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Built in 1892, the Olde Harbour Inn was once a bluff-side warehouse overlooking the Savannah River. Now a spacious and elegant bed and breakfast inn, it is the only establishment in Savannah where you can sleep in a historic building featuring large suites overlooking the Savannah River.
Olde Harbour Inn provides more than just an ordinary hotel room for your next stay in Savannah. Our spacious one and two-bedroom suites provide all of the comforts of home, with the extra amenities you'd expect from a luxurious vacation. From First Saturday on the River to the famous St. Patrick's Day Celebration, River Street is the place to be in Savannah. Olde Harbour Inn is located on the east end of River Street, near the Waving Girl statue by River Street Marketplace
Olde Harbour Inn is perfect for families (large or small) visiting Savannah. The Inn's spacious rooms and convenient layout makes it particularly family-friendly.
The Suites at Olde Harbour Inn are some of the most spacious accommodations in the River Street area. Here you'll find all of the comforts of home, along with superior service and extra amenities to make your Savannah getaway a carefree, relaxing time.
About our Suites:
- Olde Harbour Inn's Suites range in size from 450 to 650 square feet.
- You can comfortably sleep from one to four guests in the two bedroom suites.
- Two robes are provided for use in your room
- Iron & Ironing Board are provided.
- Each has an efficiency kitchen, including microwave, coffee maker and full-size refrigerator with ice -maker
- Daily Housekeeping Service is provided.
- All Suites are non-smoking.
Bring your pet to Savannah! Savannah is a very dog-friendly town, and Olde Harbour Inn is the perfect place to stay with your pet.
The Olde Harbour Inn is located directly on River Street, but to access the entrance and parking, you must enter from Bay Street or down the Lincoln Street Ramp to Factors Walk. The Inn is adjacent to a number of City of Savannah off-street parking spaces, including a block of convenient pull-in spaces along Factors Walk along the east side of the building. Olde Harbour Inn offers a 48-hour City Parking Pass for $12 that is valid for parking throughout the downtown Savannah area. Whether you choose to park on the Bay Street level on Rossiter's Circle or on the cobblestoned pathway below on Factors Walk, our Bell Staff will gladly assist you with your bags and belongings and help you navigate to your best parking option.
In Savannah, our bed and breakfast amenities--both in accommodations and in general--offer the luxury, charm and comfort you desire. The Suites at Olde Harbour Inn are some of the most spacious accommodations in the River Street area. Here you'll find all of the comforts of home, along with superior service and extra amenities to make your Savannah getaway a carefree, relaxing time.
About our Amenities:
- Olde Harbour Inn's Suites range in size from 450 to 650 square feet
- You can comfortably sleep from one to four guests in the two bedroom suites
- Two robes are provided for use in your room
- Iron & Ironing Board are provided
- Each has an efficiency kitchen, including microwave, coffee maker and full-size refrigerator with ice-maker
- Daily Housekeeping Service is provided
- All Suites are non-smoking
Complimentary Savannah Bed and Breakfast Amenities Include:
- Deluxe Continental Breakfast
- Complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception Every Evening
- Turndown Service Nightly with Ice-Cream Treats (if you're not there, we'll leave it in your freezer!)
- High-Speed Wireless Internet Access
The staff at The Olde Harbour Inn 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 912-234-4100.
Our Concierge can help you with the following:
Private carriage tours
Savannah River Cruise
Dolphin Viewing Excursions
Walking or bus/trolley tours of Savannah
Historic Home and Garden Tours
There's no better way to experience Savannah's famous River Street than by staying at The Olde Harbour Inn. Make this River Street hotel your "home base" during your visit to Savannah.
Historic River Street is considered a must-see attraction for Savannah's visitors. Once the site of a bustling cotton industry, today's River Street consists of nine blocks of renovated warehouses housing more than 90 restaurants, pubs, night spots, shops, galleries, and boutiques. It's a great place to sightsee, eat seafood, buy souvenirs, enjoy a cocktail, and watch the huge ships go by. River Street is also the site of many festivities throughout the year, including the St. Patrick's Day celebration and fireworks on July 4th and New Year's Eve.
The stone ramps that connect Bay Street with River Street are made of the English ballast stones which gave schooners added stability for their trips from Europe. The discarded stones were then used in buildings and walkways, and became the foundation of ballast stone islands found today in the river's channels. When a dirt road was carved out along the water front to ease traffic and facilitate commerce, thousands of these cobbles and English fieldstones became the bumpy roads and ramps we now call River Street. Olde Harbour Inn lies directly on a section of this cobblestone street, and boasts a unique wall of ballast stones connecting the lower level of River Street to Emmet Park above.
