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Welcome to the Gastonian
In a city where charming historic inns and elegant B&Bs abound, we at The Gastonian consider it no small feat to be selected as a Savannah favorite in local "Best of Savannah" surveys. So imagine our pleasure when Conde Nast Traveler announced we are ranked in the Top 50 Small Hotels in the World in its prestigious Readers Choice Awards (November 2011)! We invite you to book your next Savannah hotel reservation with us, and experience Savannah in the way hundreds of Conde Nast readers did --- at The Gastonian.
The Gastonian, located near Forsyth Park, consists of two adjoining Regency-Italianate-style mansions built in 1868. Today, The Gastonian is a four-diamond, award-winning bed and breakfast inn in Savannah, recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the finest places to stay in the world. This luxury Savannah Inn features 17 intimate guest rooms—all uniquely furnished and named after prominent Savannah natives such as Flannery O'Connor, Juliette Gordon Low and Mary Telfair. All guest rooms at our historic Savannah B&B have working fireplaces. Guests are given personalized breakfast menus, and can choose either a silver tray service or may join other guests for family-style breakfasts. A complimentary selection of tea, hors d'oeuvres and wine, is served each afternoon. Desserts and cordials are served in the evenings.
For Our Guests:
- Premier Concierge Services
- Gorgeously Restored Guest Rooms
- Customized Stays Tailored Just for You
- One-of-a-Kind Elopements and Special Events Services
- Special Amenities and Complimentary Turndown Service
- Located in the Heart of the Savannah Historic District
The staff at The Gastonian is ready to assist you with reservations, tickets, directions and detailed information about all the things to do and places to go in historic Savannah. We are always happy to make arrangements for dining, tours of the historic district, golfing, charter fishing, sailing, horseback riding, kayak tours, clay shooting, spa and fitness services, therapeutic massage, and virtually any other leisure activity that Savannah has to offer.
To contact the concierge desk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-232-2869.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Susan Powers for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Travelers stay for romantic getaways, weddings, anniversaries, and honeymoons.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
A) Excellent service by all the staff, warm welcoming atmosphere.
B) Fabulous baths and the staffs excellent service.
C) The friendliness of the staff and the uniqueness of every room. We have rooms to fit individual taste.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Savannah has a very relaxed atmosphere, with the gorgeous squares and moss draped trees. There is a very special “feel” to Savannah.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"You made our wedding everything we dreamed about! This has been the best vacation experience I have ever had."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Please refer to the ABC answers in the second question about our inn.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Begin with a trolley tour to learn the basic history and points of interest. Walk through the squares just feeling the atmosphere unique to Savannah. Visit our historic homes and museums; wander in the boutiques and galleries; and eat at an outdoor café or one of the wonderful restaurants in Savannah. Take a pedicab or carriage tour to or from dinner and enjoy looking up while you slowly are driven through the beautiful streets of Savannah. After you know the city a little you can explore the ghost tours or get more in-depth with the architecture, civil war era, or historic homes and gardens tours. Explore a little further out of the historic district to Bonaventure Cemetery, Fort Pulaski, Tybee Island, and into our marshes either by boat or kayak. The more you learn the more you find to explore.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The whole Historic District is within approximately a mile of The Gastonian. Beautiful Forsyth Park is two blocks to the west of The Gastonian.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
This is an extremely difficult question due to the abundance of excellent restaurants, both small and quaint and larger popular locations.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Harriet Myerhoff is the perfect Southern Lady tour guide; she does groups and private tours. Savannah Dan, Blue Orb Ghost Tours, The Architecture Tour, the trolley tours, The Savannah Experience Tour are just a few of the excellent tours offered in Savannah.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have seventeen unique rooms forming six different categories.
Do you accept pets?
We can only accept service animals.
A glimpse of a hidden garden makes it more intriguing. The Gastonian's luscious courtyard garden, like many in Savannah, is one of the city's secret wonders, with wrought iron gates allowing just a glance from passers-by.
Like many hidden gardens in Savannah, The Gastonian's garden was designed to be seen from the street. Tucked away behind the gate, azaleas, boxwoods and colorful seasonal plants are lined formally, by height, along the edges of a central lawn and tiered fountain. A more private, intimate garden lies just around the corner, featuring a bricked ground-cover, a cozy swing for two, and small pool for goldfish and water lilies.
