East Bay Inn

225 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Innkeeper(s): Ronnie Jones
 
  • Summary

    Historical Charm and Contemporary Comfort Unite

    Built in the Summer of 1852 in the Greek Revival Style popular in Savannah at the time, this bed and breakfast offers a combination of historical charm and contemporary comfort.

    The East Bay Inn of Savannah, Georgia is conveniently located in the heart of Savannah's historic district within walking distance of all the attractions downtown has to offer. The Savannah Historic Trolley Tour includes several downtown stops with on/off access for those sites that catch your eye. Take a ghost tour or a horse drawn carriage tour and visit the beautiful historic homes, town squares, museums, and lush green parks. Guests are also encouraged to attend a live Savannah Theater Performance.

    Dining is available on the lower level of East Bay Inn in the fine dining establishment, Skyler's Restaurant. The restaurant offers a fantastic blend of Asian, European and American cuisines.

    Mornings at the inn begin with a deluxe continental breakfast and complimentary newspapers. High-speed wireless Internet access is available in all of the rooms, as well as, individual climate controls, in-room safes, and robes. Each evening, you are invited to a wine and cheese reception. The turndown service is the perfect way to end an exciting day in historic Savannah.

     

  • Introduction

    Offering some of the best accommodations in Historic Savannah, Georgia, The East Bay Inn provides the perfect blend of modern comfort and classic touches in 28 incredibly beautiful guest rooms. Guests enjoy afternoon wine and cheese in the parlor and a deluxe continental breakfast in our cafe. Skylers Restaurant, located on our lower level, provides outstanding dining on site.

    Located in the heart of the historic district, East Bay Inn is just steps away from the Savannah River and all of Savannah's historic attractions. Great shopping, dining and touring opportunities are within walking distance.

    Located in the heart of the historic district just steps away from the Riverfront, East Bay Inn is easily accessible from I-16 and is convenient to the beaches of Tybee Island and all of Savannah's historic attractions. The inn is a short stroll from boutiques, antique shops, outdoor cafes, nightspots, and museums.A Warm Welcome Awaits You

    To reach Savannah's famous water-front from East Bay Inn, guests simply cross the street and take the cobblestone steps and pathways to reach River Street where there's an endless array of activities. Charming restaurants, shops and touring attractions can all be found along the Savannah River.

    A short walk to the east leads guests to City Market, a four-block collection of shops, restaurants and bars with a special attention to Savannah's art community. You can experience Savannah's history and entertainment at a number of other near-by locations, including the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Fort Jackson and Bonaventure Cemetery.Take A Romantic Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

    The East Bay Inn is a member of the Bed and Breakfasts of Savannah, a collection of
    six award-winning inns in the heart of Savannah's famous Historic District. The inns are locally owned and operated by HLC Hotels, a Savannah-based hotel group that's been in business here for more than 30 years.

    Please Visit Our Sister Inns for Additional Accommodation & Special Event Options:

    Kehoe House
    The Marshall House
    Eliza Thompson House
    The Gastonian
    Olde Harbour Inn

  • 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 Ronnie Jones for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests enjoy that we offer a great location that is within walking distance to anything in downtown Savannah.

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

    We are known for being a small historic Inn with bed and breakfast feel, beautiful décor, and a stable staff.

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

    The #1 reason to visit Savannah is that it's a beautiful, safe, strolling city with friendly people.

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

    We love compliments! Among the best we have received is “Feels like I am coming home each time I visit.”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Guests are surprised to find that almost everything they could want or need is within walking distance. You can get to anywhere and anything in downtown Savannah. Most guests do not use their cars until they leave.

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

    For guests staying longer than a weekend we recommend a History Trolley Tour, House Tour, and a Savannah Theater Performance.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    You can walk anywhere, all downtown activities are within 8 blocks of Inn.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    I prefer The River House. However there are 68 restaurants in the downtown area. Skyler’s, The Pink House, and Vic’s are very popular.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Savannahnow.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 28 guest rooms, with one or two queen beds.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.

     

  • Inn Offerings

    Each of the 28 guestrooms at The East Bay Inn is unique. There are spectacular tall ceilings in most rooms, ranging from 12 to 18-feet. Some rooms have beautiful historic exposed brick walls, while others feature highly decorative crown molding.  Our Deluxe Rooms are located toward the inside of the building, and are quiet, cozy and intimate. Our Superior Rooms are more open and spacious, and provide the inn's best view of Savannah.

