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Savannah's average annual temperature of 66ºF makes it an ideal year-round destination, but your best bet for scoring hotel deals in Savannah is visiting during the slow months of January and February. As temperatures drop to their annual minimums, which average between 38-41º for lows and 60-64º for highs, rates at Savannah hotels like Andaz Savannah by Hyatt and The Gastonian follow suit.
If you visit Savannah between March and July, on the other hand, you'll enjoy lush greenery and a rainbow of flowers, but you'll also deal with increased visitor numbers, special events like the Savannah Arts Festival and Savannah Tour of Homes, and higher hotel rates. Although late summer and autumn are slightly less crowded than the spring and early summer, a second spate of events, culminating with the Savannah Film Festival, makes competition for Savannah's cheap rooms as stiff the bourbon cocktails on offer there.
Many visitors to Savannah rent a car upon arriving at Savannah/Hilton Head Island International Airport, but you can also take the "Airport Express" bus, operated by Chatam Area Transit (CAT) at a rate of $1.50 each way, to your hotel. Savannah hotels at or near the airport, such as Wingate by Wyndham* and SpringHill Suites by Marriott, offer complimentary airport transportation to guests, so take this into consideration when you're on the hunt for cheap Savannah hotels.
No matter how you find your way into the city, Savannah begs to be discovered at a slow pace. Buy a CAT day pass for just $3.00, and use buses to travel longer distances between different parts of town, then invite yourself to explore Savannah treasures like the City Market and Bonaventure Cemetery by walking, as both visitors and residents have done since the city's founding in 1733.
No section of Savannah is better enjoyed on foot than its pre-Civil War historic district, home to many of the cheap hotels Savannah has to offer. Stay at heritage hotels like East Bay Inn or the Eliza Thompson House to begin your immersion in Savannah's colonial past right from the get go, or choose Joan's on Jones Bed & Breakfast to get a taste of the Southern hospitality that's been served up in the city for almost 300 years.
Big-name hotels like Marriott and Hilton also have business-friendly hotels in Savannah's historical district, allowing you to get important work done with the top attractions of Savannah at your feet. Or, book a stay at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa for easy access to the city center and stunning waterfront views.
Savannah evokes old-world opulence, and while it's easy to spend a small Southern fortune on a high-end room here, luxury hotel deals aren't impossible to find. Although the Mansion on Forsyth Park is a four-star property featuring scenic views of the park where the blockbuster film "The Movie" was filmed, cooking classes from an acclaimed chef, and luxurious, 400-thread-count bedding, you can find generous discounts of up to 40 per cent on rooms booked in advance.
If however you stay at Kehoe House, a Renaissance Revival mansion, you're just four blocks from the cafés and shops of River Street. With all the money you save on your room, you're freer to indulge in smooth Southern cocktails, vintage handicrafts, and artisan apparel in the trendy shopping district.
If the hotel deals Savannah has to offer aren't cheap enough for you, another option for your stay is to stay in a Savannah hostel. Housed in a huge Victorian mansion with high ceilings, panoramic terraces, and a lush, enclosed garden, Savannah Pensione* provides you with a convenient location in the heart of Savannah's historical district, while offering both shared dormitories and private rooms at rates that average under $50 per person, per night.
Another option if you want to stay in an authentic room in Savannah's historical district, but don't want to exceed your travel budget, is to stay in a room or home share, such as those offered by Airbnb. Browse hundreds of apartments, private rooms, and entire homes, including unique properties like Forsyth Cottages, Lilly's Chambers on Forsyth Park, or the Great Savannah Cottage House, whose entire spacious square footage runs as low as $105 per night, depending on the time of year you visit.
Or, if you're looking for a truly unique room share in Savannah, book a night or two at the Diamond Oaks Treehouse Skylight Suite, which allows you to sleep in the canopy of one of the city's iconic, moss-draped oak trees, with front row seats to a Savannah sunrise.
In many ways, every day feels like a special event in Savannah, from the cinematic vistas around every corner, to perennial cultural institutions such as Lucas Theatre and the Telfair Museum. If you want to stay in one of the cheap hotel rooms at a discount, however, be strategic when it comes to the large events the city hosts annually.
For example, while the Savannah Film Festival takes place comfortably outside the traditional high season, the more than 50 films it screens annually attract thousands of extra visitors to the city – not to mention, celebrities such as Claire Danes and Tommy Lee Jones – in late October or early November. Avoid historical district hotels near the Trustees Theatre, where the festival is held, and stay safely away from the center of activity by choosing Midtown Savannah hotels like Oglethorpe Inn & Suites or The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront.
The Savannah Tour of Homes draws fewer people than the city's film festival, but it takes place in spring, the azalea-filled start of the city's high season for tourism and spreads through the historical district, which means that all hotels in the city's downtown can potentially raise rates. If you can't find a deal on Airbnb or book well in advance, you might instead opt for a more remote location, such as Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, located on scenic Tybee Island.
Learn more about Savannah and ways to plan the perfect trip there by visiting Savannah.com which provides more detailed information about the long list of officially registered historical places in the city's heritage-rich downtown. Designed as a hub for tourists, it's also filled with resources for banquet, meeting, and convention planners, as well an entire section dedicated to having your wedding in one of the most romantic cities in the country.
No matter why you're drawn to Savannah, the birthplace of Georgia and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the entire country, a unique experience is waiting for you in the shade of its regal oak trees, the shadows of its stately mansions, and the smiles of its welcoming locals. Use Hipmunk not only to browse and book the cheap hotels Savannah charms its visitors with, but also to find the cheapest, quickest, least agonizing flights to whisk you there.
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