What We Love
- Daily rituals like free evening hors d’oeuvres and wine and dessert served in the parlor
- Fireplaces, balconies and claw foot tubs add to the romantic vibe
- The location, within strolling distance of the town’s famous squares
What To Know
- The hotel is adults only
- Pets are not allowed
- The communal, B&B style of the inn might not suit all travelers
- There’s parking onsite
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This elegant inn makes the most of its atmospheric setting, maintaining the look and feel of the historic 19th century mansions in which it’s housed. Suites feature Old World touches like cast iron beds, claw foot tubs and working fireplaces. Daily rituals include a huge breakfast (showcasing Southern flavors like apple smoked bacon and grits) plus an evening wine tasting with appetizers and dessert served in the parlor. The vibe is romantic, pitched at starry-eyed couples: although given the cozy, intimate nature of the inn, be prepared to mingle with other guests.
In the Area
Savannah’s compact downtown and leafy, dappled squares make it the perfect walking destination. Navigate the streets solo or opt for a guided tour with a local expert from Savannah Walks who will bring the town’s civil war history and prodigious ghost legends to life. Get even more deliciously spooked at the famous Bonaventure Cemetery, with its Southern Gothic atmosphere and the statue featured on the cover of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Afterwards, get your fill of Southern staples like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes at Alligator Soul–if you’re feeling brave, there’s even ‘gator on the menu.
How to Get There
My husband and I spent 3 nights at this wonderful Inn and we were totally surprised at the at home feeling that we received each day. From the time we pulled our car in to the loading of the car to go home we came in contact with only Smiles, Smiles and More Smiles. Chef James and Smiling Walter made us feel as if we were at grandmas house. Melody was such a pleasure to have a conversation with regarding the Inn and it's humble beginnings and activity suggestions. The food was Awesome and home made. You are allowed to choose your breakfast daily for the next morning and it is made to order for you. Try the biscuits, yum-yum. Oh yes, the cakes are homemade just to make you want to return very soon. For the price not only do you get the room, you receive breakfast, a snack and later that evening desert and drinks - well worth the price we paid. All of the staff deserve nothing less than 10's, they were all helpful and performed their duties with a smile, how refreshing. I plan to return next year.
My wife and I were married in the fountain area 11 yrs ago; this was out first trip back to the Gastonian. The aura, the staff and the food were marvelous. Just meeting and speaking with other guests is a real joy.
Alexis was wonderful as was Walter and the chefs. Don't miss this!!
Staff, service and food in this historic beautiful bnb were wonderful. Nice quiet location was great for us; may be too far from the river for some. Plumbing typical for an old house. We will look for an opportunity to visit again.
We had a terrific time at The Gastonian. We stayed in the room called Sheftall Sheftall. The king-size bed was very comfortable with a lot of pillows. The room temperature was perfect even though the outdoor temperatures were into the high 90's during our stay. Over all, the room was great and we would definitely stay there again and in the same room.
The food was excellent. Each morning Chef James and Chef Van prepared perfect eggs (omelettes to order!) along with various other delicious items and baked goods. DO NOT MISS THE HONEY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS! Each evening there was tea, wine and hor's deouvres, always outstanding and from 8 to 10 pm there was a fresh baked dessert waiting for your arrival back at the inn. Here is an insider hint for you. There is a table for 4 set up in the kitchen. At least one morning treat yourself to having your breakfast in the kitchen so you can interact with James and Van, They were happy to share their secrets to their wonderful southern style and were just enjoyable to share time with.
Which brings me to the highlight of our stay at The Gastonian. The Staff! From the Inn Keeper to the bellman, each of them shared a smile and a kind word on every passing. In the evening our concierge, Alexis, lightened our hearts with her energy and her smile. Alexis gave us some great dinner recommendations and made the reservations for us as well. Mr. Walter, the bellman, was terrific and helpful beyond any standard. Chef James and Chef Van were great and we enjoyed learning about how they learned to cook from "their mama's." We will miss our new friends at The Gastonian. We are hopeful to be back again.
My wife and I were in the lobby of the Marshall House Hotel when my pious mother talked us out of staying the night with the spirits. Although I do not believe in spirits, we obliged.
We stayed in the first room upstairs in the main house of the Gastonian. Each time we left the room to get another plate of delicious complementary hors d'oeuvres, we'd get locked out. The spring-loaded door would close and latch automatically. Luckily, we had our key.
In the morning, we had breakfast served out on the veranda. The server put our tray on the table outside and disappeared down the flight of stairs leading from the balcony.
My wife and I continued to pack for a bit before enjoying our breakfast. Suddenly, the lamp beside the bed turned on. Being the skeptic that I am, I assured my wife that a faulty connection or something had caused the lamp to illuminate. She asked if I had accidentally hit a light switch with my back, but there were none to be found in our room. The only way to turn the the lamp on and off was by turning the knob on the lamp itself. Seconds later, the front door to our room began to slowly creak open. It had opened 90 degrees, resting up against the wall. I could only assume that the door had not latched properly and the spring had failed. Maybe a gust of wind outside had created a vacuum in our room causing the door to open, but why would the door continue to open after it had plenty of margin to equalize?
It's very rare that I skip a meal, so my wife and I tried to stop thinking about the event and eat our breakfast. After about a minute or two, I was having trouble eating because my hand was shaking. I looked at my wife and told her we needed to finish packing our things. We were leaving.
I am convinced that the hotel staff played a trick on us to up-sell the notion that both the hotel and historic downtown area are haunted. My wife is more inclined to believe that what we saw was supernatural. For that reason, I rated the hotel on its merits and will give it the benefit of the doubt regarding this experience.