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
Our family decided to do a family gathering in Savannah and give the Ballastone Inn a try. My husband and I had been to Savannah before, staying at a different b&b and after this weekend will never return to the Ballastone and will go back to where we stayed before for better customer service, quality , value for our money and a lot less aggravation!
We bought a parking pass from the inn as they suggested to help save the guest money. Well that was not the case for us, as we ended up paying $54 to park 2 days on Savannah. They suggest parking on the street or in a garage. Well parking on the street is near impossible and someone that lives and works in Savannah should know that. After trying 5 different public parking garages, we found a spot. When back at the Ballastone we asked what would happen if no one was at the gate when leaving the garage and we had to use the machines. We were assured someone would be there. Lies!!! We picked up our car just before checkout time on a Sunday and no one was at the gate... so on top of the $24 we paid the ballastone for parking we had to pay $30 at the garage. When trying to dispute the charge at the ballastone we were told we needed to take it up with the city. When we got home, we called the city and were informed we parked in a private garage not a city garage. So the city was not paying us back and when we called and told the ballastone, they said they could not refund us either. Quick to take our money, but not a care for the guest to be out of money! The ballastone did not tell us their was certain garages we could or could not park in. We parked in a public garage which is where we thought we were supposed to park in. We don’t appreciate throwing away money, after spending $300 a night to stay at the Ballastone. The inn we stayed at before, staff were always visiable, always around to assist and even just greet guests, breakfast was outstanding, evening snacks, desserts and drinks were delicious and rooms were a great size and very clean. I can’t say the same the Ballastone. I realized a few days before by going online, the room we paid for and selected was available. Upon calling I was not told we were given a free upgrade, I was just told ok and everything is all set now. When we arrived we found all our family members were given a free upgrade, except us. If you are going to offer a free upgrade you should at least tell a guest when they call thinking they don’t even have a room to stay! The room... it was ok in size, smaller then we are used to for more money, noiser with our room facing the street and having cars and sirens going off at night, the bed you needed to use the step stool or high jump, the wi-fi never worked, the jet tub after waiting 30 min for it to fill up and the drain was not completely working. There was plenty of signs that’s said you can leave a tip on your final bill for all staff to enjoy. Gratuity is something the guests decides on not something that should be on several signs in and around your room. We love Savannah and had a wonderful weekend with family, it’s just too bad the Ballastone does not value their guests or their hard earned money! Come to Savannah...just not to the Ballastone!
Ballastone Inn was recommended to us by close friends and family members who have stayed there. We have gone to Savannah more times than I can count, and we had several well established favorites. Nevertheless, we took the recommendation and checked out Ballastone for the first time a few years ago. And we’ve been back a few more times since then.
The staff is the most friendly and helpful of everywhere we’ve stayed in Savannah. The Inn itself is wonderful with many good room choices. Breakfasts and high tea in the afternoon are really good and the chef does everything right for people with food allergies.
Ballastone Inn is our new favorite in Savannah and we will be back again soon!
The best part of this Inn is the location--in the heart of everything--but the actual accommodations are pedestrian. For close to $400/night, we got an average room and breakfast. In all fairness, most of the staff was friendly and professional, but the operations manager, Derek, was inefficient and rude (all the while, giving the impression that he is trying to be oh so accommodating). My biggest complaint is that I was on a business trip and needed a simple itemized receipt for my stay. I explained all of this to Derek in person, but when I asked for it as we were checking out, the employee said that Derek forgot to do it. She said he would be in the next day and that I should contact him. When I did, he said it was too complicated and that it would take too much “time and effort away from my duties caring for current guests". It has been over 2 months and I still haven’t received a receipt. We are talking about an email with an attachment (seriously!). The bottom line is that there are many places to stay in Savannah, and you can do much better and probably much more reasonably.
Simply put, this place is the coolest place to stay on the planet. From the steps up to the first floor to the ghost in our room, it is all just about perfect! Very high on the list is the staff. Everyone we ran into treated us like family and it was wonderful. The breakfast each morning was delicious and it was a treat to come back in the evening to snacks and Port. You really can't beat any of the individual rooms in this fine establishment. One more side benefit is that the Inn is an easy walk from the best to see in Savannah. You really can't get much better than here, room, staff and location, doesn't get any better here.
The staff was great, from the manager to the cleaning crew. Very friendly and accommodating. They handled everything you needed. Breakfast was always a treat prepared by the chef.
Each room is unique and wonderfully done.
A special treat was afternoon tea followed by evening hors d'ourves.