The Thunderbird Inn

Savannah, GA
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The Thunderbird Inn

611 W Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, GA 31401


If your Savannah itinerary includes a trip down memory lane, head to the quirkiest hotel in Georgia: the Thunderbird Inn.

Originally opened in 1964 as one of the ubiquitous roadside motels of that era–featuring “refrigerated rooms” and drive-in parking–the property slowly lost some of its magic. But in 2016 it got a modern revamp while still honoring its historical roots. Rooms feature kitschy decor, bright pops of color, retro-style furnishings, and plenty of creature comforts for the modern traveler. You’ll even get a MoonPie and RC Cola in your room–a nod to a simpler and more carefree time in many ways. And let’s not forget the free hot popcorn and lemonade 24/7 in the lobby.

Another great thing about the Thunderbird Inn is that they strive to be as eco-friendly as possible. They’ve installed solar panels, individually-controlled HVAC systems, low-flow bathroom fixtures, and have optimized trash and recycling systems.

The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has won a preservation award for its classic roadside motel renovations. It’s also been named “One of the 10 Best Roadside Motels in the USA.”

The vibe here is laid back and joyful; so much so that they trademarked the phrase “Fun people stay here.” The staff leads the way with their warm and friendly demeanor.

Whether you’re traveling in a group, are a budget-conscious traveler, or just want to step back in time a few decades, the Thunderbird Inn deserves your attention. It’s also conveniently located in the Historic District, so you can walk to some of the best sights and things to do in Savannah.



Single King: A good choice for group stays, as your third and fourth guests stay for an additional $10 per night per person. Kids under 12 do stay free in their adults’ room, though. 

  • 1 King bed
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Non-Smoking

Single Queen: 

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Bathroom

Double Queen: 

  • 2 Queen beds
  • 1 Bathroom

King Suite: Choose this option if you need a separate sitting area to hang out with your friends or family. There’s even working vintage typewriter, paper, envelope and stamp so you can write home (then post it to the ‘Gram)! Your third and fourth guests stay for an additional $10 each per night. Children under 12 stay free in their adults’ room.

  • 1 King bed
  • 1 sofa bed
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Non-smoking
  • Includes Netflix


  • Pet friendly, with an enclosed dog run
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pillow-top mattresses
  • Refrigerator
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Smoking & non-smoking rooms available
  • Hairdryer
  • Writing Desk with high-speed internet connection
  • In-room coffee/tea service
  • Comfortable reading chairs with good lighting
  • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
  • Crisp linens and comfortable pillows
  • Free local and toll-free phone calls
  • 43 inch Flatscreen with 70+ cable channels including HBO and ESPN
  • Real glass tumblers and ceramic coffee mugs
  • Limited onsite parking available $15/night
  • Hot Popcorn upon arrival
  • Complimentary Moon-pies and RC Cola in your rooms
  • Vintage décor
  • Complimentary Krispy Kreme donuts and premium coffee each morning
  • Level 2 electric car charging location
  • Onsite parking  for $15/night.
  • Walking distance to big Savannah events and a host of other great area attractions


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