In researching for our first trip to Savannah, I read the reviews and I could not decide easily on a hotel. In the end the hotel's website won me over. While not as good as depicted on the web, what leads us to rate the hotel as less than the top is primarily NOISE. Not noise in the hotel, but from the street. I booked a larger more expensive room which happened to face VERY busy Ogelthorpe Ave., one of the city's main streets. Even with ear plugs and sleep aids, neither my wife or I got a good night's sleep on our two night stay. I thought the buses were coming right through the room. Be careful on room selection.
Now the hotel, or rather B&B. That is important. A real B&B and all that goes with that. Do not expect hotel service. Very little staff on hand, maybe two and they are busy. Expect SlowVannah in action. So gear down and relax. Enjoy friendly service from college kids working their way through school in a wonderfully appointed period B&B. The owner was never in sight, which tends to be the case in most B&B situations. Part of the "charm" of a B&B is having the owner/operator involved. What Paul Dean did for Southern food, Ballastone did for B&B's in Savannah.They both created a market. The difference is Paula invested and went full tourist mode and Ballastone stood still. Much of standing still is good, but other hotels and B&B's have come on and while there we looked at those and feel they have put themselves ahead. Despite the noise, the location is terrific. You can walk to most sights, and the river attractions. Rare on site parking, no valet though. Food is plentiful, but average at best. The place grows on you after a while, but for the price you would expect more and you can get it at other hotels. Bathrooms are small and in need of redoing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to a romantic bed and breakfast in Savannah GA steps to everything in the center of the Historic District. Our Savannah GA B&B features delectable breakfasts every morning, high tea on sterling silver every afternoon, and evening hors d'oeuvres with drinks at the elegant antique bar. Our 4 Diamond Savannah bed and breakfast is dedicated to gracious southern service with top rate 24-hour concierge. Romantic suites, free off-street parking and a private elevator rival the offerings of other Savannah luxury hotels! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ballastone Hotel Savannah