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River Street Inn in Savannah, GA

River Street Inn in Savannah, GA

Specialties

The romantic ambiance of Savannah and the Antebellum South is found in the Inn's theme and décor, from hardwood floors and four-poster beds, to plush carpeting and private balconies. All 86 guest rooms are well appointed, offering views of the Savannah River to the North and Savannah's Historic District to the South.  

Guests can enjoy walking onto the French-style balconies to watch the huge ocean freighters pass, or watch the night sky through floor-length windows.

The meeting facilities are convenient and accessible and offer "fresh views through windows past."  There are threeMeeting Rooms - - all are part of an historic setting with inviting natural light, and each are named for a significant historic figure in Savannah.  The second floor meeting rooms and rooftop deck offer splendid views overlooking River Street and the Savannah River.

History

Established in 1817.

The River Street Inn is a great Savannah experience with a distinctive sense of style. This five-story Inn on Savannah's Riverfront was originally used for storing, grading, and exporting cotton. Built in 1817, the original two floors were constructed of ballast stone stabilizing weights from European ships that were unloaded to make room for cotton. In 1853, three more floors were added to accommodate the expanding cotton industry.    

The Atrium is the backdrop for antique and reproduction furnishings, evoking the subtle sophistication of Savannah; preserved with the feeling of yesteryear but with all the modern conveniences.  
Tour options are available at the front desk.  Guests Inn can enjoy our Fitness Facility, and three Restaurants and Bars on site.

Explore a full block of unique shops and galleries from cards, hats, and souvenirs; to jewelry, clothing, and a cigar store with a walk-in humidor

Experience the Riverfront Charm of Savannah's Premier Historic Inn.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.91

Address: 124 E Bay St, Savannah, GA, 31401
  • Mon: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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Comments (64):

1. Jonathan K.
Awesome stay in this river facing charming inn.  Service was very friendly and rooms were appropriate and clean.  The location can't be beat, and it is nice to stay in an authentic inn vs. the larger chains in the area.  Parking is terrible of course, but the room is highly recommended if staying in this part of Savannah.

21/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Lindsey H.
A friend and I stayed here after visiting some old friends at Southern. It is such an amazing hotel. Right on the river, clean rooms, and its HISTORIC, which is great to add to that down-south charm. Don't be surprised if you see a ghost roaming the halls :) The staff was nice and friendly and the hotel overall was just beautiful. Plus, you can walk to any of the places on riverstreet, and it wasn't too unresonably priced.

13/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Delilah P.
This hotel, near the historic Cotton Exchange, a commerce center dating back to 1887.  It certainly holds its fair share of southern charm, along with a hefty dose of gothic southern creepiness.
My room was large and comfy, but also held a slight resemblance to the room that holds John Cusak hostage in "1408." The portrait of the anonymous plantation owner hanging ominously over the four-poster bed was a nice touch. His eyes followed me all Disneyland Haunted Mansion-style. Spooky...
The hotel offers an evening social hour with free wine, which I didn't get a chance to try. It also has a pool table in the lounge, which I also did not try.
One night I decided to take a self-guided tour of the building looking for the roof-top patio. I ended up, through a number of twists and turns, on the uninhabited fifth floor. I think these rooms were at one time offices for the gentlemen doing business at the Cotton Exchange. The floor definitely had the feel of yesteryear, and the unnerving silence to go with it. I made the skeedadle to the rooftop patio door, only to find myself outdoors all by my lonesome. I had propped the door open behind me, but have to admit, I lost all nerve when I looked back and saw it slowly closing on its own. Was it a ghost trying to lock me out of the building to freeze to death outside, unbeknownst to the hotel staff? My overactive imagination got the best of me and I high-tailed it back inside, skittering my way to the elevator and back down to the lobby, where I strolled out trying to act all cool and casual.
Aside from all the spooky stuff, the staff here was super helpful and gracious, and each night I received free turn-down service and chocolates on my pillow. If you stay here, know that river-view rooms on the 3rd floor can get noisy. My room apparently was right over a bar with nightly karaoke. Folks singing there really seem to love the Doobie Brothers. I got to hear a rendition of  "Long Train Runnin'" pretty much every night. That was really the only downside. But now that I think of it, maybe it was that ghost's way of trying to get me the hell outa there again...

18/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Mike F.
One of the best hotels I've stayed at.  The location was perfect.   Nice little touches such as free wine every night and chocolates on the pillows.  The building itself looks great.  Highly recommended.

05/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Sarah P.
Beautiful historic hotel.  It is located overlooking River Street.  The view is lovely.  The beds here are quite comfortable too.  Rooms are decorated nicely and offer a charming touch.  

The staff here is friendly and accommodating.  

I will be sure to go back next time I am in Savannah!

05/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. V. E.
Old, Beautiful inn. Polite Staff. Fantastic restaurants all around.

16/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
7. Candy S.
Just returned from a two night groupon stay at River City Inn.  We were unexpectedly surprised to be given a room with a waterfront view and king bed.  Staff was very friendly and accommodating, although we did not know about the coffee service in the mornings in the lobby until the last day-after we had been making coffee in our room.  We watched huge container ships, colorful tenders, and tugs going through the river right from our window and were impressed.  It is an older building but the original floors and rock walls under the skylight in the atrium added to the charm.  We took advantage of the free wine and snack service in the late afternoon where we talked with other guests.  We did miss a swimming pool though.

