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Thunderbird Inn in Savannah, GA

Thunderbird Inn in Savannah, GA

Specialties

At Thunderbird Inn, even the hotel deals - including dining/shopping coupons, FREE WiFi and FREE local calls -- are so cool! All rooms feature a convenient refrigerator and in-room coffee/tea service. Essentials needed for a comfortable stay in downtown Savannah are provided - beginning with comfortable Simmons pillow-top mattresses, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, 25 TV with 70+ cable channels including HBO and ESPN, and cool rooms with blackout drapes. Accommodations feature comfortable reading chairs with good lighting, writing desk with high-speed internet connection, iron and ironing board, clock/radio, and free Savannah local and toll-free phone calls.
fun-named, spa quality toiletries for personal care await in a private bath with spacious vanity. More accommodating features in each room: hairdryer, big fluffy towels, and magnifying makeup mirror.

History

Established in 1964.

Featured in New York Times, Southern Living, Best10.com, Ladies Home Journal,  BUST magazine, and SHE magazine, the inn-motel refocuses on the expressive "Happenings" movement of the late 1960s to deliver a bright and funky touch to Savannah tourism, nostalgically drawing on Savannah's favorite Americana traditions and retro places. Though an oddity in Savannah's Landmark Historic District, Thunderbird Inn brings new clarity to, and well serves the contemporary culture that is fascinated with vintage Savannah. For over forty years Thunderbird Inn has successfully maintained its ethos of presenting a unique, friendly motel environment where the Deep South traveler

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.52

Address: 611 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA, 31401
  • Mon: Open 24 hours
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Address: 4015 Ogeechee Rd, Savannah, GA, 31405

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    Comments (110):

    1. Crank Y.
    Yes, the T-bird! Totally renovated and remodeled, this is a clean, inexpensive, ironic & hip place to stay in the Savannah downtown area. The manager is full of great info on local eateries & liquor stores.

    08/11/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Robert A.
    My friend and I had a very enjoyable night here.  Nick was super friendly, even talked to us when he saw us in a park the next day to see how our first night went.  Rooms were clean and decorated fantastically, service was wondeful and friendly, and the rates were awesome considering how expensive everything else in a 6 block radius seemed to be.

    29/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Amy L.
    For such a low price, the Thunderbird Inn is a perfectly adequate motel. The rooms were spotless, the donuts for breakfast were tasty, though not healthy, and the decorating was really cute. The staff was friendly, but the housekeeping staff was, to put it nicely, forgetful. One day they forgot towels, another day, it was toilet paper, and another, it was the coffee for the in room machine. Fortunately, the front desk people were really good about making sure we got what we needed. The room didn't have a table or a desk and was small, but it was a decent size for a few nights' stay. The only major flaw is the parking situation. There just aren't enough spots in the lot for each room to have one, so 90% of the time we ended up parking in a lot about a half block down the street. It wasn't so bad, considering they don't charge for parking like a lot of other area hotels do, but it was a little inconvenient. I would definitely stay here again; its affordable price and kitschy-ness make up for what it lacks.

    23/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Liz S.
    We made reservations at the Thunderbird Inn or as we now call it the Foul Inn.  Much to our disappointment the staff at the foul bird do not understand the meaning of reservation.  I called the Thunderbird Inn to verify that our reservation was all good.  They told me that they had my reservation and everything was good.   We arrive at the Thunderbird and they no longer have our reservation.   Some sneaky computer virus over booked them.  They offered to put us up at some other hotel that was not even in the historic district.   We asked for a refund and decided to return home.  
         Mistakes happen, but I feel this could have been handled much better by simply giving us a call or telling us when we called that they had some reservation problems.  I would advise anyone planning to stay at the Thunderbird (aka Foul Bird) to double and triple check their reservations.  
        On a positive note the place did look pretty cool and would have been in a good location to walk to River Street.

    17/05/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    5. Laura S.
    We had a great stay here.  The staff is very affable and helpful.  The motel itself was clean and hip.  I would stay that it's most appropriate for singles or young couples, the only reason it would not be family friendly is because of some late night partying (nothing out of control) and arrivals home from the bars.  My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights and will definitely plan to stay again when we're back in Savannah.

    03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Claire T.
    The Thunderbird Inn was a real treat to stay in!  It is comfortable and clean, well-priced, and conveniently located.  It is also a lot of fun, and the staff are incredible.  I will never stay anywhere else in Savannah!

    09/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Sid V.
    I read about this place on Yelp first - then a couple of other review sites - but I was still nervous when we pulled into the parking lot this past Friday night for my daughter's Girl Scout trip to Savannah.  The other parents had all been willing to pay $150-$200 per night to stay in swankier digs, plus $10-15 per day for parking - our cost, per day, including parking (free) was $79.  I was expecting roaches, smelly rooms, and pillows that could double as sandbags - I could not have been more wrong.  At checkin (around 10pm) the clerk went out of his way to tell me family-friendly spots in Savannah - and typified all our interactions with the staff - friendly.  The room was awesome.  Beds were extremely comfortable, big fluffy pillows, and the room was spotless.  Next time I'm in Savannah, I'm staying here - love this place.

    09/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Angie G.
    I booked this hotel for the look of it, and I'll stay again for the great service and location and value. Bobby at the front desk was really nice! The continental breakfast was just donuts and coffee - boo. OUR BED WAS SO COMFY! The little complimentary shower products smelled so great! Loved the free lemonade in the lobby. it really hit the spot on a 95 degree day!

    31/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Alexandra M.
    A group of us stayed here for the weekend in March 2011 and while it's not directly next to the historic district it is definitely only a couple minute walk. The room was clean and cozy, everything very old school motel feeling but a good deal for the area.

    01/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Jerry E.
    I had a few family members that stayed here for a wedding in May, and they were all happy with their rooms and the service.  I was impressed with the trendy rooms, and how friendly the staff was.  There was a credit card issue that was quickly resolved.  I would reccomend the Thunderbird Inn.

    02/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. jessica d.
    The rooms are cute and hip, the bed comfy and the service super friendly, but it's starting to feel a bit tired and the location is a little depressing. It may be cute and updated, but it still feels like a motel. It's across the street from the bus station and a few sketchy blocks to the historic district. Ew. Also, when you walk into the room, you are hit with the smell of cheap disinfectant - the same kind they use in public bathrooms.  I don't know about you, but I don't think you want a hotel room that smells like a public bathroom.  Also, the cleaning ladies start around 9 am, and they chat loudly and clatter and bang around, so wear earplugs if you'd like to sleep in.

    I was seduced by the cute website, but wish I chose somewhere else.  Staying here cast a depressing pall over my stay in Savannah.  If you don't have a ton of cash and want to stay within walking distance of the historic district, then stay here.  If you can afford a bit more, stay somewhere else.

    21/12/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    12. dan d.
    So they over charged my credit card $140 when I stayed here.  Since then, I've called over a dozen times in two weeks, managing to get though to the manager (the only one who has the authority to reverse a charge) only once - a week ago.  During that call he was very apologetic and assured me that I would see the refund hit my card at midnight that night.  I've checked every day since and nothing has happened.  I haven't been able to though to him since either - he's either not in or too busy and I have to leave a message - not sure why though because he doesn't return my calls.  I tried to call today at noon and his staff doesn't even know where he is.  (It is the day after St. Patrick's Day after all)  

    It's too bad, I liked this place and I would have gone back, but all of this nonsense over what should be a simple refund?   It must have been easy enough to swipe my card, after all they did it twice.   Why not swipe it again and give me my f'ing money back?  

    I'll be staying somewhere else next time I'm in town.

    18/03/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. Joanne H.
    My sister and I stayed at the Thunderbird Inn for 2 nights during our trip to Savannah.  And I have to say the beds made this hotel great.  They were so wonderful.  They were just the right amount of comfy but firm.  They put 4 pillows on each bed and they seem (emphasis on the word seem) to be different levels of comfort so you could find what works for you.  

    Another nice thing about the Thunderbird, we were very close to the Historic district for what I consider to be a very reasonable price.  We got 2 nights in a room with 2 queen beds for $140. (for both nights)  We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to see and we were right around the corner from the free downtown bus stop.

    Here's what I didn't like:

    1 - There were no towel bars/racks in the room or the bathroom.  I ended up hanging my towel over the clothes rack.  We're an eco-conscious (sort of) type of people.  We didn't need the towels washed every day.

    2 - The bathroom (really toilet/shower) is TINY.  Given that there were no towel bars, there was also no place to hang up any clothing in there.  There was also very few places to put other things.  You know, like lotion or whatever.  My sister and I aren't exactly walk around naked in front of each other people so the bathroom size meant I was either piling my clothes on the floor or on the toilet lid.

    3 - They pipe music into the parking lot all day.  The music starts at 7 am and stops at 11 pm.  You can totally hear it in the rooms (or at least we could).  Seven am is kind of early when you've had a rollicking time in Savannah the night before.  The first night I did call at like 10:30 not realizing they shut it off at 11 and they shut it off for me.

    All in all, a pretty neat place and I would totally go back.

    08/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Devil M.
    Cool little place to stay at. 3 Blocks from the riverfront and not that far from the "squares" around town. How much time do you really spend in your room anyway? Free WiFi, doughnuts and lemonade. Neat place to stay if you are on a budget, I'd stay here again.

    13/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Jim G.
    This is the closest you will get to Portlandia in Savannah.  Hipster staff, bike racks, ironic oldies music, mellow vibes.  I was pretty worried when Priceline revealed that this is where I would be staying after I saw the location and the previous reviews.  Turned out I didn't have much to be worried about.  There is free parking and you're only a couple minute walk from MLK where you cross into the historic area.  Even with Greyhound across the street, I didn't feel unsafe.  If mobility is an issue or you're not wanting to walk more than 10 minutes to get to River Street, then this might not be the place for you.  The room itself was clean, and the beds were kind of worn in but comfortable.  If you have high expectations, this probably isn't the place for you, but if you're on a budget, this is much nicer than any of the other low-end places in this area.  I will agree that the whole no-handsoap thing is kind of weird.

    20/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    16. Jason N.
    The best price for any hotel in the area, within walking distance to downtown.  The room was comfortable and very clean.  The staff was extremely friendly and helpful.  I personally liked the renovated old style rooms.  Without a doubt will stay here next time I get to visit Savannah.

