Bursting with history and culture, Savannah is a city with stunning architecture, incredible food, lively nightlife and plenty of southern charm.

But Savannah is a massive city and choosing which area to stay in is super important. That’s why we put together this guide for where to stay in Savannah Georgia.

With dozens of neighbourhoods to choose from, we want to show you the best Savannah has to offer by making sure you stay in an area that best suits your needs.

So whether you’re visiting for the first time, looking to party all night long, or simply want to find the cheapest bed in town, this list of the best neighbourhoods in Savannah will help you find the perfect place to stay.

Let jump right into where to stay in Savannah, Georgia.

Where to Stay in Savannah

Looking for a quick place to stay while backpacking Georgia? If you’re not too fussed about the exact neighborhood, check out the next three places to stay in Savannah – they’re our favorites!

Best Airbnb in Garden City: Stunning Deep South loft-style Flat

Stunning Deep South loft style Flat

The stunning Airbnb plus isn’t just great for nightlife enthusiasts, but also for everyone that appreciates great design. Located in the heart of Downtown, you’ll have plenty of going out options right in front of your doorstep. And if you don’t feel like leaving your home, just enjoy the view of the city from your livingroom window. The unique condominium offers gleaming hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and tall windows that stream with sunlight. It’s also one of the best rated Airbnbs in Savannah, so you’ll be in for a real treat.

Best Budget Hotel in Savannah: Iris Garden Inn

Iris Garden Inn

The Iris Garden Inn is our top recommendation for budget accommodations because it offers comfortable and clean rooms at a great price. Each room comes complete with air conditioning, a refrigerator, a bathtub and cable/satellite channels. There’s also a swimming pool, luggage storage and gift shop on-site.

Best Hotel in Savannah: Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District

Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District

The Hotel Indigo is in a great location for exploring Savannah. You’ll enjoy plenty of shops, cafes and eateries nearby. Rooms come complete with a range of amenities and there are a number of rooms designed just for families. A delicious and satisfying breakfast is also available.

You can also check out Airbnbs in South Carolina for more Savannah accommodation options.

Savannah Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN SAVANNAH
Historic District, Savannah
FIRST TIME IN SAVANNAH

Historic District

Savannah Historic District is a neighbourhood bursting with charm. It is located at the centre of the city and offers visitors a glimpse into the city’s history because of its architecture, culture and overall atmosphere.

ON A BUDGET
Garden City, Savannah
ON A BUDGET

Garden City

Garden City is a large neighbourhood located in northwestern Savannah. It sits outside of the city centre and is approximately a 30-minute drive away. Offering a seamless blend of residential dwellings and industrial complexes, Garden City is where visitors can enjoy days filled with shopping, dining, relaxing and exploring.

NIGHTLIFE
City Market, Savannah
NIGHTLIFE

City Market

City Market is a buzzing and busy neighbourhood located on the northwest side of downtown. It is the main shopping and public market in the city and is well-known for its spontaneous live music events.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Starland, Savannah
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Starland

Starland is a chic, happening and undeniably hip neighbourhood located south of central Savannah and is bursting with art, culture, fashion and music. This once run-down neighbourhood now thrives thanks to the funky shops and eclectic galleries that line its streets.

FOR FAMILIES
River Street, Savannah
FOR FAMILIES

River Street

Part of the Historic District, River Street is a bustling neighbourhood that sits along the banks of the Savannah River. It is characterized by its 200-year-old cobblestone streets and offers more than 70 shops, restaurants and business for tourists to enjoy.

Savannah is a city that epitomizes southern charm. It is one of the oldest cities in the southern USA and holds the title as the birthplace of Georgia.

Located on the shores of the Savannah River, Savannah is a coastal city that sits nestled against the South Carolina border.

There’s plenty to see and do in Savannah, from delving deep into history and indulging in delicious southern fare to enjoying a lively and vibrant night on the town.

The city is home to more than 146,000 people. It is divided into more than 100 distinct and diverse neighbourhoods that are spread across six principal districts.

This guide includes the “must sees” in the five best neighbourhoods broken down by interest.

Savannah Historic District is the neighbourhood at the heart of the city. It is characterized by cobblestone and heritage houses and is brimming with history, culture and charm.

Set to the northwest is the City Market. A lively and vibrant area of downtown, City Market is where you’ll find a great variety of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and cafes.

North of the city centre is River Street. This historic district sits on the shores of the Savannah River and offers lots of shops, restaurants and tourist attractions the whole family will enjoy.

Travel south from here and you’ll arrive in Starland. One of Savannah’s up and coming areas, Starland is a haven for hipsters and trendsetters because of its vibrant arts scene, rustic restaurants and overall chic vibe.