25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Katie C.
This place was A-MA-ZING.  The guy checking us in was one of the nicest people ever.  He asked if we were there for any special occasion, and we mentioned we were on our honeymoon- so he upgraded us to a riverview queen suite on the top floor.  The room was AWESOME, it had recently been redone, the colors were gorgeous, the bed was awesome, the bathroom was fancy.  Did I mention the top floor can only be reached with certain room-keys in the fancy gold elevator? Niiiice.  The room also had a balcony overlooking the river. Gorgeous.

The turndown service with the chocolates was so cute- and I love free chocolate :D And they wrote a little weather forecast on there too- nice!

There is also a "guest reception" every afternoon, with free drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the downstairs bar area.  It included cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies, shrimp and chicken when we were there.  In that same area, they have a menu from every single area restaurant laid out so you can look around and plan dinner. Very cool!

This is one of the best hotel experiences I've ever had- next time we're in Savannah, I know where we're staying!

14/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Nolan P.
A fun place to stay while visiting the city.  Rooms are nice and clean with a great view of the river.  You definitely pay for the atmosphere so weigh the experience versus staying at one of the less expensive hotels across the street.

07/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Linda b.
Every things was great,location,location,location. The young desk receptionist could had been more helpfull. But I guess this is the new generation. Yes I would go back if I could.

28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. P R.
Almost a 5 star, but not quite.  We had a river side room with a balcony - it was plenty big with a great view.  The girl behind the desk said to park in the parking garage by the Holiday Inn, but while we unloading one of the bellhops said we could leave it out front.  That saved me some parking money and earned him a bigger tip.  When we first entered the room - tremendous bleach smell.  I guess that's good if you wonder if they clean the bathroom for mold.  Fortunately since it was great weather we could open the outside door and let it air out.  After a couple hours it was fine.  Just in case you're not aware, the river walk on a weekend night is loud and late - things didn't get quite until ~3 am and then the street sweeper comes rumbling through.  We didn't mind, it added to a festive feel.  But if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful evening, stay on the other side or find a hotel further inland.

15/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Steven H.
A terrific historic hotel right on the river in Savannah. Classic southern hospitality and charming rooms.

28/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Kat B.
Can't give this a 3 star because I wouldn't go back to this hotel.  Giving you the good details first:  Very charming and great proximity to everything in the historic part of Savannah.  Once we parked our vehicle we never saw it again until the day we left as this is a walking town and that's what we did.  Being located on the 5th floor felt very safe since in order to take the elevator to the 5th floor, one has to use the room key to get up there.  We were also on the riverside with a great view of the action on the river and down below on River Street, with a balcony which I will comment on below.
Bathroom was very clean, roomy, and decorated to perfection with warm colors and plenty of towels, and a shower head that sprayed as you would want from your own at home.  
Beautiful dark hardwood flooring in the room with a fireplace for decoration.  The room was also decorated with antique furniture making it quite homey.  The AC was more than substantial, keeping up with the unseasonably warm temps.
Price wise, we got a pretty good deal because we purchased the "Just the Two of Us" deal and added a few more nights to it, bringing the price down a bit from the norm for the extra nights.
Now for the cons:
As said by others previously, employees were nice to a point but yet  quite sarcastic in how they spoke to us and too quick in how parking was explained and taking us to our room.  Felt quite rushed yet there were no other customers waiting when we were being taken up to the room.  With the parking thing, we were told to go left out of the temporary parking, impossible due to the amount of traffic.  The parking garage was a couple of blocks away off of 1 way roads taking it double the time to park then it would have had the explanation bee more clear or even written out for us and other customers.  We were also not given a card or some sort of pass for parking, allowing a deal for the hotel stay, as we learned later when we were leaving, because when asked about the cost, a card or something was quickly shown to us along with another sarcastic comment not understood.  Parking was $11.00 per day, not the $8.00 advertised.  It's also prorated on partial days.  The cost from parking from Tuesday at 4pm to Saturday at 11am was $48.00, twice as much as we thought.
My reservation was for a deluxe King.  I don't even think it was a queen but yet a double bed.  Very uncomfortable too!  When I read about the comfort of the bed before going there I thought it would be great.  No better than a cheap hotel.  Next time I stay at any hotel, before I go to the room I will make sure it is a King room.  It was our 10th Anniversary if that says anything.
The room smelled......really bad.  It was musty like an old beach house which would have been fine at the beach but not in our location.  Even though the bathroom was clean, the floors under the bed and furniture were not so.  One morning after coming back and after the maid had cleaned, there was a dirty, dusty, nasty men's sock placed on one of the chairs as if it were ours.  The maid didn't know it wasn't but "yuck!" anyway.
The balcony was plain scary!  Not a problem that it was a French balcony being 3ft by 4ft.  It just didn't seem safe!  If you go, don't let your kids out on it!  You can't see how secure it is from the bottom side but as for the rail connected into the brick by the door, once side was not secure enough to be safe.  Looked like it was coming out of the brick.  And when I did go out on it, I felt a strange feeling to go back into the room and did.
With the package we were also to have a Private horse and carriage ride.  The ticket said to take down to the carriage loading at the Hyatt for a ride.  When showing the check in person the ticket she said it was for a general public ride and that this usually wasn't done for the hotels.  We told her we wanted the private ride but was told the ticket was not for that.  Okay, back to the hotel.  When I explained the situation, we were told that someone was supposed to tell us to line up the private ride ahead of time because a reservation was needed for the private coach; sarcastically explained to us again like we were the idiots.  Okay, how am I supposed to know this on my own?  I read the ticket and followed instructions.  Once again this was for our anniversary and I wanted the ride on that day.  We did luck out in that we were able to get a carriage at 10pm for a night ride which was plenty of time away from our dinner reservation time.  So all in all that did work out by why the issues with everything and the sarcastic attitudes?  The people here really need to be more welcoming, which would make for a much more pleasant stay.
In that, we have already decided that we will try a competing hotel on River Street next time.  I would love to stay here again if my reservations were correct, King bed included, and not being talked down to with sarcastic attitudes.

