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Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah, GA

Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah, GA

Specialties

Beautiful Historic Inn nestled among the magnolia on Lafayette Square in Savannah Ga.  Seventeen different room types sure to please everyone.

History

Established in 1976.

Samuel Pugh Hamilton had this park-side mansion built for his family in 1873. Along with wife Sarah, the successful businessman and prominent Savannah alderman created a social center for the city's elite, hosting a variety of activities in their home that was impressive in workmanship and size.

The Hamilton mansion was the first residence in Savannah with electricity. In 1883, electric lights were installed in the salon. Spectators witnessing the inaugural room lighting were wowed by the invention but feared the house would explode. The entire house was fitted with electric lights by 1886, around the time Hamilton became president of the Brush Electric Light & Power Company.

The mansion's tin roof has been credited with saving it from the great Savannah fire of 1898.

Dr. Francis Turner, who was known by neighbors as an electric car enthusiast, purchased the house from the Hamilton estate in 1915 and lived there with his family until 1926. The mansion was opened for boarding and bec

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.20

Address: 330 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA, 31401
  • Mon: Open 24 hours
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Comments (20):

1. Christina F.
I stayed here for two nights in the Juliette Gordon Low room, which was the only room available. It was in a corner on the third floor, nice room, beautiful decor. There is no elevator, and it is nearly 60 stairs up, so make sure if mobility is an issue, ask about room location. Its a great location, walking to everything. Breakfast was nice, as was the tea, evening wine, and night time cookies and port. It was a beautiful place, and I would return.

11/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Nicole M.
My husband and I stayed here for three nights in January and had a great stay. Susan, Will, and Abby were immensely helpful in suggesting places to eat and tours to take and made a number of reservations for us. It's clear the staff is as willing to chat with you as much or as little as you want.

When we checked in, we were upgraded (free of charge) to a bigger room. It was spacious and the bed was super comfortable with the most indulgent sheets I've ever had the pleasure to sleep in!

Before a yummy breakfast each morning (the stuffed French toast was incredible) coffee and newspapers were available in the living room. In the afternoon sweet tea and refreshments were waiting for us when we got back from several hours of strolling the historic district. Prior to dinner each night, hors d'oeuvres and wine were waiting for guests to enjoy.

In terms of location, the Inn is on one of the most lovely of all the squares, right next to St. John's Cathedral and across the way from the Andrew Low House - it's an easy walk to River Street and all the action and I'm really happy we stayed here and not along the more well know Forsythe Park which is bounded by busy streets.

I've stayed at a number of B&Bs through the years and this one is definitely among my favorites. When (not if) we go back to Savannah, we'd definitely stay here again.

21/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Andrea W.
My husband and I have stayed at many inns, but we knew we had arrived at a special place when we arrive at the lovely Hamilton-Turner Inn.  The service was impecable, from the moment we arrived until we sadly had to leave!  We both felt the attention to detail, was evident everywhere we looked.  We stayed in a lower level room with an exit to a lovely patio area, so we had the best of both worlds....privacy when we wanted it but only a few steps away from fresh lemonade and cookies or a delish breakfast.  Our only complaint is that it had to end.

03/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Jill S.
If I could give 0 stars I would. We stayed in the carriage house. Lovely room. We got in around 4:30 and I immediately could hear the people above me moving. This went on for about 10 minutes. We had to walk over to the main house to ask them if they could do something about the noise above, trying to nip in the bud what could be bad at night for us. The mgr. at first said there was nothing she could do. She came over about 20 minutes later and told us she heard nothing and the people weren't even in the room.
We proceeded to go out to dinner. Came back at 11 and went to sleep.  At approximately 1:00 am I was woken up by loud walking upstairs. Since there was no phone in our room we walked over to main house. No one on duty but numbers for the owners. We called them. First time he hung up on me. Second time she said I was making the noise. At the same time out toilet chugged so we told her.
In the am there was a note saying they were in the carriage house at 3:00 am and heard nothing. By then the upstairs people were sound asleep as opposed to me being wide awake.
I proceed to bathroom at 8 am and there's a flood. Go back to main house. Mgr comes over with a check and tells us to leave. He said we caused the flood. He was belligerent. And started throwing our coats from the closet on the bed. I called the police because he was being aggressive and I felt unsafe. And ironically I asked to use another bathroom and he said there was one behind our room door  I opened the door and that one was flooded as well.  So i guess i damaged 2 bathrooms in spite NOT.  After he called me some choice names we got the car loaded.
It's a sorry state where you accuse your clients of damaging their own bathroom.