And finally, Garden City is a neighbourhood located west of central Savannah. It combines the residential with the industrial and offers cheap alternatives to downtown’s expensive accommodation options.

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Savannah’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

In this next section, we’ll take an in-depth look at the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

# 1 Historic District – Where to stay in Savannah first time

Savannah Historic District is a neighbourhood bursting with charm. It is located at the centre of the city and offers visitors a glimpse into the city’s history because of its architecture, culture and overall atmosphere. All of this combined is why the Historic District is our pick for where to stay in Savannah if you’re visiting for the first time.

Historic District, Savannah

One of the most prominent neighbourhoods in the city, the Historic District is where you’ll find a good selection of tourist attractions and historic landmarks. From sprawling squares to mesmerizing museums, there’s so much to see, do and experience in Historic Savannah.

Best Airbnb in Historic District: Spacious Flat with Hot Tub Access

Spacious Flat with Hot Tub Access

With the ideal location in the heart of Downtown Savannah, this Airbnb couldn’t offer you any more value. You’ll have a spacious flat to yourself which opens up to a shared courtyard with a salt water in-ground hot tub. There’s also a little brick patio, perfect to sit outside and get some work done. The inside is stylish and bright, with a super welcoming vibe. You’ll have a small kitchen, a work space and a Roku TV with Chromecast. On top of that, there’s even a little gym – perfect for getting a bit of a sweat on!

Best Inn in Historic District: The Thunderbird Inn

The Thunderbird Inn

The Thunderbird Inn is a charming three-star hotel located in central Savannah. It is close to well-known restaurants and cafes and is ideally situated for exploring the city. This hotel has 42 individually decorated rooms with comfortable and spotless beds, and a variety of essential amenities. Breakfast is also available.

Best Hotel in Historic District: B Historic

B Historic

This downtown hotel wins our vote for where to stay in the Historic District. It is close to top attractions, like SCAD, and is surrounded by restaurants and bars. This hotel has a gym and a swimming pool. Rooms are well-equipped with refrigerators, heating and private bathrooms.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Historic District: Justine Inn Savannah

Justine Inn Savannah

Located at the heart of downtown, this bed and breakfast is in the perfect spot for enjoying the best of Savannah. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and shops at your doorstep, and Savannah’s top museums are just a short walk away. Rooms feature premium amenities and there’s also a garden to relax in.

Things to See and Do in Historic District

  • Delve deep into history at the Mercer Williams House Museum.
  • Enjoy a fun night out at The Rail Pub.
  • Explore the link between past and present at the Telfair Museums Jepson Center.
  • Go for a stroll through Forsyth Park.
  • Grab a pint at Churchill’s Pub.
  • Learn all there is to know about railroading at the Georgia State Railroad Museum.

#2 Garden City – Where to stay in Savannah on a budget

Garden City is a large neighbourhood located in northwestern Savannah. It sits outside of the city centre and is approximately a 30-minute drive away. Offering a seamless blend of residential dwellings and industrial complexes, Garden City is where visitors can enjoy days filled with shopping, dining, relaxing and exploring.

Garden City, Savannah
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This neighbourhood is our recommendation for where to stay in Savannah if you’re ballin’ on a budget. Hotel prices in the centre can be quite high, so looking outside the city centre in neighbourhoods like Garden City can help you save a lot of money. Because wouldn’t you rather spend your hard-earned dollars on sightseeing, dining, and drinking?

Best Airbnb in Garden City: Massive House Close to Downtown

Massive House Close to Downtown

Before you say anything, hear us out – yes, this is definitely not a budget accommodation if you’re travelling alone, but there’s a way to make it affordable. The spacious house offers enough space for up to 6 people at a time. Bring your friends, have an awesome time in Savannah and split the bill at the end. You’ll end up with a great vacation and a shit ton of money left in your bank account. The house is located close to downtown and the busy streets. It’s a short Uber distance to the historic centre, so you can leave your car in the free parking spot in front of the house. If you’re on a road trip with your friends, this is the ideal place for you!

Best Hotel in Garden City: Days Inn by Wyndham Savannah Airport

Days Inn by Wyndham Savannah Airport

Located near the airport, this hotel is a short drive to Garden City and the top sights in Savannah. It offers travellers a comfortable and clean place to sleep and boasts a variety of essential amenities. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool and a golf course.

Best Hotel in Garden City: Baymont by Wyndham Savannah Garden City

Baymont by Wyndham Savannah Garden City

This three-star hotel is one of our favourites in Garden City because of its stunning pool and comfortable beds. It is ideally located for exploring the region and has a myriad of local eateries at its doorstep. They provide a sundeck, free shuttle service and on-site luggage storage.

