The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 403-room Westin Savannah is an upper-middle-range resort located on an island across the river from Savannah's Historic District. The main draws here are the PGA golf course and the high-end spa, but there are other features that make this a great pick: a large pool, two solid restaurants, spacious rooms with high-end amenities (and most with great views of the city), and dozens of activities available daily for the whole family. It's true that the location is secluded, but there's a free ferry that takes guests to the lively riverfront area (a quick ride straight across the river from the resort).
Hyatt Regency Savannah Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 351-room Hyatt Regency's highlight is its location in the Historic District: within walking distance of numerous museums and restaurants and overlooking the Savannah River. Rooms are sleek, with dark wood accents, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs; many rooms have river or city views, but some look into the lobby with no outside view, making them feel more low-brow and dreary. The bathrooms in standard rooms are small, but rooms in general are a good size, and the on-site restaurant, coffee shop, and fitness center are convenient.
Savannah Marriott Riverfront Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This upper-middle-range property sticks out as a bland chain hotel in a city known for historic charm. The rooms look updated and are clean, but have generic decor and clashing carpet patterns. Many look out into the enclosed courtyard that bizarrely houses both the lobby and the indoor pool. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and museums, as well as a nearby ferry that connects guests to golfing and the convention center. Travelers looking for a more authentic Savannah experience may want to try the nearby Planters Inn.