by Allisen and Grant Rogers.
Guests enjoy the large guestrooms, buffet breakfast, and courtyard.
This is one of the few dog-friendly hotels that doesn’t have a size or weight restriction!
The Marshall House
With 65 guest rooms, The Marshall House (123 E Broughton St) is one of the largest boutique hotels in Savannah.
Rooms feature a flat-screen cable TV, a small refrigerator, Wi-Fi, a decorative fireplace, and a private bath, including a pedestal sink.
The Marshall Hotel, built in 1851, is known as one of the most festive hotels in the city as it does its own spin on the traditional Christmas tree – a pineapple tree, which is a nod to the fruit’s symbol of wealth in the south.
Location-wise, the hotel keeps good company with the decade-old Leopold’s Ice Cream and is within walking distance to City Market, where we enjoyed the open container laws and The Georgia Tasting Room!
A mix of continental and Southern breakfast is included and served at the hotel restaurant.
Kehoe House Inn
Kehoe House Inn (123 Habersham St) isn’t just an award-winning hotel; it is also a wedding venue!
This bed and breakfast is located at one of the city’s famous squares (Colombia) and was home to The Kehoes and their ten children in 1892.
The 13 rooms of the National Register of Historic Places hotel start at 300 sq ft and give a vintage feel with four poster beds and luggage racks.
Free parking is a huge bonus!
17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant
17Hundred90 Inn (307 E President St) is another historically important option, as its restaurant is one of the oldest in this very old US city.
Owner and innkeeper Patrick Godley runs both the hotel and the restaurant, which is open to visitors as well as guests.
The buildings date back to the years between 1821 and 1888, and they are said to have three spirits keeping guests company!
Some rooms have four poster beds and working fireplaces.
Check rates at Expedia.
17Hundred90 Inn is located very close to Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters (image below), which we highly recommend as it tells a more rounded story of everyone who lived at the property.
You may also like our guide to Savannah restaurants.
East Bay Inn
East Bay Inn (225 E Bay St) is another member of the HLC Hotels collective.
The 28-room Greek Revival hotel was originally built in 1852 as a cotton warehouse used by merchants, bakers, and grocers.
Guest rooms start at 196 sq ft, and number 325 is said to be the most haunted!
East Bay Inn is located very close to Emmet Park and all the fun River Street activities that first-time visitors love.
Olde Harbour Inn
The Historic Inns of Savannah collection also includes Olde Harbour Inn (508 Factors Walk), one of River Street’s boutique hotels.
It is known for its central location close to bars, restaurants, tours, the Plant Riverside District, and City Hall.
This 1812 historic hotel not only serves up a hearty breakfast but also offers wine and hors d’oeuvres to all of its guests.
The 24 modern rooms start at 450 sq ft and are more like small apartments than hotel rooms, with features such as living space, a microwave, and a fridge.
Another home-away-from-home comfort is the pet-friendly policy!
A short walk from the Historic District is the quirky Thunderbird Inn (611 W Oglethorpe Ave).
Originally built in 1964 as a roadside motel, it’s not clear who owns the retro inn, but the General Manager is Mark A. Thomas.
Guests love the little touches like complimentary donuts, RC Cola, and MoonPies!
Rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a refrigerator fueled by eco-friendly solar panels.
Shhh! Savannah tip: the Welcome to Savannah sign is located on the wall of the hotel.
The Thunderbird Inn also features in our guide to cool places to stay.
Which property from our list of best boutique hotels in Savannah will you book? Tell us in the comments.