Known for its remarkably friendly and attentive staff, this handsomely appointed house, dating from the 1890s, was originally the family manse of William Kehoe. On the main floor, a double parlor has two fireplaces and sweeps the eye upward with its 14-foot ceilings, creating an elegant setting for a made-to-order Southern breakfast. Later in the day, you'll be treated to afternoon tea and desserts and an evening wine and hors-d'oeuvres reception. Don't miss the courtyard garden and the music room with a baby grand piano. Guest rooms in this charmer have a decidedly Victorian feel, with a mix of antiques and gilt mirrors.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Children under 18 are not permitted to stay at the Kehoe House, keeping the atmosphere quiet and refined.
From impeccable wood floors to crown molding, each room is painstakingly preserved to showcase the home's original grandeur. But never at the cost of modern convenience. Tasteful opulence and comfort are woven into every last detail: linens, embroidery, paint, fixtures. Rooms are spacious and thoughtfully laid out, without exception.
If the weather's nice, a stay in either the Mercer room or the Oglethorpe room means you get to enjoy it on your private balcony. But never fear if those rooms are booked: the courtyard and shared veranda are also lovely.
Most of the rooms feature a standard or clawfoot bathtub as well as a shower, and the Emma Kelly room's tub even has jets to soothe your aching muscles.
Historic whimsy and wonder surround you with each step you take into the house. The reception and parlor areas make you feel like royalty.
Tell the staff about your hopes for your stay and they will go out of their way to make sure you feel spoiled in all the right ways.
There's no restaurant onsite, but the kitchen serves delicious made-to-order breakfasts each morning, hors-d'oeuvres in the evening, and freshly baked cookies with turn-down service.
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.
The cozy, classy atmosphere of the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant (1-minute walk) keeps you warm and safe while enjoying ghost stories about the inn upstairs from the staff. 700 Drayton (6-minute drive) 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. And brunch at Collin's Quarter (7-minute walk) will set you up with the proper mix of incredible food, gorgeous decor, cocktails, and gourmet coffee drinks for a successful day on the town.
Looking for the best cocktail in town to drink in an exquisitely designed room? Look no further than Artillery (11-minute walk). Six Pence Pub (10-minute walk) will delight anglophiles with its long pours, bright red call box and comforting bangers and mash.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Even if the incredible staff and breathtaking views of one of Savannah's loveliest squares weren't enough, the splendor of the house itself puts it over the top. This is truly a spectacular choice in a city full of pretty accommodations. It's especially enchanting for couples celebrating a special occasion.