22/06/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
14. Classic Art F.
my wife & I go to Savanah several times a year, this is the first time we stayed at the River Street Inn...it was the best stay we ever had. The Staff was VERY NICE.. The hotel was beautiful. the location was awesome. we do not have a single complaint about this place. River Street Inn is now our new place to stay when we visit Savanah. The view from our room was amazing. We got a room with a view of River St and the river..we just loved loved loved everything about our stay..A++++++

06/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. David R.
Love RSI. It's our second time and staff is just as nice as the hotel.  Get a river view room. Worth the money.

10/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Mike P.
The rooms are nice but the bathrooms are a little out dated. They also have free wine and cheese from 5-630. Make sure you add $10 a night for parking to the cost of the room. The staff is friendly especially the house keepers. They were very nice. It's a very old hotel and you can easily get lost if your not careful but if you follow the emergency exit sign you'll be ok. I recommend staying there once just to say you did but there are nicer hotels on river street.

25/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Ashley M.
My husband and I stayed in Savannah 6/17-6/19 for a wedding. After reading several reviews, I made my reservations for the River Street Inn.

At first the hotel was difficult to spot from the street, and having never been to Savannah, I was not aware of the parking restrictions (though the hotel staff seemed more than willing to help with that.) The interiors of the hotel were also beautiful and clean. I loved the decor, especially the hard wood floors. Our room on the 5th floor had a lovely view of the city.

However, despite the beauty of it, this hotel only gets 3 stars from me. Each time my husband or I had an issue, we had to bring it up three times for it to be addressed. I'll explain.

The day before we left Louisville, I called the RSI to inquire about the earliest possible check-in time. I was informed that there was no concrete time, and that I should just call when we were in the vicinity and our room would be ready. On the way to Savannah, around 11:45am, I made another call to the RSI to inform them that we would be arriving within the hour. At this point, I was informed that the earliest time we could check in would be 3:00pm because there was a full house. I ask why that wasn't mentioned yesterday, to which the person on the other end responded, 'I don't know.' We arrive at the RSI just before 1:00, and we speak to a young lady at the desk, who again tells us that they can try to get us in earlier, but guarantees no earlier than 3:00. My husband explains our situation a bit (our situation being that we're headed to a wedding in 5 hours) and suddenly, management finds a room available for us. The 3:00 check in time would've never been a problem if I had been informed of it from the get-go.

Secondly, my husband calls down for an ironing board and an iron at 3:30. He asks that it be brought to the room at or before 4:15. At 4:30, still no ironing board. At 5:00, still no ironing board. After his 3rd call, the ironing board was finally brought to the room.

Thirdly, after getting caught in an apocalyptic downpour Saturday evening, I called down Sunday morning to see if some of my still-damp garments could be put in a dryer. No one ever came to pick up my clothes, and after the issues with service, I just used the blow-dryer to dry my clothes since I didn't care to have to call someone three times.

With that being said, the hotel is very nice and has a great location. Despite the issues with service, I would stay here again. However, the next time I'm in Savannah, I would prefer somewhere that provides parking for their patrons.

21/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. Emily H.
Stayed here when the boyfriend and I were scoping out places to live before we moved down that summer. Let's just say, this is about as nice as Savannah gets, and we were spoiled. There are fancier hotels (ie: the Mansion) but to be right on River street on the Factor's Walk was amazing. The room was beautiful: gorgeous old wood floors, comfy beds, and the nicest people ever work there!
We're back up in Boston 2 years later, but we still plan on visiting... and staying at the River Street Inn.
One thing though... make sure you request a room ground floor or above. The folks stayed here during a visit once and the lower level rooms are a little less fabulous. Kind of dark and a little dinghy. Stay on the first floor or above though, and you'll be glad that you did

29/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Christie C.
Really fun hotel to stay at. Perfect location. Smack dab in the middle of everything. The rooms, and hotel look very historic. We really enjoyed to complimentary cocktail hour every day for all guests from 500-630. I think more hotels should do that. We will definetly be back.

01/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Jennifer A.
I picked this hotel based on Yelp reviews - thanks guys! I spent a total of 4 nights here (was supposed to be 3 but my flights got cancelled). The hotel itself is perfectly located - its on the Savannah river, backs up to the river walk area. I really liked the style, it wasn't like a major chain rent-a-box.

The first three nights I spent in a room on the street side, 4th floor. It was super quiet and very comfortable. I think I paid around $125 a night. The 4th night I had a room on the river side. That was especially cool as the huge container ships sail down the river in the evening and you can watch them go by.

Another bonus - you get two chocolate "gophers" from the Savannah Candy Co. placed on your bed every day. I had to visit the place just to buy more candy. Yum!

08/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Helen R.
I've visited Savannah several times and almost always stay at this hotel. When I haven't, I've felt regret.