Emmet Park is a beautiful, tree-shaded park located on the bluff next to Bay Street, located essentially in the "front yard" of The Olde Harbour Inn. Once known as the "Strand" and later as "Irish Green" because of its proximity to the Irish residents of Savannah's Old Fort neighborhood, this park was renamed in 1902 for the Irish patriot Robert Emmet (1778-1803) to commemorate the centennial of his death. Emmet, who led an unsuccessful Dublin uprising for Irish independence and was executed for treason, was a hero to Savannah's Irish community. A Celtic Cross sits in the grassy strip on the bluff overlooking the Savannah River. Emmet Park remains an important center of ceremonial congregation for Savannahians of Irish descent. From tug boats to cargo containers, the Savannah River is a hub of maritime activity. The Georgia Ports Authority, located on the Savannah River in nearby Garden City, is the fourth-largest container port in the United States and the largest single-terminal operation in North America. From a River Street view point, this means a frequent change of scenery along the River as the enormous carriers pass by. Adding to the atmosphere are triple-decker riverboats, Private yachts, sail boats, private charters and cruises ferrying sightseers across and along the River. If you love boats, you'll love the busy Savannah River.
No matter where they stay, Savannah's visitors always travel to the cobble-stoned streets of River Street. At Olde Harbour Inn, you'll find this exciting area of Savannah right outside your door. The Inn's unique waterfront location puts you right in the middle of Savannah's fun. It's just steps away from the many unique shops and galleries, fabulous restaurants and seductive nightspots.
One of the most famous memorials in the River Street area is The Waving Girl, a 1971 statue by Felix De Weldon, honoring Florence Martus, a Savannahian who greeted every ship entering the port from 1887 to 1931. Born August 7, 1868, Martus lived with her brother in a lighthouse near the entrance of the Savannah harbor. The Waving Girl fell in love with a sailor who promised to return for her, but never did. Florence spent years waving to passing ships hoping her love would return. During her years at the lighthouse, she greeted nearly 50,000 vessels.
The Olde Harbour Inn is a member of the Bed and Breakfasts of Savannah, a collection of six award-winning inns in the heart of Savannaha'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 Cristin Nguyen for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
I believe that most first-time travelers stay at our inn because of its unique look that stands out above the rest. Once here, they truly experience a touch of Savannah with our everlasting charm & warm hospitality!
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for treating our guests like family! What makes us unique is that we are the ONLY B&B on the river that offers top class service to our guests! I love the fact how everyone that works here at the Olde Harbour Inn goes above & beyond for our guests!
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
#1 reason to come visit Savannah is its beauty!
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We love when guests tell us how they love our quaintness and great location.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
People don't realize just how many different places there are to eat here!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Day one should be for discovering River Street and the water activity. Day two, after breakfast, should start off with a Historic Trolley Tour of the downtown area & then enjoying different stops that caught their eye with the on/off access. Of course dining at different restaurants for dinner is a must. Day 3 should be at a nice walk to Forsyth Park or even a bike ride (bike rentals are available) and later a dinner cruise up the Savannah River. Last day can be for some light shopping on Broughton Street or maybe a few pick-me ups from small boutiques & antique shops that are spread out throughout the historic district. Later that evening enjoy a live show at the Savannah Theatre.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Yes! Everything is within walking distance. Plenty of different restaurants, trolley stops for historic, ghost & horse-drawn carriage tours, trendy shops, small boutiques, ice cream shops, night life for all adult age groups, beautiful squares & parks, museums & homes to visit.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
We like to recommend Garibaldi’s Restaurant (Italian & Seafood)
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 24 spacious suites.
Do you accept pets?
Yes, We love pets at Olde Harbour! We do allow pets with a non-refundable pet fee of $40 at check-in.
Olde Harbour Inn's history goes back to 1812, when the stone foundation of the building was laid. At that time, the building site was occupied by wharf warehouses and storage buildings, with the primary owners being Johnson & Jones Families. There were several City Council debates regarding this and the use of the docks and wharfs, and sometime between 1888 and 1889 these original buildings were removed.
The Savannah Morning News & Evening Press reported on December 1889 that new construction had begun at the site. "Dennis J Murphy is raising a three-story building under the bluff; which will extend from River Street to Factor's Walk. He will bridge, at several intervals, the building to the "Green" or E. Bay Street. Tide Water Oil Company has already leased two (2) floors of the new building." In March 1890, the newspaper reported: "Dennis J Murphy has just finished for the Tide Water Oil Company, a 3 story brick building on East Bay Street (between River Street and The Green) at a cost of $2,500."
