Can you imagine my surprise the first time I strolled past 17hundred90 Inn and Restaurant in Savannah? I was an impressionable youngster at the time and was on a ghost tour with my family when I noticed the shadowy figure of a lady looking down at me from a window above the hotel’s entrance. I instantly froze in place, and at that exact moment I knew it must be one of the most haunted hotels in Savannah!
As it turns out, that shadowy figure was a doll placed in the window by cheeky hotel staff to draw attention to the inn — but it sure left a lasting impression in my mind.
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17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant History
17Hundred90 Inn began as three separate residences back in the early 1800s. The first structure was destroyed by the great fire of 1820 that burned more than 450 homes and businesses in Savannah. It was a devastating event that left many homeless and caused neighboring Southern states to flood donations into the city.
Some remnants of that original structure still remain today, including the brick and slate floors in the restaurant’s main dining area.
The Main Inn was originally a duplex that was built between 1821 and 1823. You can see the beams from what used to be the back porch of the duplex when you’re standing at the front check-in area. Another residence was added in 1888 to expand the Main Inn.
Currently the Main Inn consists of 14 unique rooms, but there are also three guest houses.
- Guest House 1 has the most incredible painted ceilings! Room 302 is my favorite, although the decor is very Victorian. (It fits!)
- Guest House 2 still has the beautiful original wood floors and one or two of the rooms have exposed brick walls. My favorite is Room 306. It has a king-sized bed, a tub AND a shower, and it includes a pretty fireplace. I also like room 305.
- Guest House 3 has exposed beams and exposed brick walls, both of which I always love. I think Room 315 is probably my favorite because of the fireplace.
The entrance above shows the main inn, while the building on the far right with the blue door is one of the guest houses.
17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant | 307 E President Street, Savannah, GA 31401
So…is the 17Hundred90 Inn Haunted?
There are two (or three, depending on the source) ghosts that are said to roam the grounds. Two are friendly and the other — not so much.
The friendliest ghost is named Thaddeus, and he supposedly leaves pennies lying around in the restaurant and tavern for guests to pick up. I like any ghost who’ll pay me to be his friend!
The not-so-friendly ghost isn’t quite as welcoming. No one knows the name of this spirit, but legend has it he was a Voodoo practitioner who used to be the head cook. Employees working alone in the kitchen have reported hearing sounds like keys jingling and pots banging together. They’ve reportedly even had spice jars thrown at them!
But the most famous spirit of all is the ghost of Anna…
17Hundred90 Inn Room 204
Anna is said to haunt Room 204, and her tale is a sad one. There are multiple versions of it, but the general consensus is that she fell in love with a sailor while she was promised to another man. The sailor headed out for sea, and she was apparently so brokenhearted that she took her own life by leaping to her death.
Nothing hurts the heart like unrequited love, right? I feel your pain, Ghost Anna!
Now, I’ve been to the 17Hundred90 Inn many times, and I don’t see how a leap from the third story there could actually kill anyone since. (Technically, Room 204 is on the 3rd floor.) However, we’re talking about a different period in time when healthcare wasn’t very advanced. So…who knows? I guess anything’s possible.
Miley Cyrus stayed in Room 204 while filming The Last Song on Tybee Island, and she believed she received a visit from Anna. She posted a photo of her boot with a small handprint on it and claimed Anna left the mark.
Ghost Anna has been known to move guest’s belongings and tug on their bed covers. Then again, there are some guests who haven’t experienced any ghostly encounters at all…so maybe she only comes out to play when she’s in the right mood?
As always, if you’ve stayed there and have anything to report back, let me know in the comments below!
Related Reading: The 11 Most Haunted Places in Savannah, Georgia
17Hundred90 Inn Savannah Reviews
One of the best things about staying at 17Hundred90 is how walkable the city is from its location. It’s on the northeast side of the Historic District, so you’ll be in a quiet, residential area, but you’ll still have easy access to Savannah’s restaurants and landmarks.
Here’s how close you’ll be to some areas of interest in Savannah…
River Street: You can walk to River Street in less than 10 minutes
City Market: Walk there in 10 minutes at a leisurely pace
Forsyth Park: It would take about 15 minutes to walk there
Nearby Restaurants: The Pirates’ House, The Olde Pink House, The Collins Quarter, and Leopold’s Ice Cream
Nearby Landmarks: Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters, Davenport House, and Colonial Park Cemetery
Staying at the inn also truly feels like stepping back in time. The narrow hallways, creaky floors, Victorian furnishings, and old fireplaces really are a blast from the past. If you love history and hauntings, then this is a hotel to consider.
The restaurant on the bottom floor of the inn is one of the areas that feels the most historic to me. I love the low ceiling with its exposed wood beams and the dark red brick floors and antique chandeliers. It feels like such a cozy spot!
Insider Tip: Neither the main inn nor the guest houses are particularly soundproof, so keep that in mind. If you need to sleep in absolute silence, you should opt for a newer hotel!
Overall, the inn isn’t one of my favorite places to stay in Savannah. While I love its location on the quiet and residential east side of the Historic District, the hotel itself is in need of some updates.
Head to my Best Accommodations in Savannah page to see a list of my favorite hotels and B&Bs (and learn why I like them!) or do a search below to see what’s available.
If you’re staying at the 17Hundred90 and don’t feel like going out one night, the inn’s own restaurant is a popular spot to grab a bite to eat. The menu has a wide range of choices, so there should be something to suit everyone’s needs.
Like a true Southern establishment, they bring out fresh biscuits and honey butter before your meal. That in itself should be enough to make you want to reserve a table! Popular meals include the Filet or New York Strip, Shrimp Scampi, and Boursin Chicken.
Attached to the restaurant is a quaint little bar that’s popular with visitors and locals. (That’s how you know it’s a good spot, right?) If you’re looking to have a drink in a quiet pub-like atmosphere and relax after a day of sightseeing, 17Hundred90’s bar makes an ideal place. It reminds me of an old episode of Cheers.
Insider Tip: Most of the ghost tours and haunted pub tours stop by the inn on a nightly basis. Expect to run into large crowds outside.
Overall, I love this quaint little hotel for its history and for the haunted factor, but I think other hotels in the area do haunted + history better. The Marshall House is a good example.
More Helpful Savannah Resources
If you’re planning a trip to Savannah and need help, I have tons of resources. Here are a few to get you started…
- Savannah First-Timer’s Guide – My helpful ebook is all you need to plan your trip to Savannah! It’ll help you decide how to best divvy up your time. It includes helpful checklists and a map of the Historic District, plus tons of photos.
- The Best Tours in Savannah – I’ve rounded up a list of tours that you can count on every time. My favorites are the food tours!
- Savannah FTG Private Facebook Group – Meet other travelers who love Savannah, pick my brain about your upcoming trip, and see the daily photos I post when I’m out and about in the city.
- Savannah FTG Free Resources Library – Join my email list to get random updates about Savannah and the password to my free resources library, which includes a printable checklist of 25+ of the most haunted spots in the city!
Related Reading: Is The Marshall House in Savannah Really Haunted?
So…is the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant haunted? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below — especially if you’ve had a strange experience there.
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