4 Top-Rated Inns in Savannah’s Historic District

Savannah is known as the birthplace of Georgia, and one of its biggest draws is the city’s rich history. British Gen. James E. Oglethorpe founded the town in 1733, the ambiance in Savannah still recalls that simpler time. This is especially true of the downtown Historic District, which is replete with 18th and 19th century architecture. In fact, many of the places to stay in Savannah, Ga., are located within this district and retain the unique charm of colonial days. During your next visit, check out one of these top-rated Historic District bed and breakfasts:

The Galloway House Apartment & Breakfast

Savannah, Georgia

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This bed and breakfast was erected more than 100 years ago but was recently restored by the current innkeepers. It comprises a main and carriage house containing three one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom apartment. Each comes with king- or queen-size beds and 600-thread Egyptian cotton sheets. Every morning, guests enjoy tasty breakfasts featuring Arabica coffee, granola, yogurt and bagels. But one of the inn’s biggest highlights is that its canine-friendly - all dogs big and small are welcome.

While The Galloway House Apartment & Breakfast is located on a quiet corner of the Historic District away from the downtown bustle, you still have easy access to all the Savannah hotspots. There are a wide variety of boutique shops to peruse as well as old theaters and museums like the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and Davenport House Museum. If you want a guided journey through the area, sign up for a trek with the Historic Savannah Carriage Tours or Old Town Trolley Tours.

Ballastone Inn

Savannah, Georgia

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For a stay at one of Savannah’s most romantic bed and breakfasts, book a room at the Ballastone Inn. You can cozy up in one of the mansion’s 16 guest rooms, such as the Victoria and Gazebo suites, many with furnishings and decor reminiscent of the Victorian era. The inn serves up delicious, hearty continental breakfasts with fresh bread, grits and orange ricotta pancakes. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel bar, sprawling courtyard garden and high tea service.

The inn is not only popular for luxury service, but also has a prime location. Located smack in the center of the Historic District, Ballastone Inn is near top downtown eateries, shops and attractions. Take a walk to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum or take an architectural tour to discover the Victorian and Greek Revival styles of the 19th century. And remember to take notice of the Ballastone Inn’s mansion from the 1800s - it was recognized by the National Trust and the Historic Savannah Foundation.

The Hamilton-Turner Inn

Savannah, Georgia

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When you arrive at the Hamilton-Turner Inn, located in the Lafayette Square neighborhood, you’ll find blooming magnolias and old oak trees. It was erected in the late 1800s for Savannah alderman Samuel Pugh Hamilton. The inn was the first home in the city to have electricity and once served as a residence for nurses at the Marine Hospital. It was even saved from demolition by the Historic Savannah Foundation in the 1960s. Now, it’s run by welcoming hosts Charlie and Sue Strickland, who will show you to one of the 17 rooms and suites of this park-side mansion.

This inn offers a uniquely friendly environment. Visitors gather in the beautiful dining room each morning for a savory breakfast and in the parlor in the evening for a nightcap. There are also complimentary afternoon refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, not to mention tasty sweets left at your bedside each night.

The Olde Savannah Inn

Savannah, Georgia

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Located in the heart of the Historic District, The Olde Savannah Inn is a five-bedroom brownstone built in 1877 with a distinctive French Renaissance allure. Indoors, you’ll find grand ballroom chandeliers and pave mirrors. Each room has its own theme. The Bon Vivant, for example, is a delightful garden room with handcrafted furnishings and pink walls that opens out to a private courtyard with a tranquil fountain. For the ultimate old Savannah experience, stay in the Renaissance Room, which gives you a stunning view of one of the Historic District’s oldest roads, Gaston Street.

Dont miss homemade desserts and gourmet four-course breakfasts that Innkeeper, Kathleen, will prepare for you. The smells of apple-wood bacon and smoked sausage will draw you to the candle-lit dining room where you will enjoy specialties like the creme brulee French toast, eggs Benedict and almond blueberry pancakes.