Ballastone Inn

14 East Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Innkeeper(s): Jennifer Salandi
 
  • Introduction

    Escape to the Ballastone Inn

    The Ballastone Inn, a four-story antebellum mansion built in 1838, combines old-fashioned elegance and charm, with modern-day convenience in historic Savannah, GA.

    Private Escape
    and Savannah, GA Lodging

    The finest Savannah bed and breakfast Inn welcomes you when you step into the luxurious Italianate-style historic mansion. Sixteen spacious guest rooms, southern gourmet -- including a full breakfast, afternoon teas, pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres -- antique bar with boutique wines and beer, and off-street parking await you.

    Comments From Frommers

    "The best trips start here"

    "This glamorous Inner City Inn occupies a dignified 1838 building, richly decorated with all hardwoods, elaborate draperies and antique furniture you'd expect...A full service bar is tucked into a corner."

    Fodors "For choice Travel Experiences"

    "This sumptuous Inn occupies an 1838 mansion. Rooms are handsomely furnished, with luxurious linens on canopy beds, antiques and fine reproductions, and a collection of original framed prints from Harper's scattered throughout."

    Escape for an embellished romantic getaway vacation to yesteryear at this striking Savannah B&B... the historic district's most celebrated Savannah, Georgia bed and breakfast. Rejuvenate with a weekend getaway to Savannah - a top destination city... and to Ballastone, Savannah's top rated bed and breakfast. Ballastone is chosen year after year as Savannah's Most Romantic Inn by Savannahians who know best. Discover why Frommer's Travel Guidebook names this Savannah bed & breakfast "the best place to stay in Savannah," why Andrew Harper embraced this bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA for his "Hideaway of the Year" Grand Award, and why Turner South chose to feature the historic Savannah mansion on Southern Living Presents. Get away to the finest Savannah B&B with 16 guest rooms, elevator, modern amenities, elegant full southern breakfast, high tea, exclusive hotel bar, private courtyard garden, and unparalleled privacy. Actor Paul Newman wrote, "A delightful slice of the Old South."

    An invitation to luxury; Whether visiting Historic Savannah and the Georgia Coast for pleasure, history, a romantic getaway, or weekend escape, the Ballastone, Savannah's historic and romantic luxury hotel ... and the City's first and premiere Bed and Breakfast ... eagerly awaits you. Superbly located in the center of the Savannah's Historic District, The Ballastone Inn is convenient to all of the treasures that the City offers. Your vacation at this prestigious Savannah, GA bed and breakfast will be delightful. Anticipate a genteel pace, southern hospitality, spacious and exquisitely appointed guest rooms, and tea and evening hors d'oeuvres all offered by The Ballastone, a luxurious bed and breakfast in Savannah.

     

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jennifer Salandi for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    The Ballastone Inn is in the heart of the historic district, ideal for visiting Savannah. Most guests come for the “at home” feel we offer. Our staff is quite personable and we like guests to feel as if they never left home. Also, we offer many amenities with each stay, such as afternoon tea, evening hor d’oeuvres, and free off-street parking.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are one of the only inns with an elevator, an afternoon tea service, and an antique bar stocked with various wines and beers. What I love most about the inn is the detail in the décor. Each room is filled with ornate antiques, beautiful armoires, and gorgeous color combinations. The inn is very decorative, and every corner you turn there is something new to look at. It is just beautiful!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Those who have never been to Savannah should definitely come to experience the atmosphere and layout of the city. Being that our city was built in a square-system, it is lovely to come from afar and stroll through the squares where men like James Oglethorpe once stood. It is great to come and experience true southern hospitality from anyone you might run into. Savannah is filled with nice people who will stop and say hello to a complete stranger.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Guests tell us all the time that we have the most friendly and helpful staff around. We take great pride in assuring that each guests’ needs are 100% fulfilled.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The beautiful picturesque squares and original Georgian architecture spared by Sherman are incomparably inviting. Most cities pale in comparison to Savannah’s historical significance and relaxed southern charm. Savannah is also home to many of the finest golf courses and marinas in the Southeast. Treat yourself to a stay at the glorious Ballastone while enjoying all of the above!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    We suggest that giests take a trolley tour from either Old Town Trolley or Old Savannah, visit River Street (beautiful at night), or drive out to Tybee Island and look at the sights. There's also Old Fort Pulaski, Bonaventure Cemetery, the Telfair Museums, and a variety of ghost tours that the city has to offer. Of course you won't want to miss out on seeing a show at the Savannah Theater.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Everything is within walking distance of the inn. Restaurants, convenience stores, spas, shopping, museums, theaters, EVERYTHING.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    One of our absolute favorites is The Olde Pink House, which has the classic southern feel of Savannah dining.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Travelers could reference our own website, ballastone.com where we share plenty of information for the Savannah visitor.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We offer 16 wonderful rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    In order to ensure the comfort of all of our guests we do not accept pets at this time.

