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Sep 11th, 2011, 07:39 PM
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Where to stay in Savannah? Downtown or Midtown?

Not knowing much about the city at all, i have read on these forums that you need to be concerned about crime at night. Our choices of hotels:
Hilton Desoto in "Historic District",
Garden Inn 5711 Abecorn St. in "Midtown"
or Hilton Garden in at 321 West Bay also in the "Historic District"

Which would you pick from a convenience and safety issue?

I know in my city Midtown would not be the choicest of locations, but I'd love to hear about Savannah!
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Sep 11th, 2011, 08:07 PM
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Hilton Garden in at 321 West Bay also in the "Historic District"
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Sep 12th, 2011, 04:19 AM
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I would def stay in the historic district. We stayed at the Back Bay Inn and the location was perfect!!! We didn't have any issues with crime while we were there, HOWEVER, we also didn't venture outside of the historic district after dark and kept to the "touristy" areas at night. We had rented a car but didn't use it until we went to Tybee for a day, walking got us everywhere.

Savannah is one of my favorite cities in the world!!! Have fun!!!!!
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Sep 12th, 2011, 06:20 AM
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Have stayed at HGI on Bay street twice and really like it and can easily recommend it. For convenience and safety this is definitely the one to choose you can easily and safely walk anywhere in historic district from here.
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Sep 16th, 2011, 10:17 AM
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"Midtown" is south of DeRenne Avenue and it would be stretching it to call it convenient to the downtown area.
On Bay Street from MLK (formerly West Broad) to East Broad, the boundaries of the Historic District, there is a dozen or more hotels and inns along the street. The Hilton downtown is okay and centrally located. Aviva has gotten great reviews on this Forum and is located on Bay St. with Ellis Square to the South. I'd check and see if you could get a good rate there.
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Sep 16th, 2011, 02:55 PM
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Another vote for Aviva.
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Sep 18th, 2011, 06:28 AM
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Midtown seems like it is in another city. If you want to be able to drink your coffee in the morning while watching container ships glide by you need to be downtown. If you would like to have a couple of adult beverages with a meal and not worry about driving, you need to be downtown.

Midtown is fine for commuting in and ticking some items off of your list, but it isn't like living in Savannah.

This week I stayed at the Hyatt. Lovely room. Very, very quiet. Other conference attendees raved bout the Aviva and the Grand Bohemian (Marriott).

Downtown is very walkable and has several free shuttles for tourists. There is a free watertaxi.

If you do want to save money, try booking a stay downtown during the week rather than on the weekend. Rates are often half price during the week.
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Sep 18th, 2011, 06:38 AM
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Many years ago I stayed at the Hilton Desoto and found it very convenient. I didn't have a car and walked everywhere in the Historic District.
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Sep 20th, 2011, 10:13 PM
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Thanks to everyone for all the help. I will stay downtown!
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Sep 21st, 2011, 09:06 PM
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We stayed at the Presidents Quarters Inn this past July. It is directly in the historic district. The place was lovely though the beds in our room were just okay (harry truman) others looked nicer but we needed two double beds. The room was very big which was nice for four people. If you can I would recommend a bed and breakfast to get the true Savannah experience.
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Sep 22nd, 2011, 10:34 AM
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Holiday Inn Express Historic District - great hotel, perfect location.
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