Staying in a haunted hotel overnight might be way too spooky, but exploring these hotels' historic lobbies, creepy hallways, and nooks and crannies during the day or on a ghost tour isn't quite as scary. Right?
Savannah's Historic District is filled with haunted hotels, inns, and other historic properties built in the 1800s that are worth visiting during your vacation to Savannah — especially if you're visiting in the fall (aka spooky season!).
The Marshall House is undoubtedly the most haunted hotel in Savannah, Georgia, and is rumored to be one of the most haunted hotels in the United States! The Marshall House opened in 1851 and was used as a hospital during the Civil War and the Yellow Fever epidemics. In the mid-1900s, the Marshall House closed, and the second, third, and fourth floors were left completely abandoned.
The hotel didn't open again and begin welcoming guests until 1999, but guests on the fourth floor (especially those in room 414) claim to see shadow figures and ghosts, hear children running up and down the halls, and witnessed faucets turning on by themselves. Marshall House Hotel is a popular spot on ghost tours in Savannah and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kehoe House is a beautiful historic inn that also doubles as one of the most haunted hotels in Savannah. This haunted locale was initially built in 1892 by William Kehoe and his wife, Annie, who lived in the home with their ten children. Two children in the Kehoe Family died in a careless accident, and they reportedly still roam the halls of Kehoe House and haunt guests during their stay. Guests claim to hear children playing in the hallways of this historic home during their stay — spooky, right?
Kehoe House also served as a funeral home during the 1900s, further adding to the haunted reputation of this historic property. Kehoe House is a popular spot on ghost tours, along with Colonial Park Cemetery and Forsyth Park, because of its rich history and numerous ghost stories.
Olde Harbour Inn is one of the oldest haunted hotels in Savannah, Georgia. This building was a warehouse built in 1812 that burned to the ground and was rebuilt with brick in 1892. It's most famous for the resident ghost — “Hank” — who often haunts guests and visitors to Olde Harbour Inn.
Guests have reported smelling cigar smoke when no smokers were present and other spooky happenings, like coins dropping on the floor and items moving around. Though no one really knows where "Hank" came from (this is likely just a nickname for the resident ghost), some people have suggested he is a worker who died in the original building's fire back in the early 1800s.
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The Eliza Thompson House was the first home built on the iconic (and beautiful) Jones Street in 1847 for Eliza and Joseph Thompson and their seven children, one of whom was a Confederate soldier, James. He died in front of the home after being kicked by a horse. This historic inn served as a doctor's office and a dental practice before becoming a hotel.
The Eliza Thompson House has plenty of resident haunts. Guests have reported sightings of Confederate soldiers from the Civil War in the upstairs window, a young girl wearing a white dress in the hallway, and even a ghostly cat.
East Bay Inn, built in 1852 on River Street right along the Savannah River, is another one of the most haunted inns in Savannah. It served as a cotton warehouse, merchant office, and headquarters of the Columbia Drug Company before becoming East Bay Inn in the 1980s.
The resident ghost at this hotel has been nicknamed "Charlie" and is often seen roaming the halls in a dark suit and top hat. There are also rumors of jiggling doorknobs, footsteps in the hallway, flickering lights, and disappearing objects at this haunted hotel.
Hamilton-Turner Inn is known as the "Grand Victorian Lady" and was one of the most luxurious homes of its time when it was built in 1873. It had indoor plumbing and skylights, and it was the first home in Savannah to have electricity (just four years after Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb). In fact, this beautiful home, filled with southern charm, is rumored to be the inspiration for Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion in Disneyland and Disney World.
However, despite being well-lit with electricity, the Hamilton-Turner Inn has an eerie and dark past. The mansion is supposedly haunted by a small child who died in the home after falling head-first off the upper landing. Guests have reported strange happenings that could be attributed to a small child, like billiard balls rolling across the floor and footsteps by the bed.
The 17Hundred90 Inn is one of the most popular spots on haunted pub crawls since it’s an inn, restaurant, and bar. The primary ghost that haunts the 17Hundred90 Inn is named "Anne," and she's been seen roaming the halls of this building for decades and has even been rumored to move things in guests' rooms from one spot to another. The 17Hundred90 Inn even has a few ghosts in the dining area, including a former cook interested in voodoo.
Foley House Inn is one of the most haunted hotels in Savannah, with a chilling history. This building was the first bed-and-breakfast in Savannah, constructed in 1896. Almost a century later, a decomposed skeleton was revealed in the home's walls during renovations.
Guests have reported seeing the ghost of this man (endearingly referred to as "Wally") roaming the gardens of the inn late at night. Others have felt a strange gust of wind inside the rooms despite the windows being shut.
If you plan to visit Savannah, Georgia — one of the most haunted cities in the United States — you can't miss seeing the historic inns and haunted hotels filled with Savannah's history (and resident ghosts!).
Many of these historic hotels and inns are popular spots on Savannah ghost tours, so you don't have to worry about booking a stay to become acquainted with these popular haunted hotels. Instead, book a beautiful (and less haunted!) vacation rental with South Key Management for a memorable stay in Savannah's Historic District. Browse our vacation rental properties to see which homes are available for your upcoming visit.
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