     

  • Amenities

    Historic Savannah Walking tours: ($16) available at 10am & 2pm. Ballastone guests will receive a complimentary See Savannah Tour t-shirt or a complimentary or a complimentary Savannah Hauntings book. (one per guest)

    Concierge Services: The Ballastone Inn's attentive staff takes genuine pleasure in attending to every need of each guest. Whether you're joining us for a romantic weekend, vacation getaway, or business travel, you will always find our staff's warm welcome. The congenial staff at our Savannah, GA B&B will make arrangements for a historic carriage ride, nature tours, golf outings, the best private guided tours in Savannah, spa appointments, and of course, the best of Savannah's fine restaurants.

    Handicapped Accessible: Visitors in wheelchairs or scooters can easily access all floors including common areas in the Inn from rear off-street parking. (Limited, call Inn for details).

    Convivial Table for Two Privacy: At the Ballastone, intimate dining and privacy are our number one concern. Start the day off right with breakfast at a private table in the mansion or outside in the courtyard garden. Specialties at our bed and breakfast in Savannah, Georgia include Peaches and Cream Stuffed French Toast, Low Country Benedict, and Made-to-Order Omelets.

    Traditional Afternoon Tea features antique silver tea service, fine china, and lovely lavender-scented antique linens. Our chef prepares delicacies daily for tea service. Favorites include Jalapeno Egg Salad Sandwiches, Lemon Macaroons, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and Macadamia Nut Brownies. At 6 p.m. daily, join us in the Victorian Bar for a glass of wine or beer.

    Each night hors d'oeuvres will be served on the bar for our guests' enjoyment. Wonderful Lattes and Cappuccinos le Ballastone! Enjoy for breakfast or early evening with our chocolates!

    Ballastone's Hospitality Services: Free limited off-street parking and elevator access to all floors ensures easy access with bags. (We love our old mansion but know the difficulty with bags and stairs). A much-needed massage can be arranged in your guest room or just minutes away at one of two fabulous downtown spas - Savannah Day Spa or Sweet 
    Water Spa.

    Relax in Luxury: Fall asleep in sumptuous Egyptian cotton linens, on the finest beds, to truly discover the most soothing comforts of this romantic Savannah, GA Inn. Plush down pillows, quilted French duvet blankets, designer coverlets, and imported matelasse recall the essence of centuries past.

  • Reasons To Stay At The Ballastone Inn

    • Sixteen luxuriously decorated rooms - Each with their own unique and romantic style including antiques and artwork. Many of our rooms have fireplaces and beautiful views.
    • Central location in Savannah's Historic District We are right in the middle, four blocks to the River and Forsyth Park. Park the car and walk everywhere in the city. Walk to all restaurants within blocks of the Inn. We can even pick you up at the airport.
    • Elevator to all floors - We love our old house, but we hate lugging bags up the stairs. Enter on the ground level from the parking lot.
    • Free off street parking
    • Table for two dining privacy - Either inside the mansion or outside on our award winning courtyard. We offer privacy for your personal conversations. No chatty Innkeepers here.
    • Extended breakfast dining room service hours - We offer the longest time for breakfast seatings (8-10 am) of any Inn in Savannah.
    • Award Winning and Favorably Reviewed " Voted "Hideaway of the Year," "Best Inn in Savannah, "Most Romantic" and AAA Four Diamond Award, among others.
    • Afternoon Full High Tea " We serve scones with homemade devonshire cream, lemon curd, fresh baked every day, wonderful pastries, tea sandwiches ... all served on English china with sterling silver.
    • Free Wi-Fi - We even have a guest laptop for you to use.
    • Free Movies - Choose from our selection of over 300 movies.
    • Handicap Accessible - visitors in wheelchairs or scooters can easily access all floors including common areas in the Inn from rear off-street parking. (Limited, call Inn for details)
  • Area Information

     

    Today Savannah is a popular tourist destination and one of the most beautiful and well-preserved cities in the United States. When General James Oglethorpe arrived in 1733, he planned a town in the image of his native England. The Historic District of Savannah covers 2 1/2 square miles and is spotted with 1-acre squares 21 of the 24 included in Oglethorpes original vision remain as lush green parks. A stroll through Historic Savannah reveals the lingering effects of the Old South live oaks draped in Spanish Moss, antebellum mansions, magnificent magnolias, and horse-drawn carriages.

     

    Dining

    Dining in this city is a true pleasure. Within the Historic District, you will find food for every taste. Dont miss out on the fresh seafood restaurants! The flounder, crab, and shrimp that come from Tybee Islands fishing fleet are always fresh and tasty. Not to be missed during the winter months is the roaring fire of the bar at the Olde Pink House, one of Savannahs original houses. Stone walls, piano music, and deep couches  very romantic! Along Congress Street in the City Market area, you will find upscale restaurants, many of which feature regionally inspired dishes such as delicious and creamy she-crab soup and sinfully delectable Crispy Scored Flounder. Sapphire Grill, in the City Market area, provides a creative interpretation of Savannahs traditional Southern cuisine. Chef Nason selects only the best local, organic ingredients to create such favorites as the Five Peppercorn Seared Sushi Grade Tuna and the Crisp Benne Encrusted Black Grouper. The Ballastones concierges will be glad to assist with recommendations and reservations to ensure you leave Savannah full and satisfied!

    Shopping

    If antiques interest you, there are some real finds here. Many antique stores occupy historic homes, jammed from floor to ceiling with treasure. Broughton Street downtown, as well as the City Market area, are shoppers magnets featuring independent boutiques as well as upscale retail. Ballastone favorites include the Paris Market and Marc by Marc Jacobs. The ever-expanding Downtown Design District, near Forsyth Park, is home to many lovely antique stores, art galleries, and high-end boutique shopping. Favorites in the Design District include One Fish Two Fish, James Hogan, and La Paperie.

    Culture

    Savannah has an exciting and continuously developing cultural scene. Great change has occurred in the past 25 years, with the growth of the Savannah College of Art and Design and immense efforts by fervently loyal locals to promote a new face for their beloved city. Today downtown Savannah houses many museums highlighting its varied history; such as the Ships of the Sea Museum, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Many private homes have been completely restored to their original glory and are open to the public. Two not to be missed are the Owens-Thomas House and the Isaiah Davenport House. If entertainment is your goal, be sure to catch the current show at the Historic Savannah Theatre. Touted to be the oldest theatre in the United States, the Savannah Theatre is a must-see for the building and the shows.

    History

    In 1954, seven Savannah ladies banded together to form the Historic Savannah Foundation. Their first mission was to raise funds to buy the Isaiah Davenport House hours before it was scheduled for demolition. The Foundation continued buying building after architecturally stunning building and reselling them to restorers. Today, more than 800 of the 1,100 historic buildings of Old Savannah have been restored to their original splendor.

    As a visitor, Savannah is the perfect spot to relax and slow down to the leisurely pace of the city. We hope you fall in love with our city, just as we have.

  • Accolades and Awards

    SOUTHERN LADY MAGAZINE: The Ballastone Inn is recognized again in a national publication as "Savannah's most romantic Inn"

    DALLAS "D" MAGAZINE: The magazine features the Ballastone Inn as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit "Located in Savannah's Historic District, this B&B is sophisticated Southern luxury at its finest."

    TRAVEL AND LEISURE: Dream Escapes of Romantic places 50 BEST Romantic Getaways 0f 2009...

    CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE: "Book the Ballastone. Comfortable and relaxed, the Ballastone Inn boasts a courteous and fun guest-services staff, which makes it worth the stay. But the neatly appointed rooms and sumptuous breakfasts..."

    LIVING MAGAZINE: "A visit to a special place for both a satisfying get-away trip and a pleasant, unforgettable memory."

