The Ballastone Inn, 14 East Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, 912-236-1484,
This 1873 mansion sits next to Lafayette Square and offers 17 suites and rooms with varying style and furnishings – some with fireplaces, all exceptional. The James Oglethorpe Suite has a view of Lafayette Square out its 11-foot window. The Noble Jones Suite has a king-sized canopy bed. Wine and hors d'oeuvres in the parlor in the evening and later evening port is available. Coffee and a newspaper are available each morning in the parlor.
Hamilton-Turner Inn, 330 Abercorn St., Savannah, 912-209-5259,
Another of Savannah's historic inns I've had the pleasure to experience, The Planters Inn has more of a boutique hotel feel than the private-residence ambiance of some historic inns. But the 60-room lodging still rates as a true romantic and historic inn for several good reasons. For one, it was built in the early 1800s, earlier than most historic inns in the city. Beyond that, the lobby and guest room furnishings have a decided historic ambiance and the property gets extra romance points by sitting on Reynolds Square adjacent to one of Savannah's great restaurants for a romantic dinner, perennial favorite The Olde Pink House.
The Planters Inn, 29 Abercorn St., Savannah, 800-554-1187,
Located just a couple of blocks from Savannah's beautiful Forsyth Park, The Gastonian is two adjoining luxury Regency Italianate-style mansions built in 1868. Each room is unique and each elegant. The Four-Diamond property has luxury bath products and luxury cotton bathrobes among its amenities. The Gastonian has exceptional food offerings. A specialty is its extended breakfast from 7:30-10:30 every morning. Wine and hors d'oeuvres are available in the parlor from 4:30 till 6 in the afternoon and dessert and cordials in the evening.
The Gastonian, 220 E. Gaston St., Savannah, 912-232-2869,
The Presidents' Quarters Inn is actually twin Federal-style mansions that date to 1855 but were extensively renovated in 2007. Sitting on Oglethorpe Square in the city's historic district, the property features 16 suites, each unique, with decorative fireplaces, and several with private balconies overlooking the property's courtyard garden. The inn is decorated with both antique and period reproduction furnishings. Afternoon hors d'oeuvres and wine, as well as evening cordials are complimentary.
Presidents' Quarters Inn, 225 E. President St., Savannah, 912-233-1600,