    26/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Kiki M.
    Great value & very pet friendly hotel; would definitely stay here again.

    18/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Susan H.
    Do not stay at this hotel!!! Do not book and pay in advance!!!

    They moved me to a small room without a desk after booking thru hotels .com,
    and didn't clean the room while I was there. The interent doesn't work in the rooms -- (in and out) and multiple dead zones. When I requested a room change they wanted me to check out, put my stuff in the car and wait 2 hours and check back in.
    Continental breakfast is sugary donuts only. Something the staff won't eat.

    Bad!!!!! The dreary street where this hotel is located is too far to walk from  to the hsitorical district unleaa you are in for a long hike in hot nuggu weather.Rude staff.

    31/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    19. Jill G.
    We booked on hotwire last minute and got a great deal. The Thunderbird Inn is definitely a motel, no frills,  but it's great if you want a cheap place to stay near restaurants and bars. The staff is super friendly and helpful, and they serve coffee and donuts in the morning.

    16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Mike W.
    I used to live in Savannah and now when I come back to visit, if it's not in the stars to stay over at a friend's house, this is where I stay. The Thunderbird is a vintage motor-inn that was restored with the astute concept in mind that its location near the heart of the Historic District and its retro feel would be a strong tourist draw. Crafty, that was, because the Historic District has a wealth of posh bed and breakfasts and also a number of normal motels, but really very little in-between that appeals to a younger client looking not to spend a fortune but still have somewhere unique and fun to stay. I've also stayed at the Planter's Inn and can recommend it highly, but it's more costly whereas the DeSoto Hilton, poor thing that it is, has simply seen better days. Perhaps they have renovated recently or will soon, but the whole time I lived in Savannah that Hilton looked like a sorry sight for sure.

    The Thunderbird has typical motel-style rooms and baths: they've updated the furnishings and tried to make them look "hip" and "retro" but really they're just above-average motel furnishings, which was fine by me. Don't expect something out of this world along the lines of San Francisco's Hotel Triton, though. Beyond the theme of a retro, fun, quirky, Southern experience the Thunderbird really functions like you'd expect a really well-polished, recently-renovated, motel should. Is it romantic? It can be, if it's your tastes. Is it posh? No, but it's above-average for its price range.

    The neighborhood of the Thunderbird deserves some explanation: it's on the east side of MLK and in a place that, while close to most everything, seems a little sketch and desolate on first inspection. SCAD, the art school, has its main massive dorms complex just north-west of the Thunderbird and you'll see a lot of SCAD kids around. There's also a public housing project to the north-east of the Thunderbird so you may see some other folks around, too. There area is overall safe, but like all of downtown Savannah, it pays to be wary and careful. I don't mean to scare anyone but I am realistic: I had my apartment broken into and was otherwise a victim of crime while I lived in Savannah, as were most of the SCAD kids I knew. It's a pretty rough city and you need to be careful. I LOVE Savannah and I will do all I can to promote it, but I am tired of locals telling me "don't be so critical of the crime, it's not like it's New Orleans!" . . . no honey, it IS actually a lot like New Orleans. Let's stop pretending it's not and learn to be more careful.

    Another thing to take note of is MLK Blvd, which you'll have to cross to walk from the Thunderbird to anywhere in the Historic District. This is, and has always been, a major truck route connecting several essential intermodal transport routes, including the main means out of the port of Savannah. That means a lot of big trucks and high-speed traffic. At one point, as recently as the early 1990s, foot traffic in this area was very limited. Now, with several hotels and SCAD's dorms over here, there's a lot of people walking around . . . not all the truckers seem aware that this is the case. Be VERY careful crossing MLK! It's like playing Frogger! But don't take chances, people could easily get killed. My point is, you're on the edge of the Historic District: you need to act like you're crossing a four-lane highway because that's exactly what you're doing, not walking around downtown yet. Lord knows Memorial University Medical Center don't wanna see you by accident!

    I would highly recommend the Thunderbird to anyone: it's unique, cute, friendly, and fun. If you're having your honeymoon or something, yeah, maybe a bed and breakfast would suit better, but for most people I can't think of a better deal this close to the Historic District.

    02/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. bridget s.
    Like pretty much everyone else has said, you can't beat this place as far as price/quality go. When we arrived the guy at the front desk was super friendly and when we got to our room it was clean- and cute. Retro vibe. I booked my room through Hotwire and paid $50/night after taxes. If you don't feel so daring (Hotwire is a guessing game- you just know the area, not the specific hotel when you book) then you can find deals on similar sights.  Just a few blocks from all the action, this was a great place to stay. We went during slow nights (it was just a 2 night stop on a road trip) but we still found plenty to do and see and the people at the front desk were very helpful in that. Breakfast was various donuts as well as juices and tea. That's about it. I would definitely come back and recommend this place to anyone willing to walk an extra block or two in order to save $100/night. Historic Savannah is the way to go. It's beautiful.
    One more thing! They are very dog friendly. They even have a counter in the front office with dog treats and materials. They charge extra for it, but not a bad place to bring your pup.

    08/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Bob S.
    Just stayed here a couple of nights, attracted by the location and parking.

    As other reviewers note, a bit down at the heel. No soap, just 'face lotion' goo. Tiny bath. Not enough towels our first night. Working but falling-apart air conditioner loud enough to drown out continuous music.

    Workable if you need the cheapest; otherwise you can do much better.

    The sign is hip; the rest is kitsch.

    11/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    23. rolanda n.
    Kitschy refurbished TravelLodge/Motel-6 type of place.  Cute details - moon pies and RC Cola waiting for you in your room... all rooms are re-painted and redecorated, but its bones are still Motel 6.  Bathrooms have barely been touched by the retro-refab wand.  It's a great location, and they accept dogs, which is a BIG bonus.  The staff is super helpful and friendly.  I paid $189 for a 2-Q room on a Friday night.  Average with comps in the area.

    13/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. J C.
    Had a deal from HalfOffDepot.com  $45 a night so at that deal was great.  Loved the sign, check-in was easy even at 10pm, and enjoyed the music playing outside.  The rooms were great and comfy, breakfast of donuts and such was good.  Will remember the smell of the shampoos and such forever, haha, really enjoyed those.  Overall great stay, but at $100 a night, ehh, maybe not so much.

    08/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Deborah N.
    Not as bad as you would think from the outside.

    02/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    26. Mark C.
    Love the colorful, retro-chic 1960s style of this nicely decorated hotel. It's also a good value in a decent location, considering that it can be significantly cheaper than hotels in the historic district 3 or 4 blocks away. I got MUCH better prices booking it via Hotels.com than directly on their own site, and the overall service at the hotel is not great. For some reason, they provide bath gel but no bars of soap, so bring your own for the sink. Early checkout of 11am isn't great, yet when we arrived at 3pm our room wasn't ready. Still, a thumbs up for cool decor, relatively good price, clean facilities and decent location.

    04/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. PJ W.
    Had an awesome stay at the Thunderbird Inn. It is cool & funky, with nice modern rooms & excellent service. Big comfy beds & soft sheets. Mints? Nah, at the Thunderbird you get a Moon Pie on your pillow! Cable tv, free wifi and quick access to downtown Savannah. What else do you need? Non-stop feel good oldies playing as your soundtrack? Well, they have that too!

    22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Reshma B.
    I chose this hotel because it got great reviews and it was one of the more affordable hotels in Savannah. Boy do I regret my decision.

    We arrived on Friday evening after a long drive from Atlanta through rush-hour traffic. We were stuck waiting nearly 15 minutes at the front desk for another group to finish checking in. We finally checked in and were on our way to our room when the front desk woman came running after us telling us she gave us the wrong room. We lug all of our luggage back to the desk and she and another woman find us another room.

    When we get to it I realize she gave us 2 full beds instead of the 2 queen beds, which I reserved. I was ready to make a stink about it but my cousins talked me out of it and one cousin ended up sleeping on the floor (not sure how he did it!). The kicker is that we still got charged for the 2 Queen bed room even though we didn't get it!

    The room was very dingy and small -- the 3 of us kept bumping into each other as we tried to get to our suitcases or the beds. As I was unpacking, I shrieked thinking there was a dead bug on the floor. My cousin came to my rescue and we discovered it was a chunk of brownie - gross! The bathroom was tiny and had random stains too. There was a permanent dark spot in our toilet that repeatedly grossed me out. My night of sleep was restless - at one point I realized the fitted sheet had popped off and was cocooning me. I had to get up and essentially re-make the bed at 3am.

    The few positives included the oldies music always playing in the parking lot, the free lemon-lime juice and tea in the reception area and the free Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast. The location was also close to the trolley tours and we were able to walk to some restaurants and bars as well. But unfortunately these few positives are not enough to get me to stay here again.

    04/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    29. Annmarie P.
    A few girlfriends and I stayed here a few years ago on a weekend trip to Savannah.  This was the most reasonably priced hotel in the area without being far from downtown/restaurants and bars, etc.  While this is certainly not a luxury hotel, the hotel itself is actually just fine!  The outside may be a bit deceiving, but the rooms inside are updated with a "retro" style, very cute.  Our room was clean and our beds were very comfortable.  The staff was friendly and helped us with some directions here and there as we needed them.

    The area itself, as another reviewer pointed out is just "okay".  It's certainly not the BEST location in the area but it's certainly not the worst.  It is located across the street from a Greyhound bus depot as far as I remember, and a random person standing at the bus depot did come to our car and ask us if we needed help with our stuff...haha.  One of our friends didn't know what to do so I politely but firmly told the man "no thank you" and he told us to have a nice day and left.  He wasn't menacing or anything and we didn't see him again after that.  The rest of our stay here we had no issues and we freely walked back and forth from our hotel to various places without problems or being bothered.  Just be street smart as you should be no matter where you go..that's all!

    So, with that said-it's a good bet if you're needing a cheaper yet very convenient hotel in the area.

    30/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Bizz M.
    This place reminds me of the motels my parents used to take me and my sister when we went down the shore in the summer. Before they made money. Oh the memories.

    The Thunderbird looks like the Ocean Motel on the outside but the rooms are updated and actually very cute (I'm actually a girl). Ours wasn't a huge room but use-able and the bathroom was really small but again...use-able.

