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Eliza Thompson House in Savannah, GA

Eliza Thompson House in Savannah, GA

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This award-winning Inn is located on historic Jones Street, one of Savannah's most charming downtown addresses. The Inn is within walking distance to shops, antique stores, museum houses, civil war memorials, beautiful old churches and Savannah's finest restaurants.

History

Established in 1847.

In 1847, this house on Jones Street was home to Eliza and Joseph Thompson and their seven children. It was one of the finest homes in Savannah, and the location of many grand parties and celebrations. The Main House was built in two stages. The original structure was built in 1847, with a second section, consisting of what is now the front parlor, the Chatham and the J. Stephens rooms were added around 1870. Eliza was widowed only eight years after her husband built the beautiful house. She continued to manage her husband's holdings, while maintaining her Jones Street mansion and a full schedule of entertaining in the courtyard. The tradition of outdoor entertaining continues in the courtyard today, which now features an original Ivan Bailey fountain (Ivan Bailey Metal Studio Atlanta, Georgia) and Koi pond.

Joseph, whose portrait hangs in the R. Bruce room, served on several bank boards and made a living buying and selling cotton. He also financed the building of special homes to sell

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.04

Address: 5 W Jones St, Savannah, GA, 31401
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Comments (25):

1. Jamie S.
Absolutely outstanding bed and breakfast! Beautiful rooms and courtyard! Excellent location, walking distance throughout Savannah's historic district, Forsythe Park, etc. Terrific service! Delicious hot, country breakfast every morning and cheese and wine every evening! Great price! We can't wait to go back!

02/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Kelly F.
I am not even sure where to start with this place.  It is definitely charming at first glance...However, the rooms are something to be desired.  It seems to be that they are rarely cleaned.  Our bathroom floor was filthy.  The toilet was dirty.  The shower head had SO much build up on it...it was disgusting.  On top of that, the bath tub had black marks and some one else's hair in it. The blankets that were supplied looked like they had newspaper ink on them...We told the front desk about these issues the next morning and were assured that it would be taken care of.  However, upon returning to our room that afternoon, it seemed that nothing had been done.  The bed had been made, but with the same the blankets that were there before.  Our coffee cups were still sitting on the dresser with dried up coffee.  Sugar had been spilled on the night stand and it was not cleaned up.  The robes issued by the hotel were balled up on one of the chairs and not hung up.  The bathroom had not been touched.  I went down to complain and the front desk lady became really defensive.  The next day, it was the same thing...except THIS time the blankets had been replaced, but the OLD blankets were balled up on the chair with the robes...It was unbelievable!  It was really unacceptable.  I would never recommend this place to anyone...It was dirty. The people were rude and it was DIRTY...did I say that already?  Well, I can't say it enough! Yuck!

13/03/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
3. Michelle G.
This B&B is truly a gem. Gorgeous setting and great rooms! Very clean and extremely friendly staff. They sure do try to fatten you up there! Big complimentary breakfast every morning with all the trimmings, free wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres each night, and also free dessert each night too! All delicious.

Only 2 small complaints. 1- the fact that they didn't put curtains over the blinds on the french doors to the bedroom. So if someone wanted to, they could stand outside and watch you sleep (creepy, but never really worried about it). This doesn't apply to the rooms in the original house though. 2- pillows that were WAY too soft. Unless you like those really mushy pillows that don't hold any shape, bring your own.  

Knowing that, I will gladly stay there again and again (and bring my own pillow).

14/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Lauren P.
We love this bed and breakfast and have stayed here 5 times....every time we return to Savannah. Kevin, the bellman is fantastic and willing to help with anything you could need! The courtyard is just beautiful and the nightly wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and coffee are great and a nice way to meet people who have traveled to Savannah from all over. Breakfast in the courtyard is also very good...especially the egg casserole. We will be back for sure!

09/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Rogi K.
My girlfriend and I stopped at this place on a Sunday night on our way back home.  I have stayed at the Gastonian and this is a sister property, which was suppose to be nicer.  
Upon check-in we were greeted with a warm welcome and a generous bellman that helped with luggage and offered vast info about the place and Savannah.  There was complimentary wine and cheese and then dessert an hour later
The room we stayed was nice, bathroom a little small and outdated.  The next morning we woke up and was expecting a phenomenal breakfast and wow what a disappointment.  We came down at 9:30 and overheard the breakfast attendant complaining if it was 10am yet.  Walking around they offered some kind of egg/quiche/casserole thing then had some skimpy French toast.  They also had cereal, fruit, yogurt, and grits.  Chain hotels for lesser price offers more for breakfast then they did.  
Overall the place was nice, but breakfast needs improvement.