A wooden balcony connecting the two mansions overlooks both gardens. It's the perfect place for a morning visit with tea and a newspaper.
When it comes to the best luxury hotel amenities in Savannah, nobody does it better than The Gastonian. From exquisite bedding and cozy fireplaces in your room to our 24-hour concierge service and the free newspaper delivered to your door every morning, our historic Savannah B&B offers the kind of amenities that make you feel at home.
The Gastonian is located in an upscale historic residential neighborhood. When you arrive, you are welcome to park on the street and enter through the front entrance or drive around to access parking spaces behind the Main House. Our Bellstaff will gladly assist you with your bags and belongings. There is no charge for parking, a rarity in the busy historic district!
WiFi high speed Internet access is available complimentary in each of our guest rooms and throughout the Inn.
The Gastonian offers an afternoon wine reception with hors d'oeuvres daily from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Desserts and cordials are served from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm.
Each room has premium bedding with deluxe linens, private and luxurious modern baths and an unforgettable gourmet breakfast served family style in our eat-in kitchen and dining room or delivered to your room on a silver tray. The Gastonian provides the Chamomile collection of soaps and lotions by Gilchrist & Soames. Soothing and relaxing, the collection provides an elegant accompaniment to a bath in your room's claw-foot or whirlpool tub.
Savannah can often be quite warm, but you're in charge of the temperature in your room. Each room has a working gas fireplace and individual air conditioning and heating controls. Ceiling fans are in most rooms.
All you would expect to find from luxury accommodations...bathrobes, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Plus a daily newspaper delivered to your door.
The Gastonian's evening staff makes it a pleasure to return to your room after dinner. Each evening, we'll pamper you with turndown service of our exquisite linens. Your room will be gently straightened, set with soft music and soft lighting, and a sweet treat of Savannah pralines will be left on your pillow. If you want to add a touch more romance, we can add flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne to your turndown service.
Each of the 17 guest rooms and suites at our luxury Inn in Savannah features a carefully chosen collection of antique furniture, luxurious fabrics and attention to detail. All rooms include a private bath. Some rooms feature whirlpool baths, while others have either a charming claw-footed tub or walk-in shower.
All rooms and suites include:
- A working fireplace
- Individual heating and air conditioning controls
- Complementary wireless Internet access
- Flat screen cable television with DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Iron and ironing board
- Bath robes
- A gourmet breakfast served family style in our eat-in kitchen and dining room or delivered to your room
- Afternoon reception with a selection of hors d'oeuvres with wine and coffee
- Evening desserts and beverages
- Evening cordials served in the parlor
- Soft drinks and bottled waters available all day
- Turndown of our exquisite linens each evening
- Twenty-four hour concierge service
- Newspapers delivered to your door
The History of The Gastonian
The Gastonian, comprised of two striking Regency-Italianate style mansions, rests in the heart of Savannah's beautiful Historic District. Built in 1868, these majestic mansions, like many of Savannah's old homes, serve as reminders of Savannah's rich history. The freestanding house at 220 East Gaston Street was built for Savannah insurance broker R. H. Footman, and the one next door, 218 East Gaston Street, was built for wholesale grocer Aaron Champion.
The exterior cracks along the mansions' façade and a crack along the fireplace in the original kitchen of The Gastonian were caused by an earthquake that struck the Coastal Empire in the late 1800s. Many Savannahians fled their homes during the panic. The Gastonian remained standing.
In December of 2000, The Gastonian was selected for membership in the international association of luxury hotels and restaurants known as Relais & Chateaux. No other hotels in Savannah enjoy membership in this very elite group, which has distinguished The Gastonian as one of the finest luxury hotels in the world.
On April 1, 2005, HLC Hotels, Inc., a Savannah-owned and operated hotel management company, purchased The Gastonian and added it to its downtown collection of upscale historic inns in Savannah, including The Marshall House, The Eliza Thompson House, The East Bay Inn The Olde Harbour Inn, and the Kehoe House. The Gastonian is now the leading historic inn in the collection and was also voted best bed and breakfast in Savannah in 2005. Visit all six inns at BedandBreakfastsofSavannah.com.
The Gastonian's Most Recent Media Mentions, Awards and Honors
Best of Savannah 2013 (May 2013)
Readers of Connect Savannah voted The Gastonian "Best B&B" in the publication's "Best of" reader's poll.