    We stayed here because its fairly close to the historic district and they are pet-friendly. We love pets and pets love us. So we took our pet Batman with us. There is an area behind the hotel that has a big field filled with these prickly naval mine looking things. They hurt. Batman didn't like walking back there to much so we found her some other walking places to go.

    The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to most of the "stuff". This actually worked out for us because we could wear out our superhero a little bit.

    The staff seemed very nice. We were only there for a couple of days so we didn't need any cleaning services while we were there. We didn't have any problems sleeping in the comfy beds. I saw people mentioning that it was a little noisy. We sleep with the TV on and kinda loud, so it always sounds like trucks driving by, people yelling from the bus station and maids talking outside the room.

    22/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    31. Jenn D.
    I loved staying at the Thunderbird Inn. The hotel is hip, comfortable, clean and doesn't feel dated at all. The amenities were fabulous: shampoo, conditioner, face wash and lotion all in specially branded bottles. Moon pies on your pillow. Krispy Kreme donuts and flavor syrups for your morning coffee!! There was also a hint of bubble gum scent in the lobby when we checked in!

    The room was modern with a comfy bed. The bathroom was kind of small and made it hard for two friends sharing a room to comfortably shower and change clothes and whatnot, but the sink and mirror were outside of the shower area, which is helpful.

    The noise level was perfect. I couldn't hear anything from outside or any other room and housekeeping didn't push us out the door before we were ready. One reviewer mentioned music in the parking lot that you could hear in the rooms, but I did not experience that.

    I probably wouldn't walk over to the happening spots after dark due to the neighborhood you have to pass through, but I didn't feel unsafe hanging out outside the hotel at night or during the day. A cab ride to downtown was only $5.

    My only complaint has to do with my reservation and not the hotel itself. When I called to book I mentioned yelp and they told me they would not honor the deal because of the holiday weekend, which was the weekend before St. Patrick's day. But they did say to mention it again when I checked in. At check in I was told they would honor the deal, but when I got my bill the deal was not honored. I have not called yet to see if they will refund the amount of the deal. The $10 is no longer worth the hassle.

    22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Wes N.
    Free popcorn at the front desk, donuts in the morning, Moon Pies on the pillow, and pet-friendly. It's clean, cheap, friendly and convenient. I walked everywhere from here. I would definitely stay again.

    19/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Samantha J.
    Very friendly staff. Its a basic hotel room with cute touches and bright colors.  Very close to downtown Savannah - an easy walk from dining, bars and shopping.

    09/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Jane Q P.
    Single student on a budget? This is the place to stay!

    Desk staff was friendly and helpful! Unlike other reviewers, there were no moonpies on my pillow- but I did ask the desk what they were (sorry, I'm a Yankee) and was given one! Desk staff also gave me directions to a few restaurants and a better map than anywhere else in Savannah provided.

    The room was clean, appeared recently renovated. Modern, chic. The bathroom on the other hand was SMALL!!! Standing in the doorway, I could touch the door with my shoulder and the opposite wall with my hand. The bathroom was not recently renovated. and the remote for the TV was MIA. No worries!

    On to the downside: I could hear traffic from my room. I could hear the neighboring TV through my room (and muffled conversation). I was Skyping one night and a truck passed by... the truck was heard over Skype. I'm a deep sleeper so it didn't bother me, but I'm not an early sleeper- so the later in the night, the less traffic there is. Also, housekeeping... woke me up at 9am. Check-out isn't until 11 so I'm not really sure what she was doing there. The 2nd day I just put the do not disturb card in, and the 3rd day (checkout day) I was again woken up at 9 by housekeeping. She came back 2x before 11 checkout too. I was nonplussed.

    But what can I say for not paying upwards of $200/night? Not a damn thing, lol! I would stay here again though.

    The best thing about this hotel is location! Right next to route 17, coming off the bridge. Near the corner of Oglethorpe and MLK, convenient to the Visitor's Center. Approximately 13-15min walk into the heart of the historic district. I never felt uncomfortable about the neighborhood. SCAD is closeby (well, where isn't SCAD close by?) and there are plenty of students walking back and forth. After walking around the city for 3 days I came to appreciate the location of the Thunderbird much more. Many of the hotels are near the riverfront, which is busy and brimming with tourists. Oglethorpe kind of cuts Historic Savannah into North and South segments, so I felt like it was a primo location.

    Vegas cheese? absolutely!

    But for the noise and housekeeping, I would have given Thunderbird 5 stars.
    I gave it 1-$ because although it's around $100/night it is the cheapest hotel I could find in Savannah (without having to stay by the airport).

    01/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Brianna M.
    Kitschy.  Cool.

    If you can't (or don't want to) afford a location right in the heart of the historic district, The Thunderbird is the perfect alternative as it's an easy-ish walking distance to the river and shops.  It's not the Ritz but you're also not paying Ritz prices.  And who would want to anyway?

    I've seen reviewers talk about how scary the location is.  However, not to cast doubt on the personal emotions of others, I think these people must have very thin skins?  I'll agree that once you pass MLK Jr Blvd the streets are not at all picturesque (it IS across from a Greyhound) but I never felt scared or even nervous about my safety.

    If/When I go back to Savannah, I will definitely be staying at The Thunderbird Inn again.

    06/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Jeri E.
    Groovy decor, super-comfy beds, no-hassle wifi and free sugar and caffeine! The Thunderbird was pretty much everything I was looking for-- an affordable, clean place to crash after long days out and about. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the goodies were as advertised. My husband loved the free Krispy Kreme selection and the RC Cola.

    23/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Katie B.
    Here is why this is one of the best hotels, not just in Savannah, but in the South. 1. The staff is incredibly helpful, courteous, thoughtful, and fun.  2. The rooms are very trendy, clean, nicely decorated and stocked with anything you'd need.  3. Pets are allowed! Not just allowed, but they love pets there, which is very refreshing.  4. Moonpies and cocoa at check-in and Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast.  5. Very quiet, even though it faces the street. 6. And finally, it's a steal! Prices are very low, especially during the off-season and for the wonderful, unique amenities, it's an amazing deal.

    03/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Jaclyn S.
    I loved staying at the Thunderbird Inn for my birthday at the end of September. My boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Savannah and booked two nights at the Thunderbird with a Groupon deal. He told them it was my birthday and they put a Happy Birthday message with my name on the marquee! I was so excited when we pulled into the hotel and I saw my name. The room and bed were really comfortable, I was delighted by the mini Moon Pies on the pillows, and the staff was super nice. We had no problem walking from the hotel to River Street and all around Savannah. We felt safe walking around the area at night.  I was super-stoked about the oldies music playing in the parking lot and that the lobby of the hotel smelled like bubblegum. I also love the retro soap, shampoo, and conditioner in the bathroom--it's all so cute!

    I was bummed that there was no RC Cola left in our room because I saw a few Yelpers say they got them along with the Moon Pies. Maybe you only get the cola if you stay in a suite? (EDIT: Someone else who has stayed at the TBird messaged me and told me the RC Colas are in the ice buckets. The one place I didn't look. DOH!) The bathrooms are super small and I had trouble not getting everything soaking wet in the shower, but that's probably user error. Also, I never made it to the lobby in time to get to the Krispy Kremes, though I always went pretty early in the morning.  None of those things was a huge deal though, and we've already decided that we won't stay anywhere else in Savannah from now on! I wish we had stayed at the Thunderbird during our first trip instead of staying at the overpriced Hyatt on River Street. The Thunderbird is a lot more fun and it's more comfortable. Yay, Thunderbird!

    12/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Julie C.
    This place was awesome! We were treated so kindly by hotel staff and were even upgraded to a king suite room. All of the staff were so friendly and engaging and they really made an effort to make us confortable at the hotel. As mentioned, the place is quirky and has its own flavor. They took an old looking motel and hipsterized it with fun artwork, 50's retro look and great coffee and snacks! We were greeted with free popcorn and lemonade!

    The hotel is a short walk from town, but we were up for the extra blocks since the price was right and the atmosphere was fresh. It was our first trip to Savannah and this place really made our experience worth while.

    A very minor complaint - the shampoo and shower gel smell like Axe for men, so ladies should bring your own toiletries!

    I couldn't have been happier with this hotel. =)

    02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Lori W.
    I have pros and cons about this place.

    Pros- clean, cute, funky, nice staff. VERY dog friendly!!!!

    Cons-No trashcan for doggy poo in the doggy area and you have to carry the poop through the dining area/lobby to the trashcan outside. Also two days in a row I needed clean towels and they said they were being washed and dried. You'd think a hotel would have enough towels for their guests. The place even had vacancies on those 2 days. The area is lOUD. It's right across from the greyhound station and on a very busy road. (I know the inn can't help that.) Also the people who stay there were coming in and out all hours of the night and the doors are loud to the rooms. Lots of noise there.

    All in all...I probably wont stay there again unless I have to take the dogs on vacation again.

    21/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    41. Jeanne S.
    Not being Millionaires, I wanted to go to Savannah and really experience it without having to pay.  The Thunderbird Inn was great for that.  We stayed four nights and with taxes it was about $400.  

    I was disappointed that there we no funky shampoo/conditioner/lotions in our rooms, I am a sucker for fun packaging but found out later that they are going green and are switching over to dispensers.  Ok, That is an excellent reason, anything to help the environment.  

    When we first checked in, we were greeted by Wendy, who was very accommodating.  She asked us if we had any questions and we mentioned we wanted to go to Clary's.  She didn't know what or where that was at but quickly got online and found it was on Habersham.  While this is true the one we were looking for is from the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and that is at  404 Abercorn Street. :)

    Leo, was also accommodating.  After a day of sight seeing we came home and my husband was having low blood sugar.  I had seen the chips in the lobby so we headed down.  He offered a free Moonpie and that did the trick.  Whew!  Thank goodness for the Thunderbird Inn and the free moonpies :)

    Another wonderful thing in the rooms is the remote controlled AC unit.  It was steamy hot and it was wonderful to lie in bed and turn down the unit to Tundra levels :)  Especially for gadget techies on vacation.  Oh yea, free WiFi!!!!!

