We have stayed in a good number of flashy hotels with all the things inherent in those chrome and glass edifices. What we were looking for in a 7 day sojourn through Charleston and Savannah, was something more like the flavor and spirit of these old cities. Eliza Thompson House...researched and selected online, was not a disappointment. Driving in from Charleston, a GPS was really handy to find this place as the streets are a bit much in this old part of Savannah. Jones street has some beautiful houses...and this was an old one and nice.
Our rooms were small as we selected the lower end of the offerings, but had all the essentials for a good night's rest including free WiFi that worked well. The additional things certainly made small, old rooms very acceptable. The breakfast was great....varied every morning somewhat with the usual grits but other dishes changing. Breakfast at 0800, but coffee was there by 0700 every morning for help waking up. At about 5:00 p.m.....the upper lobby had red and white wine (Australian when we were there and very reasonable wine for the occasion) always served with some hot appetizer and cheese plate. Very nice. There was a large book and basket of menus pretty much detailing the menus of all the better restaurants in the area.
The staff was attentive and friendly...giving good advice when asked. After the evening was over....you could sample some type of cake and cookies with coffee. Very nice touch and I am sure used by many. Our aim on this trip was to eat in some good restaurants and do some walking...so with the exception of breakfast and a complimentary newspaper...we did not partake of the afternoon cocktail hour or desserts...but checked them out daily when we could.
This site on Jones street is very accessible to the river and all the squares. It is quiet, A/C worked well and very secure with exterior locking gates. Once again...the bed and breakfast connotations of this facility really shined with great breakfast....nice courtyard to enjoy that in and the afternoon and evening desserts. Top drawer in that regard. Rates...for our smaller and old rooms, were exceptionally reasonable and as we found....only about $30 more per night than a cookie cutter Holiday Inn Express at Covington, Ga. on the route to Charleston. Great value, historical Inn and a very pleasant stay with a great staff. I would highly recommend The Eliza Thompson House. Brandon was our incoming host and a great first impression that we never had to change.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Eliza Thompson House is an exquisite 1847 bed and breakfast inn located on beautiful Jones Street. Recommended by Conde Nast Johansens and known for superior service, this inn is private, peaceful, and just a short walk from Savannah's most-loved historic attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eliza Thompson House Hotel Savannah