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Hotels in Savannah near River Street

River Street Introduction

Set along the bustling south bank of the Savannah River, River Street is a popular cobblestone street featuring shops, galleries, brew pubs, restaurants, and hotels. Many of the historic century-old buildings were formerly cotton warehouses which have now been transformed to cater for the visitors to the city. There’s a working harbor with horse-drawn carriage rides and street performers. At the eastern end is the Waving Girl statue, a bronze tribute to Florence Martus who, for 44 years, greeted every ship entering Savannah port by waving a cloth in welcome. The statue is a symbol of Southern hospitality.

Hotels near River Street

There are plenty of hotels to choose from, either on River Street itself or within walking distance. As this is a popular tourist destination in a historic part of town, hotels tend to be upscale, with high-end amenities such as rooftop bars, chic restaurants, heated indoor pools, and spas. Many are in converted 19th-century (or earlier) warehouses and some claim to be haunted. The number of tourists are far fewer in January and February after the Christmas holiday season, and hotel rates fall as a result.

Where to stay near River Street

The Historic District of Savannah, which takes in most of River Street, is at the heart of city life, with quaint architecture, lively bars, and a diverse range of restaurants. Within the District, the best spot for live music and buzzing nightlife is the City Market, which is a four-block marketplace between Ellis Square and Franklin Square. This is also a good location for galleries and shopping. If you are on budget, the hotels near the Savannah/Hilton Head airport tend to be considerably cheaper than an inn in the Historic District.

Things to see near River Street

Savannah is a popular destination for art-lovers, with renowned galleries and museums. The art in the Telfair collection of museums is the largest in the South, with esteemed artworks on show at The Telfair Academy, Owens-Thomas House, and the Jepson Center for the Arts. Within the Historic District is the relaxing 30-acre Forsyth Park, which features an ornate fountain and memorials dedicated to the Confederacy and the Spanish-American War. Savannah has many squares, most of which are named after local dignitaries. The oldest and largest is Johnson Square, which features fountains and monuments. Or take a look at the Savannah River itself, which offers riverboat cruises.

How to get to River Street

With its public squares, Savannah is a good city to explore on foot but there's a good network of buses run by the Chatham Area Transit (or CAT). CAT also operates a free shuttle, which makes 30 stops in the Historic District. You can catch a CAT bus from Downtown to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, which is 10.8 miles from River Street. Downtown can be reached by car with Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway (I-16) coming into the city. Once in Savannah, the Water Taxis or Ferry Boats are a good way to see the city.

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