Savannah's Romantic Hotels: Exquisite Antiques, Luxe Linens, Decadent Breakfasts
By Amy Pine
There’s no better way to keep those flames burning brightly than by spending a night in one of Savannah’s many romantic hotels. From luxurious boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, the city is teeming with accommodations perfect for couples looking to heat things up.
For the ultimate amorous getaway, you simply can’t go wrong at one of the Historic District’s many bed and breakfasts. The Gastonian, housed in adjoining 19th-century Regency-Italianate-style mansions near Forsyth Park, is one of the most romantic B&Bs in town, featuring gorgeous antique furnishings, fireplaces in each room and hidden gardens.
Other romantic bed and breakfasts in Savannah’s Historic District include the Ballastone Inn, Hamilton-Turner Inn, Olde Savannah Inn, Kehoe House and Dresser Palmer House. These Historic District B&Bs all boast luxurious accommodations, stunning antique furniture and to-die-for breakfasts.
If you’re looking for something a little bigger and more modern, you’ll find plenty of romance at the Mansion, a boutique hotel on Forsyth Park, and the Bohemian Hotel, which enjoys a prime location on the Savannah River. Both hotels are impeccably decorated with modern art and clean lines throughout, and the rooms feature luxurious bedding and furnishings. The Marshall House on Broughton Street is the city’s oldest hotel and a great choice for those who want both romance and easy access to restaurants, shops and bars.
And for something completely different, consider booking a room at the Tybee Island Inn, a bed and breakfast on nearby Tybee Island. Between the ocean breeze, quaint accommodations and sumptuous breakfast, your flames will be flying high.
Dresser Palmer House
Housed in a late 19th-cenutry Italianate townhouse just one block from Forsyth Park, the Dresser Palmer House is a real treat for vacationers who want to feel like they've stepped back in time. From the rocking chairs on the inn's beautiful porch to the gorgeous Steinway piano in the parlor to the lush courtyard garden, the three-story mansion is a throwback to old Savannah. The inn's 16 rooms boast elegant antique furnishings, private baths and beds with luxe linens. The Dresser Palmer House's breakfasts are served each morning in a traditional Victorian dining room and feature a mouthwatering selection of items such as eggs Benedict strata, pecan French toast, and brie and sausage breakfast casserole. In the evenings, guests are treated to a complimentary glass of wine and sumptuous appetizers.
Savannah's only hotel located on Broughton Street--the commercial hub of the city's Historic District--the Marshall House is an ideal choice for travelers who want to be near the city's best shops, restaurants and bars. The historic hotel, which was originally built in 1851 and reopened in 1999, features beautiful 19th-century details throughout the lobby. Some of the Marshall House's guest rooms even boast clawfoot tubs and balconies with wrought iron, while all of the 68 rooms feature modern amenities such as premium matreses, wifi and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. In addition to enjoying easy access to Broughton Street, guests are also just a stone's throw from many other popular attractions in the Historic District, including River Street and City Market.
A breathtaking 19th-century Renaissance Revival mansion is the setting for the Kehoe House, a 13-room inn in Savannah's Historic District. The rooms, each featuring elegant furnishings and luxe European linens, have their own private bathrooms and modern amenities such as wifi. Some rooms in the inn offer separate sitting areas and private verandas. The Kehoe House also boasts a complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea and daily wine and hors d'oeuvres. The well-located inn, which overlooks Columbia Square in the heart of the Historic District, is just steps away from the Isaiah Davenport House and the Owens Thomas House and a short stroll to other popular destinations including Colonial Park Cemetery and the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.
The Olde Savannah Inn
Located just one block away from Forsyth Park, the Olde Savannah Inn is housed in a beautifully restored late 19th-century house and retains many features from the era, including beautiful chandeliers and gorgeous French Renaissance antiques. The inn's five rooms boast comfy beds with fine Italian linens and beautiful furnishings. Innkeeper Kathleen Dupuis always gets high marks from guests who rave about her attention to detail and the lengths she will go to ensure that guests have the best possible Savannah vacation experience. But Kathleen receives the most praise for her gourmet breakfasts, which include French press coffee and a rotating selection of delicious homemade items including French toast, omelets, blueberry pancakes, fresh fruit and crepes.