31/12/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
5. Justin K.
While in Savannah we stayed at the Hamilton Turner Inn.  All the hotels were full and this was the last place available in the area, it was also cheaper than the hotels.  We were there for the inaugural half marathon so we assumed we would not be able to get a place in down, but to our surprise we found this gem.  This place sits right on Lafayette Square and is absolutely gorgeous from the outside.   I have to admit the house did have sort of an odd smell to it, but I had to remind myself that this place is so old that it was the first house to have electricity run through it (History tip one).  Being that it was the first house to be able to turn lights on, Hamilton actually put in floor to ceiling windows so his neighbors could see it had lights on (History tip two). The room was decent, we stayed in the basement area and the bed was comfortable. The trickiest part about the whole stay was the shower.  It was an old fashion shower and there was not a lot of room in there. But oh well.  The owners and staff were super nice and helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed the Port night cap waiting for us when we returned from a hard day of tourism.   Also be sure to make reservations for breakfast the following morning, because it is really worth it. I would definitely stay in this location again!

17/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Christopher O.
Excellent!! Nice rooms!! Great staff!! Perfect location!! Walking distance to the river front and restaurants

21/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Ali M.
Wonderful place to stay in Savannah! It's definitely worth the price, the inn keepers and staff are so wonderful and helpful. This is my first stay here but it's the first of many. This will be the only place I stay in Savannah. You know it's good when the locals say this is their favorite place... during my visit, I had 3 locals (all at various times throughout the trip) say they would pick H-T if they were to stay somewhere! The breakfast, evening wine and the nightly port are a nice way to socialize with the other guests and learn different things to do around town. The food is delicious, just wish I could have tried the french toast that another Yelp-er mentioned, I was only here for 3 days though. I can't say enough good things about this place!

05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Tammy W.
Great B&B! the room was beautiful, the breakfast was excellent, as were all the other refreshments available throughout the day. The staff was exceptional. It was very convenient to have a stop for the free city-wide shuttle service just directly across the street. I would definitely come back. It was a great honeymoon!

14/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Brandon H.
This place is top notch all the way not only beautiful inside and out but the staff is just as warm and helpful as you could ask for. This is our first time in Savannah and we have loved it we will be back. Oh and the chef made breakfast every morning is 5 star worth itself!! Great place great people worth every penny.

10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Brett S.
I don't give 5 stars often but this place deserved it. The location is perfect - right in the historic district. The Inn is very pretty, inside and out. The service was really good. Morning breakfasts were good - though not healthy. Afternoon cookies, evening wine and late night Port every day - what's not to like. We stayed in the Oglethorpe room and found it to be quite nice. Highly recommended all the way around.

23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. joshua m.
The home is absolutely gorgeous and the area is beautiful. The price is a little expensive, but was worth it in my opinion. Right in the middle of everything, but far enough away to be a bit away from river street. Lots of little things were included: little sweets, wine in the afternoon, a nightcap, etc. The breakfast was awesome- homemade granola, yogurt, great cheese, blueberry French toast, thick cut bacon. Would definitely stay here again.

29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Travis W.
I almost rated this review 3 stars but I didn't because I don't want to rate it on my lack of liking the place.  The Inn itself deserves more but I personally wouldn't go back.  I'm a bit jaded since visiting Mast Farm Inn and this place was a little too stuffy for my liking.

With gold inlay dishes and very prim and proper everything, I just couldn't get comfortable.  I like a more laid back environment where I feel like family.  

All that being said, the spaces and the house itself is beyond belief.  It's a great throwback to yesteryear and a true example of what it must have been like to be a wealthy landowner in Savannah GA.

17/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Tammy J.
We stayed in the John Habersham room for 1 night. Do not stay in this room. It smells like feet or a wet dog in area right outside the bathroom.  I have to hold my breath every time I walk by. For the price we pay and being ranked #1 on Tripadvisor, I did not expect this.  So the stars goes down Bc of that.  I do like the private door in and out from the garden/basement area.
Great service. Great location. But we are here to sleep. So the room has to worth the $$$ we spent. I may come back but probably choose a different room and hope to not get the same stinky experience.

18/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Carolyn L.
Stayed one night at his B&B, but that's all it took to feel the warmth of the owner and guests.  

We were in the ground/basement-level room, which is small (~10' x 10'), but it was well organized and decorated.  The bathroom is surprisingly big in comparison to the room and has more of a modern style (perhaps recently renovated).  We also had our own private entry.  

They serve cold and hot breakfast in the morning.  The breakfast was average, but the friendly hosts and guests made the experience special.  Strangers actually smiled and said "good morning," shocking this New Yorker.

Street parking was plentiful when we were there on Labor Day (Sunday-Monday).  The Inn is centrally located, so you can walk to most attractions.  Although we were in the ground/basement level with brick walls, the Wi-Fi signal was strong.