     

     

    All Rooms Include:

    • High-speed wireless internet access
    • Remote control color cable televisions
    • Individual climate controls
    • Private baths
    • CD player
    • Hair-dryers
    • Irons and ironing boards
    • In-room safes and robes

    Included in your rate :

    • Complimentary continental breakfast
    • Wine and cheese reception each evening
    • Complimentary newspapers
    • Turn-down service
  • History

    Beautiful SavannahThe East Bay Inn began September 7, 1762, when the land on which the Inn now stands was granted to Mr. John Tucker by the Crown of England. Over the next ninety years, the property changed hands several times.  On June 17, 1852, Edward Padefford purchased the property and began construction on the building that would one day become the East Bay Inn.

    The simple design of the building, with its tall windows and elegant brickwork, echoes the Greek Revival Style, which was popular in Savannah around the time of the Civil War. As typical with most commercial buildings of the period, the facade of the first floor is cast iron.  The interior columns are also cast iron and can still be seen in the lobby and guest rooms.

    Cotton was king during this plentiful era of Savannah, and offices for cotton merchants (Factors, as they were called) and cotton warehouses were located within the building. By the late 1800's, additional tenants included a steam bakery in the 1860s and foreign consul offices in the 1880s.  During this time, cotton and grocery warehouses continued to be located on the lower levels of the building. The third floor housed a lodge meeting hall.

    1910 saw the last of the cotton merchants located here, as U.S. cotton sales were on the decline.  In 1920, the Columbia Drug Company started their reign as the longest tenant occupying the building.

    From 1965 to 1983, this building—along with many in downtown Savannah— stood vacant. The 1980s saw a renewed interest in the historic preservation of the city, and in 1983 the building was purchased again. The history-filled structure was immediately renovated from a derelict old building into the East Bay Inn. Reconstruction was completed in 1984.

    Today, the Inn boasts 28 charming guest rooms, a lovely parlor, a popular underground restaurant and meeting and banquet facilities. As tradition and history greet you, we hope your stay at the East Bay Inn will be as delightful and charming as our Hostess City of the South.

  • Corporate Travel & Meetings

    Earn free nights by joining our Inn Club / Preferred Guest Program. After nine nights, your tenth night is free. Be sure to register for this free program at the front desk. Corporate rates and direct billing are available.

    Hotel Information and Amenities

    • High speed wireless Internet access in rooms
    • Coffee and tea available in our parlor all day
    • Wine and cheese reception each evening
    • Complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast
    • Complimentary news papers weekdays
    • Turndown service
    • Wake-up calls
    • CD clock radio
    • Robes, iron & ironing board, and hair dryers provided in your room

    Airport Information

    • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport - 12 miles
    • Charleston International Airport - 99 miles
    • Jacksonville International Airport - 130 miles
    • Lady's Island Airport - 47 miles

    Need Assistance? Contact the Innkeeper at 1 (800) 500-1225 or e-mail us. 

    Intimate Meetings

    East Bay Inn offers intimate meeting facilities for business and social gatherings. Located on the Inn's lower level, the meeting space is adjacent to Skyler's restaurant, one of Savannah's favorite eating establishments.

    An exposed brick wall and a warm red color on opposing walls lends a cozy, quaint and very "Savannah" feel to meetings and parties. Iron columns, exposed beam-ceilings, brick flooring and fireplace round out the room's decor.

    The room may be arranged in three styles:

    For small gatherings: 8 ft X 28 ft

    • Best arranged conference-style
    • Will accommodate 12-15 people

    For medium-sized gatherings: 17 ft X 28 ft

    • May be arranged conference style, U-shaped or classroom style
    • 8-foot round tables available
    • Will accommodate 25-30 people

    For large gatherings, the Entire Room: 25 ft X 28 ft

    • Conference or classroom style
    • 8-foot round tables available
    • Ideal for up to 60 people

    Contact Charles or Moon at Skyler's at 912-232-3955 for meeting room availability or to book your meetings.

  • Skyler's Restaurant

    For more information visit us at  www.skylersrestaurant.com.
    To make reservations, please call 912-232-3955.

    Serving Lunch & Dinner

    Hours of Operation:

    Lunch - Monday-Friday - 11:00 am-3:00 pm
    Dinner - Wednesday-Saturday - 6 pm - 9:30 pm

    Skyler's owners, Ms. Moon and Charles Coolidge, have very diverse backgrounds: Charles is from Atlanta and Ms. Moon is from Saigon. The two blend their cooking styles and flavors in a wide variety of delicious foods, including Asian, European and American cuisine. Specialties range from Savannah Crab Cakes to Rack of Lamb or Local Shrimp Cocktail to Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Fresh Salads, Soups and Savannah's best desserts. Let Skyler's handle your next private party, luncheon, dinner, reception or brunch. Call Charles or Ms. Moon for menu ideas, pricing and availability: 232-3955.