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. Emily B.
The Eliza Thompson house was the best bed and breakfast that I have stayed at. The bellman and the staff were more than accommodating.
The rooms are very nice, we stayed in The Savannah Room.There is a wine and cheese hour in the evening. Followed by dessert later on. But the breakfast... Oh so good.
The breakfast is served bright and early and hot! Fresh out of the kitchen. They have a great southern egg and bacon casserole , sausage, grits ,hash browns and more . It's set out on the patio looking over the beautiful gardens and they have nice heat lamps too. They feed you so much food that you can skip eating lunch and save some money. Savannah is a great walking town so we had lots of places where I could walk off all that heavy food.

The Rooms at the Eliza Thompson house are BEAUTIFUL. And very private. I actually had a room below the bed and breakfast with a private entrance. It was nice because I didn't have to worry about waking other guest up going in and out.

There is a local trolley that will also pick you up outside of the Eliza Thompson house for easier access to the downtown area.
The street that Eliza is located on is one of the oldest streets and one of the few that is still all brick. It's beautiful !
There aren't enough words to describe all the great things about The Eliza Thompson House.
If I go back to Savannah one day there is no other place that I would ever stay.

28/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Tonya O.
Staying at The Eliza Thompson House was my first B&B experience. The place is very charming, the staff are all incredibly nice and helpful, but if you're looking for the usual hotel room feel, you're not going to find it here. The room we stayed in was quite small, and it's a bit difficult to go from a king bed at home to a full bed that you're not familiar with. None of this is the fault of the inn, and I knew fully well what I was getting in to. I was visiting Savannah for my wedding, and I wanted something romantic. I got that and more, but I'm afraid I am just too modern for another stay with Eliza.

Props go to Kevin, the gentleman who helped us with our luggage and each night's turn down service. He was amazing!

One other the to keep in mind is that the House does not have their own parking lot, so it is first come, first serve street parking. With that said, we didn't have any problems finding nearby parking on our Sunday-Tuesday visit.

02/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Heidi E.
After a recent business trip to Atlanta, I decided to head over to Savannah for the weekend. Eliza Thompson House was recommended to me as a bed and breakfast in a picturesque location. It didn't fail to impress. It's located in Savannah's Historical District, filled with stately homes, beautiful trees, interesting shops, and walking distance from SCAD. Check-in was easy, and I went directly to my room to relax after the four-hour drive. My room was the Eliza, located outside in one of the garden courtyard rooms. At check-in, I was told there is a complimentary breakfast in the courtyard between 8:00-10:00 a.m., an evening reception between 5:30-7:00 p.m., a turndown service and dessert and coffee at 8:30-10:00 p.m. Hungry, I took a leisurely walk over to a gastropub for dinner. Afterward, I sunk into my comfortable bed and immediately fell asleep.

Breakfast the next morning consisted of serve-yourself coffee, orange juice, tea; a breakfast cassarole (salsa and egg was served both days), sausage links, fresh biscuits, seasoned hashbrown patties, a selection of breads, grits, and fruit compote. I recommend you arrive early for breakfast for best selection as things definitely get sparse by 9:00 a.m.. Everything I tried was tasty. As it was mid-Fall, there was (heated) seating indoors and patio seating outdoors.

The evening reception was served in the parlor and included both white and red wine, a cheese dip so tasty I was required by law to go back for seconds, cheese cubes, crispy crackers and bacon/cheese toasts. There wasn't much seating left inside, so I walked outside and sat by one of the fountains. The property itself is gorgeous, with black wrought iron decorating the various levels of the terrace and surrounded by mature trees draped in spanish moss.

It's located in an old house, so you should be prepared to be woken up by the water pressure of other guests taking showers, and chatting along the terrace while they are heading out. It wasn't super-loud by any means and there's something nice about being woken up by happy voices in the morning. Parking is on the street and street cleaning "alerts" are handled by the staff well. They keep an eye on where you park so you don't have any problems and provide you with any assistance you may need during your stay. Though I would imagine if there is an event downtown, parking may be a challenge. Free Wi-Fi.

Overall, I really enjoyed my two-night stay and hope you do, too!

21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Steve C.
A great stay in a fine place in a great location.  The young woman at the front desk was special.  The place is quiet and comfortable.  We were in town to eat so all the food was not necessary.  I overheard people talking who ate the full breakfast (quite a layout - unlike many B&Bs), grabbed a lunch somewhere, ate the 5 p.m. snacks with the free wine and later returned to enjoy the 8 p.m. desserts.  In other words, you can stay here in fine accommodations and not blow your budget at the restaurants.  Of course, that would mean missing out on so many fine Savannah restaurants.  Everything in the historic district is proximal to Eliza Thompson House.