    09/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Penelope D.
    this was the most awful motel in which we have ever stayed.  the new york times review, which sent us there, was way off.  the rooms, which smell badly, look like a Motel 6 but cost more than a Hilton; the t.v. did not have all the channels listed, particularly ESPN for the basketball finals and the front desk was totally unhelpful in fixing this or anything else.  the snacks and breakfast (RC cola, Krispie Kreme donuts, may be cute, but are hardly healthy. the beds were uncomfortable, the room was very small and poorly furnished.  Outside was filthy.  Stay away.

    05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    43. Scott J.
    My wife and i stayed during the Christmas holiday. I give 5 stars because the hotel is close to everything, the staff were very friendly and knowlegable about the city. The hotel is old but well kept and has a fun feeling to it.

    29/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. Ben-Sheryl B.
    Four of us stayed here, in two different rooms, during the Rock N Roll Savannah Marathon weekend.

    The rooms were a great rate online and were honestly one of the last available places we could even find a room! I would say we lucked out here. Yes, it's an older place but the remodeling has added a bit of the 21st century to it.

    The best was pretty comfy but the pillows (although they were huge and my wife loved them) the rest of us didn't like them at all.

    The breakfast consists of Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee/tea. For the morning of the race, they added some more breakfast items that morning. That was a pretty cool thing to do.

    Upon checkout, they were offering great rates for next years race as well. All four of us booked rooms here again saving quite a bit of money by pre-booking. Everyone here was beyond courteous and had some nice advice on where to eat!

    The only downside was the gentleman that checked us in charged our card (after we had already paid prior) so we had to deal with that after we returned home and checked our bank statement. He was very new so I guess it was a learning experience. Or something.

    Anyway, clean rooms and super nice staff! Oh yeah and free WiFi!

    16/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Dara C.
    This was my first trip to Savannah and first real vacation in years! The staff at the Thunderbird Inn were fantastic. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. The whole property was clean. The doors are painted in really fun colors and they have music playing. The room was great. Super comfy beds ...moon pies on the pillows! I walked everywhere the whole week and it was just fine! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone travelling to Savannah, especially if you are on a budget!

    23/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Ben B.
    The staff was great; friendly and helpful. It was a bit noisy at night, but given its location and the targeted clientele, not unexpected. The prices are good if you don't mind walking a few extra blocks to the historic district. It's not the Ritz, but was very comfortable and clean. Besides, you won't get a complementary RC and a Moonpie at the Ritz!

    03/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Sidney S.
    Clean, nice towels, excellent lighting, great service, very reasonable!

    06/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Lura M.
    This hotel is a super cute retro motel conveniently located in downtown Savannah. It is a basic room, but clean and has a mini-fridge. The beds were comfy. I felt safe even though it is in a "housing development area". The service at the front desk was nice, recommending great places to eat and visit. They have popcorn at night and Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast...definitiely a bonus. Very easy to walk to the City Market and other downtown tourist areas. There is limited parking, so be prepared to walk and enjoy the great weather.

    28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. Eric K.
    We recently stayed at The Thunderbird Inn for the weekend.  This was my third stay at this particular Savannah motel (2005, 2006, 2009).  The 2005 and 2006 stays were terrific.  Everything was brand-new, clean, fresh, modern, and exciting.  This most recent visit (in 2009) was a bit disappointing.  Thus, my lower rating.  

    When the old motel was converted and revamped, it was fantastic.  This time around, it felt a bit...dirty.  The sheets and towels were scratchy.  The silky bedspread was gone.  The sink towel bar was missing.  The tub needed a good scrubbing (it had visible stains).  The bathroom floor was dirty and covered in hairs (I won't say what kind).  We made the best of it, though, because I got a better rate at The Thunderbird Inn than I would have staying right downtown in the Historic District (about 1/3 the price).  

    We didn't say anything to the manager or housekeepers about the state of the room because, well, you shouldn't have to.  Cleanliness should be a given.  It was obvious the bathtub and bathroom floor hadn't been cleaned in weeks.  Or months for that matter, depending on how many guests had stayed in it.  

    On the day of our checkout, we decided to grab a drink of orange juice from the continental breakfast bar that the motel offers guests every morning.  We drank the glasses of OJ on our walk to Sunday brunch elsewhere.  The OJ was warm, but we wanted to get some vitamin C in us.  BIG mistake.  HUGE.   Why?  The OJ obviously had not been recently filled and was on its way toward being chilled.  It had been sitting out for quite some time...spoiling.  Yes, both my partner and I were very ill for the rest of the day and the drive home.  And, yes, we're quite sure it was the OJ (I won't go into details).  

    At any rate, The Thunderbird Inn isn't what it was just a few years ago.  They need to get their act together again before I'd consider another stay.  The cheaper rates are becoming more and more aligned with what you get.

    24/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    50. Lisa M.
    Like other have said, the staff has excellent customer service. Every staff member was friendly and polite. The price was very reasonable for being so conveniently located to downtown Savannah. It's a 5-10 minute, almost straight shot to downtown and River St. It's one block away from the Old Town Trolley service, so if you plan on sightseeing through that trolley line, you can walk to the shuttle. The details are cute-the moon pie and RC Cola on your bed, and they have recycling containers around so they're environmentally conscious (a plus in my book).

    The reason I can't leave more than 3 stars is because when we went to climb into bed, the sheets on one of the beds looked dirty-like someone had eaten a granola bar in bed and slept in it. We asked for new sheets for both beds, which they brought immediately. They were very apologetic, but after that we couldn't shake that dirty Motel 6 feeling. Also, they do not provide soap for the sink. They have 3 pumps attached to the shower wall-shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. The sink is located outside the toilet/shower room, so if you want to wash your hands with the shower gel (your only option unless you brought soap with you) you have to go into the bathroom to get it. That doesn't work if someone besides your significant other is in the bathroom.

    Depending on price and necessity, I MIGHT stay here again. But if I could find another hotel in the area around the same price, I probably would not choose this place.

    23/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    51. Frank G.
    I had a great stay here.  I loved the retro-60's feel.  Our room was clean and spacious, the beds were VERY comfortable and we were walking distance from Historic Savannah.  The Thunderbird has a great staff; everyone was very friendly and helpful.  A great place to get your money's worth!

    26/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Jen R.
    Wow. They canceled our reservation without notification, and when we called (less than an hour after we received the email), they had already re-booked the room. So we had to cancel our Memorial Day vacation. I wouldn't recommend this place, they are unreliable and I'd hate for someone else's vacation to be ruined!

    24/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    53. Shakira H.
    One of the best values in Savannah. Great location and is within walking distance to everything. But just because I say walking distance doesn't mean it's extremely close. We definitely had to walk a little ways to get the downtown area but it was worth it. Rooms were clean, bathroom was small, overall everything was good. Probably won't stay here again because we want something a little bit closer, But if you don't mind walking a lot than this place is totally worth it.

    05/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Adriane S.
    Bang for your buck! The Thunderbird Inn is retro and quirky, but all-in-all a clean and comfortable stay. You can't beat the price for the location (albeit next to a housing project, but perfectly safe), the staff is friendly and accommodating and the beds are comfy.

    Highlights:  The A/C unit kicked ass! We traveled to Charleston after Savannah and stayed in a much higher end hotel and the room was not nearly as cool!

    Moon Pie on our bed at check-in (I am pregnant and loved this) and donuts and coffee in the morning.

    Pet friendly!

    Not so highlights: Wifi absolutely blows when in your room, no connection

    Honestly if you are not high maintenance about your accommodations and like to pinch a penny, I recommend giving Thunderbird a try!

    21/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Stacey T.
    If you don't mind no frills and want a comfortable and clean space to relax after enjoying downtown Savannah, the Thunderbird Inn is for you. It is a motel and not a 4 star resort so keep that in mind depending on where you like to stay. We loved the retro feel and the ease of parking the car and walking everywhere we wanted to go downtown.

    19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Ivan B.
    Great prices, but unfortunately our stay (mid-February) was marred by obtrusive construction noise that began at 8am sharp.  Earth movers rumbled close to the back walls of the Inn, resonating the entire room and forcing us out well before we wanted.  Other guests were standing outside their rooms on the balcony with unhappy expressions, as well.  The mornings were really unbearable.

    The Thunderbird management knows the construction is quite noisy - they posted a nicely worded notification outside the office.  But, perhaps, they should have shut down during the worst of the construction activities.  At the least, I think they should have warned guests during the reservation discussions of the situation.  

    The rooms themselves are adequate.  Clean but very tired.  The bathroom is tiny and dingy.

    We traveled with our dog which limits our choices and this was the cheapest place we could find in Savannah.  But, it wasn't a good value because of the noise.

    20/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    57. Tom F.
    For a motel the Thunderbird is 5 star. I usually do not stay in motels, preferring hotels. This is not your typical motel. Very clean and staff friendly and helpful. I found the area safe and well within walking distance to all sites downtown. Only downside was the nearby construction which starts promptly at 8 each morning. Did not bother me for I'm up and about before then. Also might want to bring your own soap and shampoo for theirs are in dispensers mounted in the tub / shower. Next time I'm in Savannah I'll be staying here! Can't beat the price and location and it is a cool motel.

    31/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. Alexandra P.
    What a sight for tired eyes, driving south from Virginia this is literally the first thing you see entering Georgia/Savannah. The rooms are very clean and the Moonpie on your pillow is an unexpected treat.

    When I called to make reservations they said it would be $99 but when I explained I was a little tight on cash they lowered it to $69. My favorite number.

