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Draw the curtains and dim the lights as we uncover the stories behind Savannah’s haunted hotels. As we travel to the US’s most paranormal city, we’ll visit the ye olde inns at Forsyth Park and weave our way through the Historic District squares before settling down at the River Savannah hotels. Looking to book an eerie overnight? You can check availability through the links below.
The Most Haunted Hotels in Savannah
The Gastonian (220 East Gaston St) takes over two properties: 220 East Gaston, which was designed for insurance broker R. H. Footman in 1868, and number 2018, built for wholesale grocer Aaron Champion.
Today, the inn is an adult-only accommodation close to Forsyth Park, the green space with the famous fountain.
There haven’t been many reports of paranormal activity at The Gastonian, aside from one reviewer who was spooked to the point of shaking by lights randomly turning on and doors opening.
However, management assures that while there are many haunted beds and breakfasts in Savannah, The Gastonian isn’t one of them.
Management explains that it is an older property with some creaks and gusts of wind.
Whether you are ghost hunting or not, The Gastonian is a highly-rated 17-room inn decorated with antiques.
Some rooms feature claw-foot and whirlpool tubs!
This award-winning hotel is also featured in our guide to dreamy getaways.
The Eliza Thompson House
One of the haunted hotels in Savannah that indulges in its spooky title is the Eliza Thompson House (5 W Jones St).
Located on Jones Street (image below), this was one of the first houses constructed on the South’s prettiest street.
Built in 1847 and occupied by Eliza and Joseph Thompson and their seven children, this inn has records of many spirit sightings, such as Confederate soldiers in the upstairs window, a little girl in a white dress in the hallway, and a ghostly cat!
Joseph Thompson passed just eight years after the house was complete, leaving Eliza to take over management of the property.
Their son, James, a Civil War veteran, is said to have died at the front of the house from a horse kick to the gut.
The Thompsons stayed in the house until 1920, and it started serving visitors as an inn in 1977.
Guests who are not afraid to summon spirits can reserve a room in one of the Main House or Carriage House.
Hamilton-Turner Inn (330 Abercorn St) was built in 1873 for the Lord of Lafayette Square, Samuel Pugh Hamilton, a prominent Savannah businessman.
Along with his second wife, Sarah Virginia Stillings, Hamilton hosted many parties in this historic gem.
Decades later, events held at the same property would appear in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, a must-read for Savannah fans!
Visitor tip: if you enjoy the book or movie, pay a visit to the Telfair Academy to see the statue of the Bird Girl from Bonaventure Cemetery, which is featured on the front cover.
Hamilton-Turner Inn is most known for being the first residence in the city to have electricity!
Locals would stand outside of the home to see the phenomenon of lights being switched on!
While lights turning on inside a house is nothing to scare us today, there have been records of ghostly activity at the inn, such as a billiard ball falling down stairs and a cigar-smoking man on the roof.
Today, there are 17 individually curated rooms in the main house, and the carriage room offers three bedrooms with three baths, one of the more unique places to stay in the city!
Foley House Inn
One of the lesser-known haunted hotels in Savannah is Foley House Inn (14 Hull St), home to Honoria Foley, widow of Owen Foley, a wealthy Irish immigrant.
Foley House is actually a very significant historic inn, as it was the first bed and breakfast in the city!
And the eerie tales are a little more factual at this haunted hotel.
The first family homestead burnt to the ground during the 1889 Great Savannah Fire, and the second property was erected on top of the ashes in 1896.
Renovation projects in 1987 revealed a human skeleton behind a wall, possibly the remains of a boarder, which staff have named Wally, who is said to walk the garden at night wearing a top hat.
Request Ms Foley’s room for the most haunted experience, and remember to take a selfie with her portrait in the hallway.
For rooms and rates, see Expedia.
17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant
Stay or dine at one of the city’s oldest restaurants, 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant (307 E President St).
The business encompasses three separate properties, with the western building being built in 1821 and 1823 by Steel White and the eastern by the Powers family in 1888.
The 3-story guest house located on York St was built later in 1875.