    PRESS RELEASE - SAVANNAH'S BALLASTONE INN NAMED ONE OF BEST IN WORLD WITH NATIONAL ACCOLADE: Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit this Historic Bed-and-Breakfast Mansion.

    SOUTHERN ACCENTS: "Enjoy a few nights at The Ballastone Inn, located in an area rich with the oak trees and haunting beauty that Savannah is known for."

    BETTER HOMES & GARDENS: "Every room at the Ballastone has a distinctive personality... you have to keep going back to experience all the luxury."

    CONDE' NAST TRAVELER: "Savannah is Georgian elegance... a state of grace encouraged at the Ballastone Inn."

    FODORS: "The sumptuous inn ... is especially recommended."

    ROMANTIC DAYS AND NIGHTS IN SAVANNAH: "Plush"

    THE NEW YORK TIMES: "It is worth the effort to obtain such accomodations if you really want to walk in Savannah's spirit"

    TRAVEL MAGAZINE: "The charm is enough to make you want to stay inside all day."

    ZAGAT SURVEY: "Best in the state"

    GEORGIA'S GOOD LIFE: "The Ballastone, in Savannah, is the essence of sophistication and luxury among bed and breakfasts."

    Southern Living "Ballastone Inn serves hospitality on a silver platter"

    Delta Sky Magazine. "Oh! To be Savannah, Georgia, in the springtime! Why not take advantage of the springtime tour packages at the Ballastone Inn."

    STRATOS. "I'll leave that revelry to others, though, and share a quiet toast with my husband under the Ballastone's Georgia holly."

    CNN. "Lovely surroundings and cozy accommodations make it easy to connect -- or reconnect -- in these romantic spots."

    Coastal Living. "Top 10 Romantic Places” recommends the historic and luxurious Ballastone Inn for "sumptuous lodging" in "historic and eccentric" Savannah."

    Georgia Backroads. Georgia Backroads Magazine (January 2006) raves that "the inn is a standout in a city of standouts" the Ballastone is consistently at the top of just about everyone's list of the best inns in Savannah and even in all of Georgia".

    Birmingham-News. "A stay at the Ballastone puts guests in touch with the history of the city and its people-each of the 16 suites are individually decorated to recall Savannah's gilded age with antiques, rich fabrics and works by local artisans."

    Atlanta-Journal Constitution. "A stay at the Ballastone puts guests in touch with the history of the city and its people" each of the 16 suites are individually decorated to recall Savannah's gilded age with antiques, rich fabrics and works by local artisans."

    Connecticut Post. "Georgia: The Perfect Place to Say 'I Do.' Dreamy Destinations and Luxurious Accommodations Await in the Peach State". From the sultry tunes of its First City to the charm of its small, Southern towns, from historic ambiance to serene natural surroundings, Georgia boasts a number of bed and breakfasts for honeymooners, romantic weekend getaways and more." The Ballastone is recommended.

    ELLE. Decor Goes to Savannah "The Georgia seaport city may be steeped in tradition and racked by scandal, but it's livelier, and more beautiful, than ever." Brad Gouch. Ballastone Inn recommended for "Where to Stay."

    Atlanta Magazine. "In spite of the city's trend towards progress, Savannah is best experienced by staying in one of the city's historic inns. One that stands above the rest the Ballastone Inn ....

    Connecticut Post. "Georgia: The Perfect Place to Say 'I Do.' Dreamy Destinations and Luxurious Accommodations Await in the Peach State". From the sultry tunes of its First City to the charm of its small, Southern towns, from historic ambiance to serene natural surroundings, Georgia boasts a number of bed and breakfasts for honeymooners, romantic weekend getaways and more." The Ballastone is recommended.

    Apple's America Recommending the bed and breakfast, R. W. Apple writes, "Ballastone Inn maintains its antebellum refinement". It blends the old (love seats, marble-top tables and framed engravings from Harper's) with the new (color televisions and VCRs).

    Wine Report "One of the best is the Ballastone Inn".

    TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice" list honors The Ballastone Inn among only 10 U.S. top bed and breakfast hotels. The Traveler's Choice list represents what savvy travelers and we at TripAdvisor recognize as key: having a great vacation is not just about price but about the right hotel with the perfect location, service, amenities at the right price, said Christine Petersen, VP marketing at TripAdvisor. "These are the hotels that our members say are simply the best." The "Traveler's Choice" ranking covers top hotels across six continents.