It is so charming, has a bed and breakfast feel, and is in a fantastic location. On one side is the river, where all of the night action is and the other side leads you to the historical part of Savannah.

The hotel holds a nightly wine and cheese happy hour and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. I'd recommend this for a trip with that special someone or even a girfriend's getaway - perfect for either!

02/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Amanda Z.
We booked this hotel on Hotels.com , kind of based on what we read on yelp and kind of just on a whim and based on the sale they were having.  

All I can say is, if I go back to Savannah, I am staying at this hotel.  You simply can't beat this location.  The lobby (4th floor) walks right onto Bay Street, and into the historical district, the first floor dumps you right in the middle of River Street and all the night life there.  Amazing location, couldn't beat it.  We even could see the fireworks on the river (it was Oktoberfest) right from our room.  Amazing.

The rooms are big but cozy, the bed was incredibly comfortable, and bathroom was clean and had plenty of linens, and the room had bathrobes, both funny and awesome.  I found the staff incredibly helpful, both with directions, watching our luggage, accomodating a late check out, restaurant suggestions, and just getting our loads of luggage down to our room.

There is a rooftop porch as well, but frankly, the view is blocked by some other buildings and isn't really anything special.  It is fenced in, too, so you can't even get to the edge and really see anything.  The setting is romantic, but would be great for a friends get away as well.  

Oh, and they hooked us up with a free River view...awesome for our weekend.  If you get to Savannah, this is the hotel.

06/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Monkee C.
Great location for a first time trip to Savannah, right on the river with River Street and its odd collection of tchotchke shops, candy shops, restaurants, and dive bars. On the city side it's adjacent to Bull and Abercorn Streets, with all their parks and historic action.

The hotel itself also has that Savannah charm, being a converted warehouse (as are pretty much all the buildings on River Street). We had a city view room on the 4th floor (due to the big incline between River and Bay Streets, the 4th floor is actually street level on Bay Street, while the 1st floor is street level on River Street - so any rooms below the 4th floor on the city side will be staring at a brick wall...river side rooms don't have that issue, but some of the 3rd floor rooms may be uncomfortably close to the live music of some of the bars/restaurants on River Street).

Our room itself was nice, with plantation shutters, four poster king bed, and more than adequate AC (nice since it was 90+ F and 90%+ relative humidity while we were there). The only knock was our room's proximity to what must be the loudest ice machine in the known world.

Otherwise, totally worth the money. A tip, the hotel itself has no parking, but a city of Savannah parking garage is a block away. You can buy two or single day visitor parking passes that are good at the city garages. The two day pass is almost as much as one day in the garage without it, so I'd snag one of passes instead. The single day pass is worth it too, if you're just staying for one night. See the city of Savannah website for more details on those bad boys.

05/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Stacey S.
We went to Savannah for a day trip and decided to stay the night. After looking online we thought we would try this place. I checked availability and it looked like there were several rooms available. My husband called to book a room and was told they were sold out. I sensed this was wrong and made a reservation online. Fifteen minutes later we arrived to the hotel and we had a 5th floor river view. Maybe they save a few rooms for online booking, but it seemed odd. The room was nice. Nothing special no mini fridge or coffee even. We enjoyed the location, and the free wine in the evening.

28/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Mark M.
I was wavering between 3 and 4 stars, but went with three for one reason:  the staff.  They're atrocious.  Rude, short, acting like they have something better to do.  Just nothing but attitude all the way.  I don't understand how these people got a job working in a customer service industry.

Aside from that, this is actually a pretty decent place to stay.  The rooms are quiet & clean, furnished with antiques, and quite charming.  The location is hard to beat.  And the prices are pretty fair for what you get.

If they fired everyone who worked here and hired an entire new (professional) team to run this place, it would be a solid 4-star establishment.

16/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
26. Teresa R.
Planned kind of a last minute trip to Savannah for St. Patricks Day and unbelievably found this Inn RIGHT on River Street available. This is an old historic hotel that still holds all of the charm of history. You almost feel as if you could go to sleep and find yourself awaking in another time! The rooms are large and clean. The refurbishment to bring the establishment to modern standards is excellent. The bed was very comfortable.

The location of this establishment in relationship to River Street is one of it's GREATEST assets. Of course when River Street is loud and hopping, so is the room. Especially during St.Patty's Day, if you are not staying at RSI to BE part of the party, you'd likely be frustrated by the noise. We LOVED it and will be visiting again.

13/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Joe B.
Catching up on reviews from a trip earlier this year - I've been way behind - and I wanted to share this magical place.  I have a soft spot for historic places, having grown up in an old house, and I wanted to share this.

We arrived fairly late and tired from a long day of driving but the check in process was quick and painless.  The building is arranged in a few stories with a grand central staircase with a somewhat precipitous drop from the upper stories to the basement, but that's part of the charm.  Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, and we were lucky enough to get a room looking out on the river.  On our arrival, there was someone singing down by the river (not a song, but literally singing next to the river) and a large shipping barge going by.  You truly get a sense of being in the middle of a historic shipping thoroughfare that has seen centuries of commerce.  It was a magical moment.

Don't arrive expecting all the amenities, power outlets, technology, and creature comforts of an upscale hotel in Vegas, for example, and you'll be very pleasantly surprised by the charm of this place.  Not to say that there aren't amenities - nice robes, etc. - but you're staying here for the charm, the ambiance, and the history, and a touch of Old Savannah.

