There’s something both intriguing and spine-chilling about visiting a haunted hotel, especially in Savannah, GA. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that you may be sharing your temporary digs with a restless spirit. Or maybe it’s the sense of history – staying in a place where countless guests have come and gone, each leaving their own story behind.
If you’re looking for a truly haunting experience, there’s no better place to go than Savannah, Georgia. This charming city is home to several haunted hotels, each with its own tale of woe to tell. You can check out some of the most haunted hotels in Savannah GA by joining ghost tours where you can learn secret stories about wars, murders, and tragedies in town.
Though, if you’re feeling brave enough, why not elevate your experience and stay in one of these hotels to see if you can experience some of the supernatural activity for yourself? Just be sure to keep your eyes open – you never know who (or what) you might see roaming the halls in the middle of the night!
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Your Spooky Guide to Exploring Savannah’s Haunted Hotels
I have compiled a list of the most haunted hotels in Savannah GA to make your life easier (or harder, ha).
123 E Broughton Street, Savannah, GA
Built in 1851, the Marshall House is one of the oldest hotels in Savannah. In a span of 170 years, it went from being a simple house hotel to serving as a hospital for the wounded soldiers in the Civil War and then back to being renovated as a modern boutique hotel in the area.
Why Marshall House Is Said To Be Haunted
The property was used as a hospital during the Civil War in the 1860s, and people believe that many of the ghosts here are patients who died during that time. Other visitors say that their ghost encounters are friendly — children playing around at night, furniture being moved at dawn, and faucets turning on and off on their own.
Some guests reported seeing a lady walking in the hallway at night. Many believe this is the ghost of Mary Marshall, the hotel’s original owner. How did they know, you wonder? Well, her portrait hangs in the hotel reception area so you can actually see her face when you enter the place. What a way to welcome guests, right?
Head To The Mini Museum
True to its testament of being part of Savannah’s history, the hotel has dedicated a Civil War Era Display on the third floor. Here, you can look at artifacts, newspapers, old letters, and other original prints and documents discovered in the property.
Need another great museum to visit? Here are my top 3 reasons you should visit the Prohibition Museum in Savannah, GA.
Visit Marshall House
Did you know that Marshall House was voted Best Hotel and Best Downtown Hotel in Savannah for 2021? Despite its reputation for being haunted, the hotel management takes their business seriously. It is also known for having a romantic and homey ambiance — with high ceilings, old wood floors, and even claw foot tubs.
It kind of feels like you’re visiting the past.
So the next time you visit Savannah, try staying in one of their 68 guest rooms and experience the thrill for yourself! If you stay at Room 414, you might hear some screaming in the hallway, loud footsteps at night, and see the bathroom door open and close on its own. Sounds exciting?
The River Street Inn
124 E Bay St, Savannah, GA
The River Street Inn was originally built in 1817 as a cotton warehouse. It is surrounded by the Savannah River, which offers a relaxing view for guests staying the night.
Why River Street Inn Is Said To Be Haunted
In the early days of its operation, it is said that many enslaved people stayed on the inn’s top floor at night after their forced labor during the day. Some people have reported seeing apparitions on the top floor — coincidence, you think?
There are also reports of suicides inside the building, which is not really surprising considering it has been around for 200 years already. All these stories are part of Savannah’s dark history, although we can’t be sure who exactly are these ghosts haunting the place.
A hotel employee said she experienced quirky ghost encounters firsthand, like having her name called by an unseen person and seeing apparitions of a man who suddenly disappears sudenly in the next instant. Wow, can you imagine that being normal in your workplace? Well, at least the ghosts there are not evil (her words, not mine!) 🙂
Visit River Street Inn
Many people claim to witness the supernatural while staying at River Street Inn, so you can book a night here to experience that firsthand. An added bonus is the hotel’s location, which is close to many shops and establishments.
Tours like Ghosts and Gravestone Trolley Tour would pass by River Street and take you to other chilling places as well! Check them out if you like nighttime trolley rides and ghost encounters.
Need more River Street in your life, then check out my list of the best river walk experience in Savannah, GA here.
Mansion on Forsyth Park
700 Drayton Street, Savannah GA
The Mansion on Forsyth Park look like it’s coming straight out of a fairy tale with its brick exterior and grand chandeliers. Stepping inside feels so magical and enchanting — maybe it’s not just the vibe but something more?
Why The Mansion on Forsyth Park Is Said To Be Haunted
The original mansion was built for the Lewis Kayton family, and it clearly showcases their luxurious lifestyle. However, most people don’t know that after changing ownership, this property has been turned into a mortuary! Can you believe that? It sure is an eerie thing to remember!
The actual hotel building where guests now stay has been added, while the original mansion (and funeral house) was turned into a lounge and restaurant. The building may not be as old as other historic spots in Savannah, but none of these other places has hosted funerals for the rich.
This fact gives The Mansion quite an edge for people seeking the supernatural, don’t you think?
