Thunderbird Inn - Savannah, GA

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Hotel at a Glance: Thunderbird Inn

The Thunderbird Inn feels like a classic motel gone rogue. The 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 retro layouts 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 recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • Retro snacks include freshly made popcorn, lemonade, and Krispy Kreme donuts.
  • Dog lovers: Pups staying at the Thunderbird are presented with beds, bowls, food and treats, organic dog shampoo, and red tags that read “Thunderbird Inn Loves Me.” There’s even an enclosed dog run right on the property.
  • Go dancing at nearby Ampersand. The three-story craft-cocktail bar features a bar on the first floor, live music and dancing on the second, and a dining room on the third.

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. Explore the riverfront in style aboard one of the Old Town sightseeing trolleys or during a horse-drawn carriage tour. Though the street is tamer than it was a few decades ago—when it was overrun with muscle cars and rowdy sailors—there’s still plenty of energy here, with a lively pub scene and views of large ships lumbering toward the dock.

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. This section of Savannah’s sprawling historic district has established itself as one of the city’s top destinations for entertainment and dining thanks to the many artists’ studios, open-air restaurants, and taverns found here.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a standard king or two-double room
  • Up to two kids 15 or younger stay free in two-double rooms
  • Dates into November

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 nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Additional fees: $1 daily transportation fee and $5 per night state tax added at purchase. $25 incidental hold per stay required on credit card at check-in.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

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

Amenities

  • Free continental breakfast with Krispy Kreme donuts
  • Nightly turndown service with Southern MoonPie
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Pet-friendly rooms available ($50 per stay fee)

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
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • $1 daily transportation fee and $5 per night state tax added at purchase
  • $25 incidental hold per stay required on credit card at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

In all Included Rooms

  • One king bed or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3 with rollaway in king room; 4 in two-double room
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 16 or older; kids 15 or younger stay free
  • Blackout drapes
  • Refrigerator
  • 25-inch cable TV
  • Guest-controlled air-conditioning and heating units

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: available for an additional $7.50 per night
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets up to 150 lb. 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; 11 mi)
  • Cab fare: about $25 from SAV

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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