Originally built in 1964, The Thunderbird Inn features 42 retro decorated rooms, updated to serve Savannah’s fun-loving 21th Century visitors.

Hotel History

Located in downtown Savannah GA, the popular Swingin’ Sixties motor lodge is located the colonial-era Springfield Plantation near the Yamacraw Indian village. Near the British lines of the Battle of Savannah, Polish general Caimir Pulaski was mortally wounded by grapeshot on October 9, 1779 near the inn’s historic site. Pulaski is considered the Father of America’s Calvary.

Historic Savannah inspired paint colors – custom mixed to embrace also the inn’s original retro colors –refreshed the hip room interiors in Q1 2011. Since 2011 the inn has steadily implemented green, eco-friendly measures.

Known as the ‘hippest hotel in Savannah’ ™, Thunderbird Inn received press recommendations for its budget lodging from the New York Times, Southern Living, Brown’s Guides, and Ladies Home Journal magazines.

The pet-friendly inn’s award-winning video — “Dog Days in Historic Savannah” – won a Silver Telly Award® in 2012.


Thunderbird Inn Savannah is a 2010 addition to the National Register of Historic Places. The iconic downtown property won a preservation award for it classic roadside motel renovations in Savannah Landmark Historic District. Memberships include Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Savannah Economic Development and Renewal Authority, Tourism Leadership Council, Savannah Development and Renewal, and Downtown Merchants Association.