18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Pamela M.
Came here for a weekend getaway last Spring on my first trip to Savannah and was very pleased!  A very charming, historical hotel right on the water in the heart of the city.

At check-in I was told that my queen room wasn't available, but the staff were very nice and upgraded me to a King room on the water side, no complaints here!  Staff was also very helpful in finding places to go in the city and where to eat.  After reading a few of the other reviews, maybe I just lucked out and got the one really helpful front desk person?  ;o)

My room was clean and the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was a good size as well.  I didn't have a balcony, but a good-sized window to look out over the water.

As mentioned before, there is a parking garage fairly close to the hotel, I just wound up leaving the car there and walking to everything I wanted to see since the hotel is in such a great spot.  I would definitely stay here again on my next trip to Savannah!

06/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Dulce C.
They turn your sheets down for you and give you a special treat from a local candy store. I thought the staff was helpful and answered all our questions about where to go. The room was clean and we had an awesome view of the river. I love this place. Will come back here if I am in Savannah!

01/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Gina C.
My husband and I stayed here on our little getaway. I love historic inns because they are so charming. RSI is very quaint and located on River Street with all the local restaurants and bars. It is also facing the Savannah River so def get a room where you can see the river and watch the boats go by. It is located within walking distance to many attractions, restaurants, and shops.

Our room was small and the longer we stayed in it, the more I didn't like it. I didn't think it was very clean. There was a ring around the toilet and the sink didn't look clean either. Also, on the sheets there were some stains. I know they were clean, but just to see them grossed me out. We asked for new sheets and they were nice about it. My husband found some lube in the nightstand drawer so we knew what the previous guests before us did.

They turn your sheets down for you and give you a special treat from a local candy store. I thought the staff was helpful and answered all our questions about where to go. Overall 2.5 stars rounded up to 3. If we were to come to Savannah again, we wouldn't stay here.

06/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
31. Stephanie R.
We checked in around 4:00pm. They encouraged us to attend the wine/snacks at 5:30. So we went in the room, got settled, changed (lookin hot), and had ourselves a loaded glass of champagne.

I'm here with my friend and her son. The location is great! Right on River Street, thus the name. The rooms are gorgeously furnished with more antiquish furniture. We have a nice canopy bed. . .  (Better if I were here on a romantic getaway, but even so...)

I am definitely coming back with a guy.

I gave the place a 4 out of 5 because they could be a little more customer service oriented, two girls and a baby checking into a queen bedroom ... C'mon, at least offer the option of  a double bed room??

08/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Travis W.
A fan I am, Yay!  Yep, there are several places to stay while in Savannah but in my opinion when you visit you want to be somewhere that has some history and also is located centrally.  You will be hard pressed to find a better suitable hotel than River Street Inn, in that case.  Antique furnishings and moderately large rooms would best describe the accommodations.  The service staff is great and yummy local handmade chocolates will be found bedside every night :)  The front desk staff was very gracious and was quick to upgrade if possible.  Smooth checking in and equally as smooth checking out make me a happy camper.  In terms of location this Inn is located directly over Huey's (see my review) and also in the heart of the very active nightlife on River Street.

09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Rachel C.
A National Historic Hotel right in the heart of the historic district of Savannah. The building dates from the early 1800's.

The rooms are spacious and clean with comfortable beds. Ours had an enormous fireplace in it. The balcony overlooked River Street with ferries and boats docked along the Savannah River.

The night life along River Street was filled with music and folks strolling beside the river. Our room felt like a window onto a constantly changing show.  We couldn't have been more in the heart of things if we'd tried.  Right behind  the hotel is Tubby's Tankhouse, Heuy's and Bernie's Oyster Bar.  We were within  walking distance of seafood restaurants, Irish bars and multiple walking ghost tours in the city.  

The rooms were a little pricey, but well worth it for the area. I'm sure we even had our own ghosts sharing our room. How many people have slept in those rooms in the last 200 years?  How many cotton deals were made here?  How many lives were changed?

14/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Matthew S.
Likes- It was clean, had good character and was in a great location. The cleaning staff was friendly whenever we encountered them.

Dislikes- Air conditioning was mediocre, had it on full blast the whole time and was barely adequate. The wireless internet only worked sometimes and very very poorly when it did-- I was on the top floor which must have been very far from the router. The bed was super uncomfortable and they only had 3 pillows. The mattress and box spring also had special bedbug covers on them which was a little concerning. The television was supposed to have HBO, but did not. The advertised 8 dollars for parking was a couple blocks away and actually cost twice as much. The ladies at the front desk made it seem as if we were a nuisance while checking in and checking out.

So all in all the hotel was okay but had far more wrong with it than good. I spent two nights there then spent a third at the Hampton Inn down the street. My biggest regret during this vacation is not spending the whole time at the Hampton.  Would definitely not visit the River Street Inn again, but others may like that kind of experience.

03/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
35. Melissa B.
A nice hotel right in the heart of Savannah!  It was clean enough and easy walking distance to all of historic Savannah.  The parking is a bit tricky for loading and unloading but if you are a little patient you will be fine.  The rooms are large enough overlooking the water and overall the experience was A-OK!

06/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Jason L.
I am a sucker for historic inns so when I tasked the sig-o with finding us a place to stay in Savannah I was delighted when he found the River Street Inn. It would be a waste to stay in downtown Savannah and not spend the night in one of their historic buildings. The prices were also reasonable and just about everything you could want is within walking distance. Check in was quick and efficient and our room was on the fourth floor which is nice since we didn't have to haul our baggage up or down any stairs.

