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“Columbia Square Inn” 5 of 5 stars
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125 Habersham St., Savannah, GA 31401 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #27 of 39 Savannah B&B and Inns
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“Columbia Square Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2005

When my husband and I went to Sultry, Steamy Savannah in July our friends thought we were crazy. Yes it was 95 degress in the shade; yes you could cut the humidity with a knife; and we loved every minute of it. First, we were fortunate enough to find the Columbia Square Inn run by Barbara and Royce Fricks. This is the perfect B&B in Savanah. Located on quiet, historic Columbia Square, Barbara and Royce have created a lovely environment for guests. It was nice to have a light, continental breakfast because we had room for buffet lunches and wonderful dinners at the many terrific Savanah restaurants. And our hosts were full of recommendations that met our specific interests and style. Did I mention we were just a few blocks stroll to the River with all it's shopping and sight seeing? In fact, we were within walking distance of just about everything! I can't imagine staying anywhere else during our next trip to Savannah. and we will be going back! so much history still to see and so much good food left to eat! and we will stay at the Columbia Square Inn!

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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2005

The location, the inn, and innkeepers make it worth coming back to.

In Savannah, with a very large historic district, location is KEY. This Inn in a prime location. It faces Columbia Square, which is 2 squares in from the river, beside Keyhoe Inn and the 1790 House, and near Firefly Cafe and the Colonial Cemetary. On a morning walk we made it to Forsyth Park, but I would not want to stay near there and have to walk back from shopping at the City Market or River Street, whereas this inn is convenient to both. The only time we got in our car was to go to Tybee Island.

Do not let the stark exterior deceive you, the inn is a home built in the 1840s and is beautiful inside. It was restored in the early 1990s, and they've lived in it since then. You feel like you're in a dream - you hear church bells ringing throughout the day, and horse carriages trotting by around the square. Instead of being overly frilly, lacy, and crafty, it looks like a proper house museum inside, the living room could nearly have had a velvet rope across in for you to peer over at the beautiful floors and choice period furnishings.. the cabinet housing the tv blends right in. It's not uncomfortable though, it is still Barbara and Royce's home - I sat and chatted with them one afternoon and they are a very sweet, hospitable, and traditional Savannah couple who know everything about everybody, and personally have known people out of "The Book". If you haven't - you have to check out the book or at least the movie version of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you go - at the beginning of the movie there's even a shot of the inn across the square! If you need an innkeeper that gives you daily direction and makes dinner reservations for you, this may not be the best place for you, instead I felt like we were staying with an aunt or other family member - comfortable to talk to, and not always in your face. You turn down your own bed, close your own curtains (which weren't heavy so you may need an eye cover), and there is no key lock on your room - so you can only lock it when you're in it (freaked me out at first, but I soon got over it).

Their website is not extensive, so let me explain that there are 3 rooms, on the top two floors of the 4 story building from street level - so be prepared to carry your luggage up at least 2 full flights of stairs. The innkeeper's son has the apartment on the street level. The First Floor has the foyer, living, dining, kitchen, and back porch. The Second Floor has 2 rooms, one facing the square - which looks like your extensive front yard if you don't remember there is a street dividing you from it under the canopy of the trees, and one with an extra bedroom facing the 1790 House behind, with a private porch. The Third Floor has an extra room that they don't always choose to rent out, and their quarters.

My only hesitation to stay there again is the fact that I do like a hot, full breakfast at a BnB. The price was right though - anywhere else that wasn't booked was over $20 more per day, so we figured we'd take a chance on the limited breakfast, and if we wanted more, we'd go to the Firefly Cafe. You have a breakfast table set with linens and china in your room, and fresh fruit on it. Your fridge is fully stocked with LOADS of bottled water, sodas, muffins, milk, yogurts, and orange juice. By the microwave there is cereal and tea bags. You have coffee supplies and coffeemaker as well.

The location, the inn, and innkeepers make it worth coming back to.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2004

Had the distinct pleasure of staying at the Columbia Square Inn hosted by the most charming, Barbara Wall and her family. The rooms are wonderfully decorated and the continental plus breakfast is enough for the entire day. The best part is staying with our family members in this beutifully restored historic home with comfortable beds, sitting areas and a private veranda. Husband, Mom, sister and I enjoyed the stay tremendously and would definitely recommend others to do so. Walk to the riverfront and enjoy the park in front of the door. Mystery and charm all in one.

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Address: 125 Habersham St., Savannah, GA 31401
Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Savannah > Downtown
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Ranked #27 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Savannah
Number of rooms: 5

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