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“Much nicer than you expect when you see the name Thunderbird”

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The Thunderbird Inn
Ranked #33 of 113 Hotels in Savannah
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North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Much nicer than you expect when you see the name Thunderbird”
Reviewed 9 September 2009

We booked this on hotwire as well. It was just 3 blocks to the City market and about 5 to the River Front. It is on the rougher side of MLK Jr. Street but you still feel safe. Seeing the loud paint job outside I was skeptical. However, our room was clean, the beds were comfy and for once we got nice pillows at a hotel (hooray). The best part about this stay was that we did not have to pay for parking which, is something you EXPECT at the other places in the Historic District. Other places charge $6-8 per night for parking! I would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2009

Like many other reviewers, we booked this on hotwire. It's advertised as being in the historic district but really is just outside of it. It's a renovated old street motel along a busy truck route and reminiscent of motels in places like Las Vegas or Niagara Falls. As such, the rooms are pretty close to the street and there is a Greyhound station across the street. You will hear trucks go by. Normally I commend hotles for being non-smoking, but here people go outside to smoke and the old heavy doors slam shut and they are loud.

The staff were friendly which was nice. The rooms were ok; again, just an average motel sized room. The room seemed to be clean, but the tub could probably use a good bleaching or replacement. There is intenet in the rooms via ethernet cable which was fine with me. The lobby also has wireless so if you are close to that you could probably get it. Free breakfast is just a Krispy Kreme donut and a juice machine.

If you are used to staying at hotels rather than motels, this isn't for you. If motels are okay and you don't mind a 5-6 block walk or shuttle to the historic district, this would suffice.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

We arrived in Savannah at 9:30pm on a Sunday night. We , to be truthful, drove right by The Thunderbird and went downtown to check prices of other hotels. When those were higher than we wanted to spend, we arrived back at The Thunderbird and were charged $20 less than we would have elsewhere. When we opened the door, we were pleasantly surprised to find the room clean and updated. For the price, it was nice to have a place to park our car for free while we walked around Savannah the next morning.

Our only "complaint" would be that we were expecting more for a continental breakfast. When we arrived, there was water, apple juice, coffee, and Krispy Kreme donuts...hardly a breakfast for 2 travelers on the go. We ended up going downtown for breakfast and were quite disappointed to have to spend money on breakfast after having spent $89 for the room.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Kansas City
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

My wife and I travel to Savannah from Kansas City at least once a year. It is our intention to move to Savannah in the very near future. Savannah, especially the River Front and the Historic District, is a very walkable city. The Thunderbird Inn is well located to take advantage of that walkability. It is a clean, well maintained motel with a great nostalgic feel that is still modern and comfortable. Staff is responsive, courteous and welcoming. Desk help while we were there last were local actors that perform in local and regional theatre and appear in independent films. This helped to reflect the rich artistic culture of a city that boasts one of the finest and most diverse arts institutes in the nation. Rates are quite reasonable, making The Thunderbird Inn an excellent value for a facility so well situated near the river. Whenever we go to Savannah, the Thunderbird Inn is our home away from home.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

The service was great, the rooms were kept clean and the donuts for breakfast were fresh. It was a quick walk to the City Market and Riverfront. We had no safety concerns. The rooms are a bit small, and our remote control wouldn't change the stations, but I'm sure the front desk would have helped us with that if we asked. If I were to return to Savannah, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Augusta, GA
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Reviewed 6 August 2009

I really liked the retro atmosphere and how close it was to the heart of Savannah. I enjoyed a very comfortable room and extremely friendly staff. I was surprised at how affordable it was, and even more so that they didn't skimp on amenities like daily room service. It may not have all the finest upgrades, but it was clean and in a nice area. I do plan on returning to Savannah and reserving a room at the Thunderbird again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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Georgia
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Reviewed 27 July 2009

The place was conveniently located, the staff was very friendly and helpful and the retro look was there. As much as I want to give these guys a 100%, I just couldn't. The carpet was awful. It had a lot of spots that really did not need cleaning but instead needed changing.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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thunderbird611, Manager at The Thunderbird Inn, responded to this review, 30 July 2009
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I too am disappointed you couldn't rank us higher. We are always working hard to have the carpet cleaned and the building looking great. I would love to talk to you about where else you feel we missed the mark. Please feel free to call me anytime to discuss your stay.

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Mark Thomas
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Property: The Thunderbird Inn
Address: 611 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401-2305
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Region: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Savannah > Yamacraw Village
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Savannah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — The Thunderbird Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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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