Our room was very clean and quite charming. I love wingback chairs and four poster beds (the sig-o likes more modern themes). We didn't end up getting a room with hardwood floors but this was ok. I love how they have a nice selection of books in the room that not only tell about the history of the inn but about Savannah in general. You can easily spend a few hours reading before you leave your room. Wireless internet is provided in case you want to bring your laptop to plan your days. The bathroom was clean but nothing extravagant (although the jet tub was nice). I was extremely thankful that the air conditioning in this place was superb considering the very hot and sticky Savannah summers.  You can use one of the many city owned parking garages near the inn (parking averages around $8/day).

Now for the only knock on my experience here. There was an ice machine located outside our room that was perhaps the loudest ice machine I have ever encountered in my life.  If you can imagine the sound of a bleating goat being unwillingly fed into a wood chipper then you can replicate the misery we heard. The second night of our stay I was woken up three separate times by the monstrosity (who the hell needs ice at 3am anyway?). Management either needs to fix this machine or relocate it away from guest rooms. The machine is so infamous I have included a picture of it in the photos section. This place may have approached a five stars (although I still like the Planter's Inn in Charleston better) had it not been for the ice machine. Still overall a beautiful inn with a charming room and a can't miss if you need a place to stay in Savannah.

05/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. pamela l.
Great location, friendly staff, lovely room.  I have read previously reviews, and believe the staff are listening.  Room was clean with great turn down service with local chocolates on your pillow. Staff was friendly and helpful.  They do now have valet service at least at check  in time. Enjoyed my stay.

28/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Gil E.
Overall very nice. Very good location on the river with Huey's right down stairs. We were there for a conference so having the water taxi close was a big plus. Staff was very helpful and generally did all they could to make our stay a good one. Hotel has plenty of character and we loved the antiques in the halls.

Two significant negatives (and I hope these are anomalies) were:

1. No heat the first two nights. This was January, and it was cold. When we asked for at least another blanket or two, all we could get were extras sheets.

2. Not sure how well our bathroom was cleaned after the previous guest. There was human (I presume) hair on the wall.

Will stay here again, and recommend if you want a place on the river (just make sure to ask about the heat working ahead of time).

28/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
39. Ken And Stephanie P.
Nice cozy hotel. It is conveniently located and the staff is friendly. They have a 5:30 wine and cheese reception. Only complaint is the parking. You are on your own to find a place for your car. No valet service.

04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Marcus C.
Excellent place to stay while in Savannah. Great staff and lovely historic inn. No worries when you stay here. Outstanding packages as well, reward yourself.  Stayed there twice and each time we have had exceptional experiences.

26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Nicholas G.
The River Street Inn is a historic hotel that overlooks the water. It's unlikely that you'll see a building like this anywhere else. The room's are clean and comfortable. The only downside is that there's no pool vut it makes up fir modern hotel amenities with the charm of walking over a small bridge to get to. I would not recommend it to anyone with vertigo.

Also the free hotel wifi is useless.

20/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. J D.
The only thing lacking here is an in-house food supply. However, there are scads of restaurants from which to choose, all within easy walking distance.  However #2: there is a happy hour at 1700 each day with complimentary wine & snacks.  The hotel has been updated & is clean with extremely friendly staff.  Oh, you also get to watch BIG ships going in & out of the harbor.

25/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Vanessa V.
It's really hard to rate the River Street Inn. It's a historic hotel with winding hallways and no two rooms are the same. Some are gorgeous with great views, some are in need of a facelift and kind of smell like mildew. How you feel about the hotel will surely be determined by how much the check in guy likes you.

We didn't know anything about the geography of Savannah when we checked in and were happy to get a "3rd floor" city view room. What we walked into was an old basement room facing a cobblestone and brick wall, under an overpass. Not exactly charming and scenic. It looked like it had been renovated in the early 90's, with old drapes and a beige tile bathroom. Not dirty necessarily, just in need of some upgrades. We learned that since there is such a steep incline between River Street and Bay Street, you have to be on the 4th floor of River to be on street level of Bay. Therefore, if you request a city view room, you will only actually get a view of the city from the 5th (top) floor. This is kind of misleading on their website, but whatever.

We decided we wanted to stay in the central hotel area... hopefully not facing a wall, and were given a water view room on the 3rd floor which was a huge improvement. Or so we thought. The more we looked around, we realized we hadn't just given up our big bathroom and king size bed, we'd also given up our mini-fridge and coffee maker. Le sigh.

When we checked in, we were informed that the elevator was "temporarily" out of order, which isn't a big deal for us but could be for other guests. It looked like the paper signs hadn't exactly been put up recently, and showed no signs of being fixed while we were there. So the elderly and lazy might want to stay away.

We had mixed experiences with hotel staff, and it seemed that any extra amenities outside the room were conveniently unavailable during our stay (the roof deck was "under construction"...?).

28/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Nate H.
Historic hotel, close to everything downtown, which is why we chose it.  The rooms are authentically designed, however, don't include some of the standard amenities that other hotels have i.e. coffee pots, mini-fridge, etc.  The bathrooms are nice but water pressure is non-existent.

The rooms are moist and humid.  The pages from my books are damp and wavy from the humidity.  There is a distinct smell of mold.

5th floor is the place to be & river view is more private than city view.

