Since Daughter choose Savannah a city with several chain hotels my job was a little easier than in some towns. Savannah’s historic area is compact at almost a mile wide along the river and two miles deep to Forsyth Park. Park the car in a city garage and walk everywhere.
I had several IHG (Holiday Inn) properties to pick from. There is a Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, and the Holiday Inn. I had a little over 20,000 IHG points in my account, most of those were left over from the mail in promotion I did in February. Those points and $40 allowed me to book a Friday night at the Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District. Had I paid cash the 2 double bed room books for $219.84 plus tax.
The lobby is located more towards the back of the building. The valet and desk entrance are off West Bryan street and not Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The rooms are decorated with local pictures.
The bathroom is large with ample space to put your things.
We also had a mini fridge that we did not use tucked in the cupboard near the desk under the tv.
And our room faced the river so we could watch the cargo ships bring in their full loads under the bridge.
Now lets talk location. This hotel is on the far west of the historic district, I knew that when I booked and I still think this is not a big deal. The area is not sketchy. We felt VERY safe around the hotel. There is a BP gas station across the street and a Best Western Hotel. Behind the hotel is a museum and you are two little blocks to the City Market. 90% of what we were doing was along the river and the furthest was to lunch at the Pirate House. Do not let location deter you! When we wanted ice cream before bed it was a 3 minute walk max to Savannah Candy Kitchen in the City Market.
The only parking option for the hotel is valet parking at $27 a night. Along MLK next to the hotel is a little pull in for cars, drop off your luggage and family here. Park the car in a city garage for MUCH less. We spent two nights in Savannah and I paid $17 total in the city garage. Street parking is free on the weekend starting Friday after 5 but for $17 I was not looking for a spot or dealing with street sweepers. I parked in the Robinson Garage on Montgomery a 5 minute walk away. So if you can find street parking around the hotel its a better deal on the weekend.
Since we were moving hotels and taking a tour I elected to leave our bags at the front desk for a good chunk of Saturday after check out. No issue and they offered to call us a cab to get us to our next destination.