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Tybee Island Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   24 Van Horn Ave., Tybee Island, GA 31328   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Tybee Island B&B and Inns
Crandall, GA
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“TYBEE ISLAND TREASURES!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Last month we spent another 7 nights at Tybee Island Inn. This was our fifth stay in almost 3 years and it never gets old. we make reservations with Lloyd well in advance and it's as simple as sending an email. He replies with a confirmation and we're good to go. We always book the Flamingo Room because we travel with 4 tiny Chihuahuas and this is their only pet friendly room. The room is small, but fine for us. There is a narrow spiral staircase leading to the bathroom so be advised if you have a bad back or knees. Plus, this room has it's own private parking and entrance with a small porch and garden for the dogs to enjoy. They also include our dog's names on the welcome sign at the front door, which makes anyone travelling with their dogs feel welcome. This time, Lloyd called us on our way down to advise us that he wasn't going to be there to greet us when we arrived, but the new innkeeper, Gary would be.
First let me tell you that the inn is by far the prettiest place on the island. The gardens are covered by moss hanging from the huge oaks overhead, It's a cool spot on a warm day, quiet, peaceful and beautiful.
Now let me tell you about Gary. We were travelling with our older, ailing Chihuahua, Blossom. We arrived on Saturday afternoon. Before breakfast the next morning, my husband went upstairs to ask Gary for a raw egg for Blossom. He was happy to whip one up for her and send it down with my husband. The next morning, I stepped out on the porch to go ask for another egg for her, and was so surprised to find a tray with a coffee pot, cups and an egg for Blossom sitting on the table outside our room! Not only were we surprised, it touched our hearts that we didn't have to ask, but Gary did this on his own. He did it every morning we were there!!! What a thoughtful, unselfish thing to do! We can't thank him enough for this. On another occasion when we thought we had locked our keys in the car, Gary was on the phone calling for help, but luckily we found the keys before his call was connected. Gary made it a point to visit with us, and our dogs and we enjoyed an afternoon in the gazebo with his Mother and Father who was visiting at the time. Gary is one of a kind and Tybee Island Inn is lucky to have him. Thank you Gary for all you did for us, and especially Blossom. Unfortunately Blossom passed away one week after we arrived home, so our next visit will be bittersweet, but we will be back. The hospitality here is beyond compare. Visiting Tybee Island Inn is like visiting with family. We worry about nothing when we're here. There cannot be another staff like Lloyd, Gary and Julie anywhere.
Gary and Julie's breakfasts were delicious and we enjoyed them in the dining room or on the sun porch each morning. There was usually so much of it, I couldn't finish my plate. The afternoon snacks were just as delicious.
Beach Tip: If you're travelling with your dogs, they are not allowed on Tybee Island Beach. But you can take a scenic 45 minute drive over to Hilton Head, SC and take your dogs to Folly Field Beach or another dog friendly beach there.
Restaurant Tip: We have eaten at almost every establishment on Tybee, but on this vacation we are recommending, MacElwee's, Coco's Sunset Grill, Marlin Monroe's (see my reviews for each) and Bernie's Oyster House near the pier. If you are going toward Savannah, try Troy Mediterranean on Wilmington Island. All these restaurants had great food and exceptional service so we can't recommend just one. You'll have to try them all and judge for yourself but the Bloody Marys are the best at Coco's and the steamed crab legs and shrimp are the best at MacElwee's.
Lloyd, Gary and Julie go above and beyond for us, so there is no reason to stay anywhere else. Thank you so much for all you do for us. We'll see you again in a few months.

Room Tip: Flamingo is the only pet friendly room. Plus it's on the back side of the house so it is quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by the friendliest innkeeper and a promise of a wonderful time and great breakfasts. Within 300 yds of the beach. Fabulous location in a neighborhood not on a main road. The grounds are beautiful and several degrees cooler beneath the flora and fauna. Would definitely come back.