16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Jessica G.
Having dreamed of visiting Savannah for years (yes, I confess, starting with a reading of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), I was looking for a place to stay that would really make the experience.  I chose well when I chose the Eliza Thompson House.  The house is lovely, located on the picturesque and historic Jones Street.  Just pulling up you know you are in the Savannah of your dreams.  We decided we wanted to stay in the main house and ended up getting booked into the Johnston Room.  This room, at least during the time of our stay, didn't seem quite as nice as some of the other main house rooms, and was long and narrow, but was still nice with plenty of room and with a very comfortable bed.  All the staff was very courteous and helpful.  The breakfast included hot breakfast items and while not necessarily the best breakfast I have ever had, was still better than any other included breakfast I can recall having recently.  

The location is outstanding if you want to explore the historic district (as we did).  They are located about a couple of blocks from the Mercer-Williams House and it is only couple more blocks to Forsyth Park.  The Eliza Thompson House is a perfect base to explore all of the various gorgeous squares and historic buildings of the unfairly beautiful Savannah.  

In the event you have a car, given the age of the neighborhood, there is only street/metered parking.  However, you will be able to purchase a parking pass at the front desk which will allow you to park at the metered parking near the B&B.  When we were there, we managed to find parking very nearby without difficulty.  

We would definitely recommend staying at the Eliza Thompson House.

09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. T W.
I was in Savannah for a weekend getaway to celebrate a friend's birthday. Everything about the Eliza Thompson House was wonderful!  

From the moment we turned onto the tree lined, cobblestone street we were swept away by the charm of the place. The staff was friendly, attentive and eager to assist with directions and suggestions on how best to enjoy Savannah. The Chatham room, which is where we slept, was clean and tidy. I'm always concerned about hotel bathrooms but when I surveyed ours, I was relieved to see that it was in great condition.

The B&B is in a good location. In fact, I left the car parked the entire time because we were within a short walking distance of shops and other interesting sites.  When we didn't want to walk we simply hopped in a cab took a shuttle bus. Back at the house, the chats in the parlor over wine, sherry and hor d'ourves were a highlight of our evenings. Made even better when we connected with a lovely couple from Seattle.

I'm so glad we decided not to stay in a regular hotel. The Eliza Thompson House made our visit to this charming southern town more authentic. I look forward to the next time!

12/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Bob D.
This review is about my customer experience while attempting to make a reservation, NOT a stay at the house.   I wanted to stay here during my honeymoon, but the ineptness of staff and poor customer service made this impossible.  It is too bad, because this sounds like a great experience.  However, if you can't book a reservation or get a manager to call you back without problems, how good do you think the rest of your stay going to be?

1st Call:  
May 2013; 6 months prior to the planned stay.  When calling for basic information, I was told that most rooms were available, and that I shouldn't have a problem booking them within the next few months.

1st - 3rd Calls:  
June 2013; 5 months prior to the planned stay.  I decided to stay at this B&B, but the telephone rang off twice rang hook twice during the late afternoon.  My third call was answered that evening by a man who clearly didn't know a lot about the rooms or the amenities.  He told me to call back closer to the date of my planned visit.

5th - 6th Calls:  
July 2013; 4 months prior to the planned stay. I was surprised to find that a well known event was in town, and most all of the rooms were already booked.  (I would think the guy I spoke with during the last call should have known this when I first called in May).  I was told that the room I wanted was booked for FRI, but open THU.  I had no problem staying in one room, then moving to another.  That was until I was informed that because I was staying in a new room on FRI, I would have to pay extra because that room had a two night minimum due to the event.  

I can understand a 2 night minimum, but I was planning on staying 2 nights regardless.  Apparently this wasn't good enough because they wanted people booked through the weekend (even if I offered to pay a higher rate on THU).  This makes absolutely no sense.  Two nights are two nights, especially if you take in the same revenue.  Who cares if I stay on SAT (and isn't it easier to sell a room on a SAT than a THU)?

Anyway, the employee indicated that this was her understanding of the policy, and that I could speak to management.  However, I was asked to call back.  Now I was starting to get annoyed.  Why should I call back, especially after my poor experience so far?  I told the employee I did not want to call back and play phone tag.  The employee countered that the manager didn't want to play phone tag either, which is why I should call back.  Now I was really getting irritated.  I told her she could either give me a time when I should call, or take down my information to have the manager call me during times I would be available.  This concept seemed foreign to the employee, but she hesitantly took down my information.  

