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Feb 24th, 2011, 05:26 AM
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Savannah Best area, good hotels. Help appreciated as limited planning time!

I've just started researching books and posts (of which I realize there are many) but my planning time is limited and I would be very appreciative of some direction to help me narrow things down quickly.

"Mature" couple, spending a couple of nights in Savannah a few weeks from now, first visit. Looking for a comfortable, modern and moderate hotel (say 4*, maybe 3 1/2 *) in a "good" location for seeing sights and eating out within walking distance as much as possible.

Thanks much!
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Feb 24th, 2011, 05:37 AM
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You probably want to be in the Historic District fairly close to the water.

As a result of recommendations on this forum I booked Planters Inn. It's located right on a square.

Haven't gone yet so I cannot comment.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 07:50 AM
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Staybridge Suites on Bay
Hampton Inn on Bay
Bohemian
Hilton Garden Inn
Avia
Doubletree/ Inn at Ellis Square/ Hyatt / Planters Inn/
River Street Inn / Holiday Inn Express
Marshall House

OR Ballastone Inn or Kehoe House - if your budget allows
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Feb 24th, 2011, 10:43 AM
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We like the Hyatt on Bay, a nice water view room is wonderful, a 4 star.
Staybridge Suites was our last stay, and we really enjoyed this hotel for the kitchen capacity, it is more of a 3.5 star.
Hampton Inn used to be our go to ever visit. 3.5 Star as well.
Never stayed at any of the bed and breakfast.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 10:50 AM
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We stayed at the Hyatt on River Street. Our room was on a corner so we saw town and the river, lovely hotel, lovely room.
We loved eating at the Pink House which is right next door to the Planters Inn which is very beautiful and I remember reading great reviews from people who stayed there.
If you stay at the Hyatt or the Planters Inn, you are just at the beginning of the walk you can take .. through each square, past the wonderful gardens, homes, fountains, Telfair Museum, EBShaver bookstore and to the end, which is a wonderful huge fountain and park.
Easily walked and a wonderful day.
I can't remember the names of the restaurants we went to but we did not have a bad meal, that's for sure.
And I admit to eating too many pralines from the shop on RiverWalk
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Feb 24th, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Thank you starrs (and Myer). If you (or anyone else) has one or 2 personal favorites, let me know. Also any other "quick tips" for visiting Savannah. Again, I'm going to try to cram in some reading, but this is very helpful as I want to book within the next couple of days.

Also thinking about an overnight in the Golden Isles - looking for charm and nature. Any specific accommodation recommendations would be welcome.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 12:10 PM
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Thanks eeyorelvr and Scarlett too (I posted without refresshing and didn't see your posts until after).
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Feb 24th, 2011, 12:33 PM
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For nature, go to Jekyll Island and try to fit in a kayak trip in the marshes if you can.
For charm stay at the Jekyll Island Club and be amazed at the "cottages" for the wealthiest from the NE.

Another option on Jekyll is the new Hampton Inn.

If you don't stay on Jekyll, there are many options on St Simons.

A real trip is a day trip to Cumberland Island. The ferry leaves from St Marys GA. For a real splurge stay at the Greyfield Inn, but that ferry leaves from FL.

Enjoy your trip.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 02:08 PM
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Favorite 2 restaurants : Mrs WIlkes and Pink House

Favorite 2 hotels: Bohemian and Inn on Forythe.
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Mar 2nd, 2011, 12:37 PM
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Mulberry Inn, Planters or River Street are all very nice.

Mulberry Inn @ 601 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 912 - 238 - 1200.
http://www.savannahhotel.com/
Planter's Inn @ 29 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 912 - 232 - 5678.
http://www.plantersinnsavannah.com/
River Street Inn @ 124 E Bay Street, Savannah, GA 912 - 234 - 6400.
http://www.riverstreetinn.com/
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Mar 2nd, 2011, 01:14 PM
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Scarlett, the praline shop is called River Street Sweets and is the cornerstone of many of our vacation memories with our girls. They have locations in Savannah and Charleston and we used to plan beach weeks at HHI with the express purpose of stocking up on pralines. I often send their pralines to my girls, one away at college and one in her first job, and it reminds them of the happy times we had as a family. Through the years, we have been to that part of the country probably 12-15 times. I could learn to make my own pralines, I am sure, but it wouldn't be authentic.

Matt, sorry to hijack your thread, but Scarlett is right - you must visit River Street Sweets on Bay St.
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Mar 2nd, 2011, 08:47 PM
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The other praline store is http://www.savannahcandy.com/
They have several locations in Savannah.

It's funny how we each have our favorites...and I'm not sure why I like Savannah Candy over River Street Sweets
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