This was my very first visit to Savannah and I decided to make it the best possible. Some experiences just cannot be short-changed and I'm happy I chose the Hamilton-Turner Inn for my stay. In spite of traveling solo, I chose the large and incredibly beautiful James Oglethorpe Suite overlooking Lafayette Square's beautiful magnolias and live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. It was absolutely the perfect choice. I had already been driving for a few days visiting family in NYC and Raleigh Durham and I was ready to relax. The staff greeted me warmly and got me situated in my room and the first night I just stayed in and put my feet up with a good book as I nibbled on the excellent toffee - a gift from the inn - and caught up on my e-mail with the free wi-fi. I've stayed in a lot of bed and breakfasts and the Hamilton-Turner is right up there with the best on the comfort level. My room was well appointed with a comfy bed, sofa, chairs, writing desk, chest and more. If it had been cooler I would've loved to have a fire in the fire place. The bathroom was generously sized with a whirlpool tub and double sink vanity. The provided toiletries are by Gilchrist and Soames and were heavenly. The towels super thick and soft. A bathrobe was also provided. One small problem - the water, though I had it turned on for an eternity, never was quite warm enough to enjoy a soak in the evenings. And showering was a hasty affair due to the tepidness of the water. I meant to mention that to the desk and completely forgot so obviously it wasn't a horrible issue for me. Having lived in Africa, I am used to tepid showers but Savannah is not Africa. When my bed was turned down for the night, a cello bag of cookies was left on the pillow. I love those special touches. Breakfast was good but limited to one dish - no choices. I've stayed at B&Bs that have more variety but I enjoyed the offerings just the same. Fresh fruit including berries would have made a huge difference in my overall impression. I was a bit surprised by the canned fruit cocktail. And I had just the vaguest feeling that my English muffin the first morning and my croissant on the second morning had been warmed in a microwave or kept in an oven to warm since they had a somewhat chewy texture. Still, it was a good breakfast and it was nice not to have to go in search of a diner. Tea and lemonade with a cookie or pastry are offered in the afternoons and I enjoyed mine in the inn garden the first afternoon. In the evenings wine is served with an appetizer of some sort like warmed brie. The inn is in a great location and as I'm a walker it was centrally located enough for me to walk just about everywhere. I chose to take a trolley tour first just to get oriented to Savannah and the Hamilton-Turner staff printed out a ticket for me for Old Savannah Tours and called a free shuttle to transport me to the trolley terminal so I could experience the trip from Stop 1 to 16. But if you prefer, you can get the hop-on and hop-off ticket and start your journey right around the corner from the inn. The inn was so centrally located that I stopped in two or three times during the day as I explored the city to change to lighter clothes or freshen up or grab a snack. Each time I was greeted by the staff and asked if there was anything they could get for me. I found them quite attentive and friendly. I want to note that the Hamilton-Turner keeps the entry locked at all times and the guests are given a key for access. This meant a great deal to me as it kept the inn from being a tourist attraction as well as comfortably private. I noted a great number of people trying the front door so I'm sure if it was left unlocked they would all be wandering about and that would detract a great deal from the ambience. However, I was slightly embarrassed when I arrived to check-in and wrangled with the door handle for several seconds. By the time I discovered the buzzer, one of the staff came to let me in. Chagrin. If you are planning a stay please note that there are steep steps going up to the front entry and once you are in, there are even steeper stairs going up to the rooms. I don't mind stairs in the least but was thinking if I'd had my parents with me, they would have had to sleep in the parlour. The cancellation policy is incredibly strict and right up until my stay I kept worrying that something would prevent me from getting to Savannah like snowy weather and that I would lose my money. Very glad that didn't happen but be aware of their policies prior to booking. Parking is only available on the street and some spaces are metered. I was fortunate to find a free spot a couple of blocks away and then was able to move my car much closer the next morning which made me feel a bit more secure as it was loaded with things for my home in Florida. Overall it was a very nice experience and would have garnered five stars had the water been toasty and the fruit fresh. I'm a bit spoiled and expect absolute perfection and the Hamilton-Turner came very close. I would happily return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Southern hospitality at the elegant Hamilton-Turner Inn on beautiful Lafayette Square in the center of Savannah's historic district. The Inn has 17 guestrooms and suites. Some accommodations offer romantic fireplaces, and spectacular views of the park. Each day enjoy these complimentary culinary services: full gourmet southern breakfast, sweets in the afternoon, evening wine and hors d'oeuvres, late evening port, and bedtime sweet with turndown service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hamilton Turner Hotel Savannah