    Thunderbirds, GO

    25/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    59. Jen S.
    We loved the retro appeal of this place, so that was our main reason for booking. The close location to free trolley was a plus although we just ended up walking the short distance to City Market/Broughton St/River St.
    Staff was friendly at the desk. The coupons available that they mention on the web are just your standard visitor center promo literature, nothing special. I didn't think about it til just now but we weren't offered any popcorn or lemonade upon arrival (that's ok, I didn't get my warm cookie at Doubletree either). Slight hiccup with getting the room key to work but we finally made it into room 205.
    Overall it was alright, smelled bleachy which made me feel like at least it was definitely cleaned. My biggest complaint is that the website boasts very comfortable & quality mattresses, but both ours were visibly sagging & needed to be replaced very badly. I have back problems so wasn't too excited to see such terrible mattresses. Carpet needs replacing too since it was stained & ripped near the threshold to the room. The cover to the sink plumbing had been removed at some point I think and it wasn't firmly attached back- made it look ghetto. Furniture needs a good swipe of dark stain to cover scuffs & it would've looked new again. Sheets appeared to be clean, towels were fluffy & soft (we weren't sure if the one hanging on the back of the door was purposefully put there or if the maid just forgot to look there when cleaning so that one went in the dirty pike). Good things were the RC colas & moon pies on the nightstand. Breakfast of coffee, tea, juice, and Krispy Kreme was a nice Southern touch. They are environmentally conscious & recycle. The soap/shampoo/conditioner/lotion pumps were nice. If you are a dog owner, this place allows animals and even has a tiny fenced outdoor area outside the lobby for your pup to chill out.
    Parking was a bit scary as they have 3 "spaces" in the center of the lot that makes one fear their car might get backed into & is cramped for everyone. Seems like a bad idea.
    I was hoping for a bit more from this place. Great concept, outside looks well kept, but they need to re-invest in the quality/condition of the interior. Kitsch will only get you half way there. We won't stay again, several other options in the area that probably will be a little closer to my comfort level even if I had to fork out slightly more (especially if I'm paying $140/night to sleep somewhere). But it suited our needs for the night, was a good location, and all in all wasn't terrible. Just needs a little work.

    16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    60. Mat M.
    I had a great time at the Thunderbird Inn.  I wanted something convenient, comfortable and close to the action, without paying $200+ per night.  I found the Thunderbird Inn and was very curious to check it out.

    Firstly, as many other reviews have stated, the service is fantastic.  Leo checked us in on arrival, and was personable, friendly and real.  It was nice not to get an insincere spiel and speak with someone that cared about their job.  I was equally impressed with the young lady working on the AM of the 26th was equally as impressive- printed us direction and was nice to talk to.

    The rooms were very clean, and much nicer than I anticipated (even seeing the photos before.)  The bathroom was itsy bitsy- but the shower had great pressure and was equally clean.  I thought it was a tremendous value- and apart from the exterior entrances and small lobby - it was hotel caliber.

    I'd defiantly come back- and hey- it's a fun "retro" experience!

    02/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Lindsey F.
    Well-priced for Savannah, but even as an experienced solo traveler arriving from a big city I didn't feel safe in the area at night. I wasn't told of the construction noise prior to making my reservation and it was horrible. It isn't just loud--it SHAKES the entire building. Even when the construction wasn't going, the hotel was blaring loud music in the common areas, and the walls were so thin you could hear everything. The people next door to me had dogs with them who yipped and yapped all night.

    While it was a generally decent hotel, it wasn't THAT clean (messy dispensers in the bath, linens felt less than fresh), and the housekeeping staff did a piss-poor job on my room while I was out. I'm not a messy person. Would it kill you to empty the trash when you clean someone's guest room?

    The next time I come to Savannah I'm going to be coughing up the cash to stay elsewhere. The Thunderbird's decision not to tell guests about the construction noise in advance is unconscionable.

    18/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    62. Kat O.
    Came across the Thunderbird Inn while googling Savannah hotels, since I was spending time there for a conference-- and all the conference-suggested hotels were ridiculously expensive. NOT THE THUNDERBIRD! :) They were not only very reasonably priced, but also less than a two-minute walk to the Coastal Georgia Center, where my event was located.

    SUPER friendly staff, always accommodating and on-hand 24 hours a day. Spencer at the front desk even let me email him my boarding pass so he could print it off. Their in-shower shampoo, conditioner and bath gel smell awesome! The moon pies on the pillows were a cute (and delicious!) touch-- when I was there, they were chocolate-mint ones. NOM. I got a sweet surprise on Saturday when RC colas accompanied the treats. And fresh Krispy Kremes available in the mornings are always welcome. ;)

    There was a bit of construction going on while I had my stay, but even though it was loud, that's to be expected with construction-- and it was never too early in the AM or late in the PM. I honestly think it's too bad that such big structures seem to be going up all around this lovely little gem.

    Beds are comfy, bathrooms (albeit small) are clean. Easy walk to all downtown Savannah amenities. While this isn't the "5-star" luxury spot some look for while on vacation, the hospitable staff, affordable rates and central location make the Thunderbird Inn a cute and kitschy spot that I would recommend to anyone heading to Savannah. Thank you for the great experience.

    22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    63. Christine S.
    Four stars because: walkable distance to downtown/historic district, affordable, extremely friendly and accommodating staff, clean rooms, common area to eat in (with doughnuts and coffee every morning), and free parking.

    Keep in mind, you're not getting a fancy schmancy four star hotel- that is not what I mean by 4 stars. The rooms are small and outdated, bathrooms are SMALL with the sink area outside of bathroom. Also, there were a couple minor defects in the room, nothing that was a big deal, though.

    For me the pluses outweighed the minuses because I wasn't spending time in the hotel, except to sleep. It's a fun, retro-style inn, that has some cute features like music playing outside in the parking lot. A great option if you want a unique stay, don't need all the bells and whistles, and like staying at places that have a personality.

    31/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. Meagan S.
    We came to Savannah for friends bachelorette party and needed two rooms for all of us girls. The rooms were very simple and  exactly what we needed. The room came with two RCs and two moon pies. Breakfast was great coffee and donuts. The staff was very accommodating and super nice the whole time. The shampoo, conditioner, and body wash where super awesome as well. The hotel was overall was just great :)

    03/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    65. Keithley P.
    This little motel is well located near the historic district. Everyone who works there is polite and friendly. The customer service is excellent. The room was clean and comfortable. We would definitely stay there again.

    09/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    66. Meagan H.
    Love the retro feel & budget price of the Thunderbird Inn! Our king size bed room was comfy & within easy walking distance of River Street & the City Market (& we have a 11 month old so it really is walking distance). Only reason I give 4 instead of 5 stars is that our room wasn't spotless clean. There was a bit of mold/mildew in the shower on the grout, our folded towels were damp & there was hair on one of the pillows on the bed.

    11/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    67. Carly R.
    The Thunderbird is a fantastic find. Stayed here two nights on my last visit to Savannah. Their prices are the best around, and you are still within walking distance to all that downtown Savannah has to offer. The staff were extremely friendly, and the hotel was very clean and had a fun vibe to it. Plus, when the staff clean your room, you get a moonpie on your pillow! What service! They also have their own little shampoo and soap bottles that are so cute that you'll want to collect them. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely be back on my next visit to Savannah!

    03/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    68. John B.
    This is not a negative review. There are a couple of unexpected pluses. The old exterior wall A/C units are not working, having been replace by super-quite Mitsubishi coolers. This machine will put out some serious cold in a short time without hum and thrum.

    Second is the the hot water to the bath tub. Almost instant. Either we were situated next to a water heater or the owner installed  in-line water heaters.

    The motel is generally clean. Rooms are spartan. Mattress was a "Valley" bed. Slept okay. Suppose YMMV. Some reviewers are rating higher and even fewer, lower based on what they see as their personal bang-to-buck ratio. I'd say this place is over all quite sparse and spare in accouterments and accommodations having in its favor, location to city attraction. I believe a moderate rating is justified.

    11/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    69. Ashley G.
    Like some other reviewers, I really wanted to love this place and I was so excited to stay here. However, when we arrived our check-in time was at 2pm but we got there at 3pm. Our room wasn't ready until almost 4:30pm. We only had 2 towels in our room. When they finally gave is more they were damp. The room was pretty filthy. I found hair in the bathroom before we even had a chance to shower. The sheets were wrinkly and had stains and hair on them. The positives of the place include a nice staff. The free coffee and donuts were yummy as well. It's also in a great location and you can easily walk around downtown from there. I think if there were some upgrades and did a better job on cleaning it would be a fantastic place to stay.

    29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    70. Bernhard D.
    I stayed here for one night with a friend when visiting Savannah on holiday. The staff was very friendly upon check-in and throughout our stay - they even brought us Moonpie Cookies to the room and asked if they could do anything for us. In the morning they are serving Krispy Kreme Donuts and good coffee (surprisingly good for US coffee!). The rooms are spacious and nicely designed, the whole property was built as a motel in the 1960s and remodeled to keep its charm, which it does!

    It is well located, with gas stations just around the corner (if you're travelling by car) and just a 5 minute walk away from Savannah's wonderful historic district. Perfect if you want to do a little sight seeing!

    We booked via Hotwire, which gave us an insanely low rate of around $65 per night.

    23/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    71. Roberto F.
    This the best small hotel that I've stayed at bar none. Usually you get places like this that usually have a few things wrong with it or are just plain disgusting. While we stayed there the rooms were well taken care, amenities were restocked and they always had a nice pot of coffee going throughout the day. Ii will definitely stay here again and recommend this place to our friends

    Yes at first we were worried about the area, aka Greyhound bus station right next door. But after one night there we new we fine, I even went for morning runs in the area. This place is also perfect for the price and location. If the riverfront is where you want to be you can easily walk there in 10-15 minutes. Very convenient as that was our particular way of getting around.  

    Wifi worked great
    Donuts and Coffee in the morning
    Clean Rooms Great personnel.

    13/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. Elisabeth M.
    Don't get me wrong- the idea behind this place is brilliant, and I'm all for the concept. In practice, this is a major fail.
    Let's start with the good things. The lobby is clean and adorable. The front desk staff was super friendly and helpful. But the positive experience ended there.
    We walked up to our room on the second floor, and should have taken the dirty plunger sitting right outside the door as a sign... Immediately upon entering the room it was obvious that it had been "well-loved." It was filthy. Stains ALL OVER the carpet, the walls, the chairs. There was mold in the bathroom shower and on the floor. These were all things that I was willing to overlook though.
    I decided to pull back the covers on the bed because the rest of the room was so obviously filthy. Good thing I did. The sheets were wrinkled, STAINED, and looked like they had been slept on numerous times without being changed. The fitted sheet that is supposed to cover the mattress wasn't even covering the mattress!!
    I wanted to love this place, but it was totally unloveable. I'm not a picky traveler, but this was unacceptable. We checked out, got our refund, and scooted on down the road to the Comfort Suites where we got a CLEAN room for only a couple dollars more.
    My suggestion: ask to see your room before you get settled in. Maybe we got a particularly dirty one...

