Fodor's Expert Review Catherine Ward House Inn

118 E. Waldburg St., Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States See on Map

Elegance meets comfort at this bed-and-breakfast, applauded for warm and inviting touches like soft music, cozy lighting, and smoldering fires in period fireplaces. Built by a former sea captain for his young wife in 1886, this Italianate home sits within a block of Forsyth Park. The current innkeeper's style shines through with the well-chosen gilt mirrors, antique pieces, fresh flowers, and the communal dining table, set beautifully for a breakfast that wins raves. Most rooms have balconies that overlook the garden oasis, with its koi pond and soothing fountain.


Each of the nine rooms has, at a minimum, a queen-size bed. The rooms are all immaculate in decor and cleanliness. The attention to detail is clear here; the fresh flowers are a nice touch. Many of the rooms have private access to the peaceful courtyard. All rooms have their own private bathrooms.


The designs of the bathrooms blend smoothly with the historical charm of the rest of the inn, but are recently renovated and equipped with extended showers and modern shower heads.


Visitors enter the residence by climbing a short flight of stairs to a classic front porch appointed with wicker chairs for taking in a balmy Savannah evening. Past a small check-in desk, the inn opens into a charming, open, high-ceilinged living area that flows straight back to the dining room. You can appreciate the gorgeous antique molding while sinking into the comfy furniture.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Check-ins after 10 p.m. must be pre-approved.

Photo: Lovely sitting room at the Catherine Ward House Inn. #savannah #catherinewardhouse #neutrals / @victoriaathomedesign


The breakfast is truly a head above the rest. Fresh fruits and garnishes pair with hearty baked goods and succulent meats. The long antique breakfast table keeps you closest to your partner, but still allows you to make new friends, should you choose to.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Let management know about any dietary restrictions at check-in. The delicious varied breakfasts are planned ahead of time.


Getting Around

The easiest and most exciting way to get around downtown Savannah is on foot, which reveals hidden courtyards and quaint shops galore. The local trolley companies that originate from the Visitors Center on MLK Boulevard also offer fascinating — and often colorful — historic tidbits while shuttling visitors around the squares and landmarks.


700 Drayton (4-minute walk) is a local hotspot for creative upscale dining in a dramatic setting. The seafood is always mouth-watering and fresh, and the wine list is one of the best in town. Local 11 Ten Food & Wine (4-minute walk) is another elegant fine dining option nearby. Guests dine by candlelight at marbled tables on a varied seasonal menu. For a casual dinner, Betty Bombers (4-minute walk) is nestled behind the American Legion. Tip from a local: Although the diner does not serve alcohol, you are allowed to grab a drink at the American Legion bar and bring it through.


Into the rooftop bar action? Perch (4-minute walk) is the mid-scale rooftop bar over Local 11 Ten Food & Wine. The tree-canopied surroundings are almost as intoxicating as the craft cocktails. The American Legion on Bull Street (5-minute walk) is a perfect dive for getting to know the natives (and college students) while quaffing the cheapest drinks in town.


Combining its close proximity to Forsyth Park with a chance to briefly reside in one of the most beautifully renovated examples of Victorian architecture, this is a fast-track to a memorable vacation.


9 rooms
Breakfast Included
Free Parking


Phones: 800-327–4270;912-234–8564

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