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“Perfect getaway - perfect staff”
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Ballastone Inn
Ranked #9 of 113 Hotels in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect getaway - perfect staff”
Reviewed February 12, 2006

We just returned from a great weekend at the Ballastone Inn and I don't know how one could not be impressed with the inn itself and especially the staff. We have stayed at several 4-5 star hotels but have never encountered a group of people who really do care if your stay is enjoyable and do whatever they can to make sure that it is. An umbrella offered on a rainy day; reservations at a local hot spot an hour after our last minute request, all delivered with a casual but professional demeanor that puts you instantly at ease.
We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed December 6, 2005

In the heart of historic Savannah, the Ballastone Inn is a comfortable and historic Inn that we enjoyed from the very moment we arrived. We parked on Friday afternoon and didn't get in our car until the Sunday night we left.

Our room featured antiques, holiday decorations, an amazing curtained king-sized bed, and very unique comforts. The Inn itself is something to see- when you stay there, they encourage you to visit any rooms with their door open, so we were able to tour the historic Inn and its vast antique collection.

The chef's choice was the option we both went with for breakfast, and it was great food. French toast was served on Saturday and Eggs Benedict was on Sunday. Really made starting the day nice. We walked everywhere after enjoying the delicious breakfast. They also have a full bar and tea/snack time in the afternoon..

They have a nice common area where we met some fellow guests as well as the owners- all of which made us feel very welcome. Very nice hospitality- and a lot cozier and private than staying at a Ritz or Westin.
The staff is so nice- the chef even came out to visit with us and make sure we felt at home.

We will be going back there soon- a nice escape and sooo relaxing. The nicest Inn I've stayed in, and I have stayed at well over a dozen.

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8 Thank JoePea
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Reviewed November 30, 2005

We spent three superb nights at Ballastone. Everything was
spectacular - the ambiance, the staff, the warm and inviting
rooms, the food, right down to the last moment of departure
we were treated like royalty.

If you are a Porsche enthusiast,let Jim know; he "loves"
sharing his adventures with his Boxster S.

We certainly plan another trip to Savannah in the Spring
and will be staying at Ballastone!

Curt and Teresa

  • Stayed November 2005
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2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2005

Very disappointed with our stay at this Inn. Bathrooms are small and dark and in need of repair. Bedroom area seemed nice until we found an article of clothing not belonging to either of us. Breakfast was cold and small portions considering the other Inn's we have stayed in. For the money I spent to stay at this Inn, I feel that these conditions were inexcusable. Too many Inn's in this area to pay outrageous price for substandard conditions.

  • Stayed October 2005, traveled on business
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SeeSavannah, Guest Relations Manager at Ballastone Inn, responded to this review, June 27, 2011
Regarding your 2005 visit. The Ballastone Inn was built in the 1830's and does have the characteristics of a building built during that time. We have done an excellent job of restoring and decorating the inn, while also maintaining the historic quality throughout, as do the other truly Historic Inns here in Savannah. Our breakfasts include Chefs Choice (a hot breakfast prepared to order), homemade granola, delicious oatmeal, toast, biscuits, breakfast breads, yogurt, juices, coffee, tea, and more. Our breakfast are very popular with our guests. We regret that you were unhappy with your 2005 experience and hope that you will give us the opportunity to serve you again.

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Reviewed October 12, 2005

This place is a gem! It might not have original paintings or antiques all over the walls but it is decorated extremely tastefully with replicas of period pieces. Wonderful staff, delicious breakfasts! The rooms are comfortable and clean. The location could not be better...one of the most beautiful strees in all of Savannah and located almost in the center of the historic district.

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Reviewed October 7, 2005

My sister and our spouces took my Mom and Dad to Savannah for my Mom's 80th Birthday. The stay at Ballastone was perfect for the family. The facility is, of course extremely attractive and well appointed. The rooms are big and comfortable, but the greatest part of the Ballastone was the service. From the owner, with whom I enjoyed many discussions, to the local students who work in the Inn, all were pleasant, helpful and enjoyable to talk with. The food was excellent with great service. I know that the cost is somewhat high, but we thought it was well worth it.

  • Stayed September 2005
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2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed September 10, 2005

I stayed at the Ballastone for a quick weekend retreat. The hotel itself is beautiful and I liked the way my room looked. The bathroom however was not a clean as it could have been. I had a room at street level which was a mistake. The noises from the street and from people walking upstairs seemed to go on all night long. The breakfast was a joke. 5-star hotels give you bigger portions. The food was cold and the english muffin that -what was supossed to be - eggs benedict was served on was hard as a rock. The eggs benedict looked like a smashed up hard boiled egg. For the price -- I definitely feel I got ripped off. There are plenty of other, nicer, places to stay at in Savannah.

  • Stayed February 2005
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SeeSavannah, Guest Relations Manager at Ballastone Inn, responded to this review, June 27, 2011
Regarding your February 2005 visit: Having a guest dissatisfied for any reason is not acceptable if it can be prevented. The Ballastone Inn’s staff and owners take a lot of pride in providing the best in guest experiences. We apologize that your experience at The Ballastone Inn in February 2005 was such a difficult one. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to serve you again.

Thank you,

Ballastone Inn
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Property: Ballastone Inn
Address: 14 E Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401-3707
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Savannah
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 113 Hotels in Savannah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ballastone Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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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