We stayed in the Bellevue Room at the Olde Savannah Inn for two nights on our "Last Hurrah" trip to Savannah (our final trip as a couple before our baby is born). The Bellevue Room is a quaint street-level room with a flat-screen tv and full cable. It has TWO showers, 800 thread-count sheets, a fireplace (:~), and an assortment of fine shower products and Savannah-specific arts-and-lifestyles periodicals that clued us in to the goings on of this vestige of southern heritage.
For those of you afraid of ghosts, don't worry. There may be one here, but it is a wimp since we didn't see her or hear her.
Immediately upon arriving, we delighted in home-made cookies and bottled water. Then Kathleen, the Innkeeper, housekeeper, proprietor, and chef (originally from Boston, now a full-blooded Savannahian minus the Dixieland accent), showed us the rest of the inn. While the Bellevue Room was all we needed, we were tempted to upgrade to the resplendent Versailles Suite, which featured three bathtubs and copious amounts of sunlight streaming through enormous windows that spanned the entire width of the townhome. While this room was already booked for both nights, we realized that if we had been willing to spend a little more per night, we would have been ushered into this heavenly hidewaway.
Always eager to demonstrate Southern hospitality, Kathleen had arranged for Yellow Cab to pick us up. Our driver stood at the bottom of the escalator at SAV airport and held a sign that said our last name. This made the whole operation a breeze.
Kathleen was also helpful enough to recommend eating establishments for our dinners AND make reservations for us (Firefly Cafe, and Vic's on the River). We left our lunch schedules open, but after we arrived at the inn and took the tour, we were starving, so Kathleen said "You're hungry? Oh, you HAVE to go to Mrs. Wilkes!" Boy, did she know our tastes! Sure enough, Mrs. Wilkes was the greatest Southern dining experience we had ever had: 22 sides and fried chicken for lunch. Amazingly good!
Kathleen and Olde Savannah Inn was also responsible for the great Old Savannah Tour we had. We bought the tickets for the trolley AT the Olde Savannah Inn, and the trolley picked us up a mere two blocks away! Unpretentious yet highly insightful, this tour was heads and tails above any of the bloviating tours that we caught wind of as we walked the streets.
Since this was our babymoon, we had to take it easy and sit down and chill a lot. We sat on the porch and in the living room while Kathleen served us her signature iced tea and red wine. Kathleen chatted with us as we unwound from our dreadful northern winter.
And now, the greatest part of all... the breakfasts. While Kathleen said she normally serves breakfast at 9am, she did serve our breakfast at 8:45 a.m after our second night because we had an early flight. This accommodation was very welcome.
THE FOOD WAS TO DIE FOR! Fresh vanilla-bean ice cream on apple-stuffed pancakes! Fresh assorted fruit! Individual French-press coffee! Maple sausage patties! Bacon! On the second morning, Kathleen made cheese grits and Belgian waffles that were truly gourmet in character! Filling, well-balanced, and scrumptious, these breakfasts provided fuel for hearty morning walks and a time to commune with the other guests and the ever-bacon-watchful Dakota, the Olde Savannah Inn mascot.
I've been to the riverfront in Savannah. Rather than staying down there with the tourist shops and Tony Roma's foot traffic, we had a taste of how old Savannah lived by staying in the Historic District. The Olde Savannah Inn is not only a place where guests enjoy friendly staff (say "hi y'all" to Patrick and Miss Carolyn), gourmet home-cooked, unique, never-repeated breakfasts, and authentic, charming atmosphere, but it is also a place that can aptly launch you into a Savannah visit the way it was meant to be--- or at least the way YOU want it to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Justineinn, previously the Olde Savannah Inn, is a five bedroom exquisite privately owned refurbished inn elegantly designed in 2006 in French Renaissance. This is a rare inn with its extraordinary uniqueness and caters to the highest level of detail. This inn is a must see. ... more less
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