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“Superbly Run Motel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Thunderbird Inn

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The Thunderbird Inn
Ranked #37 of 113 Hotels in Savannah
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westernville, ny
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Superbly Run Motel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2007

The Thunderbird Inn has no swimming pool and has no restaurant. There
is no exercise room. Complimentary breakfast consists of coffee, orange juice and a danish and/or muffin.

There is free parking for a motel on the edge of the grand Savannah historic area.

Given all that, we were very pleased with a motel where every little thing actually worked. Maintenance has to be superb.

The mattress on the bed is of supreme importance to my wife who suffers from an old whiplash injury. The mattress on Thunderbird's beds were noted by many other travelers and one reason we chose this motel.

The mattress was nevertheless a surprise.

It was a firm mattress with very soft padding much the same as one that we paid a premium price for on our own bed at home.

We were very pleased by everything about this motel.

Best, Terry

  • Liked — Premium mattress, superb maintenance, accommodating staff
  • Disliked — No auxiliary facilities except high speed internet access.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank terryhallinan
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Indianapolis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2007

For the price we paid ($89 with AAA discount), we were very pleased with the Thunderbird Inn. Don't kid yourself - it's definitely a motor inn, but when faced with the alternative of paying $200 a night for a three star place or $300 for a four star, I'd take the Thunderbird anyday. It is very easy walking distance to anywhere you'd want to go. We never walked more than 20 minutes to get anywhere in historic downtown. And we never felt unsafe. The rooms weren't as "cool" as the photos make them look, but they were fine and didn't feel dirty at all. As long as you're not expecting a fancy room in a luxurious atmosphere, the Thunderbird will do.

  • Liked — price
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank indygirl3
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mobile, al
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2007

It was a fiasco.... We went for a wedding, they lost half of the reservations, put people in wrong rooms b/c they didn't compare the paperwork to driver liscense (they didn't even ask for ID). Overcharged us all. Double billed many of us. I reserved a Queen, and they said that i called and changed to a full, I never did such. Did i mentioned they double billed people. They would charge the room to the card that you reserved it on as WELL AS the card you swiped, two different accounts, and two charges. They crossed up everyone's info. And yeah, their wifi doesn' t work.

I will never stay there again, they can't even correct their own mistakes.

Horrible, horrible, Horrible!!!!!!

  • Liked — nothing, but Savannah is nice
  • Disliked — staff
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank enanop
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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2007

A few girlfriends and I went to Savannah in September for a long weekend and this was the cheapest place to stay at the time. On the website the rooms looked adorable, and the price (compared to everything else) was right.

Upon arrival the hotel outside looks old (One of my friends was dissapointed but come on, unless you want to spend 300 a night for a weekend stay, get over it!) the hotel itself is across the street from a bus depot. We parked and checked in, and some old guys at the bus depot walked across the street and asked us if we were traveling, and if we wanted to hang out...Haha! They weren't threatening...just weird! Ok so that freaked me out a little.

The inside of the rooms are cute, really 50's style. The beds were super comfortable and the room was clean. We were in walking distance to a lot of places and even took a nice walk to River Street where all the fun is.

All in all this is an ok place to stay if you're on a budget and aren't planning a long stay.

  • Liked — Inside of the rooms were cute, good value.
  • Disliked — Bus depot across the street.
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank xoannamariaox
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Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2007

This place advertised having internet in the rooms and ours did not work. We counted on having this access during our stay and they did not seem to care. By the way the front desk guy blew me off when we checked out, I seriously doubt it will be fixed.

Also, I heard good reviews about the great beds, but we must have gotten the wrong room because our beddding and sheets were stained as well as the floor.

Overall this hotel was ok if you have a tight budget, but make sure your internet works if it's important to you. And don't count on any refund if it doesn't. If they would have taken care of me I may not have written this review. False advertising and poor customer service is bad business.

  • Liked — location for the price
  • Disliked — service, cleanliness
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank illsunlvr
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New Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2007

Went down to Savannah in late February for 4 days. Reservations went smooth, however, when we entered the room, it smelled like an ashtray even though the room was non-smoking. I asked for another room but they were sold out that night. They offered to change our room for the next two nights of our stay. So the front desk gave us an air iodizer, which really did not do anything. The next day, the room was pretty much aired out. Continental breakfast was awful! OJ and a donut? It seemed like they went to the nearest gas station store and bought stuff there. I will say that the beds were very comfortable and yes Oglethorpe Ave is very loud but if you turn on the AC, it drowns it out. Water pressure in shower was great too and being 6 feet tall, the high showerhead was a plus. I don't think I would stay here again because it was $134 a night when other people were getting it for $88 which ticked me off. I think I might splurge and stay somewhere else next time.

Stayed February 2007
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atlanta
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70 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2007

In a city of very overpriced hotels even in midwinter, the wonderfully oldstlye Thunderbird Motel offered a taste of '50s Americana at a relatively affordable price. Under new ownership we gather and conveniently close to the riverside attractions. Refurbished rooms were great and offered fridge, iron, coffee and a fine bed and bathroom. Now for the "but"...which may have something to do with the proximity of the Greyhouse bus depot. My travelling companion in an adjoining room was woken by two or three 3 a.m. calls on the room phone and finally a man knocking on her door asking for a "lady" by name. Now the desk staff were ful of apologies and did some financial adjustments along with assurances that their rooms were too expensive for the local ladies of the night. But it was a bit of a questionmark over oldstyle direct access from the parking lot motel rooms. Pity, because the rooms really were nice as were the staff.

  • Liked — Nicely updated clean rooms at a good price
  • Disliked — Stray midnight knockers on the door
  • Stayed March 2007
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank larach
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Property: The Thunderbird Inn
Address: 611 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401-2305
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Savannah > Yamacraw Village
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#4 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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