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Highlights

This quirky hotel built in 1964 features retro roadside-motel decor and complimentary Southern sweets

Hotel at a Glance: Thunderbird Inn

The Thunderbird Inn feels like a classic 1960s motel gone rogue. The newly renovated inn’s L-shaped frame is punctuated with vibrant pops of color, and its neon roadside sign almost always displays a zany message. Guest rooms match the theme with hip furnishings and artwork. Nostalgic touches that include old typewriters and complimentary MoonPies on every pillow are the icing on the cake. This edgy-meets-vintage vibe earned the inn a spot on USA Today’s list of the 10 Best Retro Hotels in the USA.

  • Still cool after 50 years: The inn celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014.
  • Tasty snacks include freshly made popcorn, RC Cola, and Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • Attention dog lovers: Pups staying at the Thunderbird are presented with beds and treats. The staff at the front desk is happy to provide you with the names of pet-friendly shops, cafes, tours, and parks along with preferred Savannah pet etiquette. There’s even an enclosed dog run on the property.
  • Earth-conscious upgrades include eco-friendly private baths, recycling, and solar panels so you can feel good about your stay.

Savannah, Georgia: Historical Mansions and a Lively River Walk

Founded in 1733 as Georgia’s first town, Savannah is not only one of the most graceful cities in the South but also one the most historic. The old but well-preserved architecture landed it on Forbes’s 2011 list of America’s Best Downtowns, and Travel + Leisure dubbed it one of the top cities in the United States and Canada in 2013. The city’s 22 famous public squares play host to some famous landmarks, such as antebellum-era houses framed by moss-covered oak trees. Head to Oglethorpe Square to see the Owens-Thomas House, an English Regency–style mansion completed in 1819 that now serves as a museum; tours here depart from the original carriage house and go past its charming English-style parterre garden.

Another relic of Savannah’s past, River Street curves for about a mile along Savannah River’s south bank. The cobblestone walkways are lined with 100-year-old cotton warehouses that have been converted into antique shops, brewpubs, and galleries. A short walk west of River Street will take you to the City Market, a four-block public meeting space on the edge of downtown.

What You Get

  • Stay for two in a king room or four in a double-queen room

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: $25 credit card hold for incidentals paid at check-in.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee each morning
  • Complimentary MoonPie and RC Cola
  • Hot popcorn upon arrival
  • Pet-friendly rooms available (additional fee)

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The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • $25 credit card hold for incidentals paid at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

King Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Double-Queen Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: available for an additional $15 per night (subject to availability).
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets up to 150 lbs may be added for an additional $50 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV; 10 mi)
  • Cab fare: about $40 from SAV, including a 15% tip

Traveler's Tips

  • Due to the hotel’s close-to-everything location, outside noise may make its way into the rooms.
  • Staff picks of the best local restaurants and nightlife hot spots are available at the front desk.
  • A free downtown shuttle is available across the street from the inn, and pedicabs are available in the historic district.
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