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?).
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It was that time again to spend a few days at my favorite place to relax and feel pampered! I never tire of this gorgeous Inn, but I have to admit that Christmas time is extra special here with everything decorated sooooo beautifully! Talk about putting you in the mood for the holidays. And of course, no matter what I am doing I make a point to be back in the afternoon for the Ballastone's high tea each afternoon. So many delicious goodies, excellent tea, and of course, the silver tea service which really makes it an extra special treat. Definitely come to Savannah to enjoy the beautiful city, but also enjoy one of the best Inns that Savannah has to offer. You will enjoy every moment!
This is not my first review of the Ballastone Inn and probably won’t be my last. Almost fifteen years ago, I chose the Inn because of its location within the Historic District, close to the river, yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle. As a single traveler, I was looking for a place where I would feel comfortable and safe, and did they ever deliver. Despite staff changes over the years, the level of service has remained at the highest level without being cloying. As time has gone by, I have come to the realization that, with all that Savannah has to offer, I now come not to visit the city, but to come back to my Southern home away from home.
Visited the Ballastone Inn for High Tea (put on everyday at 4pm) and had a lovely time. Great tea selection, delightful treats and the most beautiful holiday decor I have ever seen! Can't wait to stay for a few nights, it is simply a stunning historic Inn in Savannah.
Our December anniversary stay at The Ballastone Inn was magnificent! We have fallen in love with this romantic majestic inn. The holiday decor is festive and tastefully place throughout the Inn! The superb staff and service made this truly the most wonderful time of the year! Afternoon tea was divine! We will return soon! Thanks Ballastone for making our stay wonderful!
Incredible. Like staying in an Inn a century ago except with all the up-to-date features. The room was classically appointed with antique furniture and a large sleigh bed. I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially the seated breakfast with fresh fruit, eggs, grits, bacon, marmalade and toast. Even the coffee was better than most. Such a wonderful anniversary getaway.