The Best Hotels to Book on and Near Tybee Island, Georgia
Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere and sandy beaches with a stay at one of the best hotels on Tybee Island, Georgia | © Jon Bilous / Alamy Stock Photo
Fringed by white-sand beaches and clear waters, Tybee Island is a stunning spot less than 30 minutes from Savannah. Historians believe the name of the island derives from the Native American Euchee Indian word for “salt,” which was one of many natural resources found in the area. Today, visitors from Savannah and beyond flock to Tybee to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, beach activities and delicious seafood. If you’re looking for a place to stay, here are the best hotels on and near Tybee Island, all bookable with Culture Trip.
The Georgianne Inn & Suites, for family vacations on Tybee
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Occupying a historic Tybee raised cottage originally built in 1910, the Georgianne Inn & Suites evokes a palpable sense of island nostalgia with its picket-fence-white lattice work, curtained second-story balcony and colorful clapboard siding. The historic inn’s six suites (and two studios) are on the simpler side, but multiple bedrooms are a wonderful family option just three homes back from the beach – downtown Tybee and its pretty pier are less than 10 minutes on foot. The heated pool ain’t so shabby, either.
Jack's Treehouse, for a secluded woodland escape on Tybee
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If you’re looking for a true taste of Tybee Island life, this two-bedroom, two-bath self-catering accommodation tucked into the trees mid-island offers a cozy retreat that epitomizes the laid-back coastal culture for which the island is known. Though just 1,000ft (365m) from Tybee Island Beach, a cabin-in-the-woods feel thrives at Jack’s Tybee Treehouse, offering up to six guests the best of both worlds. Hardwoods abound, most notably on the spacious second-floor balcony, a perfect perch for ogling vivid sunrises, phenomenal birdwatching and lazing about after a day on the sands.
Surf Song Bed & Breakfast, for uniquely styled, beachside rooms
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Being a 120-year-old Victorian vacation home just 300ft (100m) from Tybee Island’s North Beach, it’s not hard to imagine the foregone days of Savannah’s wealthy elite retreating to the summer sands at Surf Song, which was established way back in the Endicott Period after the Civil War. The inn’s five unique guest rooms reflect this bygone era, with canopy beds, antique wardrobes, vintage bathtubs and other old-fashioned accents. But there’s perhaps nothing more Southern than planting yourself on the wraparound porch – coffee in hand – watching the sunrise over the Atlantic.
Planters Inn, for old-world Savannah charm
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On beautiful Reynolds Square in historic Savannah, Planters Inn sits in one of the city’s best locations for the money, a mere few blocks from the river and a straight shot 18mi (30km) or so east to Tybee Island. A renowned mid-range choice, rooms in this historic home are teeming with old touches such as four-poster beds, upholstered furnishings and floor-to-ceiling floral drapes. It doesn’t feel modern, and that’s OK – neither does Savannah.
Mansion on Forsyth Park, for spa-like soaking tubs in Savannah
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Considered the belle of the Savannah accommodations ball, the Mansion on Forsyth Park overlooks the city’s most storied green space and isn’t the kind of spot to which you’ll want to drag in sand from your beach excursion to Tybee. Wipe your feet at the door of this luxury option, where old-world charm and modern Southern accents meet. Luxury bed linens, marble-appointed bathrooms and spa-like soaking tubs highlight the historic guest rooms here – perfect for sinking away into the night after a day in the sun.
East Bay Inn, for an old-meets-new vibe in Savannah
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From its position on Bay Street in historic Savannah, the East Bay Inn is conveniently positioned for an island escape – a quick jaunt east puts you right on the Island Expressway to Tybee. Built in 1852, these historic sleeps are a block from the Savannah River as well, giving guests the best of both the river and the seaside. Cozy rooms mix elements such as modern exposed brick, antique furnishings, contemporary sofas and small private outdoor patios that span a bridge between classic Southern hospitality and fashionable present-day touches.
DeSoto Beach Hotel, for instant beach access
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Lap up prime ocean views from this laid-back Tybee Island hotel that overlooks Tybee’s golden sands. This property prides itself on having one of the best locations on the island when it comes to beach access. Accommodations-wise, the rooms are well-appointed, with wood headboards and earthy tones creating a cozy ambience. A good alternative to being in the ocean, there’s a photogenic outdoor pool framed by palm trees and ringed with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
Admiral's Inn on Tybee Island, for a super-central Tybee location
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Steer your way over to the Admiral’s Inn for a comfortable night’s stay and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the action. This hotel – emblazoned with a ship’s wheel above the entrance portico – is set amid shops and restaurants just a block away from the beach. Everything is decked out in crisp whites, from the lobby to the generously proportioned guest rooms and bathrooms. If you’re traveling by car, there is free parking; other amenities include free breakfast, a small gym and an outdoor pool.
Kehoe House, Historic Inns of Savannah Collection, for a stay in historical Savannah
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Step back in time at this picture-perfect, red-brick property. Although this hotel isn’t on Tybee Island, it’s around a 30-minute drive away and a fantastic place to use as a base. The historic 19th-century home features 13 individually decorated guest rooms that look like something out of a period drama, complete with antique-style furnishings, shimmering chandeliers and polished wood floors. Wake up to delicious made-to-order breakfasts, which can be enjoyed on your veranda or in the parlor. Other treats include afternoon wine and nibbles, and homemade cookies come bedtime.
DeSoto Beach Gardens, for self-caterers
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Green-fingered travelers will feel right at home at this quaint property, which offers three garden suites. The traditional ocean-facing apartments, framed by manicured borders and palms, can sleep up to four people. All three units feature bright and fresh interiors; perks include full kitchens, lounge areas, laundry facilities and sun-drenched private patios.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Sadie Whitelocks.
These recommendations were updated on February 2, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.