    Voted "Best Crab Cakes" by readers of Savannah Magazine

    Guest Comments:

    "I moved to Savannah from NYC three years ago, and work in downtown Savannah. An associate invited me to lunch at Skyler's and since I have tried many things on the menu, but my absolute favorite is the Greek Salad with Pan Seared Tuna, or the Pan Seared Tuna Sandwich. The food is always fresh and the variety is great!"

    "We asked a local legend for a restaurant referral. She sent us to Skylers which was wonderful! Savannah atmosphere, diverse menu, nothing boring, very tasty dishes and lovely wine."

    "We ate at Skyler's on a recent Wednesday evening. We ate early and the restaurant was not crowded. The chicken parmesan was the best I've ever had. Skyler's has a nice atmosphere and great food!"

    Menu

    Wednesday-Saturday - 6 pm - 9:30 pm

    Dinner Appetizers and Salads:

    • Spring Rolls
    • Savannah Crab Cake
    • Pot Stickers
    • Shrimp Cocktail
    • Ravioli du jour
    • Greek Salad
    • Caesar Salad
    • Skyler's House Salad
    • Moon's Chicken Salad

    Dinner Entrées:

    • Chicken Marsala
    • Chicken Parmesan
    • Teriyaki Chicken
    • Teriyaki Chicken and Crabcake combo
    • Savannah Crabcakes
    • Sautéed Flounder
    • Seafood Platter
    • Whiskey Shrimp
    • Pan seared Herbed Salmon
    • Szechwan Beef
    • Sweet Chili Pork and Shrimp
    • Skylers Petite Filet Mignon and Shrimp
    • Steak Diane
    • Black Angus Ribeye
    • Roast Rack of Lamb

    Lunch Menu

    Served Monday-Friday - 11:00 am-3:00 pm

    Starters & Salads:

    • Soup (cup or bowl)
    • Crabcake
    • Moon Roll with Moon Sauce
    • Greek Salad
    • Caesar Salad
    • Skyler's House Salad
    • Moon's Chicken Salad

    Sandwiches - all with fries and slaw:

    • Sky Burger
    • Crab Burger
    • Tuna Burger

    Lunch Specialties - with slaw and rice:

    • Fresh Flounder
    • Skyler's Crabcakes
    • Fried Shrimp
    • Seafood Duo of Fried Flounder and Shrimp

    Skylers Combo- with rice, fresh vegetables or slaw:

    Choose two or three items:

    • Crabcakes
    • Teriyaki Chicken
    • Moon Rolls
    • Fried Shrimp
    • Lemongrass Chicken

    Moon's Specialties: Served with fried or steamed rice and vegetables:

    • Lemongrass Chicken
    • Teriyaki Chicken
    • Sweet Chili Pork and Shrimp Moon Rolls
    • Sesame Chicken
    • Mongolian Beef
    • Sczhwan Shrimp

    Desserts:

    • Mudd Pie
    • Turtle Pie
    • Homemade Key Lime Pie
    • Cheese Cake du jour
  • Guest Comments

    "Our room was exactly what we hoped for and imagined. Extremely comfortable and just the right amount of haunted ambiance. Staff very helpful, very friendly, went above and beyond. The wine was actually quite delicious, and there was more than the usual cheese and crackers (veggies, chicken salad in phyllo dough). The price for the room turned out to be very reasonable. We stayed at other places for more money and less enjoyment and beauty. Melinda was especially helpful and kind. Locale perfect, walking distance to everything. We will return for sure." -- 06/08/12

    "This Inn is the best of the bed and breakfast experience. East Bay Inn has an ideal location, near historic Factors Walk and walking distance to outstanding restaurants, and a friendly and helpful staff with a desire for you to make the most of your time in Savannah. The rooms are tasteful, clean and full of antebellum charm." -- 05/25/12

    "We spent 5 nights at the East Bay Inn last week. The staff is very friendly and helpful about everything. We'll go back to Savannah just to stay in this Inn. The wine and cheese in the late afternoon is such a nice touch. Most of the guests looked forward to this social hour and visiting with one another. The rooms are nice size, well appointed and you are close to all of Savannah's sights." -- 05/08/12

    "While the facilities are wonderful and the location is most convenient, the innkeeper and his staff make the difference. They are competent; professional; caring; friendly; attentive; helpful; and guiding. We stayed three days for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and our stay at the East Bay Inn made this special occassion most memorable. We could not have asked for a better celebration!!! Our thanks to Ronnie, Sheila, Julie, Steven, Melvin, and Gracie!!!!! All of historic downtown Savannah is within walking distance. The area restaurants are superb. We were most pleased with the continental breakfast. We will definitely return in the future and recommend East Bay Inn to our friends." -- 04/21/12