Room Tip: I stayed in the sea cabin room. It is along the side of the house and the bedroom, sitting room and...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Tybee Island is incredible and the Tybee Island Inn is an even better way to experience it! The Inn Keeper, is an incredibly friendly and helpful individual and not to forget an outstanding chef. The Flamingo Room was just what my wife and I needed, it had an outside patio with two rocking chairs and a huge porch swing. We spent a lot of time either just relaxing in that patio area or on the beach, which is just a very short walk away! If you have never experienced Tybee Island, you are missing out!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Crossville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

My wife and I chose a short visit to Tybee Island and Savannah to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, and, although the weather didn't cooperate, we had a wonderful time. After passing through the lovely front courtyard, we were welcomed to our room and given a short tour of the commons area, where the most delightful peach cobbler and ice cream were waiting for us. We made ourselves at home in the Mermaid Room which was tastefully decorated with that very theme in mind. We then took a three-minute walk down a lovely paved street to the boardwalk which led us to the beach. The blue "beach carpet" was rolled out to greet us and the little wooden two-person swing invited us to sit for a few minutes and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. Fortunately, the rain stopped just long enough for us to savor these beach moments. We loved having a newly-added bathroom all to ourselves, and we had a very comfortable night's rest. We awoke to the smell of fresh coffee and applewood bacon cooking in the kitchen. When we sat down to breakfast with the other guests, we felt so at ease. Breakfast included bananas foster French toast with a mixed berry compote, applewood bacon, mixed citrus juice, and all the fresh coffee you could ever want. It was delicious! The historic building turned B & B added to the ambiance. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Room Tip: The Mermaid room was close to the commons area, but we were never disturbed. The bathroom was spaci...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Our family was greeted warmly by the owner and innkeeper, given a thorough tour, and shown to our room. The Lighthouse room was comfortable, clean, and wonderfully private with it's own balcony overlooking the lovely garden and long-range view of the lighthouse. The neighborhood is nice and quiet since the property is surrounded by elder care facilities. It's also within walking distance of the beach and a few restaurants. The inn furnishes the rooms with good sized flat-screen HD TVs powered by plenty of channels, as well as house-wide wireless internet. The breakfasts are scrumptious and plentiful—fruit or oatmeal starters followed by breakfast-style or french toast casseroles. Guests are invited to help themselves to a variety of drinks in the pantry, and wonderful baked items are made fresh daily for an evening snack. The innkeepers showed sincere efforts to make everyone feel special, and we would love to return on future trips to Tybee.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Covington, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Our stay last weekend at Tybee Inn was a nice one! Conveniently located to " the strip" and many restaurants, it was especially nice for a short walk to the lighthouse and the beach bar across the street. The Dolphin Room upstairs had a quaint balcony where we had a late night stargazing event complete with our wine and cheese that we had packed. The amazing 200 year old oaks sprawling the yard in greeting are actually works of art. You can sit in the gazebo and watch squirrels traverse the branches and cross the whole property without coming down. But the best part I saved for last--GARY, who greets you, cooks a delicious breakfast (even dresses in his chef's attire to cook and serve you), and is about the friendliest concierge you will ever find. I won't even go into those desserts he leaves in the break room each afternoon--the pecan pie brownies were to die for! Close to a beachwalk if you enjoy a nice, breezy walk or a little time in the beach swing there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

The rooms were beautiful, but nothing compared to looking out over the beaches. The grounds were kept up beautifully, the boardwalk was perfect for a short walk. I would definitely recommend this place I you are ever in the area. The staff was always smiling and prompt with any requests made of them. I hope to return this summer!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 24 Van Horn Ave., Tybee Island, GA 31328
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Tybee Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Tybee Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tybee Island Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Twenty minutes from Savannah, a several minute stroll from the beach and two blocks from the Tybee lighthouse, Tybee Island Inn captures the beach casual essence of Tybee with style. Sleep Your Seashore Fantasy in king and queen guest rooms inspired by the sea- Mermaid, Dolphin, Lighthouse, Sea Captain, Savannah Beach and Coast Bird with private baths, air conditioning and cable TV. Other amenities include private decks, gardens, gazebo and hot tub. ... more   less 
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