What We Love
- An award-winning Historic District B&B in an 1830s mansion, with a suite option and moreStaying at a hotel that’s been Andrew Harper recommended since 1983 – among tons of other awards
- Sleeping in an individually themed and decorated room or suite with sumptuous fabrics and artwork
- Kicking off each day in the Historic District with a complimentary breakfast, among other daily perks
What To Know
- Limited parking spots available
- The inn is decorated with Victorian-era furnishings
- There's daily high tea and finger sandwiches in the parlor
- Free WiFi
Savannah’s one of those cities that you visit to keep a low profile or maybe disappear for a bit, and in that way, Ballastone Inn is a bit of an anomaly. This beautiful hotel couldn’t be less of a stranger to the spotlight, boasting four diamonds from AAA, a Departures mention as a local hotspot, a Good Morning America profile and commemorative plaques from the Historic Savannah Foundation and National Trust. It’s also top hotel on TripAdvisor, where it also holds a Certificate of Excellence, and was one of just six getaways profiled by Turner South. And yes, it’s been recommended by Andrew Harper – every year since 1983.
But in all other ways, the 1830s mansion blends in perfectly with its setting, famed for its old-fashioned southern hospitality. Rooms and suites are individually decorated with sumptuous fabrics and named with titles like Mulberry Tulip or Scarborough Fair, and an exclusive bar and private courtyard are yours to enjoy. Full Southern breakfast and a sumptuous afternoon silver-antique tea service are both included, as are C. Kay Cumming chocolates – to make your stay that much sweeter. So, in fact, Ballastone captures the very essence of Savannah. But if you’d like to see the rest, the Historic District is right out your door.
Rooms and suites
All rooms and suites at Ballastone Inn are individually themed and named, but in keeping with the award-winning hotel’s sumptuous take on hospitality, each is beautifully appointed. Expect designer fabrics, possibly including Scalamandre wallcoverings, and a palette of rich, warm local-inspired hues. Thoughtful additions like 800-thread-count sheets and a rubber ducky round off the array of luxury touches you’ll find.Grand King rooms offer more square footage than the Deluxe King rooms. Premium Queen Retreat rooms are larger still and offer a Jacuzzi bath and a separate shower, while the even-more-spacious Luxury suites come with a cozy sitting area and a fireplace.
Situated within the country’s largest National Historic Landmark District, in the oldest city in Georgia, Ballastone Inn places you steps from Savannah’s gardens, churches, museums, restaurants and shops. Georgian architecture, cobblestone streets and large oaks offer a picturesque scene at every turn. For a scenic stroll, take to the walking paths of Forsyth Park, alongside the famous fountain. When the weather is nice, you can also drive over to Tybee Island and befriend some seagulls, or settle into the sands with a good book (may we suggest Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?).
How to Get There
Introduction. My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the Ballastone Inn in October, 2019. First of all, let me say that we just read a negative Trip Advisor review that was written about the same time period that we stayed. We experienced absolutely none of the observations of the writer and highly recommend this beautiful property and its accommodations.
Location. The Ballastone Inn IS right in the middle of the Historic District. You couldn’t find closer accommodations. There is no need to take a bus to or drive to see the historic district as it is literally steps outside the Ballastone’s front door. Don’t let those beautiful stairs to the front door deter you if you are an accessible traveler as there is a back door with just a couple stairs and an elevator to all floors.
Accommodations. We stayed in the Mulberry Tulip Room which was a surprisingly bright corner room with windows not always present in a home built in 1828. We had the opportunity to peek into several other rooms noting that they each offered everything and more than their website photographs and descriptions depict. Each room was clean, warm, comfortable and inviting.
Dining Room/Bar. The dining room and bar are stunningly decorated and appointed with tables intimately spaced in nooks and corners. Antique dishes, antique photographs and newspapers are tactfully framed and displayed throughout. Breakfast comes and goes much too fast and the temptation is to linger and enjoy these warm an inviting rooms.
Staff. The location, beauty and exquisite architecture are surpassed only by the amazing staff and especially the Operations Manager Derek Llamas. We frequently stay in Five Star properties and often note that customer service appears to be a lost art and wonder where it has gone. We now know the answer—it all went straight to the Ballastone Inn and has reappeared in Derek Llamas. Derek knows, understands and exhibits truly exceptional customer service. College educated, architecturally knowledgeable, charming and funny, Derek IS the Ballastone Inn.
We highly recommend the Ballastone Inn.
It is a wonderful building situated in the middle of it all. Forysth park is a few blocks south and the city market and river st is a few blocks north. On the corner next to the inn is collins qtr which was great for drinks late in the evening and sitting outside. Such a beautiful area with a number of great 'squares' to relax in. We had the China Trade room which is one of their larger rooms and was extraordinary. We loved our time there and the well prepared breakfasts each morning. The best part of the experience? The staff. Derek was the principal individual we dealt with daily and he epitomizes what hospitality should be all about. After our trip as we traveled home I was mentioning maybe another place i would like to try when back in savannah. Her direct words were "they wouldn't have Derek". :) that about sums it up. Tremendous Inn with great character and the staff was top notch. We will be back.
This place is a very well located and well decorated. We had a king size bedroom on the first floor. It was beautiful and the bed was very comfortable but the room had a strong smell of mold. So we asked for a room change, they gave me a queen size bedroom (since they told me that they didn’t have any king until the following day). That was ok, the mold smell gives me bad headache. The following day finally got my king bed (the Mary Mangrove). It was nice and beautiful. Very noisy but comfortable. After packing and unpacking and carrying my luggage for the third time, they told me that they won’t charge me extra. Ugh? ????. Really? I was expecting the opposite or at least an apology. After I try to reach the manager or the owner and they sent me a cheap bottle of merlot but never called me or email me back. Very disappointed. And for sure we are not coming back.