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Eliza Thompson House Savannah 3.5

Historic District, Savannah, Georgia Coast

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Pros

  • Full of historic character and Southern charm
  • Romantic getaway for couples (no children allowed)
  • Walking distance to shops, parks, and cafes
  • Lovely rooms that are unique and distinct in decor
  • Some rooms have views of historic Jones Street
  • In-room DVD players, toiletries, and safes
  • Private garden on the property
  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Free wine hour and desserts in the evening
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Two free water bottles each day
  • Computer and printer available in the lobby

Cons

  • No children (pro for some)
  • No on-site restaurant or room service
  • Small bathrooms
  • No valet parking and fee for street parking
  • No pets

Bottom Line

Once a 19th-century private residence, the upper-middle-range 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, plus all have flat-screen TVs with DVD players, hairdryers, and bathrobes. This is a great value compared to other inns in Savannah’s Historic District, especially with its free breakfasts, happy hours, and desserts. Travelers looking for a pool should consider the Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection, but breakfast isn't included.

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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 patterned, wood-framed sofas on a large antique rug, and a gold chandelier that hangs from the center of the 12-foot ceiling. A gold-framed landscape painting hangs above an ornate fireplace and a large grandfather clock sits between two towering windows that overlook Jones Street, with its moss-draped trees. The 21-and-over policy attracts a crowd of peace-seeking couples who want to be near main tourist sights.

Location

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. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

Rooms

Romantic ambience and antique European furnishings throughout

Vintage photographs, decorative brick fireplaces, antique rugs, hardwood floors, and unique European collectables are found throughout the romantic rooms at Eliza Thompson House. Twelve of the rooms are located in the Main House, and the other 13 are in a Carriage House overlooking the courtyard. While bathrooms are well-maintained, they are mostly small. Perks include nightly turndown service, plush bathrobes, and two free water bottles that are replenished daily. Air-conditioning, toiletries, hairdryers, safes, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players are also provided, but there are no fridges. 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. Units near the garden courtyard on the main level tend to be noisy during breakfast, while rooms near the Parlor tend to be loud during the wine and dessert hours.

Features

Free breakfasts, wine hours, and dessert offerings daily

As is typical for bed-and-breakfast-style hotels, there are 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. The Eliza Thompson House has free Wi-Fi throughout the property and there is a computer for guests to use in the lobby. Street parking is the only option, and guests may purchase a 48-hour parking pass for a fee at check-in. 

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Address

5 W Jones St, Savannah, Georgia Coast 31401-4503, United States

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