    05/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    73. Jess P.
    For starters, I have to say this is my favorite hotel in Savannah. I've stayed here maybe three or four times now. In fact, I'd rather stay here than the Hilton Double Tree any day.

    However, I can't give it five stars for two reasons:
    1.) While the location isn't necessarily bad, if you're not familiar with Savannah and are walking around, it's pretty to end up in a sketchy place. Also, I've heard locals say to be wary of the Greyhound Station across the road.

    2.) My first stay here had an issue: we were put in an uncleaned room. After a long night of roaming the historic district, I flung the comforter to reveal BLOOD all over the sheets. We immediately alerted the staff who seemed even more alarmed than we were and who sought to do anything to make it right. We were moved to a nice, obviously clean room. We were then given a free night. The manner in which our problem was handled made me a fan. It was gross, but things happen.

    There are a couple of little things I really like about this place:
    -The atmosphere. From the retro decor to the unique way the staff dresses, this place is just plain cool.
    -While it may not be smack dab on River Street, the price is pretty good for a historic district hotel.
    -There are a bunch of nice little touches, like the moon pies on the pillow, or the quality of the shampoo and other toiletries.

    Overall: I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

    10/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Chelsea P.
    Please let me start this by saying that I have stayed at the thunderbird inn multiple times. It is close to everything we like to do when visiting and provides a clean room. However, after this last conversation I'm a little ticked. Because we have stayed many times before we are on their mailing list and get emails regarding any promos etc. often. I was looking for a room last minute and remembered a promo that I received via email. I attempted to book multiple times online but with no success. I called and confirmed there were in fact rooms available. After a few more attempts(on a different browser) I still had no luck. I sent an email requesting help and to see if I could use the last minute promo over the phone when booking. A week later and still
    No response. I proceeded to call and had the unfortunate pleasure of speaking with Tony. He was rude from the start. I explained my situation and that I had called and emailed for assistance but to no avail. Instead of offering me an explaination, answering any questions, or even apologizing, his only response was "for what night? Oh yeah I have nothing available anyways." And said bye and hung up. I'm not sure what his idea of customer service is but as a guest who uses their hotel as a first choice I am VERY disappointed. So. The issue has still not been resolved and I will certainly be finding another hotel to stay at for the time being. Hopefully someone catches tony on a more pleasant day.

    05/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    75. Brett C.
    Very friendly and clean. EASY and safe walk to city walk, river street and many more shopping and dining. Very nice and helpful staff.

    The complimentary breakfast only served donuts, so if you want something else, looks like you'll be going elsewhere for food.

    16/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    76. Andrew W.
    The T-bird is part of a small national chain of retro motels. It's got a cool thing going for it, and I enjoyed my stay - for the most part.

    My biggest complaint is that they play music on outdoor speakers, which makes it hard to take an afternoon nap (hey, I'm getting old and Savannah has an extra hour of drinking than Raleigh). The only other thing was that my room fridge did not work, but I didn't really need it.

    The moon pies and RC Cola are nice treats. Make sure to grab some Krispy Kremes and coffee in the morning by the front desk.

    It is on the edge of the city and I could understand complaints about not feeling safe. But, I didn't encounter any trouble and it is a short walk downtown.

    There are lots of discounts here, including AAA and a Foursquare check-in deal. The prices are some of the cheapest in the area, even before discounts.

    18/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    77. Alysha H.
    I am not normally a complainer but this was one of the most disgusting hotels I have ever stayed at.  No ventilation, musty, dirty and the customer service has been horrible!  I was told about two months ago that one of the nights I booked would be refunded because of having to leave for a family issue.  I have sent numerous emails as well as  comments on Facebook and no actual response and no refund.  Also please take a look at the photos I posted, they explain everything.  I have never doing more stray hair in a hotel room before.

    19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    78. Susan J.
    LOVE this place.  I was staying with my husband & sister & we loved it so much we decided to stay 2 nights instead of one.  Wish it could have been more.  Price is right.  The funky retro look & vibe is great (oldies music in the lobby; a bag of popcorn upon arrival plus a welcome gift of RC Cola & Moon Pies.  Not to mention the Krispy Kremes in the morning.  And it is close to everything.  But best of all was Crystal.  Her attitude, upbeat personality & willingness to go the extra mile were a real plus. She is a gem. We hope to get back there again.

    27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    79. Lauren F.
    Aside from the cute aesthetics, the hotel really lacks modern amenities. Well lit and well staffed, which was comforting. Generally safe atmosphere. Not for families, perfect for a night passing through town. Wifi was spotty. Room had lots of stains, a loud bathroom fan, and tears in the curtains. Love the whole retro theme but was surprised that the walls were blank. Thought they would really have fun with wall decor and retro theme. We wish we could stay longer to rent some bikes to ride around town. If you want to reach over at night to grab a moon pie and RC cola, this is the spot for you!

    06/12/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    80. Ralph D.
    Overall-don't stay here.  See a full detailed review on trip advisor.  The website leads you to believe this is a cool retro motel with high quality customer service.  This is furthest from the truth.  Management does not respond to concerns or issues and the desk is understaffed creating longer wait times and inability to keep up with the demand of 45 ish rooms.  

    Location was the best thing, but shop around and you'll get a good deal on better hotels in the area.

    31/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    81. Nick S.
    I've stayed here for about 6 nights total over the last 3 yrs. Rates are very fair and it's only 7 min walk to all the bars on Riverfront. Crystal was super helpful to get me checked in early (11am vs 3pm) so that I could put my bags in the room and park my car for the day to be at my appointment. Tamika cleaned the room for me super quick to get me in as well! I've brought my dog before, and this has to be the most dog friendly business in Savannah. Overall, Top notch service. I'll stay here on my next trip!

    10/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Courtney D.
    We were very happy with our stay. Customer service is fantastic and our room was delightful.  We will certainly stay here anytime I'm in the area. Awesome value too.

    25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. Tommy B.
    So cool to stay at the Thunderbird Inn. The staff was overly friendly (unlike our experience with most other people in Savannah). There were moon pies and RC colas in our room. The beds were so comfortable and they even had a zippered mattress cover, which for a person that is TERRIFIED of bed bugs was a great relief. The complementary breakfast was Krispy Kreme doughnuts and fresh coffee. So good. I would book a room directly from their website. I booked from Priceline, which sold me the room for $60 more than anywhere else, and the conveniently enough the rooms all sold out after I called Priceline to complain.

    I would absolutely recommend the Thunderbird Inn and would stay there again.

    03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. Liz P.
    When we first saw the low price and the location, we were concerned we were setting ourselves up to be murdered. However, I honestly can't say enough good things about this stay. First of all, for a 50-year-old budget motel, this one is in great condition and I could tell they're doing the absolute most with what they have. All the rooms are brilliantly, plushly decorated and the beds are amaaaazingly comfortable. Little touches like the pump-bottle soaps/shampoo affixed on the shower wall to the hi-efficiency light timers and hair dryers showed the company was doing what it could to stay green. I was also concerned when we saw that pets were welcome, but the hotel did a great job marking the doors of rooms with dogs and the walls were thick enough that we slept peacefully next door to a St.Bernard. The RC Cola and Moon Pies waiting for us in our room were a fantastic Southern welcome, so bravo to the mastermind behind that effort - same goes for the fresh Krispie Kreme breakfast. Between the price, location, and fantastically cheerful staff, we WILL be stopping here again!

    15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    85. Claire H.
    I will stay here again! Fantastic location and so much character :D I love the little makeup remover wipe they provided and of course, the moonpies!

    25/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    86. Kristin P.
    I was woken at 8 by two maintenance people with hammers and electric saws working on the railing about 4 feet from my head.

    Leslie at the front desk was nice when I called and asked for "just another hour of sleep please." We could hear her come out to the parking lot and tell the crew to shut it down.

    Promptly at 9 they returned. Who schedules maintenance like that?

    I love a good retro kitschy hotel as much as the next person. I'm ok without elevators, central AC, fancy beds or fluffy robes but one thing has to be available at any hotel and that is SLEEP!  

    I visit Savannah often for the food and nightlife and I will be back but me and my hangover won't be staying here again.

    11/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    87. Aimee S.
    I wish it were possible to leave no stars at all. I made reservations and never received my confirmation email. A couple days before the trip, I called to confirm for the weekend and also requested another confirmation email.

    When we arrived, we were told our reservations were for two weekends later, which surprised me because I called to confirm just days before. The lady at the front desk and the assistant manager were anything but helpful. They were argumentative, insisted that they made no mistake and were totally unhelpful - making the situation worse.

    We had friends that also booked a room there so I was able to see the inside of the room. There were stains all over the carpet, the tiniest, dingiest bathroom. It's the kind of place you would leave and worry about getting bed bugs.  Oh, and my friends - they never received their confirmation email either. They also requested a second one.

    The best part - Leslie, the assistant manager insisted on charging me $2.50 to cancel my wrongly booked reservations.  HA!  

    Do yourself a favor. Pay a bit more for a view of the river, better customer service and peace of mind.

    22/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    88. Valerie J.
    I'm giving it a solid OK!  Location and price were the reasons we stayed here; it was a safe walk to downtown without the outrageous price tag.  They seem to tout a coupon book in much of their advertising, but we never received one, and there was nothing in the room.  So, don't pin your hopes to such lofty promises!

    It's got a cute, rockabilly vibe in the front lobby and on the exterior, but that's about it.  It is a standard hotel room, lacking a design theme, art, etc.  Aesthetics aside, it was clean and comfortable, which was what a weary traveler needs (I was really prepared from the worst, from having read some earlier Yelp reviews after booking my reservation).  The breakfast is skim pickings: coffee, juice, and Krispy Kreme donuts.  Yes, I get that there is a theme to be upheld, but it just came off as cheap.  Of course, we'd been traveling around the state all week, staying in less expensive hotels with much better breakfast spreads.    

    Just as an aside, 50's rock music is set up to blare onto the parking lot.  That was charming for about a minute, as we pulled up to check in.  My husband's first words: "Oh, this looks cool!"  And about three hours later, in our hotel room:  "When are they going to turn off that annoying music?"  And at 7:30 pm: "Seriously, are they not going to turn off that f'ing music?"

    That reminds me: BRING EARPLUGS.  The rooms all face along a street which is quite busy and noisy in the morning.  Or, you could have the misfortune of being in room 106, which is next to the housekeeper's office.  Those ladies like to chat it up at 7:30 am.  And boy, do their voices carry.  I'm assuming they did not realize that we were trying to sleep.

    I'm giving them 3 stars for trying, but this is just an ordinary hotel in a great location, featuring good marketing.

    07/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    89. Sara L.
    Meh is the best way to describe my experience. The hotel was kitschy as can be, but the budget part brings a lot of people not interested in the aesthetic.

    So to begin with, we arrived around 1:15 to the hotel, and I asked if i could check in early. i was told, very flatly, "no, 3pm". I asked if there was a bathroom i could use since i had been traveling all morning and i was just pointed to the lobby bathroom but it was in use by a maintenance guy. After ten minuets, we just left and went to find lunch where we could also use a bathroom and recharge our cell phones.

    When we returned to check in, the front desk person was different and very friendly. However, we weren't offered any popcorn, (like the many emails i received said i would get), and we weren't offered any information. We got our room keys and went to our room.

    The room was nice. Small but clean. Our desk was broken, our tub had a large rust stain, the walls were dented, and the tub had hairs on the walls and in the drains. I'm not a picky woman, but hey man, i don't want a hairy shower.  

    The hotel is definitely walking distance to everything, which is great. However, the staff, on every occasion that i dealt with them, looked like they were annoyed i existed. I went to ask about where to go for dinner, but no one was around. I rang the bell, but still nothing. I went in later that night to get a drink, but the girl on the phone didn't even look up at me. The next day was more of the same. At least three times i walked into the office and someone was at the desk, but on the phone, and would not even look up.

    Friday night (well really Saturday morning) we were woken up by a lot of noise. It was about 3:30am, and the people in the next two rooms were all out front partying. After about a half hour, we called the front desk. The guy from the front desk came out, said, "hey, we got another call, you guys need to keep it down" and went back into the office. This was around 4am. Finally, around 5am, whoever was visiting with them left and they went to bed.

    The parking is an adventure to say the least. When we went to leave after our weekend, we had to drive over the curb and onto the street because we were parked in.

    if you want a bargain more than a good experience, go here. I like to try to stay in smaller hotels to support local business, wherever I go. But i won't go here again. I can be ignored just fine at home, thankyouverymuch. And at home, i can just call the cops when people are too loud at 4am.

    21/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    90. Amanda K.
    We only stayed here for our one night in Savannah, but real glad we did! You do have to pay for parking (only 7.50/night-not bad!) but the room was clean and the employees were very hospitable.

    The main reason I would recommend to stay here is the location!! We were about 4 blocks from everything and didn't once have to move our car since we could walk everywhere! (Even better when happy hour turns into late nights!)

    Don't stay here and expect a 5-star hotel..this is a very unique, vintage-style motel but it serves it's purpose without you feeling like you need 5 showers after!

    02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    91. Ashleigh L.
    The location of this motel was GREAT for our price range. we easily could have left the car there and walked everywhere, which we probably should have done because parking was a little stressful when we came back at night.  That being said, it's still a little walk to the city market/Broughton St. area, but that was fine with us.

    I was pleasantly surprised by how clean the room was compared to how it looked on the outside. It was also cute that they left out Colas and moonpies in the room for you. Overall it was an adequate motel for our weekend and it suited our needs just fine.

    28/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    92. Christina G.
    Great location and felt safe in the area as others have said. I was disappointed though in the cleanliness of the room. I'll give some leeway as it's definitely an old motel. But there are some things a good swipe of a Magic Eraser could really help - scuff marks on the walls and furniture. There was also a bit of a gap between the old AC unit and the wall giving us a nice peek to the outside. And the bus station across the street can be a bit noisy in the morning. Linens could use a good freshening up.

    Other than that if you're wanting to stay in Savannah at a low rate and don't plan on staying in your room much then I'd give it a shot.

    27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    93. Jenni G.
    Having read previous positive reviews, we decided to stay here. On our trip across America we have stayed at many affordable hotels and been pleasantly surprised.
    The Thunderbird Inn, although somewhat retro nifty, was a disappointment. Bathrooms are tiny, grout isn't clean, cosmetic dispensers were broken, shower pressure was minimal and the bed was a cavernous divot in which we sunk. We could every word from our neighbours regarding their personal life through the walls too. Our room wasn't made up and the service from reception staff lacked good customer service. In short, I recommend this hotel to my enemies.

    28/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    94. Chris L.
    Our room was not the cleanest - some stains on the blanket/sheets. Also there was a nice long black hair in the sink. About a 15-20 minute walk to river st where there are a bunch of restaurants/bars. I never felt unsafe walking around the neighborhood. Nice touch that they leave two cans of rc cola and two moon pies in the room for you and popcorn in the lobby until 9 p.m. I guess krispy kreme donuts and juice constitutes as breakfast in the south. Parking is $7.50 a night. From the room you can hear the cars driving on ogoltree. The price wasn't bad $59 including taxes and fees from hotwire.any time I dealt with the staff they were all pleasant. I would debate staying there again given the cleanliness of the room and car noise from ogoltree.

    06/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    95. kelly j.
    This hotel scores very low on all levels. So I give it two stars.
    1- for having a low nightly rate & locks on the doors.
    2- for having a parking lot (Which you pay for in the end).

    The employees did not meet standard,
    The room was dirty,
    Even the free coffee was not good.
    All in all, save this for a last resort and here is my experience:

    We stayed at this hotel last minute and booked through Expedia. We did visit during the holidays so the following is based on possibly unhappy workers working during a holiday which has nothing to do with me.
    First off, upon check in and delivery of my name provided with my ID, I was told I didn't have a reservation. I instantly had a mini heart attack. Remember, it's the holidays and everything is closed. I asked her to check again and before I ended my request she again said no I wasn't in the system.
    I offered my check in reference number and asked her to check it while I called Expedia, and magically, my reservation appeared. Why didn't she offer to search for the reservation by the ref # first before concluding I had no reservation? Okay well maybe she was just having a not so great shift. She printed out the paperwork and gave us our key. We walked over to the room and noticed we were right across the street from the greyhound bus station. Yikes, not a good sign in any city. Okay well we get in the room and it smelled like someone just got out of the shower. Everything looked clean so we didn't worry too much. We quickly put down our stuff so as not to miss the last trolley tour of the day. We arrived back 2 hours later to fully gain a better view of the room. With all the light off, the room looks nice, Cozy and a bit small for the large chairs and king bed, but nice. With lights on.... I could see all the dust accumulating on the velvet red backboard of the bed. The fridge had food and drink items from the last guest and it turns out, the furniture is not retro cool at all. I was a bit disappointed since their website shows a different image than what I was getting.
    I had noticed while we were out that I was missing my ID. The only time I pulled it out was upon check in.
    My husband called the front desk and they said they didn't have it. So naturally I tore up my bags clothing and vehicle looking for it. I ended up calling the front desk myself and without hesitation I was told my ID was not there. As any traveler would know, this is a nightmare situation. I walked over to the front desk and asked politely for them to please check the safe, or previous front desk agent because the only time I took out my ID was for check in. The woman stared into her register screen and opened her drawer and said no she did not have it. She asked me my name several times. At this point I got nosy and looked over the counter. Right on her keyboard, was my ID!!! When she saw me do this, she handed it over. WTH? Was she asleep? Or not really looking? Or worse, trying to hold onto my ID? I didn't want this to ruin my night so I gave her a not so nice glare and went back to my room with ID in hand.
    The bed was comfy up until the neighbors decided to have a porch party in the middle of the night. I didn't bother calling the front desk because chances were, they would not see what I was talking about.

    30/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    96. Tony T.
    Did not find anything true about the negative reviews below. Glad I didn't listen to them! Had a great stay here that made my trip.

    We were on a road trip back and forth from NYC and decided to stop in Savannah both ways for a night. The first night we stayed off i-95 on the highway and that was a big mistake.  On the way back I found this motel and it was perfect.  

    The location was perfect. After staying 20 minutes away from downtown our first night off i-95 this was a welcome change.  Its a 5 minute walk from all the restaurants, bars, attractions, river, etc.  Could not ask for anything better.

    Price was great. I think it was $65 plus tax for my room (plus pet charge, see below).

    It was pet friendly and not only that but they brought up a bed, food/drink bowls and biscuits for my small dog. They did charge me $50 for the pet which was higher than other places but whatever, it was fine. Also have a dog run on the side.

    The atmosphere was super, duper cool.  They are trying to be something more than just a roadside motel and I appreciate that. Retro themed room that came with 2 RC Colas and Moonpies, served popcorn all night and in the morning had a breakfast of Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee.  Yea not the healthiest breakfast but it was fun.

    Only complaints were that it would of been cool if there was some kind of healthy option besides the soda, popcorn, donuts, etc.  

    Will definitely be back!

    11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. Jinah K.
    I'd been wanting to stay at the T-bird Inn for a minute. I was in town for a conference hosted at SCAD, and this was the recommended lodging. I booked accommodations too late to grab a spot for that trip, but bookmarked it in my mind for a future visit.

    Future trip came around, and I happily booked a room.

    First impression: when you pull up it looks like any old motel. I mean, it is a motel. But after spending a hot sticky day in the car driving and sightseeing in the balmy 90-plus degree weather, I was delighted to settle in somewhere cool and quiet.

    The room was larger than expected for the price--I think we got an upgrade! I booked a king size bed and lucked out with a large corner unit with a sofa. There were two groups of young men holding MTV Spring Break-esque activities outside in the hallway. Once the door was shut, though, I couldn't hear a thing. The bed was very cozy, felt pretty new. My boyfriend and I piled in immediately for a nap.

    The room felt extra clean, and didn't have any of that weird sticky beachy feeling that some spots in coastal towns do. The vibe was very laidback, and you could catch glimpses of the rock and roll retro theme in the lobby, snacks, and toiletries. But as other reviewers have noted--this is not a fully immersive experience. Old skool typewriter, Moon Pies, RC Colas? Yes. Velvet Elvises, luau shower curtain, shag carpet? No.

