Quirky Roadside Hotel with Retro Decor and Complimentary Desserts
Since its debut in 1964, Savannah’s Thunderbird Inn has been completely revamped—but it’s never lost its retro spirit. It still looks like a classic motel replete with a low-slung, L-shape frame, exterior-facing guest rooms, and bright, geometric patterns. Its neon roadside sign evokes authentic Route 66 motels, and a sock-hop soundtrack is piped into the parking lot.
The hotel complements this vintage charm with genuine southern hospitality. In the lobby, snack on popcorn from the vintage popcorn machine, or cool off with a glass of fresh lemonade. Complimentary breakfasts in the café include Krispy Kreme donuts, and every night, staffers top pillows with moon pies, a beloved southern treat for more than 80 years. When you're looking for more substantial fare, swing by the front desk and ask about Thunderbird Inn's staff picks of local restaurants.
Thunderbird Inn’s ‘60s flair continues in the guest rooms, which you can access from the parking lot, like classic roadside motels and outer space. Upholstered headboards in red, yellow, or blue contrast retro white leather furniture, and private-label toiletries display atomic-style packaging.
Historical Mansions and Gourmet Seafood Restaurants
Savannah, known for its cobblestone streets and live oaks draped in spanish moss, was founded in 1733 as Georgia's first city. The town retains much of its original layout, including its 22 famous public squares, or trustee lots, many of which contain a historical landmark or two. On Columbia Square, the Davenport House, one of the town’s most famous antebellum homes, is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Daily guided tours wind past its period furnishings, including a cantilevered staircase. Head to the northeast corner of Oglethorpe Square to find the 1819 Owens-Thomas House, an English Regency–style mansion now serving as a museum; tours here go past its charming English-style parterre garden and its original carriage house.
Open-air restaurants, antique shops, and street performers contribute to a lively atmosphere along Factors Row, a riverfront district named for the cotton brokers or "factors" who once operated there. A five-minute walk west will take you to the Savannah City Market, a four-block public meeting space home to artists' studios, candy shops, a gelato café, and lively taverns.
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