Best in the World - Top 50 Small Hotels, USA
Conde Nast Traveler - 2011 Reader's Choice Awards (November 2011) In this survey, 28,876 Conde Nast Traveler readers rated the cities, islands and hotels they visited in the past year.
The Gastonian is ranked among the Top 50 Small Hotels in World
America's Best Bed & Breakfasts
Food & Wine magazine selected The Gastonian as one of the nation's best Bed and Breakfast inns. (October 2011)
Coastal Living (October 2011)
Listed The Gastonian among its favorite "Haunted Inns by the Sea."
Savannah Magazine (September/October 2011)
Best Services - Inn / Bed & Breakfasts - Runner Up
American Way - American Airlines + American Eagle (May 2011)
Recommended The Gastonian for a "Weekend in Savannah, Georgia" "...this B&B offers all the bells and whistles you'd expect in a AAA Four Diamond inn."
"Best of Savannah for Tourists"
Savannah Magazine - March/April 2011
Based on results of Savannah Magazine's 10th annual "Best of Savannah" reader poll
AAA 4-Diamond Rating:
In 2013, The Gastonian received it's Four Diamond Award for the 27th year in a row. --- AAA Auto Club South
1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
"To fully appreciate Savannah's seductive charms today, stay in one of inns that have been opened in some of the city's most impressive historic homes. Competition is stiff, but most agree, The Gastonian is a front-runner! "
Accent Gwinnett, February 2007
" (The Gastonian) is a very special place in Savannah that we just know you will love to experience. Immerse yourself in Savannah's rich history and luxury with unsurpassed service and the very highest standards of hospitality. "
Desoto Magazine, April 2007
" At the heart of the historic district, the Gastonian has a well-earned reputation as the area's finest historical inn. Luxury and elegance set the tone for this glamorous establishment. "
Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 & 2007 Gold List
Condé Nast Traveler, the world's leading travel magazine, named The Gastonian one of the best places to stay in the world in its January 2006 issue.
Savannah Magazine, December 2006
"The Gastonian is famous for its excellent food, and it has more than 20 employees to cater to the guests' every need. "
Best B & B
"The Best of Savannah" - Connect Savannah, May 2005
" This perennial winner is renowned for its elegance and comfort, whether its guest are very famous, or not at all. "
"Amazing... We have only praise for the Gastonian and Staff. Our Wedding was just PERFECT..from the Ceremony in their beautiful garden to the Champagne toast along with cake cutting... may I also say it was the best cake we had ever tasted. The Gastonian had made recommendations for local restaurants which were all out of this world superb dining. Prior to arriving for our wedding the Gastonian took care of making our SPECIAL Wedding Dinner arrangements at The Pink House which closed out the Perfect day. The food served by the Gastonian is wonderful it was so nice to have the choice of room service or to mingle with the other guests. All of the Staff at the Gastonian were very kind and willing to do whatever it takes to make our stay the best ever. There were a few employees that really stood out that we want to thank, Rachael and Karen for all the special attention to every detail we asked for to make our Wedding and Stay Perfect... Walter.. what can we say exceptional and AMAZING... and Sweet Sweet LaKeshia always there when you need anything.. Anyone who is considering a small wedding or elopement I highly suggest contacting the Gastonian. I also recommend just staying at this amazing B & B.. Thank you to everyone at the Gastonian."
"We stayed in the Juliette Low suite and highly recommend it. The room was on the second floor, quite spacious with a huge private veranda. Beautiful views from our windows and we really enjoyed having breakfast each morning out on the veranda. The staff at the Gastonian were all very friendly and helpful. The food was great - breakfast brought to our room each morning, afternoon wine and appetizers in the parlor, and late evening coffee, tea and homebaked desserts. Located in a beautiful quiet neighborhood, we could walk to restaurants and shops. We really felt that we made a great choice in Savannah by staying at the Gastonian. We loved it!"
"It was our first B&B and it will not be our last. Everyone was extremely responsive, including Walter! His demeanor was a welcome invitation and embodied the expectations of staying in such a grand place and a historic city. We arrived in the evening around 6pm and were immediately greeted and welcomed by Walter. The concierge staff were always available and very friendly. The room was above and beyond what we have seen from images on the web. We were initially drawn in by the images but to actually be inside the superior room was overwhelming. I felt like I had been there before and have never felt more excited to get back to the Gastonian after a long day touring the city. To have such a great experience our first time out speaks volumes of the service and character of the entire staff. Overall, from the greenery lightly painting the outside decor to the smell of delectable treats in the common area to the earnest staff at our service, we will always remember our weekend at the Gastonian. Thanks to Walter and Lucy, we will definitely be back!"