Tybee Island Inn
This beloved bed and breakfast is located just one block from the beach on the secluded north end of Tybee Island. The inn, which is part of the Fort Screven Historic District, was originally built in 1902 and once served as a day room of the Fort Screven hospital. The building has been restored over the years but retains many of its original features, including tin front and back porch roofs and heart pine flooring in the living and dining areas. The inn's seven guest rooms feature eclectic themes inspired by the sea and each has its own private bath, cable TV and designer linens, along with a private patio or porch. Guests are treated to a full breakfast every morning at 9 a.m. and an afternoon sweet or snack.
The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection
If you enjoy life's little luxuries but also want easy access to the best of Savannah's Historic District, be sure to book a room at the Bohemian Hotel. The 75-room boutique hotel, which overlooks the Savannah River, is a short stroll to many of the Historic District's best attractions, among them City Market, Broughton Street and the Telfair Museums. And River Street--the famous brick-lined street teeming with historical attractions, shops and restaurants--is just steps from the Bohemian's back door. But a prime location is just one of many reasons the Bohemian is a great Historic District choice. The hotel boasts luxurious guest rooms with tailor-made furnishings, deluxe pillowtop mattresses and flat screen, LCD TVs. The hotel's striking lobby and dining areas feature eye-popping artwork and gorgeous historic details. The Bohemian scores bonus points for its outstanding restaurant, Rocks on the River, and its hip rooftop bar, Rocks on the Roof.
Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection
With a prime location in Downtown Savannah, the Mansion on Forsyth Park is one of the city's crowning jewels. Housed in a magnificently restored Victorian Romanesque mansion that overlooks Forsyth Park, the hotel features a striking lobby accented with onyx marble and an impressive collection of original artwork. The hotel's 126 rooms boast luxurious bedding, flat screen televisions, wifi and upscale furnishings. Guests can indulge themselves at the hotel's full-service spa, dine at 700 Drayton, the Mansion's outstanding restaurant, or enjoy a drink at Casimir's Lounge, the hotel's swanky bar. The Mansion also offers a swimming pool, banquet and conference spaces and a fitness center, making it the perfect place to stay, whether you're in Savannah for business or pleasure.
Many hotels claim to be located in the heart of the Historic District, but the Hamilton-Turner Inn may just take top honors. The lovely bed and breakfast, perched on Lafayette Square in the center of the Historic District, is a short walk to all of the Historic District's major attractions. The inn, which was recently named one of the Most Romantic Hotels in America by Travel and Leisure magazine, is housed in a restored 19th-century mansion and features 17 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Each morning, guests are treated to a lavish complimentary breakfast served in a lovely dining room that overlooks the square. After a day of exploring the Historic District, guests are invited to an afternoon reception featuring wine and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres.
Billing itself as "Savannah's Most Romantic Inn," the Ballastone, indeed, lives up to its reputation, with luxurious accommodations, decadent breakfasts and plenty of Southern hospitality. The stately inn, which was built as a private residence in the 1830s, features 16 guest rooms with beautiful Victorian furnishings. Budget-minded travelers will appreciate the inn's Low Country room, with beautiful exposed brick walls and a queen-sized bed; the room is one of the more affordable B&B finds in Savannah. Those wanting to splurge will be in heaven in the Ballastone's three luxury suites. All guests at the Ballastone enjoy the inn's complimentary breakfast and have access to a private bar, art gallery and courtyard garden, among other amenities. One of the Ballastone's most unique features is its daily high tea, which boasts a fabulous selection of teas, finger sandwiches, scones and decadent desserts.
For a romantic Savannah weekend, there is no better place to stay than the Gastonian. In fact, many couples have held their weddings and celebrated their anniversaries and other milestones at the quaint bed and breakfast, which is located on Gaston Street near Forsyth Park. Housed in two adjoining 19th-century Regency-Italianate-style mansions, the Gastonian features 17 guest rooms that boast gorgeous antique furnishings, working fireplaces and private baths. The inn offers breakfast, which guests may enjoy on silver trays in their rooms or family style in the kitchen, hors d'oeuvres and wine in the afternoons, and desserts and cordials in the evenings. But the Gastonian's real secret weapon is its hidden gardens, two lovely treasures that feature azaleas, boxwoods, seasonal plants, a tiered fountain, a small pond for goldfish and water lilies, and a romantic swing for two.
About Amy Pine
Amy's thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of Savannah with the world. A Savannah native, Amy has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, and her work has appeared in numerous local, regional and national publications. Prior to launching a freelance career, she was executive editor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she served as editor of the college’s alumni magazine. Amy received a B.A. in English and communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She's currently putting the finishing touches on her young adult novel, The Girl in a Picture Frame.
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