Housed in a five-story converted warehouse, this 1817 lodging has a harbor-from-yesteryear theme, with nautical murals and model schooners. Guest rooms are filled with antiques and reproductions from the era of King Cotton. French-style balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook both River Street and Bay Street, and many rooms face the river. The elevator of this wheelchair-accessible building takes you directly down to the buzz of the waterfront. Breakfast is not included, but there are several on-site eateries.
All the luxury and charm of the Old South greet you as you enter your guest room at the River Street Inn. Antique four-poster beds, fireplaces, and exposed brick walls are updated with rich, creamy color and maritime curios. Lounging from the bed or leaning over the balcony, guests looking out at the river can watch ships floating by.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is an older building, and not up to today's sonic insulation standards. Be aware that loud noises can carry here.
Handsomely updated to modern structural and decorative standards but retaining much of their historic charm, the bath chambers at the River Street Inn are quite comfortable but not notably luxurious.
There's an air of old Savannah manor house in the layout of the hotel. The lobby opens out into an indoor courtyard with a skylit atrium, through which the elevator bay rises. Peaceful sitting rooms with floral wallpaper and dark wood bookshelves create little coves of solitude and contemplation.
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 landmarks.
Just next door is New Orleans-inspired Huey's on the River (1-minute walk). If you're grabbing brunch here before a lazy stroll along the river, the crabcake benedict with fried green tomatoes is a hearty and delicious choice. The Olympia Cafe (2-minute walk) has the distinction of being one of the few authentic Greek restaurants in town, and the cheerful, warm staff are always eager to ensure you love every bite. Treylor Park (1-minute walk) on Bay Street is a hip eatery with trendy decor and offbeat menu items that are surprisingly addictive. Expect a wait for Sunday brunch and come early.
At Churchill's Gastropub & Taphouse (3-minute walk), your favorite Premier League soccer team is often on the tele and your go-to European beer is always on tap. Besides the first-floor tavern ambiance, there is also a welcoming rooftop deck. Top Deck Bar on the roof of the Cotton Sail Hotel (4-minute walk) does both fruity and serious cocktails well, and the view of the river is spectacular.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location, location, location. While similar in style to many of the historic hotels and bed & breakfasts downtown, the River Street Inn's situation on the riverfront makes it very attractive and romantic.