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Hamilton-Turner Inn

Map330 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401
  • Hotel/Resort


Spend a few moments in Savannah and you'll be seduced by the city's Southern charm, with its green oaks dripping in Spanish Moss, cobblestone streets lined with colorful homes, and gardens filled with famous statues and fountains. Spend a few hours and you'll be trying to figure out how to move to the city to spend your days enjoying its fresh seafood, Southern drawls, and fascinating history. One of the best places in town to immerse yourself in Savannah's magic is the Hamilton-Turner Inn (from $159; Hamilton-turnerinn.com), which overlooks the famous Lafayette square. First built in 1873 as a park-side mansion for Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family, it was the frist residence in Savannah with electricity, survived the fire of 1898, and was purchased by Francis Turner in 1915. Known as the Hamilton-Turner House, it became famous for rowdy parties and was featured in the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In 1997 it was converted into an elegant inn offering seventeen luxurious guest rooms and suites, with many featuring cozy fireplaces and relaxing spa baths. Each room is different, but all fit perfectly with the surrounding city's historic nature, with stately canopy beds, vintage trunks, and antique furnishings. Not that you'll want to spend much time in your room. Each morning guests are served a gourmet breakfast in the refined dining room, and in the afternoon guests congregate in the parlor for cups of tea with views of the park. Too busy sightseeing to pause for tea time? In the early evening guests are also offered wine and hors d' oeuvres in the parlor for a moment to relax before heading out for the night's activities. --S.C.

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