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Intimate bed and breakfast with Southern charm and historic character
Originally built in 1847 as a private home, The Eliza Thompson House is a charming bed and breakfast located in the heart of Savannah's historic district. There are 12 rooms in the main house and 13 rooms in a carriage house that overlooks a romantic courtyard area. Reminiscent of a secret garden, the outdoor courtyard features a Koi pond and an original fountain from the Ivan Bailey Metal Studio in Atlanta. A small vintage desk serves as the check-in area in a cozy corner of the home, near the entrance. The lobby, referred to as the parlor, features antique sofas that sit on a large oriental rug, and a gold chandelier that hangs from the center of the 12-foot ceiling. A mid-19th century portrait of a woman hangs above an ornate fireplace and a large grandfather clock sits between two towering windows that overlook Jones Street, with its moss-draped trees.
Walking distance to antique stores, museums, cafes and parks in Savannah's Historic District
Located on a brick-paved street lined with massive oak trees, The Eliza Thompson House is in the center of Savannah's Historic District. The neighborhood is home to elegantly restored historic inns and private residences, dripping with Southern charm. The bed and breakfast is located two blocks from The Mercer Williams House Museum, five blocks from Forsyth Park, six blocks from the Savannah Theatre and about a 15-minute walk to bustling River Street. Nearby there are eclectic boutiques such as The Paris Market and One Fish Two Fish, as well as two of Savannah's most beloved eateries: Mrs. Wilkes and Clary's Cafe.
Romantic ambience and antique European furnishings throughout
Vintage photographs, decorative brick fireplaces, oriental rugs, hardwood floors, and unique European collectables are found throughout the rooms at The Eliza Thompson House. While the bathrooms have been updated, they are tiny. Perks include a nightly turndown service, two plush robes, and two free water bottles that are replenished daily. Rooms in the carriage building have wrought iron balconies with views of the courtyard garden, while rooms in the main house overlook tree-lined Jones Street. Rooms near the garden courtyard on the main level tend to be noisy during breakfast, while rooms near parlor in the main house tend to be loud during the wine and dessert hours.
Free breakfast, wine hour, and dessert offerings daily
The Eliza Thompson House has free Wi-Fi throughout the property and there is a computer for guests to use in the parlor. Street parking is the only option and there is no valet parking. At check-in guests may purchase a 48-hour parking pass for a fee. As is typical for bed and breakfast-style hotels, there is no pool, spa, gym, or on-site restaurant. However, a free, southern-style breakfast is served each morning, and includes casseroles, traditional grits, bacon, fruit, juice, and coffee. Breakfast ends early, so late risers should be aware that it is usually over by mid-morning. In the early evening, free wine, cordials, tea and hors d'oeuvres are served in the parlor. Free desserts and coffee are served in the parlor in the late evening.
Once a 19th-century private residence, The Eliza Thompson House is a romantic bed and breakfast full of Southern charm. Located on a red brick street, the hotel is surrounded by oak and magnolia trees, and walking distance to cafes, parks, museums, and eclectic shops. Each of the 25 rooms is unique and features antiques such as leather wingback chairs and ornate armoires from Europe. A great value compared to other inns in Savannah’s historic district, the upper-middle-range hotel offers free breakfast, happy hour, and desserts.