The undisputed stars in Savannah are the charming small inns in the Historic District, most in restored old homes that have been renovated with modern conveniences. Price ranges can vary greatly, though like Charleston, rates are generally expensive compared to other parts of the country. Advance reservations are necessary in most cases, since many of the best properties are quite small. High season is from March through June (Mar–Apr is often the busiest time), and again from late September through November. You will find that the cheapest rates will usually be on weekdays during low season, which is January, February, and late July to early September. The price ranges listed include both low and high seasons. Very expensive hotels often have some smaller, more moderately priced units. It never hurts to ask.
If you can’t afford a stay at one of Savannah’s historic inns, you can opt for one of the numerous chain motels on the outskirts. The biggest cluster can be found near the airport around exit 104 of I-95, 13 miles west of Downtown; further south around exit 94 (16 miles from Downtown), known as Savannah South; and along Hwy-204 (Abercorn St. extension), 5 to 6 miles south of the city center, in what’s known as the Midtown area. With so many choices, rooms in these properties are usually exceptionally good deals, with most motels offering doubles for well under $100 outside peak periods and holidays.
Anyone looking to get into the local swing of things in Savannah should consider a short-term rental apartment. For the same price or less than a hotel room, you could have your own one-bedroom apartment with a washing machine, A/C, and a fridge to keep your booze in. Properties of all sizes and styles, in every price range, are available for stays of 3 nights to several weeks.
The companies below are especially recommended.
Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) offers over 280 properties in and around Savannah. The San Francisco-based Internet venture connects private property owners with travelers at a variety of price points.
Couchsurfing (www.couchsurfing.org) is another website connecting travelers with folks willing to rent a house, room, or apartment. It offers over 1,450 options in and around Savannah.
Vacation Rentals by Owner (www.vrbo.com) is a hip rental agency that offers over 360 rental properties in and around Savannah, everything from one-bedroom historic condos for $130 per night to six-bedroom mansions for $585 per night.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.