Savannah and the Gastonian were perfect for the first reunion weekend of three high school friends after many years. We hope this is the standard for future trips. Every review mentions the staff, and their friendliness and helpfulness is also at the top of our list. James, Mario and Lakeshia invited us into "their" kitchen to sit at one of the small tables set up there, and visiting with them while eating their wonderful breakfasts was the perfect way to start our day. And the food just kept coming; hors d'ouvers at 4:30 and dessert at 8 were too good to pass up. We walked our feet off for three days, and it was very relaxing to meet and talk with other guests before dinner each night. We reserved both a double double and a queen, which was good because the claw-foot tub was too high for an older person (me) to climb into, so we all used the walk-in shower in the double-double. It was 90 each day, so those showers were important. Garden between the two buildings was lovely.
The location was accessible to the historic district and Forsyth Park, so we took a food tour and a separate personal tour related to the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" which really made the book/movie come alive in the context of the real Savannah of those times. the guide clarified what was true and fiction, and many of the participants in the real story are still alive today.
We ate at Crystal Beer Parlor (where the locals go), Olde Pink House and at North Beach Bar and Grille on Tybee Island next to the lighthouse (also a local hangout). All were excellent. We thought the Pink House was "overhyped", but good food and great service. As native southerners who have eaten in historic homes before, it was not something new. We really prefer to avoid the tourist spots.
A terrific trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering a classic, elegant residential atmoshpere and unsurpassed service. Private gardens, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary wine and hors'doeuvres reception in the early evening, and complimentary homemade desserts and cordials at night. Other amenities included in your rate are free parking, free wifi and complimentary turndown service. AAA 4-Diamond Award winner and a Diamond Collection Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gastonian Hotel Savannah