The Hostess City opens its doors every year to millions of visitors who are drawn to its historic and vibrant downtown. Because the majority of attractions are within the Historic District, most of the city’s best hotels are there, too. Many are within easy walking distance of the city’s premier restaurants and historic sites. In terms of accommodations, Savannah is best known for its many inns and B&Bs, which have moved into the stately antebellum mansions, renovated cotton warehouses, and myriad other historic buildings stretching from the river out to the Victorian neighborhoods in the vicinity of Forsyth Park. Most are beautifully restored with the requisite high ceilings, ornate carved millwork, claw-foot tubs, and other quaint touches. Some stay in close touch with the past and do not offer televisions or telephones; others have mixed in the modern luxuries that many travelers have grown accustomed to, including flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and upscale bath amenities. Often, Southern hospitality is served up in the form of evening wine-and-cheese socials, decadent breakfasts, and pillow-top pralines.

A flush of newer boutique hotels has shaken some of the dust out of Savannah’s lodging scene and raised the bar for competing properties. Properties like the Brice, the Cotton Sail, and the luxurious Mansion on Forsyth Park would be at home in a much larger city, but all have figured out how to introduce a sleek, cosmopolitan edge without bulldozing over Savannah’s charm.