To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the reviews. Like most Tripadvisors, I generally jump to the one-stars first then browse the five-stars. In the case of The Thunderbird Inn, the one-stars generally seem to be people expecting a five-star experience on a two-star budget.
Frankly, if you are looking for luxury or high living, The Thunderbird Inn ain't for you! If, however, you are looking for a clean, comfortable, and affordable hotel within easy walking, Uber, or Trolley distance of all Savannah has to offer - This is it! If you want a courteous and friendly staff who will bend over backwards to help you - This is it! If you want a bit of 1960's kitsch and color to brighten your stay - This is it!
First the positives: Our room was small and compact, but comfortable. It was clean and well maintained - although our door hinges could have used a hit of WD-40 - but, we just considered the loud squeak to be classic '60s kitsch. We had a King bed that was very comfortable with a good selection of pillow types. Our AC was easy to adjust and worked flawlessly with a fairly quiet fan. We had more than enough outlets for our electronics and the outlets were all located in very convenient spots. WiFi reception was excellent and easy to log onto. Our TV worked perfectly with a sanitized TV remote (Nice Touch!). There was a COLD fridge for storing water and other consumables. Water pressure and temps were excellent! Parking was available right in front of our room making load in and out a cinch. I'm on a sugar-free diet, but I still appreciated the thought behind the complimentary two RC Colas and Moon Pie left for us by the staff.
What might be considered negatives: There was some road noise, but it wasn't overwhelming and it certainly didn't keep me from sleeping soundly after a busy day of exploring Savannah. The metro bus hub is right across the street - my old cop spider senses were tingling as we pulled into the Inn - homeless? Panhandlers? But, I saw nothing of the sort during our stay. Cop senses - Stand at Ease! The bathtub tile grout showed a bit of discoloration that some might take for mold - The hotel was built in 1964 - no mold, just reasonable age. We paid an additional $10 to park in the lot - and frankly I'm okay with that - driving back from a late night ghost walk, there was one parking slot open. I understand that the fee guarantees you a space and provides lot security. That's worth $10 in my book. Our one chief complaint was the lack of a closet or bar to hang our clothes. We got over it and moved on.
Considering the negatives, I started to give the Inn four stars - but, well, this was a birthday trip planned by my wife to celebrate my 64th birthday. When we walked into the room, there was an envelope stuck between our Moon Pie and RC Colas. The envelope contained a hand-written and decorated birthday card signed by the entire staff. I've traveled the world and have had some truly wonderful experiences, but this was one of the most personal and kind things any hotel staff has ever done for me. For that added kindness and attention to detail - Five Stars! Thank you, Thunderbird Inn Friends!
in closing, you won't find 5-star luxury at The Thunderbird Inn. You will find a friendly and helpful staff, clean and comfortable rooms, convenient parking, basic amenities (including a hair dryer and coffee pot), a NICE selection of locally brewed beers, a Krispy Kreme and coffee breakfast (Curse you, Sugar Free Diet!), and all of Savannah stretched out before you in all her leg-stretching glory! We enjoyed our stay! Thank you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meet-up at our delightfully quirky motel where refined Savannah's so-historic location and so-hip eccentricities hook up. Discounted Savannah lodging was never so much fun! Hotel rates include Moon Pies and Krispy Kreme donuts! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Thunderbird Hotel Savannah
- Thunderbird Hotel Savannah