Three is the magic number at 17Hundred90, as not only does it take in three properties, but it is also home to three Georgia ghosts: Anna, Thaddeus, and a noisy kitchen spirit.
Anna’s story is that of heartbreak; this friendly presence is said to have thrown herself from the top window as her sailor lover set off in the distance.
Or was she pushed by her arranged marriage husband? Stay in room 204 to find out, and don’t be afraid to take a gift to try to summon her.
Guests might meet Thaddeus on the ground floor of the restaurant and tavern; he’s known to leave shiny pennies on tables.
Check rates and dates at Expedia.
You may also enjoy our delicious guide – where to eat in the city.
Built in 1892, the four-story Queen Ann mansion, Kehoe House (123 Habersham St), was built for Irishman William Kehoe, his wife Anna, and their ten children.
Depending on what Savannah ghost tour you do, spirits that live in this property are either small children playing in the hallway, there are unsubstantiated rumors that two of the children passed in the house, or the mother, Anne.
The building was once a funeral home, too.
The Davenport House Inn
While you can’t stay at the Federal-style Isaiah Davenport House, you can learn more about it by visiting the Davenport House Museum (323 E Broughton St)!
Built in 1820, Davenport was saved from becoming a parking lot in 1955, thanks to the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF).
The House opened as a museum in 1963 and has a strict no-pet policy, but there is a certain spooky feline that refuses to leave.
Spotted around the premises is an orange and white tabby cat, so keep your eyes peeled!
Ghosting hunting visitor tip: other haunted places in Savannah that you can visit include Andrew Low House (we did this as part of the Ghost Trolley Tour), Sorrel Weed House Museum, The Pirates’ House, and Moon River River Brewing Co.
For more attractions, check out our budget guide.
The Marshall House
Many news outlets have proclaimed The Marshall House (123 E Broughton St) the most haunted hotel in Savannah!
The fourth floor is said to be the most possessed, and 414 is the room of choice for visiting spirit seekers.
Since its construction in 1851, this National Register of Historic Places building has played the role of a hotel overseen by businesswoman Mary Marshall. It has nursed wounded Union soldiers as a Civil War hospital in 1864-65, and it has survived two yellow fever epidemics.
Its upper floors went through a period of shutters down from 1957 to 1999; that’s a lot of potential for Savannah’s supernatural phenomenon!
Guests have shared stories of children playing in the halls – think The Shining, banging, knocking, bouncing balls, and faucets turning on!
The Marshall Hotel is also featured in our most festive Christmas hotels in Savannah guide as it has its own unique take on the traditional Christmas tree.
East Bay Inn
You’ll never be alone at the East Bay Inn (225 E Bay St) as Charlie, the local spirit, roams the 28-room boutique hotel.
Built in 1852 as a cotton warehouse, the Greek Revival property saw years of activity from merchants, bakers, and grocers.
Then it was abandoned for nearly two decades, providing lots of time for paranormal activity to go unnoticed until 1984 when the East Bay Inn’s doors opened!
If you are ghost hunting in Savannah, request Charlie’s Room – number 325.
This is where he is said to have passed, falling from the third-floor window.
East Bay is also featured in our dog-friendly guide.
River Street Inn
River Street Inn (124 E Bay St) was partially built in 1817, with the upper floors added in 1853.
Not only have guests reported seeing a man in a black hat and trench coat, but staff have also had their names called out, shoulders tapped, and have witnessed apparitions walking by.
However, there is no current explanation for why ghosts haunt this Savannah hotel.
Olde Harbour Inn
The final accommodation in our haunted inn series is Olde Harbour Inn (508 Factors Walk).
Check into room 405 for the spookiest of experiences where Hank might just give you a hand…
The location has had many tenants and owners, from an oil company to a jeans business, and like the East Bay Inn, the Olde Harbour Inn has had periods of abandonment.
The original wooden structures burned down in 1892, and this is where the legend of Hank began.
Although there are no records of any fatalities during the fire, it is said that Hank was a worker who perished in the flames.
Some guests report the smell of cigars even though the hotel has a strict no-smoking policy!
So, is Savannah haunted? Share your experience in the comments below. We love to hear from you.