While Southern Living Magazine highlights Hamilton-Turner Inn, "The New Gem on Lafayette Square," and acclaimed "So Victorian, it's over the top" by Insider's Guide to Savannah, the architecturally notable 1873 Savannah bed and breakfast mansion inn remains a "glorious house with glorious food," according to the Food Network Channel's Rachel Ray.
As the concierges personally greet guests by phone and upon arrival, Savannah travelers are first impressed with the ever present readiness to please. Once settled in, the views to Savannah's famed beauty, the luxurious decorator furnishings, the knowledgeable concierge offering assistance for local dining cuisine and tour reservations, and the delectable gourmet food aroma from the Inn's parlor level kitchen provide the first clues of ongoing southern hospitality to follow. The Inn's tailored housekeeper staff, personable concierges, and imaginative chefs offer ongoing and anticipate services.
Romantic couples, business executives and families choose The Hamilton-Turner Inn to enjoy extraordinary accommodations, notable architecture and restful comforts. The pampered southern lodging amenities feature a sufficiently cultured ambiance to enhance the bed and breakfast experience. Notable details at the Savannah GA luxury bed and breakfast inn include a 13 foot ceilings, 12 foot ripple windows, wrap-around peaceful private gardens, scenic balconies, whirlpool or Victorian claw foot tubs, fireplace, telephone, TV cable, tea room, formal parlors, and private street-side entrances to the lush Savannah landscape.
The Savannah park side mansion was built in 1873 for wealthy jeweler and city mayor, Samuel Pugh Hamilton. The aristocrat's home was the first in Savannah Georgia to install electricity. It is said that Savannah's citizenry stood in doubtful anticipation betting in the adjoining park that the mansion would explode when electricity was first activated. Now a famed Georgia mansion hotel, the Savannah luxury inn retains its timeless elegance enhanced with small boutique hotel amenities.
Situated immediately across the square from the Andrew Low mansion, the Hamilton-Turner bed and breakfast inn is within walking distance to the River Street plaza, famed French fountain at Forsyth Park, and City Market with its quaint shops and cafes. Restaurants, theaters, antiques shops and art galleries are within a few city blocks from the luxury inn. The downtown tourist shuttle stops street side at the bed and breakfast mansion.
The luxury Savannah neighborhood of Lafayette Square includes the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist, the Flannery O'Connor House, Capra and Capra Antiques and the Andrew Low House. Interesting perhaps: In 1849 cotton trader Andrew Low moved into his home -- on a trust lot that was first the site of the jail -- with his two daughters. Low, the father-in-law of Girl Scout founder Juliette Low, was possibly the wealthiest of Savannah's then 14,000 inhabitants.
Besides architecture, there is notoriety. In John Berendt's best selling novel, "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil," the Hamilton-Turner mansion is featured as the home of Mandy and the cheerful rapscallion / fast talking attorney Joe Odom. Those roles were portrayed by Allison Eastwood and John Cusask in Clint Eastwood's film adaptation. Filmed on location in Savannah, the movie included actors Kevin Spacey and local attorney, Sonny Seiler -- owner of University of Georgia mascot bulldog, UGA IV.
Betcha didn't know! People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2004, Jude Law, portrayed Billy Carl Hanson in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Excursia.com reports the Hamilton-Turner mansion was the informal model to Disney's Haunted Mansion.
The Hamilton Turner Inn Is a AAA Four Diamond Rated Property
and a proud member of the following organizations:
Professional Association Of Independent Innkeepers
The Georgia Hospitality Association
The Historic Inns of Savannah
The Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau