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The Dresser Palmer House

211 East Gaston Street , Savannah, 31401 USA (Show map)

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A beautiful 19th Century Italianate Mansion which offers gracious Southern Hospitality to travelers with selective taste. Included in the rate is our complimentary full gourmet Southern breakfast, an evening social with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine, followed by a full cash bar and convenient free off street parking.

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Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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Beautiful house, but garden area needs some attention

3.0 on June 30, 2015

This beautiful home is in the middle of Savannah's Historic District and only one short block from gorgeous Forsythe Park. The inside of the main common areas are beautiful and well-maintained. Breakfast was served each morning. It was not made to order but the meals were delicious and I noticed that special requests by other guests were honored and some sort of nice replacement was made. Breakfast ran late one morning which put us behind our schedule for the day. Wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres were served at 5:00 and were delicious but we came down at 5:10 one day and there was nothing left but a few crackers. Another day we waited until 5:15 but they weren't ready and we had to leave in order to attend a show. A business person owns this B&B as well as several other properties in the area, so it doesn't have the same feel as one that is run by the actual owners. In particular, the courtyard area in the back could benefit from some maintenance. I understand that part of the ambience is a natural flow of vines and flowers, but there are a few neglected areas that could be easily and cost-effectively remedied. The view from the front porch is beautiful, but some of the chairs can't be utilized and are in need of replacement. The hanging baskets on the porch are in dire need of care; some big, healthy ferns would take that porch from eh to ooh-la-la. I mention this due to the fact that the DPH is advertised and priced as a high-end B&B. Overall, it was a very pleasant stay and the young people who work there are very nice and helpful. Only one person is there at a time and they do everything - checking in and out, breakfast, afternoon wine and snacks, taking care of visitor questions and requests, which is why a few things ran late. The inside of the house and our room was very clean and well-maintained. The bathroom in our room was very nice and recently renovated with a claw-foot tub and separate, large shower.


Most memorable vacation

5 on May 18, 2015

Absolutely adored the southern hospitality & feel at the Dresser Palmer House! We stayed in the Wisteria room which was more secluded and had 2 private entrances off of the house which was nice if returning late! Breakfast was to die for! My fiance has a peanut allergy and they made sure to ask of any allergies, restrictions, and even your dislikes to prepare! Loved more of the at-home feel with being at a bed and breakfast that only had a handful of guests vs a busy hotel! The staff was phenomenal when my fiance and I got engaged on vacation and even left a bottle of champagne with glasses & a congratulatory note in the room for us! Never wanted to leave!!!


Relaxing Vacation

5 on May 16, 2015

We were delighted with our choice of The Dresser Palmer House. While there for 5 nights we met wonderful people during the evening wine social and the delicious morning breakfasts. The staff was excellent and friendly. The front porch was relaxing after a day of walking the historical areas. The décor was antique lovely and the bathrooms were modern and updated. We would love to return some day.


The Dresser Palmer House didn't disappoint

4.2 on April 22, 2015

The Dresser Palmer House did not disappoint! My room was beautiful with a very comfy four post bed, antique furnishings, and a spacious veranda. The staff was easily approachable and always very helpful. I loved the nightly happy hour meet and greet. Colin makes a delicious breakfast every morning to start your day! The staff was very helpful with suggestions of local attractions for a first time visitor to Savannah. I look forward to visiting again soon!


Lovely Stay

4.8 on April 13, 2015

We had two very comfortable nights at the Dresser Palmer House. There was some confusion when we checked in but the staff were very accommodating and helpful and the situation was solved quickly. The room itself was comfortable with ample space and amenities. The breakfasts were hearty and "low country" and served nicely at communal tables. We enjoyed visiting with the other guests over breakfast as well as the wine hour in the evening. The staff gave us a wonderful recommendation for an arrchitectural walking tour and other suggestions to explore the city. The house was situated out of the bustle of downtown on a residential street so it was quiet and peaceful. The front porch was very inviting at all hours to just sit and relax. I would stay here again and recommend it to others.


Would do it again!

5 on January 01, 2015

Very happy with the experience. Recommended for couples.