Don't expect to check in early as the rooms will most likely not be available.  They will allow you to store your bags and check into parking ($30 a day in a parking garage a block from the hotel) prior to checking you into your room.

So, great location, so so rooms, pleasant staff.

19/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Catherine C.
Needs updating was old,dirty and very confusing to get around.There was rust dripping from the ceiling in the shower.Due to the conditions we checked out.While I was getting dressed housekeeper opened our room without knocking while I was getting dressed.After discovering that me and my husband left a nice outfit a piece hanging in the closet,the next day we went back to the hotel,they brought my husband's outfit and stated mine was not there.I explained to the Mgr. and she stated I had no proof,I then talked to the General Mgr. and he stated it was not their concern.

29/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
46. J G.
Not impressed. We are pretty laid back , but from check in to check out the service and just overall operations failed. Management should be completely over hauled. The same Budweiser can sat on the lobby shelf all weekend, iron boards and other items through out the halls, valet might be on tonight, front desk weak and they argued, housekeeping looked sloppy, ringtones going off. Have a better slow season, step it up some. We stay in Savannah 12-15 ties a year , we was excited, but other than Awesome Location, no good.

02/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
47. Mike D.
Excellent hotel and convenient to restaurants and bars. The building was an old cotton warehouse. Hardwood floors and brick in my room. Staff is very friendly. Definitely stay here again.

On a side note, my room was very dry. Too dry. Other than that it was great.

25/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. M C.
First off, I stayed at RSI about six months ago and really liked it.  However, the poor attitude of the staff, along with two room changes (no AC and backed up toilet), and one terribly filthy floor mean I'll find one of the many other hotels in Savannah next time.  I was offered a refunded night and asked that they just improve service instead.  With that my problems were ignored while we stayed in a grubby room below street level with what appeared to be broken AC.  The manager never followed up even though I talked to her later.

The lobby computer is gone, which had been a helpful feature for printing travel forms and whatnot.  The morning receptionist could not tell me how to request a late check out.  I could go on, but at this point it even seems to me like whining.  Those were some problems that may or may not be helpful.  Stay at your own risk.

29/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
49. Michaela H.
Love love love!!!!! Best spot on riverstreet , views wonderful , guy st front desk very nice and knowledgeable but we didn't catch his name , chocolates they give u are delicious :) comfy bed and nice room and almost forgot the best free wine and snacks social hr ! & if your not a wine fan you can get a beer for $2!!

04/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Chad P.
I was in town for work and all of the typical chains were sold out due to a conference.  When I looked the River Street Inn up on the interwebs, the pics looked nice, but I was a little anxious about the actual experience.  Those nerves were completely unfounded...I loved this place.  The Inn is right in the middle of all activity and most historic areas of Savannah.  The hotel itself is like walking into the past...but the service is top notch.  I'll definitely be back.

The only drawback for some is that several busy bars and restaurants are directly below the hotel.  The hotel takes up the 3 and 4 floors, but bars are on floors 1 and 2.  The noise is noticable but not enough to keep you up at night.

05/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Elizabeth W.
Everything was great here! Close to the action of river street and great location to the city squares. Soaps weren't always refreshed and there were no chocolates in our pillows-maid service wasn't the best but nothing terrible. Happy hour was short so we never got to it. The room was nice and big. Pillows are seriously terrible so bring your own.

13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Anton Z.
Great location, but has some old building issues. We picked this place since my boyfriend had been here before, so it seemed like a good choice. Original room was great and spacious but I woke up the first morning to a drenched carpet runner because the air conditioning unit has soaked the ceiling above the entry and was slowly dripping onto the carpet.  They moved us, but only after I insisted. The back up room had a broken door (wouldn't close), mold on the ceiling of the bathroom, and was significantly smaller. I don't think I'd come back, other than for some ghosts...

25/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
53. Anne D.
This was a perfect choice for our quick trip to Savannah! We were close to the action but didn't hear any of the noise once we headed to bed.

Our room overlooked the river and was so pretty. One wall was old brick and the furniture was antique. (No worries, the bed was super-comfy!)

My only complaints are these:
-The woman working the registration desk had ZERO personality and could not have been less welcoming.
- No in-room coffee pot is a big miss.

16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Shawn L.
River Street Inn provided a fantastic stay.  The service at check-in and check-out were great.  It is a historic hotel next to the river and the common areas were visually interesting.  My stay was in a two room suite on the 4th floor with a city view.  The room was tastefully decorated and paid homage to the history of the building. Everything was first class.

21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Lady Di D.
My husband and I stayed at the river street in for 2 nights.  The location is phenomenal, right in the midst of the happening scene.   Clean rooms and very romantic decor.  The cons are the lack in amenities and slow service.  After 3 phone calls and 1.5 hour wait I finally received an iron and ironing board.  Also no room service or hair dryer.  Certain aspects of rooms need improving for example the closet doors don't fully open due to carpet and some light bulbs didn't work.

16/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
56. kelly j.
I stayed at this hotel on a small one day trip to Savannah with the folks. My husband and I reserved both rooms via Expedia. We were given the option of City view or River view. City view came out to $139 for the night and the river view was $160. Upon arrival we paid for parking $15 until checkout, unlimited in/outs. The parking garage is across the street off Abercrombie St. And really is the city parking garage. We checked in late about 10:30pm. The front desk agent was very nice and accommodating. The halls were nice, wooden floors. You need your room key to use the elevator, this is to keep non guests out because there is an entrance and exit right out to the Bay. This entrance/exit was very convenient, it leads you right to all the cool shops and restaurants/bars. The rooms were neat and clean. Yes the rooms could use a nice update like fresh paint, and wallpaper, but other than that the rooms were fresh. Feel safe ladies there is a hair dryer, nice little coffee machine with flavored brews and half/half, also really nice hair and body soaps! I think they even sell them as gifts if you want a larger version. The bed mattresses were nothing to faun over, and it would have been nice if they were fluffier but I didn't lose sleep over it. All in all it was a great stay without complaints from me and my family and I believe we got what we paid for. I would recommend it to anyone asking.

