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
My wife and I spent three evenings at the Ballastone Inn. Everything was excellent. Clean rooms, friendly service and amazing chefs for the breakfast and afternoon tea time! The proximity to everything in Savannah was excellent as we walked everywhere. Would highly recommend!
This is a wonderful place to stay in the historic district of Savannah. The location is convenient and the facility quite elegant. The staff is friendly and helpful, even arranging dinner reservations before our arrival. Our room was spacious enough and breakfast was marvelous. High tea hit the spot. All in all, our stay was everything we had hoped for during vacation.
We made reservations months ago, picked out a room for convenience and every time I spoke with the Ballastone, I notified them that my husband was a disabled with a large professionally trained service dog (mobility). He is a hypoallergenic, super obedient sheep dog (Briard).
The Ballastone gave us a handicapped parking spot in the rear of the building. Two women assisted us with luggage, and showed us to our room. We paid on average $400/night for our room. The hotel left a framed letter on our fireplace requesting we leave gratuities at the end of our stay so the entire staff could share the bounty. I've NEVER been asked to additionally compensate the staff in any other high priced boutique hotel.
Previous to our arrival, I asked to hotel to book us a city tour to include the Bonaventure Cemetery. I was expecting a professional tour guide; instead a member of the hotel staff gave us a 2 hour tour, somewhat later than expected because he had car trouble. Wanting our tour, we offered our car, and my husband drove while the hotel staffer narrated. What the staffer knew about Savannah was well done. I give him credit there. He complimented us several times on how well behaved our service dog was. However, he asked to leave us early as another couple from the hotel had subsequently requested a private tour the following day but were afraid it would rain, and he wanted to accommodate them as well. So, we accommodated them, too. We released to tour guide and headed out to lunch.
Upon returning from lunch, we were met by hotel staff and Jennifer, the owner, who complained that our service dog was a nuisance. She gave us a letter stating that some of their guests were complaining that our "service dog was off leash". This was blatantly false as Farley (our service dog) is never off leash and always under control. She also stated in her letter that guests were complaining that our dog was too large. However, since he performs a mobility service, his size is appropriate (which we had made sure the staff new on our multiple calls to the hotel). One woman was given an upgraded room because she complained of "being very allergic to dogs and hair". Again, when we booked the room and in subsequent conversations, we informed the Ballastone that our dog is hypoallergenic.
She further stated in her letter we could not enjoy the common areas of the hotel (Living Room, Dining Room, Bar) but could stay in our room or use the outdoor courtyard. Therefore, we stopped partaking of the Ballastone's breakfasts and teas as we were made to feel unwelcome. We ate at a cafe next door where there was less space was even more of an issue but they had no problem with us whatsoever.
Jennifer's letter ended our stay. We cannot abide a hotel who charges us a high price, asks for tips, then complains to us and tells us we cannot have full use of the facilities. We notified the Ballastone we were going to leave the next day because of the above. When I reviewed the bill the following morning after the car was packed, they added our cancelled day to our hotel charge. Again, it was our fault that they couldn't book the room. So, Jennifer writes a letter telling us that we're a nuisance, then charges us when we leave. Beware of this place! There is only one thing they want from you: you're money!
Unfortunately for us, and all disabled people, in isolating us from full use of the facilities because of our service dog, Jennifer has violated the American Disability Act of 1990. The Ballastone will be reported to national authorities who may require monetary damages and penalties.
Enjoyed being near the garden. We participated in every offering from high tea to evening after dinner glass of port and sherry. The whole experience was joyful and romantic. Definitely we will return to this delightful experience.
This is an old antique B&B but has lots of character. It is in the Historic District. Stayed in The Mary Musgrove Room which was very clean and bed was so comfortable. Only complaint was that if you stay here you have to be prepared to park on the street because the parking in the back is for Handicapped People only. They have High Tea at 4:00 and Brandy & Sherry at 6:00 but if you don’t like these 2 drinks then you pay for wine or beer. You can buy tickets for the City Trolley from this B&B which takes you around the city while giving you the history of this beautiful city.