After two days I still don't have a call back, and today I will be booking a visit with a competitor.  I am not going to bend over backwards for a hotel who clearly doesn't care about or need my business!

VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!  This place comes across as poorly trained and poorly staffed. Management should empower employees to make some customer service decisions, and needs to actually return phone calls!

17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
13. Janine W.
My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary last week and it was wonderful! We enjoyed every minute! When we arrived they were busy with another guest but we were greeted and offered wine and cheese while we waited to check in. Warm, comfortable atmosphere and super friendly staff. The coffee and desserts each night were awesome. Breakfast each morning was delicious and the courtyard was beautiful and calm which started our mornings off just right. The lady at the front desk helped us decide where to have our anniversary dinner and made us the reservations. She was really friendly and very helpful. The Inn feels like a home away from home, not a hotel. From the minute we walked in the door we were treated like friends visiting rather than customers. All the employees were wonderful from the man who showed us around the Inn to the women who set up the breakfast and people at the front desk. Our room was very cozy as well. They gave us an amazing anniversary getaway and we couldn't have asked for more!

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. David O.
I have a black soul for hotels, and this WAS my first Bed and Breakfast, so take these things into account with this review.  First and foremost I would like to say the Staff was incredible and a delight.  I had absolutely no complaints whatsoever from a customer service standpoint.  The problems come with the actual amenities provided by the B&B itself.  

The rooms and beds are quite small, especially for a couple of the "Girthier" persuasion.  If you are expected accommodations like a chain hotel, you will not find it here.

I freely admit I was probably not the target demographic for this place and that should be taken into account when considering my words.

In addition to the room they have a somewhat meager breakfast offering that could at least be said to put food in your mouth but little else considering its 50% of the Breakfast in Bed And Breakfast. In the evenings there is a wine a cheese offering and a dessert offering which was decent but serves mostly to allow you an excuse to talk to the other patrons.

Overall I am not, as I said, probably the target audience for the cool B&B crowd. The Better Half seemed to enjoy it, but I would probably have rather stayed in a nice Marriott.

28/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Ken R.
Such a wonderful B&B to experience Savannah from. My girlfriend and I had a great time staying at this comfortable, quaint B&B. While the location is a little further from the river than other accommodations, it also immersed us deeper into old town Savannah than we might otherwise have experienced.

I should also note that I'm a noise sensitive, light sleeper but had no problems with noise here and felt well rested each morning.

We would recommend Eliza Thompson House to friends.

07/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Alice H.
Book the Lindsey room.  Really beautiful, one of the 2 original rooms in the house with a gigantic king bed. Definitely the best room in my opinion. Breakfast was better than expected. A really nice selection served buffet style (which I prefer to a plated breakfast as is the case at some other B&B's). On the day we were there they had a yummy baked egg dish, hash browns, sausage, ham, grits, warm biscuits and an assortment of breads and muffins. Also, some cold cereal options as well as yogurt with fruit and granola.  Coffee was very good as well.
The dessert and decaf coffee spread at night (I think between 8-10) was an extra special touch.  We will definitely return to this House. Pretty special.

04/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Lisa C.
The room was so comfortable, there were no ghosts and the wine and cheese they had in the parlor was perfect. I Love Savannah!

18/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Laura K.
No complaints. Wonderful staff, clean rooms, good breakfast...love they have a nightly social gathering with wine and appetizers. Savannah has so many great things to offer and this place allows you to enjoy everything. We didn't mind the walk down through the squares to bay street. Even though our room was next to the breakfast area, we definitely weren't awoken by the early risers! Would stay here again if we every return. Very charming!

11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Katherine P.
I wish I could give 2 and a half stars. 3 just is too many but 2 doesn't seem like quite enough.  When we first checked in the woman was helping another couple. Completely understandable. However, instead of telling us "I'll be right with you" or something else along those lines, she ignored us. We stood there awkwardly for about 10 minutes. The room was okay. I found a used tooth pick on the night stand - so that was pretty gross. Also, the room didn't have much character. I felt like I was at a hotel instead of a B&B. I wanted to book a B&B because of the character of the rooms. I would have booked a hotel closer to the river & cheaper had I known better. The outside patio was very beautiful. A lot of greenery and fish in the pond.

 Let's get to breakfast..it was also okay.. The sausage seemed like microwave sausage, the bacon was pretty dried out. The eggs were burnt on the bottom. It was edible, but not great. Honestly, my favorite food item was the toast, if that tells you anything. The wine and cheese was pretty good - they had more  hors d'ouerves than I was expecting. The staff was all very friendly. The cook came out to make sure we liked the food. ( I'm too nice to tell her it was "ehh okay" to her face). Overall it was a "meh" experience. I won't go back there. I absolutely LOVED Savannah though, and thankfully we weren't in our room other than to sleep and get ready.