In 1892, a tremendous fire began along the mostly wooden warehouses on the east end of Factors Walk, including the Tidewater Oil Company's building. A breeze was blowing that evening, and although the fire company was quick to respond, the entire building caught fire, and ended in a total loss. The origins of the fire were never established, but fortunately no one was killed in the fire.
Headlines in the Savannah Morning News on January 3, 1892 read: "Bay Streets Big Blaze -- Five Hundred barrels of oil and the building is burned..." The article went on to note: "The Tide Water Oil Company's office and storage rooms were completely destroyed. Loss was listed at $19,000 (with insurance coverage of $15,580). The fire was a fierce one and of unknown origin. The Tide Water Oil Company will rebuild at once..."
After that fire, the Oil Company did rebuild the building. As a result of the many fires Savannah had experienced, city leaders had passed an ordinance that new buildings along the bluff must be made of stone or brick. When the Oil Company rebuilt, they constructed the building with more than 730,000 bricks - making the building flame resistant at last. Brick used for the building was made from a new process designed by "Liberty Brick Company" of Savannah. It was noted as a great step forward in construction standards.
Shortly after the re-build, Tidewater Oil Company became Standard Oil Company, a part of Rockefellers' Standard Oil Trust. The company occupied the building until 1907, primarily selling a product called "Guardian Oil," a then high-tech perfection of kerosene oil. The oil was stored in barrels throughout the building. Today, the wooden beams inside the Inn are re-painted frequently to cover oil stains that saturated the beams more than a century ago.
When Standard Oil left the building in 1907, it sat vacant more than 20 years. In 1930, Alexander Brothers Company, a blue jeans and overall factory, moved in and conducted business from the building for until 1980. In 1985, the building underwent a complete renovation. It was re-opened as the Olde Harbour Inn in 1987. In December 1991, HLC Hotels, Inc, a Savannah-owned and operated hotel management company, purchased The Olde Harbour Inn, the first property in its collection of upscale historic Savannah inns. HLC's Savannah Inns now includes The Marshall House, The Eliza Thompson House, The East Bay Inn, The Gastonian and The Kehoe House. Visit all six inns at www.BedandBreakfastsofSavannah.com.
Meetings, Groups & Weddings
Savannah is a popular destination for groups, meetings and wedding celebrations. Olde Harbour Inn offers unique accommodations for the many events held in Savannah.
Large meeting facilities are plentiful in Savannah's historic district, including those available at The Marshall House, one of Olde Harbour Inn's sister inns. Meetings are also held in the city's Trade and Convention Center across the River, and at numerous other locations throughout the historic district. From Olde Harbour Inn, you can walk to most of the City's popular meeting locations, or take advantage of the City of Savannah's Free Shuttle service downtown, with CAT Shuttle moving travelers through the streets and Belles Ferry moving travelers across the River.
Small, intimate gatherings can be held at The Olde Harbour Inn, and very small, private wedding ceremonies can be performed in the Innâ€™s elegant parlor or in Emmet Park located directly in front of the Inn.
The Olde Harbour Inn is perfect for groups of friends or families traveling together. Our unique room layout and large suites offer a home-like atmosphere with spacious rooms and efficiency kitchen facilities. Groups who book 10 or more rooms are eligible for discounted rates.
For Wedding or Group inquiries, please email: email@example.com
Favorite Things to Do and See In Savannah
Whether you're on a romantic getaway or family vacation, you'll never run out of things to do in Savannah. From carriage rides and ghost tours to Tybee Island day trips and visits to Dolphin Magic and Savannah Safari, the beautiful city of Savannah has attractions enough for every taste, budget, mood and whim.
- A Variety of Haunted Ghost Tours
- Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours of the City
- Fantastic Antique Shops and One-of-a-Kind Boutiques
- Leisurely Strolls through Gorgeous Tree-Lined Streets
- Tours of Numerous Fine Art Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites
Family-Friendly Savannah Attractions
- 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
Monuments near Olde Harbour Inn in the River Street Area of Savannah
Chatham Artillery Monument
A monument honoring the members of the famous Chatham Artillery which was organized in 1786.
Georgia Hussars Monument
A monument honoring the famous Georgia Hussars, organized in 1736.
A monument honoring the armed schooner, "Liberty" the first American Naval vessel. She sailed from the Savannah port in 1775.
Oglethorpe Bench Monument
This monument marks the spot where General Oglethorpe pitched his tent to rest on his first night in Georgia.
Oglethorpe Landing Monument
This small monument marks the exact spot of General James Oglethorpe's landing in 1773.
Old City Exchange Bell
The old 1802 City Exchange Bell is displayed in a bell tower.
Old Harbor Light
This beacon light was erected in 1858 as an aid to navigation of the river.
Olympic Games Monument
The riverfront sculpture is a monument to Savannah's role as host of the Yachting Venue of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
Prince Hall Masonry Marker
A marker recognizing the birthplace of Prince Hall Masonry in Georgia in 1870.
Salzburger Monument of Reconciliation
A stone monument cut from the Austrian mountains and presented by the City of Salzburg to honor the Salzburgers who landed in Savannah in 1734.
Savannah City Hall
Savannah's City Hall was built in 1905 on the site of the 1799 City Exchange. Its gold dome has become an icon for the City.
Savannah Cotton Exchange
The old 1886 Cotton Exchange building where prices of cotton, lumber and turpentine were set for the world.
Savannah Irish Monument
A monument to Savannah's original Irish settlers and their descendants.
Steamship Savannah Marker
A marker recognizing the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic.
U.S. Custom House
Completed in 1848, the Customhouse stands on historic ground. It is the site where Georgia founder, James Oglethorpe lived for a time, and in 1736, where John Wesley preached his first sermon in Savannah.
A memorial to the men and women of Savannah and Chatham County who served in the Vietnam War.
The famous Chatham Artillery Washington Guns which were captured at Yorktown and given to Savannah in 1791 by George Washington.
Waterfront Historical Marker
Marker outlines distinguished history of the waterfront.
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.
Olde Harbour Inn was a wonderful part of our Savannah trip in May. So comfortable and well appointed, with professional and friendly staff. I loved that you could step outside your semi-private foyer and be right on Factors Walk, just downstairs from the lovely Emmet Park and all of Savannah right there for you. River Street right behind you if you so choose. Parking was no problem either. Maurice would bring us a Klondike bar each night with the weather forecast for the next day. Sweet. I would stay here as opposed to anywhere else for sure.
The Olde Harbour Inn was recommended by friends. We've already recommended the Inn to others. We were a group of four couples who thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff is gracious and accommodating. Emily, Erika, Kevin, and Maurice met and exceeded our expectations. The advertised continental breakfast is excellent and offers more choices than expected. The evening wine and cheese is very relaxed and turns out to be a fun time for social interaction with other guests. A great way to swap experiences about tours and restaurants in Savannah which helps first-timers plan their next day. It did us. The suites are spacious. Ours on the third floor, four steps up from Factors Walk, was sunny and offered a good view of the river. Whether it's location, accommodations, or service, the Olde Harbour Inn would get our vote. But it was the staff who we interacted with daily that made the difference between just being very good and being excellent. Did I mention the Klondike bars?
We stayed here for 3 nights. It was our first trip to Savannah. The Bed & Breakfast was excellent. All rooms are suites. Ours even had a kitchen. The Bed & Breakfast is on the river. Our room was on the river side and we watched huge ships coming up and down the river. We looked forward to the wine and cheese party everyday. There were 2 types of wine and much more than cheese. We met so many nice people at this event. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. Parking is down a skinny, alley type street. Kenny helped us maneuver our car into the parking spots. They will make reservations for any tour. Breakfast was good, but not super special. I would definitely go back.
We stayed at the hotel for the celebration of our 10th wedding anniversary. The suite was very large- much larger than I expected for the price. The location was great and although we did not stay on one of the upper levels, we still got a nice view of the river. The room was nicely decorated and we especially appreciated having a full size fridge with an ice maker and everything. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Savannah!!
My new favorite place to stay in Savannah! Huge rooms, nicely decorated, right on the river. The 2 bedroom suite was ideal for my family, plenty of room and privacy for everyone, and surprisingly quiet for being so near the River street shops and restaurants. The included breakfast and evening wine and cheese were both very good for this sort of thing. For the price, and having stayed at several Savannah B&B's through the year, it's just unbeatable.
Very friendly staff and very reasonable for it's prime historic district location on the river. The rooms are actually 1 bedrooms suites with a kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and a living room with a river view. I would highly recommend this inn for anyone wanting a taste of history yet on a budget. They have a very good continental breakfast each morning and a nice wine and cheese reception in the evenings.
We love staying at historic inns and B&Bs. The Olde Harbour Inn has become one of our new favorites. The staff and other guests were all very friendly. The wine and cheese gathering in the late afternoon is a great place to meet others. The Inn is very close to a large number of restaurants. We only took the car our one of the 3 days, and that was to visit Tybee Island. The Inn is quaint. The large beams and exposed brick walls add to the authenticity of the place. There are a few creaks as people walk around, but it is part of the experience. We would stay here again in a minute.