    One random thing to note--if you are driving, parking can be an issue. I stayed during a busy holiday weekend, and the lot was packed in the evening. Like double-parked packed. If you can leave your ride and walk to dinner/drinks/laser tag/what have you, do it.

    If you're looking for an inexpensive, clean, conveniently-located place to stay in Savannah, I'd wholeheartedly recommend the Thunderbird Inn.

    31/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    98. Vivian W.
    Retro, for sure.

    We picked this small inn in Savannah mostly because they're very pet friendly. 50$ non-refundable pet deposit, and your dog most be up to date on all vaccines (although no one checked our papers when we checked in). There were quite a few other dogs staying at the hotel while we were there, although I didn't see any cats.

    The nightly prices are very reasonable, and the hotel is clean and well kept. The hotel definitely has a very retro feel, down to the old school vibrating beds and primary colored tiny tile print in the bathroom. The beds and couches are basic but comfortable, and there is heating and a wall ac unit in each room.

    My only complaint really is the very spotty wifi, but I guess that's either true for retro form or due to the fact that we had a corner unit. The wifi was slow but consistent the first night, and then stopped working altogether on day 2 (as in phones and computers said they were connected to the wifi but no connectivity).

    All in all a good option for savannah if you are looking for a basic, clean, pet friendly hotel near the downtown area.

    07/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    99. Lord Byron V.
    One of the cheapest hotels you'll find in downtown Savannah. It's a short walk to the bars and restaurants. Rooms are clean. I don't mind dogs, but the hotel is pet-friendly so if the occasional barking outburst upsets you then you might wanna take that into consideration.

    19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    100. Brian F.
    We stayed at this place on our first trip to Savannah about 5 years ago.  We found it on Hotwire, and it was ok for the price.I recently booked it again on Hotwire and even though they don't display the name of the room until after you buy, I knew it was the T-bird.  A few improvements have been made, but the only reason we really stay here is for the price (the location is good and bad).

    This is an old-school streetside motel conveniently located on the edge of the historic district.  There is a free shuttle stop across the street and the visitor center is right behind the place. It is a very easy walk to the historic district or river.  The bad part of the location is that you hear Greyhound buses, traffic, and other street noise. If you sleep lightly, this is not the place for you unless you have a fan or other white noise to drown everything out. They claim to have blackout curtains but they do not absorb sound.  Our curtains were also a little worse for wear (dirty and stained) and should be replaced.

    The room itself was ok.  We didn't get any infamous moonpies but did get RC Cola.  It was nice that they replaced the old in-room AC units with super-efficient heatpumps. I really like the bottles of toiletries locked in because of it being eco-friendly but I also know that saves them some money. Shower was very low-pressure but it's old. There was a washrag on top of the shower curtain left behind by someone who stayed in the room before us which was disgusting. The room smelled very dusty even though we travel with an air filter.  I think in addition to the curtains being replaced, the carpets also need a good steam cleaning or replacing.  An in-room fridge is also always nice when travelling.  

    One woman working at the front desk was very nice; another seemed like she couldn't be bothered.  They have free Krispy Kreme douhgnuts, coffee and juice for breakfast. The lobby is nice but small.  They also have free popcorn and lemonade in the afternoon.

    The ultimate question is: Would we stay here again?  For $44 a night on Hotwire and only $5 to park (used to be free) when most Savannah hotels charge $20, yes.  However, if I was paying $80- per night, this would not be the place.  There are too many nicer, quieter hotels and even private rentals for the same price and more in the heart of the district.

    20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    101. Amanda T.
    I was really looking forward to staying here because the concept is so unique. Now what I tell people is to remember that it's still motel. We just had a few instances that we still giggle about so they make for great stories for us.

    When we arrived we were behind another couple checking in. As soon as it was our turn to get checked in one of the two ladies behind the desk didn't acknowledge us got on the phone and started complaining about how she had ordered two hot dogs from down the street 30 minutes ago and they still weren't delivered. While this hot dog conversation is happening the other lady is kindly trying to help us but can't because she's also trying to get help from the hot dog lady. We got all checked in but couldn't get over how funny it was to be dismissed because of a hot dog delivery. First, how good are these hot dogs? Second, who gets hot dogs delivered?

    Once we got into the room and got situated I went to get on Yelp to see what places we should check out. Couldn't log on to the internet so my husband said he wanted to go get some free popcorn from the lobby and he'd ask them for the password. When he got back up there, mind you 10 minutes probably had passed they didn't remember who we were. He asked for the password to the internet and they didn't want to give it to him unless they knew he was staying there. HAHA Good thing I didn't go in there. Once they knew he was a guest there they told him that there was no internet for the room. Oh goodness, it literally says in the room "Free Wifi"

    The room is still a motel room so motel is your key word. The idea is cool and holds a ton of potential. We took a chance but I won't be going back here. But reading some of the other reviews some people really love it so as long as you know it's still a motel and you want to try it out just remember to bring a hot dog with you.

    12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    102. Abby C.
    Fun and adorable place we decided to stay on a trip home from Gainesville, FL (fest). Fun vintage motel along the highway, easy walking access to downtown!

    25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    103. Bridget M.
    First off you have to pay $7.50 to park your car in their own parking lot and the parking spots are only for compact cars, so after we parked I could barely even get out of my car. The room was nothing spectacular but I expected that, however it was NOT clean. The bathroom had hair all over the floor and in the tub and there was smudged make up or something on the pillows and blankets. Someone had suggested this place to me and I've realized she has very poor taste, so never again will I stay in the Thunderbird Inn.

    11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    104. Sasha P.
    The Thunderbird Inn is a decent place to stay in Savannah. It's an old motel that is proud of it's retro concept. In theory, I thought staying here would be cool because I like all things retro and vintage. By the end of our stay, I was neither impressed nor unsatisfied. The Thunderbird Inn served its purpose- a place to rest our heads and shower.

    There is a small parking lot with enough spots for paying guests but no more than that. There's a small lobby area for check-in and a small adjoining "breakfast area". Check-in was a breeze. The staff were friendly and offered us plenty of suggestions for things to do- Savannah maps included! Breakfast options were minimal. I'm not much of a doughnut fan, which is what they had, so we opted for breakfast joints around town instead.

    Our room was clean and spacious enough for two people. Anymore than that would have been a bit too cozy. We reserved a king sized bed though so that might have had something to do with it. I found that the walls were very thin. I could hear every movement that our neighbors made. At night, it didn't help that they were super noisy (young men on the prowl for saucy ladies). I suppose you can't help who you're neighbored up with at a hotel. However, feeling like you're taking part in every conversation next door does affect your quality of sleep. FYI, I am a light sleeper but they were seriously loud and obnoxious.

    On the upside, the Thunderbird Inn has RC colas and moon pies waiting for you in the room when you check in. A nice touch, especially if you like moon pies (we do!). The A/C worked very well when we were there, which is important when visiting any place in the South. The location was great. We were in walking distance from most of the venues we were interested in visiting during our stay. This is one of the main reasons why we chose the Thunderbird Inn. Overall, the Thunderbird Inn was alright. I wasn't blown away. It was just alright. Would I stay here again? Sure, I guess. But most likely not, only because I'd like to venture out into other options that Savannah has to offer.

    24/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    105. Mark W.
    This motel which was built in September 1964 has been faithfully re-created to its former glory. The appointments are extremely authentic as they are comfortable. Bathrooms have all been updated but the tile floors are just as they were back in the 60s. You must try the soaps and the gels that come with your room because they not only smell terrific they are top-quality. Moon pies and RC come with the room. A southern treasure!

    16/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    106. Kelley M.
    Horrible front desk service. Made a reservation months ago. Showed up after traveling all day and was told there was no room left.

    16/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    107. Debi J.
    While this is the cheapest hotel in the historic district, it could well be the most expensive stay of your life, as it was for me.
    My engagement,wedding and anniversary rings were stolen from our locked room. I worked with the police. I sent a message to the manager begging for help with turning the rings in with no penalty, even a reward, but never got a reply.
    I recently discovered from my credit card company that the card I used to book the room, which is all I used that card for, had the number stolen.
    I would hate for anyone to have the awful experience I did.
    DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!

    19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    108. Laurie T.
    For what it is, the Thunderbird Inn met my expectations. Check-in was a breeze and the staff was kind and helpful when we asked for recommendations for lunch.  I booked my room through Groupon with no issues.  

    Our room was clean but definitely on the smaller side.  Loved the retro feel of everything.  The bed was super comfy and that was nice. A couple of minor annoyances, our room (105) was in the very bottom corner of the L-shaped building shoved tight in front of the stairwell and the ice machine and immediately next to housekeeping.  So, in a nutshell, it was noisy.  People rudely filling ice chests at 7 am and housekeepers making a racket not long after sun-up made for an early morning.  Ask for another room if you can.  

    Breakfast is a selection of Krispy Kreme donuts, coffee and juice which, for my purposes, was fine but don't plan on having a heathy meal ;) with so many great places to eat in Savannah it didn't matter to me.

    Yeah I'd stay again, walking distance to everything, but I'd ask for a different room.

    03/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    109. Katie M.
    The moon pies and RC Cola in the room are definitely a nice touch. However, the mugs in our room still had lipstick and other smudges on them both days we were here. In the morning we also had to wait for clean mugs at the coffee station. The free popcorn stops at 9 which was a bummer and the wifi was very slow. They charged 7.50 for parking but we were comped that both days we stayed here because upon arrival there were dirty towels accidentally left in our room.

    The price was very cheap and location was very convenient. It's a very short walk to River St. and the other sights in the historic distric.

    29/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    110. Leslie S.
    Had a fun, friendly stay at the Thunderbird Inn. Chose it based on excellent pricing & reviews. It is definitely a motel, but has lots of charm.

    Colorful & kitschy decor makes it more vintage than run-down. Staff was super friendly & suggested local restaurants, which were perfect.

    Besides RC Colas & mini moon pies by your bed, they offered coffee, tea, juice & Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast--all free of charge.

    Also, great location for access to convention center (across the bridge) and River St. Pet-friendly too. Motel was sold out when we were there.

    Would absolutely stay here again.

    30/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0