Visit The Mansion on Forsyth Park
Forsyth Park is part of several tours in the city, so you would definitely be able to spot The Mansion. You can even have coffee or afternoon tea at the hotel’s restaurant — at the exact spot for the funeral viewings. However, will that be spooky enough for you?
A few guests claim to experience the most disturbing night when an unknown entity tried to hold them down in bed while sleeping. Is this the kind of paranormal activity that excites you? If so, you know where you will stay the next time you visit Savannah!
Foley House Inn
14 Hull St, Savannah, GA
The Foley House Inn was built in 1896 and is said to be the first bed and breakfast in Savannah. It takes pride in its legacy as one of the most haunted in America. And why not? If you can’t change history, you might as well make the most out of it, right?
Why Foley House Inn Is Said To Be Haunted
The story of how this hotel became legendary is creepy yet fascinating. Original owner Owen Foley turned their private home into an inn where it welcomed guests for many years. A fire destroyed the house in 1889 but the family was able to rebuild the property.
Nothing out of the ordinary! Until…
During a renovation in 1989, construction workers discovered skeletal remains hidden in the walls of the building – How scary is that, huh?!
Some people speculate that the bones belong to a former boarder who disappeared and was never seen again. Most believe that the man was murdered, while others say there is definitely more to the story. Who knows what the truth is? I guess this is just one of those mysteries that we can never solve.
Visit Foley House Inn
There are many supernatural encounters from guests staying at Foley House Inn. Occurrences have become so regular that they even named their special visitor “Wally”. Would you like to meet him? I sure do!
You can hear more stories about Foley House Inn if you join the Voices of the Dead walking tour.
Olde Harbour Inn
508 Factors Walk, Savannah, GA
Once a warehouse, now a charming 24-room boutique hotel? As one of the oldest properties in Savannah, you bet you can unearth one interesting spooky tale — or two!
Why Olde Harbour Inn Is Said To Be Haunted
Do you ever visit a place and just feel a little uneasy? Like there’s something in the air you can’t pinpoint? That’s exactly what many guests staying at Olde Harbour Inn claim to experience.
If you’re (un)lucky, you might get a visit from Hank, the hotel’s resident ghost. Hank is infamous for visiting guests at night, playing with the drawers and doors, or messing with the faucets.
According to locals, Hank was a warehouse worker who died in a fire in 1892. Interestingly, there is no known casualty in that tragedy. That’s why people also claim that the reason Hank stays at Olde Harbour Inn is because he is actually the one who set the place on fire — and the only one who died. Do you think that’s true?
Visit Olde Harbour Inn
If you’re up to unravel more legends from the locals, the hotel offers a ghost tour package for guests looking to experience the supernatural.
More importantly, Olde Harbour Inn is a pet friendly hotel that offers amazing views of the river! So if you need more encouragement to try ghost haunting, you can bring your pet and experience the thrill together.
Roussell’s Garden Bed & Breakfast
208 E Henry St, Savannah, GA
One of the most alluring places in Savannah is Roussell’s Garden Bed & Breakfast. But, don’t be fooled by its pretty exteriors! Something’s probably lurking in the shadows…
Why Roussell’s Garden Bed & Breakfast Is Said To Be Haunted
Guests don’t usually report ghostly encounters, but staying at Rousell’s truly transports you back in time.
Everything about the property is lovely. It is a beautiful Queen Anne style home that features large bedrooms, antique decors, and spacious bathrooms. Guests also rave about the hotel’s hearty breakfast and lush garden.
But if you want a unique experience, don’t forget to tour the back of the garden! There, you can find an old servants’ quarter (a pretty common setup back in the day). Just imagine what the life of the servants was like and it would probably make you feel sad and a little creeped out, too.
Visit Roussell’s Garden Bed & Breakfast
If you’re looking to experience a bit out of the ordinary, then you need to visit Roussell’s Garden Bed & Breakfast. This is the perfect place to stay after joining the Sixth Sense Savannah Walking Ghost Tour as the beds are very comfortable and the food (I can’t forget that banana bread!) is just superb.
Too many haunted places to keep track of? Well, you are in luck. Here is a map of all the haunted places in Savannah, GA. Enjoy!
Last Minute Halloween Plans Savannah
Making last-minute plans for Halloween? Spooky season is coming, and visiting haunted hotels in Savannah, GA would surely make your Halloween experience more exciting! Savannah is such a historic place that you wouldn’t run out of scary spots to discover.
Aside from visiting the six most haunted hotels in Savannah GA, there are more unique Halloween activities in the city: you can take a ghost tour while riding in a hearse, join a fun pub crawling group, or visit other haunted houses and graveyards in the district.
Need more inspiration? Check out my article on exploring Old Town Savannah like a local here.
Get ready to visit Savannah if you want to elevate your Halloween experience to the next level. Thrill-seekers like you might just have the best fright of your life!
P.S. Can’t get enough of Savannah, GA, then you need my ultimate guide for when you visit the Historic Savannah District. Find it here and let my know what you think!