My mother and I rented a room at 17th St. Inn (herein "Inn") with the expectation of staying in a Bed & Breakfast. I have stayed in B&Bs across the country and have wonderful memories of all of my vacations. This was NOT a B&B. We drove for several hours from Tennessee and arrived at 5:30 (within the 3-6 pm check-in window). There was no one at the Inn. Our key was taped to the door of the office with a note that we were in room 8. After rounding the building several times in search of "Room 8", I ventured up a narrow staircase to an unmarked door. In it and down a short hallway was our room.
There was only street parking and it was all metered. Not to worry! There was a parking pass taped to a piece of wood for us to display in the window of our car. Unfortunately, it expired in July of 2006. When I called the owner of the Inn because I was concerned about getting a parking citation, I was told to just use the expired pass anyway and if I received a ticket she would pay it. What?! I'm supposed to trust someone that I've never met to pay a ticket on MY car?
Shortly after my first conversation with the owner (who never told me her name) I had to make a second. We had accidentally locked our key in the room when we went to the car to get our luggage. She seemed extremely annoyed and several times stated that the door didn't just lock by itself. After several long periods of silence, she agreed to send somene to unlock our door. All of this was still before the 6 pm deadline for checking in.
Upon returning from dinner, we found there were no lights anywhere in the back of the Inn. We climbed the staircase in complete darkness and struggled to get the keys into both doors leading to our room. Fortunately, the housekeeper was able to remedy the light situation for us the next day.
Breakfast was motel-quality: old croissants, old fruit, boxes of Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, and such. I expected much more from an establishment that adverstises itself as a B&B. We ended up skipping breakfast after the first morning.
The Inn is near the beach and the few restaurants on the island, so that was nice. The room was tolerable, though we could hear anything anyone said outside at night. We never saw the innkeeper. The housekeeper, the only member of the staff we had any contact with, was very pleasant. After our first evening on Tybee Island, we spent the remainder of our days in Savannah. I originally thought this place was a great deal for the price, but I was SO wrong. I will not be staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Unique Inn at the BeachProviding you a beautiful and relaxing vacation at the beach! Come and enjoy Tybee Island by the Sea at the 17th Street Inn. It’s beautiful and relaxing ! The Inn welcomes each guest with traditional Southern hospitality and creates a relaxing beach atmosphere.The 17th Street Inn is a unique Inn at the Beach, 1/2 block from the ocean and 20 minutes from Historic Downtown Savannah.The inn was built in 1920 during the big band and jazz era then completely renovated in 1996. Each of our 8 quarters has a private entrance, Kitchens and are casually decorated with queen iron beds and antique furnishings. Decks have covered arbors, swings and grills. Wi-fi in all rooms!We are located 2 blocks from the Tybee Pier, Tybee Marine Science Center, 1/2 block from the beach, walking Distance to restaurants and shopping on Tybrisa Street. ... more less
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