We were delighted by the Olde Harbor Inn in Savannah. Its in a great location and the old building is just charming. Everything was above average from the room decor to the morning breakfast. The afternoon wine and cheese event was great and the friendly atmosphere turned it into a wonderful social gathering where we made many new friends. Highly recommended!!
This place is great........from the location, to the service, to the rooms, to the atmosphere. My wife and I recently spent a romantic weekend on the river and just really enjoyed our stay. The rooms are huge for Savannah and had everything you need (Including a kitchen!). The value was amazing here as it was one of the cheapest places that we have stayed yet it was one of our favorite places. If you are thinking about staying here just go ahead and book it, you won't regret it.
Driving from Orlando to Cleveland, my husband and I decided to stay in Savannah on New Year's Eve. I found the Olde Harbour Inn online and chose because of the location and description. We were lucky enough to get the last queen suite available that night. We were very impressed with everything about the hotel. The location was great, the staff was exceptional, our room (suite) was much larger than expected and very charming and comfortable. The location was perfect for walking to shops and restaurants on the waterfront. Everything about our stay was great and we look forward to returning and would highly recommend!
My wife and I choose this hotel as our honeymoon destination first because we love historic Savannah. We were looking around online for a hotel and all the chain hotels are nice but we wanted something different. We choose Olde Harbor Inn because of the history behind it. Once we set foot in the door, nothing but open arms from the staff. Kenny is an awesome gentleman to talk to. We plan on staying here every year around our wedding day. We do love the Olde Harbor Inn and will definitely be back soon for our next Savannah stay.
It was even more than we expected. Our suite was larger than we anticipated. The staff was very friendly, as well as, helpful. The wine and cheese reception in the evening gave us a great opportunity to meet people and swap stories. We even ran into some of our fellow guests while touring the sights. It made our whole trip that much more personal and memorable. Each evening when we returned to our room we looked forward to finding our Klondike bar in our freezer. What a wonderful bedtime snack. All in all a great experience. A special thanks to Kevin! He was great. I wish I would have gotten the names of some of the other staff we met because they were all exceptional. We will definitely return!
Our family toroughly enjoyed our stay at the Olde Harbour Inn. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The location is great, overlooking River St. and the Savannah River. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. A great location for a good price. Based on our experience, we would stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for a B&B with character, location and value.
Upon arrival we were greeted by very friendly staff. check in was very smooth, and the rooms are phenomenal for the price and location. Would highly recommend to anyone, and would definitely consider a trip back just to stay at this property.
The service was amazing!! From the moment we walked in, to the minute we left, we were treated like family. Erica, the receptionist helped my family with choosing restaurants, excursions, etc, and we were not left disappointed. The breakfast area was quaint yet elegant, and we were treated to a wine and cheese reception every evening. The rooms were large and comfortable: full kitchen with stove, microvave, fridge/freezer, utensils, etc. Kevin helped us with our bags, parking, and anything we needed. It was in an ideal location, right on river street, and the boats could be We were all pleasantly surprised with Olde Harbour Inn.
This was our first time to Savannah and we lucked out by picking the right hotel! It was truly lovely, the layout was great with the bedroom seperate from the kitchen, living room & TV. The location was super, just off River St. and a close walk to the other attractions in the city. The staff was friendly and very helpful, the breakfast in the morning and wine & cheese in the afternoon was great, but the topper was the Klondike bars slipped into the freezer each nite and the next days weather report were helpful in planning the next days activities. We will be back to Savannah, and will stay here for sure!
We were here one night with another couple, sharing a two bedroom suite. Everything was wonderful. The wine & cheese evening reception was a very nice touch. The entire staff was great. They went out of their way to make our stay the best it could be. A special thank-you goes to Kevin! We can't wait to stay at the Olde Harbour Inn during our next visit to Savannah.
How to Find Us
To The Olde Harbour Inn from Interstate 95:
Take 1-16 East until it ends at Montgomery St.
Continue to Bay St. and turn right.
Turn left (toward the River) after Abercorn St (and before Lincoln St) onto the Lincoln St Ramp (see the East Bay Inn will be on your right, it is directly across from the Ramp).
Take the first Right onto Factors Walk. It will look like you are turning down an alleyway, if you hit River Street back up. Follow Factors Walk to the end, The Olde Harbour Inn will be on your left, note the red awnings.