07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Timothy D.
Here are the pros:
*GREAT location, one of the best in the city.
*Respectable service, generally helpful staff but not always a professional staff. I heard staff members cursing & in general would say the staff does not seem happy to work at RSI.
*Wonderful, historic building, with charm - even if in need of upkeep

Here are the cons:
*Mattresses in all the rooms are on their last leg. This is all mattresses in every room. They are all the same. According to management, they are being replaced in 2015
*Overall condition of the rooms, whether it be paint, light bulbs, bathroom tile, the condition of the carpets...basically anything that needs general upkeep, is in need of serious TLC if not a complete overhaul.
*This is not the fault of the property but caveat emptor: the street noise level is significant & the smells from the restaurant below waft into your room if you are located toward the river side. Neither is pleasant.

Generally I would say this is mediocre value for you money. When they complete their renovations, I would venture a guess that the property will be far more alluring. But to be fair to the property, and in the big picture, this property has lots of company in Savannah. Numerous properties are in need of renovations. To avoid this, stay at a newer property, although none of them have the historic charm of RSI. However, I would NOT recommend this property to anyone right now. If you are staying in Savannah for 3 days or more, the best move is vrbo to rent a condo or home.

When I read other reviews here, I sometimes wonder how much experience people have with travel & hotels. I believe most experienced, or significantly experienced people, would agree with my assessments. FYI, our room rate was $180 ++ per night

20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
58. rebekah b.
We had a great stay here!  Beautiful rooms and great service by the staff.  I have been to Savannah several times, and this was my first stay here. I will most definitely be back. We had a great view of river street and all of the craziness. The wine social was a great touch in the late afternoon.  Thank you to everybody for making us feel at home!

25/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Shawna E.
Wow, was my first impression when I walked into this hotel. Absolutely stunning. The staff has been super friendly and helpful. Not to mention it's like stepping into a time warp.  Reminds me of those Christmas movies from the 60s to the 90s. The wooden staircases and bricked wall room are some of my favorite details from this place. The Riverwalk is charming and has so much to see. I will be back for sure.

01/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Brooke B.
Hotel was cute, historic. Great location, although note you have to park across the street in the parking garage which is an additional $15 per night. View was great, we had a room with a balcony, so that was a plus. With that being said, however, this historic hotel should let go of their "historic" mattresses, because they are terribly hard and uncomfortable! One of the worst nights' sleeps I've ever had in a hotel. There were a lot of things that needed updating. The alarm clock was for the old iPod, and thermostat was outdated. In my opinion, the room needed some updates and also needed some TLC. I liked the place, it was different, but after staying in other historic hotels and bed and breakfasts, to sum it up, save your money, and go somewhere that spends a little extra on the details.

26/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
61. Customer X.
Convenient location for this upscale historical hotel near all the major attraction Savannah has to offer! Our room had a nice view on the river. The place is safe, kid-friendly and clean. The valet parking is compulsory.

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Gabe K.
Historic...beautiful...and wonderful location for walking distance to to many squares, restaurants, city market, bars, and everything else this great city has to offer.

11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Jessica B.
Great price...so I thought, but you get what you give. I looked all over the website for where to go and procedures, but nothing prepared me for this stay. I had the hardest time finding the place to checkin. Don't trust your GPS or you'll knock your car out of alignment on the cobblestone road. After two phone calls, I finally found the front door. I had to double park to checkin. Took my bags up to the room and came back down to drive to the parking lot, which required a left turn on Bay Street at 5:15PM. Ugh. Parking garage was full. Not kidding. Finally got in. Walked back to RSI to find my room key doesn't work. Still not kidding.

Everything was clean. Bed super uncomfortable. Pillows not supportive. Bed spread was very old but clean. Restaurant was ok.

Checkout the next morning: coffee yuck. No more hot water for tea. Had to be at work soon, but there wasn't anyone at the desk. Waited. Finally went around the side to see a man sitting at a computer. He muddles up with his dirty shirt and I checkout. Only to find I have to go get my car and COME BACK TO RETURN THE PARKING PASS. BOO. Just say that up front, please. I'll never stay here again.

20/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
64. Elizabeth W.
Love this quaint historic hotel!

It is situated on Bay street on the River side and it is just so cute and quaint.  When we checked in they even upgraded my finances parents room! The desk lady was so nice and friendly.  Steven (the bellhop) went above and beyond! He not only helped us secure parking spots, but helped give us tips to avoid parking tickets and helped us with our bags to our room.  Our room was nice and roomy, clean and COLD :) The bed was a little firm but nothing too terrible. The happy hour  from 5-6:30 was a steal with free drinks and small snacks.

The only downside was my Fiances parents room was so hot. His mom called a few times about the air and it ended up cooling down some at night but was still warm. It could have been that its an older hotel or it froze, I'm not sure.  Either way I would totally come back here the next time we are in town,

12/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0