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
The Inn is beautiful inside. Staff are friendly and very helpful for suggestions to restaurants and sights to tour. Breakfast is large portions. We didn't use our car during our stay. Everything is within walking distance.
The Inn itself is gorgeous and historic, and we loved our four night stay. The location can't be beat; you're on Bay Street in a 5 minute walk. But what really sets it apart from other B&Bs is the staff. Derek, Jolly, Jackie, Monique and everyone else whom we encountered were over the top hospitable, even by the standards of the Hostess City. At one point we joked that maybe we were being mistaken for raters renewing the Inn's numerous five diamond status awards. Can't say enough about the hospitality here. I'd say it felt like we were family, but I certainly don't get this kind of pampering when I visit back home. All of the extras such as the delicious (and filling -- we never ate lunch during our stay in Savannah) breakfast, the tea hour, the hors d'oeuvres, and the port or sherry nightcap simply added to the value. This is now our place to stay in Savannah; we can't wait to come back.
The Ballastone Inn was amazing. The staff was excellent the rooms were beautiful. The breakfast was delicious and all the other treats they offered throughout the evening. The location was perfect and I short walking distance to River Street.
Thank you so much to Jolly, Derek, Denise, and Jackie for being so attentive to me during my stay-- I hope to come back in March and really appreciated the tea, savory, and evening liquors. I loved the deep blue breakfast room/parlor and its white roses. Note to Prospective Guests re "Scarlett's Retreat" room: Because the bed is below a large window that faced Oglethorpe Ave., Scarlett's Retreat is not a retreat sound-wise. That is no fault of the Inn, but despite being on the 3rd be prepared to deal with the traffic sounds of a major street. The presentation of the breakfast and the service was truly lovely. Thank you for such an enjoyable stay to break up the NH winter!
Our stay at the Ballastone was just what we needed to decompress before the holiday. The staff is always the friendliest and so attentive. I also have to remark that bed was super comfortable and sheets were notably soft. We are looking forward to returning soon, as we can't get enough of Savannah or The Ballastone Inn!