Fodor's Expert Review Hampton Inn Historic District

201 E. Bay St., Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States See on Map

Located directly across the street from Factors Walk, this former cotton warehouse has antique heart-pine floors that extend the length of the lobby. A long expanse of glass overlooks Bay Street, and a vintage bar add some character. Everything is just as contemporary as the interiors you'd find in some of the newer surrounding properties. The rooftop pool is a plus after a day of exploring.

When planning your trip, check to see what’s happening at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Just a 3-minute walk from the hotel, you may be able to catch a classic movie, a play, or a performance of classical music.


The rooms are cozy and clean. While by no means on the luxury end of the spectrum, the beds are made for a good night’s sleep, and the other furniture is homey. Many of the rooms have pleasing views of the dense canopy of trees that line Bay Street, or (on the higher floors) the river and bridge, which are particularly picturesque around dusk.


Although slightly dated, the bathrooms are well-maintained and very clean. Nothing to write home about here, but Neutrogena bath products and strong water pressure kept us happy.


Spacious, with ample seating, the lobby is a fine welcome to the accommodations. Exposed brick walls and hardwood floors add a dash of historical charm.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Make sure to take the elevator next to the Hyatt Regency when going down to River Street. The other options are ancient, steep staircases and uneven cobblestone driveways, both of which can be treacherous.


Easily the best views of any pool in Savannah, the outdoor rooftop pool offers panoramic scenes of the entire city and the Savannah River.


The fitness center has several well-maintained treadmills and ellipticals. However, it can be slightly busy in the morning.


The included breakfast bar offers coffee, fruit, baked goods, omelettes and sausages. You snooze, you lose: Get there early!


Getting Around

The easiest and most exciting way to get around downtown Savannah is on foot, which reveals hidden courtyards and quaint shops galore. The local trolley companies that originate from the Visitors Center on MLK Boulevard also offer fascinating — and often colorful — historic tidbits while shuttling visitors around the squares and landmarks.


Churchill's Gastropub & Taphouse (4-minute walk) is a solid British pub that has a very pleasant roof deck for balmy evenings. As one would expect, they serve a nice variety of ales on tap. They are also open on both Sunday and Monday evening, which is surprisingly rare in Savannah. Vic’s on the River (3-minute walk) is arguably the best option on River street for fine dining. Excellent fresh seafood steals the show, but don’t let the surf cloud your sight of the turf. Vic’s can rock beef short ribs and lamb shank with the best of them.


Bayou Cafe (4-minute walk) down towards River street. Musically inspired dive bar or quirky cafe: You decide.
Although The Olde Pink House (2-minute walk) is famous as a fine dining destination in Savannah, many tourists never bother to check what’s downstairs in the basement. A low-lit tavern has a beautiful antique bar and a fireplace. A perfect spot to grab a cocktail before or after a nice dinner.


Although not the fanciest option in Savannah, we experienced a very tightly run ship. The staff is genuinely friendly and will do everything possible to make visitors’ stays pleasant.


144 rooms
Breakfast Included
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking


Phones: 912-231–9700;888-231–9706

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