    GEORGIA'S BALLASTONE INN NAMED GRAND AWARD WINNER in the 26th Annual Andrew Harper Hideaway Report's. "Hideaways of the Year." "An impressive antebellum mansion cossets this romantic and hospitable B&B set right in the hear of Savannah's beautifully preserved historic district." One of only 25 intimate properties worldwide and only 8 in the United States, The Ballastone shares southern United States honors only with the Blackberry Farm (Tennessee). To be initially considered, "the properties must be relatively intimate in size and be located in peaceful and scenically pleasing surroundings."

    Gourmet. Ballastone was named "among the best" of "one of the most concentrated collections of romantic sleepaway-camps-for-the-suave on the East Coast" in Bruce Feiler's "Sauced-Up Savannah" feature.

    Points North. "The elegant inn epitomizes old world southern manners in this refined quarter of the city."

    Andrew Harper's HIDEAWAY REPORT "On arrival, we were immediately struck by the hospitable staff and impeccable physical condition of the inn. Romantic is doubtless an overworked adjective, but is now quite appropriate when referring to this stylishly appointed jewel, which possesses a thoroughly gracious and beguiling sense of historic continuity.... And unlike other B&B, you can quietly savor the morning meal in a civilized manner at a table for two, as opposed to joining other guests!"

    Atlanta Journal Constitution: GO Guide "Here are some of our favorite luxury inns and small hotels in the Southeast, upscale retreats where you can drop a bundle and have a thoroughly memorable experience."

    MONEY Savannah, Ballastone Inn and Elizabeth's on 37th received top 6 recommendations from MONEY magazine's "Six great romantic getaways." Opening "Funny isn't it, how some places seem to be meant for two," Robb Mandelbaum describes Ballastone

  • Intimate Weddings at Ballastone Inn

    The perfect setting for an elegant, romantic wedding ceremony or elopement

    Ballastone Inn is the perfect setting for an elegant, romantic wedding ceremony.  Select our lovely front parlor or the lavish private courtyard at our historic Savannah hotel for your intimate wedding.  We will work with you to provide the exact services and amenities necessary to make your elopement an exquisite affair to remember!  The ceremony can be scheduled any time between noon and 2:00 pm (well after breakfast, but before afternoon tea) and on any day of the week that you prefer.

    Please phone us for additional information or if you have questions. If you would like to add this package to your reservation, please let us know.  50% deposit required at booking.  To reserve the date and to discuss the details of your elopement, please email us at inn@ballastone.com or give us a call at 800.822.4553.

    Wedding Guidelines

    • You may have up to 6 attendees
    • The wedding ceremony must take place in the front parlor or the courtyard
    • The wedding ceremony must take place between noon and 2:00 pm
    • Requires a 2-night minimum stay at our Savannah luxury Inn
    • Package price does not include room rate. All attendees must stay at Ballastone Inn

    Helpful Information

    • To obtain a marriage license, you will need to contact the Chatham County Probate Court at 133 Montgomery Street.  Phone 912.652.7167
    • For wedding photography, we recommend Tim Nealon with Studio 912 Photography www.studio912photography.com
    • For larger weddings, Ballastone Inn recommends Deborah Hall as a consultant. She is a native of Savannah who can help with all the details for a wedding with up to 200 guests. Deborah can help with venues, flowers and all details and coordination of the entire house rental for guests.
  • How to Find Us

    The Ballastone Inn is located in the heart of Historic Savannah, three blocks south of the Savannah River and within walking distance of most popular sites. Guests also enjoy the restaurants that are within a three to four block stroll from the luxury Inn.

    Directions from I-95:

    • Take the Interstate 16 Exit to Savannah
    • Stay on I-16 which will terminate and merge onto Montgomery Street
    • Follow Montgomery to Oglethorpe Avenue and turn right
    • Continue on Oglethorpe Ave,past Bull Street to Drayton Street and make a U-turn onto opposite side of Oglethorpe
    • The Ballastone is in the middle of the block on the right

    From the Airport:

    • Take I-95 South and follow above directions

    From Highway 17:

    • Take the Oglethorpe Avenue Exit at the end of the suspension bridge
    • Continue on Oglethorpe, following above directions