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Explore the History of Savannah
In Savannah's Historic District, a bed and breakfast in a superbly restored Renaissance Revival Mansion is a terrific starting point for exploring the deeply historical Savannah, Georgia.
The Kehoe House, built in 1892 sits in the center of the historic district just one block away from the shopping and dining of Broughton Street. The house faces one of the city’s beautiful squares, Columbia Square. The surrounding neighborhood is home to some of the most popular museum houses including The Davenport Museum House and the Owens-Thomas House. Also in the area are Savannah's art museum and the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.
For further exploration, take advantage of the Historic Trolley Tour or the horse drawn carriage tour. There are even more historic homes a little farther from The Kehoe House that are open for daily tours including the Juliette Gordon-Low House and the Mercer House. The Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, the Savannah History Museum, the Historic Roundhouse, and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum are all fantastic sites to visit.
Mornings begin with a made-to-order breakfast accompanied by fresh fruit, muffins, and pastries. In the afternoon, tea and desserts (freshly baked cakes and pies) are served at 4:00PM. Then, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM, guests are invited to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wines while mingling with other guests in the Double Parlor. Each night, you will find homemade cookies on your pillow with the turndown service. Wireless Internet access is available as well as a concierge to assist you in planning a trip full of memorable activities.
The Kehoe House is an exquisitely restored 1892 Renaissance Revival mansion in Savannah, Georgia's Historic District. The Inn, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features 13 original guest rooms and amenities that include daily cooked-to-order breakfast and afternoon tea.
Whether it's your first trip to Savannah or your 15th, you'll want to experience the true flavor of Savannah by staying in the center of the historic district. The Kehoe House is the perfect Inn for your visit here.
The Kehoe House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has received accolades for its historic restoration, its level of customer service and more.
The Kehoe House faces Columbia Square, one of Savannah's famous planned-city features and is just one block off Broughton Street, where eclectic shopping and dining options abound. A very short walk leads you to River Street in one direction and to Forsyth Park in the other.
And there's virtually no need to drive in Savannah when you stay at The Kehoe House. Tour buses offering on-off privileges routinely stop in the area, giving guests an opportunity to explore Savannah without the worry of parking or traffic.
The Kehoe House's neighborhood boasts some of Savannah's finest museum houses and historic sites. On an adjacent side of the square, The Davenport Museum House and garden courtyard is a popular tour site. Owned by the Historic Savannah Foundation, this property's restoration was the first effort of the foundation and the beginning of the historic preservation renaissance in Savannah. The Davenport House shares Columbia Square with The Kehoe House.
Behind the Inn and facing Oglethorpe Square is the Owens-Thomas House, a part of the Savannah's art museum, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. The historic house is a National Historic Landmark. Both museum houses are "must see" places to visit in Savannah.
The Kehoe House 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:
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?
Most travelers stay at the Kehoe House because the house is an amazing structure. They also enjoy our service reputation and because the house is located on quiet Columbia Square in the heart of Savannah’s historic district.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are most known for our service at the Kehoe House. The staff goes to great measures to make sure that each and every guest feels most important and comfortable. They have created friendships throughout the community that allow our guests the opportunity to enjoy the best Savannah has to offer, even at the last minute.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The #1 reason to visit this area is the historic district, and its array of landscape and architecture. Not to mention, the historic district is approximately 1 mile square allowing the opportunity to walk to all the sites and events.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We receive many compliments and couldn't possibly choose just one favorite! They are all wonderful.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best kept secret in this area is our gardens.
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 the following itinerary:
Day 1: Check in and get acquainted with the inn. Discuss with our concierge specifics you wish to accomplish and let us recommend and/or plan an itinerary.
Day 2: Take a general history tour first thing. The trolley tours are nice because you can take their 90 minute tour and then use the trolley as a method to get around the district should you not want to walk.
Day 3: If you have a car, we recommend that you let us map out a driving tour to our islands and beach. There are many historic sites to visit like Fort Pulaski and Wormsloe Plantation.
Day 4: Go to the historic sites in the district that you were not able to see on previous days. Don’t forget to visit our local shops and pick up some gifts for the family.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The entire historic district is within walking distance of our inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Elizabeth’s on 37th is the best restaurant in the city.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The CVB has a wonderful web site. However, we have many great ideas and suggestion on our website. We always recommend that our guests take a trolley tour or a walking tour the first day they arrive. A guided tour will give one a broad introduction to the city and allow them to go back and tour the specific sites that interest them.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 13 guest rooms and a beautiful loft that we can host up to 50 people for meetings and receptions.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
Gourmet Made-To-Order Breakfasts
Think beyond the traditional Continental Breakfast. At Kehoe House we offer guests an extensive made-to-order breakfast menu brimming with innovative options and steaming favorites, plus fresh fruit, muffins and pastries. There is no better way to begin your day in Savannah.
Afternoon Tea, Wine & Hors D'oeuvres
Be sure to also join us for for Afternoon Tea and Desserts at 4 pm. At 5 pm, join us for hors d'oeuvres and wines. Mingle with fellow guests in the Double Parlor where the company will cheer you and the refreshments are the perfect energizer before your evening out on the town.
Features like the Kehoe House's extraordinarily comfortable beds and wireless Internet access make this historic Inn feel like a luxury home of today. Its gilded mirrors, European linens and antique chandeliers remind you of its significant and elegant past. Enjoy a Savannah tradition of style, beauty and comfort at the Kehoe House. Select rooms offer separate sitting areas, private verandas, and views of the beautifully landscaped courtyard or Columbia Square.
