My first trip to Savannah was made special in large part by the decision to stay at the Green Palm Inn. My fiancee and I stayed in the Sabal Palm suite, which was clean and loaded with special touches. The suite boasted two fireplaces: one near the bed and one in the bathroom, with a king-size bed and rich wood floors. The room was great, but the real star of the show was the hospitality exhibited by Diane, the owner of the inn.
We were greeted warmly upon our arrival, with Diane sitting us down to show us some of the best places to visit while we were in town. She marked up a map for us that we were able to keep, and she filled us in on a lot of the local history: for instance, the African Baptist Church that was located directly across the square from the inn is where General Sherman addressed many of the freed slaves after capturing Savannah on his march to the sea. Each time we came in or went out, Diane was there to ask us how our day was and offer further tips to maximize our time in the city.
I have nothing bad to say about our time at the Green Palm Inn, but without a doubt the best part of our time there was the breakfast. Diane pulls out all the stops in starting your day right, making a breakfast that would put most restaurants to shame. Our first morning was kicked off with banana-stuffed French toast, topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream, and fresh fruit that included red passionfruit and fresh strawberries. It was nothing short of delicious. Breakfast the next day was also fantastic, with a frittata made up of eggs, cheese, and potatoes, and a side of freshly sliced kiwi and sausage links.
Every day from 4-6 p.m., