Savannah, one of America’s most haunted cities, is a charming Georgia gem, brimming with hospitality and some of the most haunted places to spend the night.
Marshall House, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is known for its historic heritage, charming Southern atmosphere, and haunted reputation, making it one of the best places to explore during the spooky season. And while there are a number of haunting ghost tours and pub crawls around the city ready to welcome (and scare away) adventurous guests, there’s no better way to experience the city’s haunted past than staying in one of the haunted abodes.
And while many of Savannah’s historic inns and hotels can be visited as part of a ghost tour, there’s something particularly spooky about spending the night. With most of the following properties dating back to the 1800s, there are plenty of nooks and crannies where guests can find something to bump into at night – in addition to warm, welcoming lodgings that are as atmospheric as they are historic.
The cozy (and eerie) Olde Harbor Inn
Built in 1892, it’s historic Old Harbor Inn was originally built as a warehouse on the Savannah River. The hotel has undergone numerous transformations throughout its history and retains all of its southern charm and hospitality. It is now a charming boutique hotel near Savannah’s scenic waterfront.
Like many of Savannah’s historic haunts, the Olde Harbor Inn is home to an unearthly guest who is also one of its most famous residents: Dubbed Hank, the ghostly prankster, by hotel employees be able to be the ghost of a worker who died in one of the hotel’s early fires. Whoever he is, he absolutely loves to make his presence known by moving things around, dropping coins, and creating a cigar smoke smell, among other things. But as innocent as Hank’s spooky antics may be, they undoubtedly add a bit of mystery to this otherwise cozy and historic hotel.
- Address: 508 East Factors Walk
- Prices: From $225 and up / night
- Services: Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres; ice cream treats delivered to the room; pet friendly (welcome pet gift included); suites come with a number of amenities, including high-speed wifi, charging stations, wet bar, refrigerator, flat screen TV, and comfy bathrobes
19th century ghosts in the Marshall House
Located in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, the antebellum gem Marshall house has been a mainstay of Broughton Street for over 150 years. Full of hospitable hospitality and elegant charm, the historic space was reopened to the public after a close to 50-year closure and subsequent renovations that beautifully blended the site’s past with its future.
The Marshall House and its haunted surroundings have been part of the historic fabric of the city since the mid-1800s, serving as a hospital during two well-known events: the yellow fever epidemics and the final months of the Civil War – which is certainly enough to give it has a somewhat creepy reputation. Many think the desolation and subsequent closure of the space was enough to shake up the anguished residents, but whatever the reason, sightings of apparitions and mysterious happenings are now commonplace in the fine old hotel, especially on the fourth floor.
- Address: East 123 Broughton Street
- Prices: From $189 and up per night
- Services: In-room amenities include bathrobes, umbrellas, a mini-fridge, a flat-screen HD LCD TV and valet parking (fees apply). For an additional $30 amenity fee, guests receive two breakfasts at the on-site bistro, a nightly wine reception, enhanced high-speed internet, 15% off at select Broughton Street businesses, and a full-service concierge.
17Hundred90: A popular pub and historic venue
Housing not one but two of Savannah’s most historical places, the classic 17 Hundred and 90 were once the site of three private residences dating back to the 19th century, which today serve as cozy restaurants and a 14-room inn. This charming place still retains many of its original features, including wooden beams and slate floors, and still retains its historic atmosphere and commitment to tradition that make Savannah so special.
It’s not surprising that so much history also comes with a somewhat ghostly representative. While the pub and restaurant are a popular destination for haunted pub crawls, it is the inn itself that is said to be home to the property’s famous ghost. Known as Anne, she was once a resident of the historic building and, after a tragic loss, has haunted the site ever since with her mournful howl — alongside poltergeist-esque activities like rearranging guests’ belongings (particularly in Room 204). In addition, other ghosts have been seen throughout the property, including a somewhat unfriendly apparition said to haunt the kitchens and harass the staff.
- Address: Presidentstraat 307 E
- Prices: Start at $169 and up per night
- Services: Historic tavern and restaurant on site; cozy historic decor; many rooms have fireplaces (electric or gas) and bathtubs, street views, and private entrances
Grand, ghostly grandeur at Eliza Thompson House
Opulent Savannah charm and hospitality await guests at the wonderfully authentic Eliza Thompson house. Located on one of the city’s most famous streets, this cozy hotel has a history dating back to the mid-19th century. The lovely, homely atmosphere is as welcoming as it is historic. In addition to the property’s historic rooms, the overall atmosphere is one of a distinctly opulent southern air – right through to the adjoining courtyard, peaceful garden, and surrounding cobblestone, tree-lined streets.
The long and storied history of this quaint property has also given way to rumors of countless ghostly sightings and apparitions. Among the hotel’s famous (ghostly) guests are reports of a young girl in a white dress fluttering through the halls and sightings of Confederate soldiers in an upstairs window.
- Address: West Jones Street 5
- Prices: Start at $209 and up per night
- Services: This hotel is close to a number of historic sites and is an adults-only hotel. Pets are not allowed. For an additional $25 amenity fee, guests receive two chef-prepared breakfasts; afternoon wine reception with hors d’oeuvres; nightly dessert and coffee; improved fast internet; 15% discount at selected local businesses; full service concierge.
What better way to enjoy the spooky season than with a stay in one of America’s most haunted cities? As well as being a ghost lover’s paradise, Savannah is home to a storied history that can be found everywhere from its pretty, tree-lined streets to its hotels and inns brimming with charm that are both welcoming and hospitable. and spooky – the perfect places to spend a chilly (and spooky!) autumn evening.