This past summer, as I was planning my summertime road trip from Atlanta to Savannah with my cousin Lauren, I asked her for advice as to where we should stay since she’d been to Savannah before. As it turned out, during her previous trip there, she stayed on the outskirts of the city and was just as clueless as I was as to where we could stay in Savannah’s heart that would suit our comfort level and our budget of about $175 per night. After scouring through hotel websites and TripAdvisor reviews, we decided on Planters Inn – a boutique hotel in Savannah’s historic district.
If you’ve been to Savannah, then you know that it’s a city that’s full of squares. Planters Inn is ideally located facing Reynolds Square which was named for John Reynolds, an unpopular Georgia governor who held office in the mid-1750s. As in Savannah’s other squares, in Reynolds Square you’ll find people shooting the breeze and enjoying the slower pace of the South.
Across the street from Planters Inn you’ll find The Olde Pink House, a famous restaurant that serves Low Country cuisine (think, shrimp and grits). The house was built in the late 18th century and has served as a private home, a bank, a tearoom, and headquarters for one of Sherman’s generals during the Civil War.
While not the most aesthetically pleasing hotel from the outside, once you step into Planters Inn’s lobby, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into the foyer of a modernized Southern plantation home. The high ceilings, the flowing window drapes, and the burgundy hued furniture and carpeting punctuated by the bright yellow walls all contribute to the august atmosphere. Stepping into the lobby, I felt the spirit of the genteel South.
By the time we checked in, it was well into the night, and we knew that we were too late for the complimentary wine and cheese reception that’s offered to guests each evening (except Sundays). But we vowed that we wouldn’t miss out on the complimentary continental breakfast the next morning.
Although it was late, before calling it a night, we walked down to River Street a few blocks over to grab a bite to eat. But because it was so late, most of the good restaurants were closed. We settled for salads and then headed to Wet Willie’s nearby to grab some frozen daiquiris and hung out waterside for some late night laughs.
When we finally made it to bed, we slept well in our twin-sized four-poster beds. Our room was spacious and clean, as was the bathroom which means the world to me.
Planters Inn is the ideal hotel from which to explore Savannah. After our Savannah Freedom Trail Tour which ended near City Market – Savannah’s artsy district featuring dining and shopping options – we explored a bit by foot.
Through Ellis Square, past the capitol building, and some of the city’s picturesque residential side streets, within about ten minutes, we’d worked up a sweat in Savannah’s balmy humidity.
Soon enough, we’d walked back past Planters Inn and somehow ended up at Leopold’s Ice Cream (hmm…how did that happen?!) where the line was long but the wait was well worth the sweet cool down. I didn’t realize just how central Planters Inn is until taking our afternoon stroll.
Another great feature of Planters Inn is the impeccable service. From the 24-hour front desk receptionists to the valet parking attendants, everyone at Planters Inn greeted us warmly and everyone was quick to grant our requests. All of the Planters Inn staffers exemplified Southern hospitality.
The next time I’m in Savannah, I definitely won’t be clueless about where to stay. Without a doubt, it’ll be Planters Inn.