By: Maureen Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Oct 3, 2014
Gorgeous Savannah is a romantic travel treasure tucked away on the coast in eastern Georgia. It’s worth the effort to get here if you are looking for a classic Old South destination with charm and shopping, dining and great beaches nearby.
Here's a look at some romantic rooms in Savannah, GA, including our feature review of the AVIA Savannah boutique hotel.
1. Hamilton - Turner Inn – this romantic Savannah hotel has collected awards from TripAdvisor and Fodor’s. Beautifully restored 1870’s mansion faces gorgeous Lafayette Square, and rooms and suites offer claw-foot or jetted whirlpool tubs.
There's gourmet breakfasts, afternoon tea & wine, and super-friendly owners Jim & Gay look after every detail so that your stay is a memorable one. If you’re traveling to Savannah for a honeymoon, proposal or anniversary getaway, they can make your stay a little more romantic with champagne and chocolates.
2. Zeigler House French Country Honeymoon Suite - The Provencal decor of this large King honeymoon suite in Savannah will set the mood right, along with whirlpool tub and a private outdoor patio with flowers and fountains.
3. Planters Inn - the location of this romantic Savannah inn is outstanding: facing Reynolds Square, and right next door to romantic dining at The Olde Pink House. Honeymooners and couples love the spacious rooms with four poster beds, along with the wine & cheese reception each afternoon.
The Planters Inn can arrange one of the most romantic hotel packages in Savannah, with long stem roses, champagne and a private horse-drawn carriage ride around town.
We liked: Location close to Historic District and River St, terrace & pool, “hosting suite” idea, very clean.
Could be better: Surrounded by one-way streets so driving up is tricky, noise from streets, Ellis Square and construction across the street may affect sensitive ears.
The AVIA Hotel is part of a chain of luxury boutique hotels with locations in Savannah, Napa and Long Beach.
Location: The location is great for tourists as it’s right in the restored historic district of Savannah, across from beautiful Ellis Square. It’s only steps to City Market and Paula Deen’s famous restaurant, The Lady and Sons. River Street is only 2 blocks away, and a quick walk will take you to a tree-lined river with park-like surroundings and plenty of room for a romantic stroll or simply to sit down and contemplate this amazing city.
The downtown location means that it can be a little bit noisy at night, but we found it wasn’t too bad and slept well. The sound machine in each room helps muffle outside noises and you can fall asleep to the sound of a babbling brook or other soothing background noise.
Since walking everywhere is so convenient, you really don’t need a car, but parking at the hotel costs around $20/day. Valet service was very efficient and friendly. Old Savannah Trolley tours leave from right outside the hotel every 20 minutes from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and are full of fascinating information about historic old Town.
The Avia has six floors and 151 rooms and suites. Many have views of Ellis Square, City Market and News Place Courtyard. The nine-foot ceilings, crown molding, plantation shutters and French doors to the balcony really add to the feeling of historical luxury.
We stayed in a “Hosting Suite”, the idea being that you can have others to your room for drinks and snacks before dinner. It also allowed us to eat breakfast in our room as this was not included in the cost, and options downstairs at the restaurant seemed a bit pricey and limited. (The small Avia restaurant offers a breakfast for $16 that is hearty enough to keep you going all day, and many people rave about it.)
The kitchen had a full-sized fridge, dishwasher, microwave and all dishes and cutlery you need. There was also a 2-cup individual coffee maker by Cuisinart. When we ran out of coffee packets, we called down for more and someone brought it up within minutes.
Greg and I thought the size of the room was adequate, although not generous. The balcony was so small that it couldn't accommodate furniture, but the view was quite nice, with lots of old buildings and greenery (there was some construction going on next door, but that should be completed before long).
(This video of the AVIA Hotel includes a pictures and video of a Grand Studio Hosting room, pool & terrace area, plus front lobby and lounge)
The bathroom boasted a huge walk-in shower with removable shower head. Some rooms have footed soaker tubs. The comfortable king-sized bed had thick Italian cotton linens and turndown service was offered each evening. Waffle-weave robes, bottled water and the ever-popular chocolate on the pillow were lovely to come back to after a long hot day of sight-seeing.
Other little niceties included free Wi-Fi, lighted makeup mirror, a 42-inch flat screen TV that swivels so that you can watch it from the bed, an iron and ironing board and free cookies and sweet tea on arrival. We also thought the laptop safe with its 4-digit code was a good idea for the modern traveler.
One of the best things about the Avia is its awesome terrace and pool area. It has private seating nooks, cabanas and funky padded chairs. Fire pits are available for when it’s not quite as hot and there is a great pool bar with a good selection of drinks.
A complete fitness room is offered next to the pool and all common areas are kept extremely clean.
In the evening, you can get a drink in the lounge, along with small tasting plates and desserts. Wedding packages and lavish reception options are available. Catered rehearsal dinners on the terrace are also a good idea for weddings in romantic Savannah.