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Savannah celebrates a long-lived tradition of southern hospitality with a local treasure, Savannah’s Grand Lady on Bay aka the Inn at Ellis Square. Nestled in a prime location just minutes from the Riverfront and the City Market, the Inn at Ellis Square is a special blend of old and new world charm featuring 195 well-appointed rooms and 57 executive suites. The original brick structure was formerly the Guckenheimer building (Circa 1851) and is still fondly remembered by local Savannahians as the Old Bargain corner grocery store. The building has been beautifully restored and is now home to the Inn’s suites. Each suite has been recently renovated to include upgraded wood floors, bedding and décor. The suites offer a separate living space, refrigerator and microwave. Free wireless internet services and local calls are perks for all room levels

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Whether your focus is family fun, a girlfriend getaway or a romantic rendezvous, the Inn offers endless possibilities for the perfect escape at an affordable price point.

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Guests enjoy the best of both worlds – relaxed comfort reminiscent of home and the pampered perfection of a full service hotel.

Hotel Highlights:

  • Located in Savannah’s Historic District walking distance to Riverfront
  • Adjacent to Savannah’s Old City Market featuring popular restaurants, bars and shops
  • 195 Room/57 King Suites
  • Complimentary High-Speed Wireless Internet
  • In-room Coffee Maker; Iron; Safe; Hair Dryer
  • Cable Television
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Private Garage and Easy Access to  Public City Garage
  • Concierge Service Desk
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Courtyard/Cafe (Renovation in Process-May 2013)
  • Meeting Room Space
  • Trolley Tour Stop
  • Rates: Seasonal. $159 to $229 per night

    Special Packages are available.
     

    Divas will delight in the PMS Party Package – a Sweet Savings!

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    P is for the basket of Pralines from Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. M is for the Margarita Cocktails at the Hotel Lounge. And…S is for the ultimate Slumber Party featuring a hearse driven Ghost Tour. Two night package rate starts at $195 per person (based on double occupancy).

    Subject to availability.

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    For more information, visit the Inn at Ellis Square website or call 877-542-7666

     

    Top Picks:

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    • Old Town Trolley Tour – a 35 passenger trolley which offers an engaging introduction to Savannah’s historic squares and attractions. Includes unlimited on and off privileges at 15 convenient stops. 
    • Architectural Savannah – an enriching walking tour of Savannah’s stately homes and buildings led by local author, Jonathan Stalcup.  A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design’s Architectural program, Jonathan’s expert eye and narrative opens up a world of discovery around every corner. Be sure to pick up a copy of his book prior to your visit. Suggested Retail:$15. Where to buy link is on tour website, www.architecturalsavannah.com.
    • City Market – a hub of activity since 1872, the market is a casual dining and live music/entertainment center and a perfect spot for people watching and an afternoon libation.
    • Blue Orb Ghost Tours. Fans of Walking Dead and the occult, will delight in the nightly adventure walking tours. The Zombies Tour is restricted – adults only – and not for the faint of heart. 
    • A Visit to Savannah’s Historic House Museums: The Mercer Williams House, the showcase home of Jim Williams, an antiques dealer and one of Savannah’s earliest and most dedicated private restorationists. The house is best known as the setting for John Berendt’s “nonfiction novel” and the movie, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. The Davenport House, a Federal-style home offering visitors a glimpse into life in the 1820’s. The home features the unique craftsmanship of a young New England visionary, Isaiah Davenport, who left a lasting mark as a builder on his adopted city. Owens-Thomas House, one of the finest examples of English Regency Architecture in America, boasts an extensive collection of  American and European furnishings and decorative objects dating from 1750-1830. The historic site is also home to a carriage house which contains one of the earliest intact slave quarters in the South,

     

    Architectural Savannah BookInsiders Travel Tip:  Save on Parking with a Savannah Visitors Parking Day Pass.

    A nominal fee of only $7 gets you 24 hour parking in all city garages, parking and most street meters. A 48 hour pass is $12. Pick up the visitor parking pass on your way into the city at the Visitor Center, located in a renovated railway station just off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just west of the Civic Center. Be sure to make note of your license plate number for the clerk and remember to bring cash (no credit or debit cards accepted). Standard garage parking in Savannah averages $13-$16 per day. 

    Street parking is free on the weekends if you are lucky to snag a spot.

    Savannah Parking Services Office: 904-651-6467

    For complete tourist information, check out Visit Savannah online or stop into the office on 101 E. Bay Street across from Savannah’s Riverfront.

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