Best Hotel in Garden City: Iris Garden Inn

Iris Garden Inn

The Iris Garden Inn is our top recommendation for where to stay in Garden City because it offers comfortable and clean rooms at a great price. Rooms come complete with air conditioning, a refrigerator, a bathtub and cable/satellite channels. There’s also a swimming pool, luggage storage and gift shop on-site.

Things to See and Do in Garden City

  • Catch a performance at the Savannah Repertory Theatre.
  • Dive deep into the history of the neighbourhood on a Pirate’s Walk Tour of Garden City.
  • Learn the art of glassblowing at Hostess City Hot Glass.
  • Play a round of nine at Mary Calder Golf Club.
  • Sample local beers at Southbound Brewing Company.
  • See a collection of hot rods, trucks and more at Savannah Classic Cars.
  • Shop for sweets treats, savoury eats and a variety of local meat, produce and fruit at the Savannah State Farmers Market.
  • Take flight in an open-cockpit powered hang glider with Amphibian Air.

#3 City Market – Best area to stay in Savannah for nightlife

City Market is a buzzing and busy neighbourhood located on the northwest side of downtown. It is the main shopping and public market in the city and is well-known for its spontaneous live music events.

City Market, Savannah
source: Darryl Brooks (shutterstock)

Spread out over four blocks, City Market is bursting with excitement and energy. Here you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs inviting you in to enjoy delicious food, great drinks, and plenty of southern charm. Because there are so many bars, clubs and restaurants dotted throughout these four blocks, City Market is our pick for where to stay in Savannah for nightlife.

Best Airbnb in Garden City: Stunning Deep South loft-style Flat

Stunning Deep South loft style Flat

The stunning Airbnb plus isn’t just great for nightlife enthusiasts, but also for everyone that appreciates great design. Located in the heart of Downtown, you’ll have plenty of going out options right in front of your doorstep. And if you don’t feel like leaving your home, just enjoy the view of the city from your livingroom window. The unique condominium offers gleaming hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and tall windows that stream with sunlight. It’s also one of the best rated Airbnbs in Savannah, so you’ll be in for a real treat.

Best Hotel in City Market: Best Western Savannah Historic District

Best Western Savannah Historic District

This three-star hotel is conveniently located in Savannah’s Historic District. It is a short walk to City Market and the Riverfront and is close to great bars, clubs and restaurants. This modern hotel provides spacious rooms with a number of great amenities. Guests also have the choice between a buffet, English-style or continental breakfast.

Best Hotel in City Market: Holiday Inn Express Savannah – Historic District

Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District

The Holiday Inn Express is centrally located in Savannah – and is our pick for where to stay in City Market. It is close to popular tourist attractions and is a quick walk to the best bars and clubs of City Market. This hotel boasts a rooftop terrace and free wifi.

Things to See and Do in City Market

  • Browse works of art by regional artists at Signature Gallery.
  • Dive deep into history at the American Prohibition Museum.
  • Drink at AlleyCat Lounge, a unique speakeasy.
  • Enjoy one of the best happy hours in town at The Bar Bar.
  • Listen to live music and sing along at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.
  • Party the night away at Tree House.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.
  • See a unique collection of art at A. T. Hun Gallery.

#4 Starland – Coolest place to stay in Savannah

Starland is a chic, happening and undeniably hip neighbourhood located south of central Savannah and is bursting with art, culture, fashion and music. This once run-down neighbourhood now thrives thanks to the funky shops and eclectic galleries that line its streets. This is why Starland is our choice for the coolest neighbourhood in Savannah.

Starland, Savannah
source: Sean Pavone (shutterstock)

In addition to being the coolest neighbourhood in Savannah, Starland is also a great place to stay if you love to eat. Dotted throughout this happening ‘hood are a vast array of rustic restaurants, cosy cafes and innovative eateries that will excite your taste buds and entertain your senses.

Best Airbnb in Starland: Stylish Urban Cabin Apartment

Stylish Urban Cabin Apartment

You know you’ll be in for a treat when booking an Airbnb Plus. And it’s no different with this stunning home – the stylish cabin apartment is one of the best places to stay in Starland. The floor to ceiling windows look out onto an expansive and peaceful garden with beautiful natural light all day. Your privacy is guaranteed as the apartment is located behind a 1914 colonial house. There’s an indoor fire place for the colder months and a little desk in case you need to get some work done on your laptop. With over 600 5-star reviews, you can be sure that this home will exceed your expectations.

