At a Glance
- the carriage house is the most private room, though not as atmospheric
- pets are allowed in the four brick-walled, ground-level rooms ($50 deposit)
- sedate, not for young kids or party types
- no guest elevator (except for accessible Room 201) and some rooms are on the fourth floor
- street parking only (at a charge)
Hamilton-Turner Inn Review
With bathrooms the size of New York City apartments, this French-Empire mansion is celebrated, if not in song, certainly in story, and certainly has a "wow" effect, especially the rooms that front Lafayette Square. By the 1990s, this home was the crash pad for Joe Odom, one of the colorful characters in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It was built ostentatiously in 1873 by Samuel Hamilton, Savannah's then mayor (who made money as a blockade runner during the Civil War) and then rescued from further ignominy in 1997 by a wealthy Savannah couple, who did the initial restoration. In 2006, new owners Gay and Jim Dunlop sank their money into a massive, two-year restoration. The original arched doors are some 15 feet tall. The Dunlops strive for perfection, and the Southern mansion breakfast has baked items such as scones and hot entrées like perfect eggs Benedict. The afternoon reception features quality wine and both hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.