Wonderful Stay

4.6 on December 16, 2014

We recently stayed here for 4 nights and had a delightful experience. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. We arrived late but Kolin left easy instructions to get into our room, the Johnny Mercer Suite. The room was amazing! It was spacious with lots of great amenities including a fireplace and access to our own veranda. Because this was our honeymoon, we were left with a chilled bottle of champagne. The common rooms in the hotel are lovely and you must use them. It was a great way to relax and get to know other guests. The wine and cheese/snacks every afternoon was great, with generous wine pours. This is also one of the few B and Bs with its own stocked bar. It is reasonably priced and accessible anytime based on the honour system. Breakfasts were excellent - among the best I have had at a B and B. Free Wifi is a bonus. The House is located in a lovely, residential section of Savannah with many beautiful homes and, of course, Forsyth Park nearby. We had no issues with walking downtown or to the river. In fact, we made a point of walking a different way as much as possible which allowed us to see the full beauty of this city. We highly recommend the Dresser Palmer House, and would love to return.


Savannah Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon

5 on November 15, 2014

We had a wonderful stay. The staff was very attentive, the breakfasts were great and the bed comfy. I especially appreciated Colin having breakfast ready at 5:00 AM for those guests running in the race that morning.


Relaxing Stay

3.8 on October 27, 2014

We enjoyed our stay as it was very relaxing, liked the neighborhood location, not in commercial area. Nice to have opportunity to experience ambiance of two different rooms. Our selected room was only available for 2 nights so B&B assign us different room for the first night. Very clean, bathrooms excellent, staff friendly. Only disappointment was the breakfast. Below standard from other B&B's we stayed in. Breakfast for us is a big part of staying at a B&B. All three days the breakfast was not hot and seemed to be pre-made and small portions. Wouldn't consider it gourmet and unfortunately made us feel like we didn't get the full value of staying at a B&B.


Great if you like Forsythe Park

3.6 on October 21, 2014

The Dresser-Palmer is a very historic mansion that has been nicely updated to modern amenities. It is very close to Forsythe park, which is very nice for walks or running or just hanging out. That means it is a bit of a hike from the river, if that is what you like. The breakfasts were nice but not outstanding. The staff is very nice and helpful. We had one of the less expensive rooms and it was nice, though it is entered from outside, which can be a problem in the rain. It is a little bare-bones compared to some of the other rooms but it is probably quieter than others. All-on-all a very nice stay.


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Rooms & Rates

The Johnny Mercer

Named for Savannah's own songwriter and singer, the Johnny Mercer suite is located on the second floor of the West wing. This room is the largest in the Inn with the king-sized bed tucked in a cozy alcove, leaving a large sitting room facing the working gas fireplace. The three tall "waltz out windows" lead you to your own private second floor balcony facing prestigious Gaston Street. The bathroom features a large walk in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $299 - $299

Nightly Rate: $299 - $299

The Henry Dresser

Named for the original owner of the West wing, the Henry Dresser room is located on the second floor of the West wing. This room features a king size bed, working gas fireplace and two tall "waltz out" windows to a very large, second floor, shared veranda facing the courtyard. The bathroom features a large walk in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

The Samuel Palmer

Named for the original owner of the East wing. This exquisite room features a king size four poster bed, working gas fireplace and two tall "waltz out" windows to your own private second floor verandah facing prestigious Gaston Street. Luxuriate in the six foot, two person, cast iron, claw foot soaking tub or enjoy the large walk in shower in the bathroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $299 - $299

Nightly Rate: $299 - $299

The Lady Astor

A "pretty woman with a dirty face" — this is how British Lady Nancy Astor described Savannah in 1946. Much has changed since then, and Lady Astor would be proud. This room is located on the second floor of the West wing with an entrance off the shared garden-side veranda. The room features a working gas fireplace, a 32" flat panel television, and a king-sized four-poster bed. The bathroom features a combination claw foot champagne bubble tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

The John Wesley

Named for John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement in Savannah, this room was the original grand parlor of the Henry Dresser side of the house. With 13 foot ceilings, original plaster medallion, and heart pine floors, this large room features a king-sized four-poster bed dripping with crocheted lace, and a working gas fireplace. The brand-new spa-like bathroom features a walk in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $299 - $299

Nightly Rate: $299 - $299

The Emma Kelly

Emma Kelly, also known as "The Lady of 6,000 Songs", was made famous in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". This room is located on the second floor of the East wing. With two entrances, one at the top of the main east stairs, the second off the large second floor shared verandah. The Emma Kelly room features a king-sized four-poster bed, a twin daybed, and a working gas fireplace. As you enter the bathroom there is a very large, two-person walk in shower with two opposing shower heads.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

The James Oglethorpe

Named for the original settler of Georgia, the James Edward Oglethorpe room is located on the second floor of the East wing. This room features a king size bed, working gas fireplace and two tall, "waltz out" windows to a very large, second floor, shared verandah facing the courtyard. The bathroom features a large walk in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

The Wisteria

Known as “the most romantic room in the Inn”, the Wisteria room is a very private room located on the basement level of the West wing. This room features two entrance doors - one door off the courtyard, and a very private entrance from Gaston Street. With brick floors and walls, and a gas burning fireplace, you're sure to feel that old-world charm. The king-sized bed is framed with four massive columns joined with wrought iron, and the headboard is padded, stitched leather. The oversized bathroom features a large walk in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

The Ralph Mark Gilbert

Named for the famed leader of Savannah's Civil Rights Movement, the Ralph Mark Gilbert room is located on the parlor level of the West wing with an entrance door off the courtyard. This room features two queen size beds and soaring ceilings. The bathroom features a very large, two-person walk in shower with opposing shower heads. This room is handicap accessible.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

The Mary Telfair

Named for Mary Telfair, who is famous in Savannah for willing her mansion to the Georgia Historic Society and is now known as the Telfair Museum. This large, parlor level room is located on the West wing of the Inn. As you walk through the entrance door, straight ahead is a desk facing out into one of Savannah's wonderful hidden gardens. To the left you enter into the guest room - which features a king-sized, four-poster bed and a working gas fireplace. The bright, sunny bathroom features a walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $219 - $219

Nightly Rate: $219 - $219

The Conrad Aiken

Named for Conrad Aiken, the American novelist and poet born in Savannah. This room is located on the second floor of the West wing with an entrance off the shared garden veranda. A corner room with lots of natural light, the room features a queen-sized, four-poster bed. The sunny bathroom features a combination claw foot, champagne bubble tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

The Flannery O'Conner

Named for Flannery O'Conner, a famous Southern writer born in Savannah. This room is located on the second floor of the East wing with an entrance off the shared garden-side veranda. A corner room with lots of natural light, the room features a queen-sized bed and faux fireplace. The sunny bathroom features a claw foot, cast iron soaking tub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

The Waving Girl

Named for Florence Martus, known in Savannah as the Waving Girl. This corner room located on the courtyard level has exposed brick walls and a queen-sized sleigh bed. The spacious bathroom features a walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

The Confederate Jasmine

The Confederate Jasmine room is a very private room located on the basement level of the East wing. This room features two entrance doors, one door off the courtyard and a very private entrance from Gaston Street. With brick floors and two queen-sized bed, comfort abounds. The new bathroom features a walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

Nightly Rate: $199 - $199

The Gardenia

Located on the basement level of the East wing, the Gardenia room has large windows that allow for a lot of natural light. The bedroom features a queen-sized bed with a new spa-like bath with walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $169

Nightly Rate: $169 - $169

The Azalea

Tucked into the basement level of the West wing, the cozy Azalea room has half windows that allow for natural light during the day. The bedroom features a queen-sized bed with a new spa-like bath with walk-in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

Queen Deluxe

Situated on three floors of this impressive mansion, our rooms are a step back in time with modern conveniences. All queen deluxe rooms feature a queen bed, gorgeous antiques, private spa-like baths and luxurious hotel linens. Included in your rate is a full Southern gourmet breakfast, evening social with hors d'oeuvres, WiFi and Free parking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Downtown, Urban

Airport

Savannah, GA (SAV) 15 miles

Directions to property:

I-16 to MLK Exit. Go straigt across and becomes West Gaston. Continue on for approximately 7 blocks, becomes East Gaston, Cross Abercorn and Dresser Palmer House 3rd house on right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, University

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Microwave, Parking, Piano, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Complimentary off street parking for all guests, Evening Social & Full Gourmet Southern Breakfast

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Antiquing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Alcohol Provided

Terms and Conditions

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Kolin Podell

Languages spoken

Southern, English

About the innkeepers

I'm a transplant from Indiana. I LOVE Savannah and all her charm. My favorite things to do out of the inn are to explore new restaurants, go anywhere on the water, and dive into fun new shops while walking through the squares.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30am & 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free, Vegan


Signature Dish

Peaches and Cream French Toast
Yummy seasonal peaches in a light caramel sauce over custard style baked French toast. Basically dessert for breakfast (but when you call it French Toast, it becomes breakfast)!


Details

211 East Gaston Street , Savannah, 31401 USA (Show map)

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