    "Our room overlooked East Bay Street, a charming view of old Savannah. The room was large, clean and pleasant. The innkeeper, Ronnie Jones, was a real delight - very friendly and helpful. We had a great time." -- 04/16/12

    "Highly recommend the East Bay Inn to anyone looking for a great B & B in Savannah. Convenienly located to everything in the Historic District; easy to walk to everything. We were on the third floor with the 18' ceilings, absolutely beautiful. The evening reception was great, and the breakfast was better than expected. This is a beautiful old cotton warehouse, located one block above River Street. This was our second trip to Savannan, and will definitely stay here when we return again." -- 04/05/12

    "This is a beautifully re-purposed cotton warehouse. Our room had really high ceilings and was furnished in an elegant antique-ish manner. We LOVED the nightly chat time with fellow guests over wine & munchies in the lobby. Everything there was very good.. breakfast, service, parking, location, price, etc. I would definitely stay there again." -- 03/21/12

    "The location was ideal, in the historic district, across from the river and within walking distance of many historic sites and good restaurants. The staff was friendly and very helpful and, in addition to using them as a resource for area attractions, there is also a journal in each room where previous guests write down their impressions and suggestions. What's more, they have a wine and cheese gathering in the lobby where guests can discuss their activities. Our room was spacious and beautiful, with red brick walls, lovely paintings, and toile curtains. The breakfast was nice, not gourmet, but something for everyone. I would not hesitate to stay here again and think it would be ideal for someone traveling on their own--you could chat with guests during the wine reception and during breakfast time." -- 03/06/12

    "We loved our stay at The East Bay Inn. Our room was beautifully appointed and very comfortable. The rooms even have real keys, not entry cards! The staff was friendly and helpful. They provided good recommendations for restaurants and places to visit. Melvin, the Bellman, was a great ambassador. We were treated like family. The location is also a plus. It is a short walk to the shops on River Street and many restaurants. We did not use our car during our stay. One of the best parts about our stay was the wine and cheese event in the lobby. It provided an opportunity to meet and chat with some of the other guests. We attended both days we were at the inn and met new people each time. We will definitely return to East Bay Inn." -- 02/04/12

    "From start to finish the staff and accomodations at East Bay surpassed our highest expectations. We were greeted with warmth and given information immediately about the Savannah area. Steve, the Bellman made us feel right at home. We were traveling with a pet and had a spacious, clean and inviting room. We had a private courtyard which allowed our pet to enjoy the outdoors. Savannah is very pet (and people) friendly. The location of the hotel is perfect. Don't hesitate to book a stay there." -- 01/13/12

  • Things To Do

    No matter what brings you to our beautiful city, you'll never run out of things to do in Savannah. From horse-drawn carriage rides and ghost tours to museum visits and day-trips to the beach, Savannah offers a long list of attractions and activities for every member of your group.

    Savannah Attractions and Activities

    Fun Family Things to Do in Savannah

    • Oatland Island Education Center
    • Roundhouse Railroad Museum
    • The Ships of the Sea Museum
    • Jepson Center for the Arts and ArtZeum
    • Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
    • Forsyth Park
    • The Pirate's House
    • River Street
    • River Street Riverboat Company
    • Dolphin Magic
    • Savannah Safari
    • Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens
    • Tybee Island and Tybee Island Lighthouse
    • Fort Pulaski
    • Fort Jackson

    These listings are only the beginning of a wide world of diversions you'll find in Georgia's first city. We know you'll love Savannah as soon as you see her.  We look forward to making your experience here an absolute pleasure.

  • Location and Directions

    Located in the heart of Savannah's historic district just steps away from the Riverfront, East Bay Inn is ideally located on Bay Street, and is convenient to the beaches of Tybee Island and all of Savannah's historic attractions. You will never run out of things to do in Savannah. The Inn is a short stroll from boutiques, antique shops, outdoor cafes, night spots, and museums.Bed & breakfast in Savannah's historic distric

    To reach Savannah's famous water front from East Bay Inn, guests simply cross the street and take the cobblestone steps and pathways to reach River Street where there's an endless array of activities. Charming restaurants, shops and touring attractions can all be found along the Savannah River.

    A short walk leads guests to City Market, a four-block collection of shops, restaurants and bars with a special attention to Savannah's art community. You can experience Savannah's history and entertainment at a number of other near-by locations, including the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Forsyth Park, Savannah's famous squares, The SCAD Theatre and The Lucas Theater.

    Directions from I-95:

    • Take Exit 99A onto I-16 East
    • Take Montgomery Street Exit
    • Continue to Bay Street and turn right
    • Drive through 7 traffic lights
    • East Bay Inn will be on the right, at the corner Lincoln and Bay Streets