"My husband and I stayed at the Gastonian to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and we could not have made a more perfect choice. Our visit at the Gastonian was perfect - we didn't want to leave. The staff was amazing, especially Lucie and Walter. Lucie booked any tours we had in mind, made our dinner reservations, etc. and she did it all very graciously. Walter was very kind and helpful, and allowed us to celebrate our anniversary on the balcony instead of our room. He went all the way, setting up our table, bringing the champagne, etc. When he did our turn down service the next night, he put the remainder of the rose petals on our bed as a sweet surprise. Everyone was very accommodating and willing to help, and they did it all with a smile. The location of the Gastonian was perfect! We didn't use our car once, and everything - the river, Forsyth Park, restaurants, galleries, cafes and tons of other parks - were all close by. We had an amazing time in Savannah, but it wouldn't have been as possible had we not stayed at the quaint, cozy and charming Gastonian - much better than a hotel!"
"My wife and I had a wonderful time at the Gastonian for our honeymoon. We are from the area but never get to enjoy the city fully. It was a great escape. The staff was very helpful with reservations. From the moment that we checked in the staff was friendly and very accommodating. Breakfast was great, as well. We can't wait to stay again and are already recommending the B&B to as many people as we know. Thank you for making our little vacation so wonderful!"
"We loved our stay at the Gastonian. There is no way you could improve upon the service, accommodations and atmosphere. Walter and Pamela welcomed us warmly and Pamela provided some very good recommendations for dinners and tours. The staff in the kitchen for breakfast were cheerful and made delicious meals. Our room was lovely with beautiful appointments and we especially enjoyed the fireplace. We enjoyed meeting other guests at breakfast and over evening cordials. Our stay at the Gastonian set a very high bar to which accommodations for the balance of our trip could not reach. We loved Savannah and the location of the Gastonian made for easy walking throughout the city. We heard about the Gastonian through "1000 Places to See Before You Die" and the recommendation was a great one!"
Things To Do
Savannah is a city steeped in history and old world charm. Both hip and historic, it exudes true Southern Hospitality at every turn.Here you'll find spectacular architecture, spooky cemeteries, funky nightlife, fabulous food and global sophistication.
There's so much to see and do. From shopping in upscale boutiques and antique shops to walking the nation's largest Landmark Historic District, you'll find something for every taste in Savannah.
Stroll down cobblestones on River Street for local art, souvenirs, and yummy treats. On Broughton Street find trendy shops featured in fashionable magazines then hop over to City Market for a tour of artist's galleries, both local and international.
Savannah is full of cultural and artistic offerings. The Telfair Museum of Art, one of the nation's oldest, along with its sister The Jepson Center, provide art aficionados the opportunity to view works from the classic masters to the most cutting edge artists of today. Other famed museums include the birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Owens-Thomas House, the finest example of Regency architecture in the country.
At night, Savannah night life comes alive with sound. Hear jazz, blues, rock, and bluegrass. Go salsa or swing dancing or even shag on the beach. Tybee Island is just short drive from downtown and on the way you can check out Old Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski for a view of Savannah 's fine military heritage. Tours, outdoor concerts, frequent festivals with fireworks, and late-night hot spots abound. You'll love Savannah…so much so that you'll want to return again and again. Our concierge will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Situated on the corner of Gaston and Lincoln Street, The Gastonian's location is integral to its appeal, offering guests a home base that is both charmingly residential and conveniently central to Savannah's popular historic sites. Guests of The Gastonian experience the best that Savannah has to offer while staying in what feels like their very own elegant historic Savannah home.
The Gastonian is two blocks from Forsyth Park and within easy walking distance to a number of city squares, including Whitefield, Calhoun, Monterey, Troup, Lafayette and Madison. It's a five-minute walk down Lincoln Street to Colonial Park Cemetery, and from there just a few blocks to the Juliet Gordon Low Birthplace on Oglethorpe Avenue.
Savannah's River Street and City Market are about three-quarters of a mile from the Forsyth Park and Gaston Street area. It's a pleasant stroll with lots of photo opportunities through neighborhoods of elegantly restored homes and beautiful gated gardens. You'll find eclectic shops, intriguing sites and cafes along the way.