Amenities and Services Include:
- European linens
- Spa amenities
- Turndown service
- Complimentary wireless Internet
- One dual-line telephone
- CD & DVD Players
- Business services
- Afternoon tea
- Complimentary gourmet breakfast
- Daily wine and hors d'oeuvres
Our concierge is available to assist you with your plans, even before you arrive. From dinner recommendations to a private carriage ride, our concierge is happy to take care of all of the details. Just send an email to email@example.com with your questions and requests. Please include your dates of stay, confirmation number (if readily available) and your last name.
If you haven't made your reservation yet, you may wish to take advantage of our "Customize Your Stay" offerings. When you book your stay, just select the items you'd like to include, and our concierge will contact you regarding the details that require advanced reservations, such as some tours, restaurant reservations and spa appointments. We look forward to your arrival!
William Kehoe emigrated from County Wexford, Ireland in 1842 at the age of ten with his mother, father, four brothers and three sisters. The family settled in the Old Fort District with other Irish immigrants. William apprenticed in an iron foundry and worked his way up to become a foreman. Eventually he bought the foundry that was then located to the East of Broughton Street. After World War One, he built a new foundry on the riverfront and quickly became one of Savannah’s most successful and prominent businessmen.
William Kehoe and Anne Flood married in 1868 and started their family. Their first home was also on Columbia Square, located at 130 Habersham Street. As his business and family grew, he felt a larger and grander home was in order. He liked the district so much that he purchased the south half of the lot located diagonally across the street for $950. The home he erected was designed by DeWitt Bruyn at the cost of $25,000 and was completed in May of 1892. Immediately after that, Mr. and Mrs. Kehoe occupied the home with their ten children.
Mr. Kehoe’s heirs sold the house in 1930. Over the next 60 years the property was used as a boarding house, funeral parlor, and held for a time held by Alabama and New York Jets football star, Joe Namath. In 1990, Mr. Namath sold the property, and after a two year renovation, the property opened as a Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn, The William Kehoe House. The property was sold again in 2003. It was purchased by its current owner, HLC Hotels, in May of 2007.
"We enjoyed our brief stay very much and have already recommended your establishment to other friends and family! Phil was very helpful and friendly! Made us feel at home." 07/04/12
"We were blown away by the staff and hotel itself. It was beyond our expectations. It was the first time we ever stayed at a bed and breakfast type place. We loved everything so much we plan on making the Kehoe our place of stay whenever we decide to visit Savannah again. Keep up the amazing job!" 07/06/12
"I was very impressed with the genuine warmth, friendliness, and hospitality of all the staff, from the greeter to the baggage handler, Nick, to Indie who served us breakfast on Sunday morning. My compliments to Nick as well. everyone was great , accommodating, and helpful. Thank you so much. " 7/16/12
"This was our fist time in a bed and breakfast and chose the Kehoe House. Our room was very nice with a comfortable king size bed. The breakfast was excellent (banana fosters french toast - yum)! We also enjoyed the wine and cheese social in the afternoon and the cookies on our pillows at night. It was great to have a place to park and be within walking distance to so many things. Everyone was so helpful and kind, it made you feel like you were staying at a friend's house. Nick, Susie and Kathy were great! We really enjoyed talking to Kathy every evening and she helped us out so much! Wonderful room, wonderful food, wonderful staff and wonderful time. THANKS!" 06/29/12
"This was a great hotel. I enjoyed the location and appearance of the Kehoe house. The staff was very friendly and very attentive. I would love to stay here again very soon and I've recommended this place to my family and friends. Overall this hotel is a high class stay in a perfect location." 06/28/12
"This lovely old mansion has a great location in the historic district. We were able to walk to most of the attractions we wanted to see. Parking is provided for a small fee and that was a plus in this busy area. The staff was helpful and gave us useful suggestions for restaurants etc. Our room was on the second floor and was very large. The breakfasts were delicious, almost too much food, and we enjoyed the pre-dinner wine and cheese. We would highly recommend the Kehoe!!" 06/21/12
The Kehoe House's Most Recent Media Mentions, Awards and Honors
Top 5 Haunted Hotels
Coastal Living magazine--- October 2011
America's Top 10 Haunted Hotels
Frommer's Guide --- October 2011
The Essential Guide to Savannah
Southern Living magazine - April 2011
The Best of Savannah for Tourists
Savannah Magazine --- March-April 2011
Based on results of Savannah Magazine's 10th annual "Best of Savannah" reader poll
The Kehoe House's excellence has earned numerous prestigious accolades, including:
- AAA 4-Diamond Award
- Condé Nast Johansen's Recommended
- National Register of Historic Places
How to Find Us
From I-95 North or South
- Exit 99-A (I-16 to East Savannah Exit) I-16 East
- Exit 167B (Montgomery St)
- Go through stoplight
- At the second stoplight, turn right onto Oglethorpe Avenue
- Turn left onto Habersham Street
- The Kehoe House is on the Left side of Columbia Square
From Savannah International Airport
- Exit out the main road to I-95
- Turn left for the Southbound Lane of I-95
- Then, follow directions above
- Take I-75 South to Macon
- Merge onto I-16 East
- Take I-16 East until it merges with Montgomery Street
- This is where I-16 will end, and Montgomery Street will begin
- Take Montgomery Street to Oglethorpe Avenue, make a right
- Follow Oglethorpe Avenue to Habersham Street and make a left
- Go ¾ of the way around Columbia Square