Well done with this B&B.  I'd stay there again.

03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. Julie G.
Magnificent!  We stayed 3 nights in the Ogelthorpe suite.  Southern hospitality at it's finest ~ excellent breakfast is included in the price.  Centrally located with easy access to everything.  There is no elevator, so keep that in mind when making your reservation!

31/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Whitney W.
If you are looking for a 4 star B&B experience, this is it. We stayed on the third floor and had a view of the fountain in Lafayette Square out one window and St. John's out the other. There were chocolates and champagne in the room when we arrived. I went with friends, but this was still a nice touch. It was very quiet and comfortable. Breakfast was nothing short of impressive and the Inn keepers were very attentive. One our second night, we went on a pub crawl so that third morning we went to breakfast in our pjs and the lavish robes they provided. I felt like a riff raff but the staff welcomed us and was quick to offer extra coffee ;) They gave recommendations on what to see and offered to make arrangements for us. The location was perfect and made it convenient to walk all over the city. The Hamilton Turner made our trip to Savannah really special!

27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Pam G.
Hamilton-Turner Inn is a great B&B in downtown Savannah.  The rooms are perfect B&B rooms, and if you are lucky Mr. Foo the resident kitty cat will stop by.

All the rooms are well done, and the setting is perfect for the area.  There is no elevator, so if you need one this is not the place for you (check out the President's Quarters).  If you can afford this B&B this is absolutely the place to stay when you come to Savannah...and you should absolutely come to Savannah.

The B&B is quiet.  The inn is historic.  It's the first home in Savannah to have electricity.  Breakfast is served every morning on the first floor, and it's not a menu but something original every morning.  

There is no parking, but you don't really need a car in Savannah.

There's only two places I would stay in Savannah and this is one of them.

30/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Daniel H.
Beautiful place and great location but....The A/C didn't work correctly both nights even after I told the person at the desk. There was a puddle of water in the bathroom floor after each shower due to the glass not going down to the tile. The sheets were so worn they had pilled. We could hear every conversation from the Eli Whitney room (we were in the Habersham room)

Our room wasn't ready when we checked in. So the  gentleman took my number and said he'd call when it was ready. He never contacted us. During breakfast on Monday the lady serving referred to my wife as "not an egg girl" because she didn't care for her Eggs Benedict runny. And she dissed the statement of us going to Tybee Island for the day.

Be advised the Habersham room is below ground so there is no view.

29/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
19. Jeff L.
The Hamilton-Turner Inn is a historic inn located on a beautiful quiet square in the heart of Savannah's Historic District.  While we stayed only one night, I watched multiple trolley tours stop in front to mention this place.  For an old grand Southern mansion, it's remarkably well maintained.

We stayed in the Juliette Gordon Low room, located on the third floor.  As others have mentioned, if you have heavy luggage or for other reasons don't want to take stairs, this might not be the best room.  They appear to be multiple first floor and basement level rooms as well.  But we found the Juliette Gordon Low room to be clean, cozy, and comfortable.  They have wifi throughout the building and DirectTV in the room.  Checking in on Yelp got us a bottle of Cava which was nothing special but still a much appreciated gesture.

Other amenities include a large first floor dining room, where breakfast is served but which we also commandeered at dinner time to finish off our lunch from earlier in the day.  They also have baked goods in the afternoon, a wine and appetizer social in the early evening, and Port at night.  

The people who took care of us at Hamilton-Turner Inn were outstanding.  The guy who handled our check-in helped us find street parking around the corner and brought in some of our groceries from the car, before eventually escorting us to the room and bringing leftovers to the basement fridge.  The innkeeper, who we met the next morning at breakfast, was also a very gracious host.

My only issue was with the breakfast, and this may be a matter of personal preference.  They have a breakfast entree each morning (which they post the afternoon before) and during our stay, it was a described as a "Southern-style Croque Madame."  While other guests appeared to really enjoy it (one asked if he could lick the plate), I found it to be insanely salty.  It's as if they poured salt on the ham, the eggs, and the Hollandaise sauce before putting it on a biscuit.  I could only eat about a quarter of the dish before giving up.  My g.f. was equally unable to tolerate more than I few bites.  Thankfully they also offer homemade granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit so we sated ourselves on that before leaving.

Overall, a great place to stay, quiet and comfortable, easily walkable to all of the major sites in historic Savannah.  High marks for the service, particularly the guys working in the afternoon and evening.  I'd stay there again, but maybe request a lot less salt in the breakfast.

03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. Jamie M.
Such a beautiful house! We were only stopping over for the night but what a treat it was to stay here. Far exceeded our expectations. The staff was so welcoming and knowledgeable. Also the location was perfect and picturesque

02/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0