Another Great Airbnb in Starland: Cute Private Room

Cute Private Room

If you’re not too fussed about having a whole place to yourself, and you prefer a bit of social contact, this private room in a lovely house is the right place for you! The room is bright and welcoming, euqipped with a comfy bed and a little work space, and you’ll also have a private bathroom. The host is known to be incredibly kind and helpful, so you’ll be in good hands. You’ll also get the chance to cuddle with the 12 year old Shih Tzu housedog, who will absolutely melt your heart.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Starland: Galloway House Inn

Galloway House Inn

This exquisite B&B is ideally located in Savannah. It offers easy access to the city’s most popular landmarks and is close to restaurants, shops, bars and art galleries. It boasts 4 comfortable and well-equipped rooms and has a terrace and BBQ area for guests to enjoy.

Things to See and Do in Starland

  • Eat delicious local cuisine at Elizabeth on Thirty-Seventh.
  • Explore the neighbourhood arts scene as part of the First Friday events.
  • Grab a drink and snack at the Green Truck Pub.
  • Hunt for treasures at the Antiques Emporium on Thirty-Eighth.
  • Indulge in southern fare at Local 11 Ten Food & Wine.
  • Kickstart your day at the Back in the Day Bakery.
  • Marvel at amazing art on display throughout the neighbourhood.
  • Shop for unique finds at House of Strut and Graveface Records & Curiosities.

#5 River Street – Best neighbourhood in Savannah for families

Part of the Historic District, River Street is a bustling neighbourhood that sits along the banks of the Savannah River. It is characterized by its 200-year-old cobblestone streets and offers more than 70 shops, restaurants and business for tourists to enjoy. With so much to see, do and eat on River Street, it’s no wonder this is our pick for where to stay in Savannah for families.

River Street, Savannah

The River Street neighbourhood is perfect for families who are looking to experience the best of Savannah. From browsing the shops and streets of the Historic District to eating your way around City Market to getting back to nature, this central neighbourhood offers easy access to all of Savannah’s top sights, sounds, smells and tastes.

Best Airbnb in River Street: Your own piece of living history!

Your own piece of living history

The kids will come back with lifelong memories if you decide to call this property home for your trip to Savannah. Step back in time with this meticulously maintained 18th-century property, but don’t feel like you’ll be missing out on any amenities! If you in town for any of the Citys huge music or film festivals, you’ll find that they’ll be kicking off right outside your front door.

Best Hostel in River Street: B Historic

B Historic

B Historic is one of our favourite hotels in Savannah – and is our top pick for where to stay in River Street. It offers large rooms that can accommodate families of all sizes. And, it offers easy access throughout the city. There’s a swimming pool, a modern gym, and a variety of other great features.

Best Hotel in River Street: Staybridge Suites Savannah Historic District

Staybridge Suites Savannah Historic District

This historic hotel provides comfortable and charming accommodations at the heart of Savannah. You’ll enjoy a variety of restaurants and cafes at your doorstep, and fantastic museums, art galleries and tourist attractions are just a short walk away. Each room includes a small kitchenette and there is a gym on-site.

Best Hotel in River Street: Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District

Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District

The Hotel Indigo is in a great location for exploring Savannah. You’ll enjoy plenty of shops, cafes and eateries nearby. Rooms come complete with a range of amenities and there are a number of rooms designed just for families. A delicious and satisfying breakfast is also available.

Things to See and Do in River Street

  • Dig into a plate of fresh and delicious seafood at Fiddler’s Crab House.
  • Enjoy drinks and snacks at lively Wet Willies.
  • Explore a collection of historic models and painting at the Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum.
  • Go for a stroll through the Riverfront Plaza.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in Warren Square.
  • Rest and relax in beautiful Emmet Park.
  • See the 1996 Olympic Yachting Cauldron.
  • Snap a pic of the iconic Talmadge Bridge.
  • Visit The Waving Girl Statue and learn all about the history and legends surrounding the monument.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Savannah

Savannah has so much to offer travellers. From its diverse history and rich culture to its eclectic arts scene, innovative food offerings and southern charm, Savannah is a city with something for travellers of all ages and styles.

In this guide, we’ve looked at where to stay in Savannah. Although there aren’t any hostels in the city, we’ve included good-value hotels and comfortable apartments so visitors can enjoy Savannah no matter their budget. If you’re still not sure which area is right for you, here is a quick recap.

The Historic District is our pick for the best neighbourhood because it has the most going on. And, our choice for the best hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Savannah – Historic District.

Our recommendation for the best budget hotel is the Iris Garden Inn in Garden City because of its great location and awesome amenities.

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