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Savannah is known for its historical heritage, charming Southern atmosphere, and haunted reputation that make it one of the best places to explore during the spooky season. And while there are a number of haunting ghost tours and pub crawls throughout the city that are ready to welcome (and scare) adventurous guests, there’s no better way to experience the city’s ghostly past than a stay at one of its haunted lodgings.

And while many of Savannah’s historic inns and hotels can be visited as part of a ghost tour, there’s something especially spooky about spending the night. With most of the following accommodations dating back to the 19th century, there are plenty of nooks and crannies where guests can find something that goes bump in the night—in addition to warm, welcoming stays that are as atmospheric as they are historic.


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The Cozy (And Creepy) Olde Harbour Inn

Built in 1892, the historic Olde Harbour Inn was originally built as a warehouse on the Savannah River. Having undergone numerous transformations throughout its history, the hotel has retained all of its Southern charm and hospitality and is now a charming boutique hotel near Savannah’s scenic waterfront.

Like many of Savannah’s historic haunts, the Olde Harbour Inn is home to an unearthly guest that’s also one of its most well-known residents: dubbed Hank by hotel employees, the ghostly prankster may be the spirit of a worker that perished in one of the hotel’s early fires. Whoever he is, he definitely likes to make his presence known by moving things around, dropping coins, and creating a cigar smoke smell, among other things. But however harmless Hank’s ghostly shenanigans may be, they still undoubtedly add a bit of mystery to this otherwise cozy and historic hotel.

  • Address: 508 East Factors Walk
  • Rates: From $225 and up/night
  • Amenities: Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres; ice cream treats delivered to the room; pet-friendly (welcome gift for pets included); suites include a number of amenities including high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations, wet bar, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, and comfy robes

19th Century Ghosts At The Marshall House

Situated in the heart of Savannah’s historic district, the antebellum gem Marshall House has been a Broughton Street mainstay for over 150 years. Full of welcoming hospitality and elegant charm, the historic space reopened to the public after an almost 50-year closure and subsequent renovations that blended the site's past with its future beautifully.

A part of the city’s historic fabric since the mid-19th century, the Marshall House and its haunted environs served as a hospital during two well-known events: the Yellow Fever epidemics and the final months of the Civil War—which is certainly enough to give it a somewhat spooky reputation. Many feel that the space’s desertion and subsequent closure were enough to reawaken its haunted residents, but, whatever the reason, sightings of apparitions and mysterious occurrences are now commonplace in the lovely old hotel—especially on the fourth floor.

  • Address: 123 East Broughton Street
  • Rates: From $189 and up/night
  • Amenities: In-room amenities include robes, umbrellas, a mini refrigerator, flat-screen HD LCD TV, and valet parking (additional fees apply). For an additional $30 amenity fee, guests receive two breakfasts at the hotel’s bistro, nightly wine reception, enhanced high-speed internet, 15% off at select Broughton Street businesses, and a full-service concierge.

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Housing not one but two of Savannah’s most historic spots, the classic 17Hundred90 were once the site of three private residences that date back to the 19th century that today serve as cozy restaurants and a 14-room inn. Still possessing many of the original features, including wooden beams and slate floors, this charming spot still maintains its historic air and devotion to tradition that makes Savannah so special.

Unsurprisingly, that much history comes with a somewhat haunted rep, too. Though the pub and restaurant are a popular destination for haunted pub crawls, it’s the inn itself that is said to be home to the property’s famous ghost. Known as Anne, she was once a resident of the historic building and, after a tragic loss, has since haunted the site with her sorrowful crying—in addition to poltergeist-like activities like rearranging guests’ possessions (especially in room 204). Additionally, other ghosts have been seen throughout the property, including a somewhat unfriendly apparition that is said to haunt the kitchens and harangue the staff.

  • Address: 307 E President Street
  • Rates: Start at $169 and up/night
  • Amenities: Historic onsite tavern and restaurant; cozy period decor; many rooms include a fireplace (electric or gas) and tub, street views, and private entrance

Grand, Ghostly Grandeur At Eliza Thompson House

Sumptuous Savannah charm and hospitality await guests of the delightfully authentic Eliza Thompson House. Situated on one of the city’s most well-known streets, this cozy hotel has a history dating back to the mid-1800s, and its lovely home-like atmosphere is as welcoming as it is historic. In addition, to the property’s period-accurate rooms, the overall atmosphere is one of a distinctly sumptuous Southern air—down to the adjoining courtyard, peaceful garden, and surrounding cobblestoned, tree-lined streets.

The long and storied history at this quaint property has also given way to rumors of numerous haunted sightings and apparitions. Included in the hotel's famed (haunted) guests are reports of a young girl in a white dress flitting through the hallways and sightings of Confederate soldiers in an upstairs window.

  • Address: 5 West Jones Street
  • Rates: Start at $209 and up/night
  • Amenities: Close to a number of historical attractions, this hotel is an adults-only, no pets property. For a $25 additional amenity fee, guests receive two chef-prepared breakfasts; afternoon wine reception with hors d’oeuvres; nightly dessert and coffee; enhanced high-speed Internet; 15% off at select local businesses; full-service concierge.

RELATED: The Creepy History Of New York's Most Haunted HouseWhat better way to enjoy the spooky season than with a sojourn to one of America’s most haunted cities? Savannah is not only a ghost lovers’ paradise but is also home to a storied history that can be found everywhere, from its lovely, tree-lined streets to its hotels and inns brimming with a charm that is both hospitable and haunted—the perfect places to spend a chilly (and ghostly!) fall evening.