07/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
20. Tom R.
No complaints at all, historical, perfect location, Friendly, accommodating
Staff. Great value. Highly recommended.

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
21. Garnet F.
This place was cute and felt luxurious.  The staff was polite and the location was great.  The room was very clean and beautiful.  Comfy bed.  The only negatives were the cheap wine and cheese and the walls are very thin.  They don't allow children, so that was a plus for us.

12/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Amanda P.
Very nice place to stay in the Historic District of Savannah.  The interior of the house is lovely and comfortable.  The rooms inside of the house are so cool I hated to leave.  Breakfast served from 8:00-10:00 is about the same every day, varied only slightly by what was in the eggs -- sausage or cheese and zucchini, etc.  the wine served with a different cheeses and snacks every evening at 5:00 in the study was a fun social event with my fellow tourists.

Overall I loved it.  I only wish that I had been able to book a room inside of the main house instead of the carriage house.  My room was fine, but not amazing like the bedrooms inside of the house -- for the same cost.  I did have a lovely view of the fountain and the courtyard, which was spooky at night with all of the statues.  Very cool.

The staff was incredible and very accommodating.   It made for an amazing little adventure to one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited in the US.

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Emily W.
Love, Love, LOVED the Eliza Thompson House!

My husband and I took a weekend trip to Savannah (and just like other commentators, we've wanted to go since reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). This was also our first B&B experience.

The location couldn't be any more perfect. It's right in the middle of the historic district, so we were able to just park the car and walk everywhere. Regarding parking, there are meters on the street and the city sweeps different sides of the street each night, but there are signs indicating which side each night. The meters are also free on the weekend, but cost on M-F.

We stayed in the R. Bruce room and it was wonderful. The ceiling was so neat (as you can see in the photos). It felt like a dream. Service was great...certainly nice to come back to Andes mints each night. Bathroom was okay...but what do you expect when you have a house that old that was converted to a B&B in the middle of the 20th century?

Breakfast was good. My favorite part was the biscuits (which were apparently not homemade, but still delicious). The food rotated each morning but it was basically an egg dish, meat, biscuits, grits, muffins/bread and yogurt/fruit/granola. The heated inside area was a little tight, but I'm sure we could have taken advantage of the courtyard as it wasn't THAT cold.

We had the hors d'eourves one night (wine, deviled eggs, toast with a spread, cheese and crackers) and the desserts (cream puffs and cake and coffee) as well. Nice touch!

I would definitely recommend staying at the Eliza Thompson house on your visit to Savannah.

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Joanna F.
Our room was pretty small, but beautifully appointed and opened out onto the courtyard which offered pretty views.  The service was also spectacular.  Every person we talked to that worked here was a delight.  

We hit the wine and cheese hour one day and I was impressed with the spread - lots of different cheese, some dip, some pasta salad.  The dessert at night was also impressive although we didn't stop by too much for that.  I wasn't blown away by breakfast.  I think they call it an expanded continental breakfast which it most definitely is.  I didn't love the seating area for breakfast either.

That being said, location was great, staff was great and it was overall a good experience.  I would definitely stay here again.

19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Joanna V.
This inn is located within one of Savannah's old historic homes. The inn is just adorable and has all the old Savannah charm you are looking for when staying in an old historic inn. Historic Savannah tradition of serving breakfast is served out on the courtyard every morning and consists of homemade biscuits, some sort of egg dish, potatoes, bacon, cereal, grits, yogurt, and fruit. Much better than the average continental breakfast and pretty tasty. The courtyard is beautiful and peaceful and my husband and I spent a lot of time just sitting and hanging out in it. We stayed in a more standard room, which was a bit on the small side but we knew what we were getting when we chose it. They have larger rooms available. They also serve lemonade all day in the parlor and have wine and appetizers from 5:30 to 7pm. This was so. Ice, although the wine could have been of a bit better quality. We were very pleasantly surprised when we got back from dinner our first night and saw that homemade desserts were also served in the parlor.  The staff were so helpful and accommodating. Every one of our needs was taken care of. Kelly, the manager at the front desk was just a dream. So friendly and making sure everything we could possibly want was taken care of. The inn is centrally located so you will have an easy time getting around Savannah. It is also located on Jones Street which my husband and I couldn't stop walking down. The oak lined street was beautiful and charming. Each house was unique and clearly about a century old. I would recommend staying here to anyone. Such a great stay here.

08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0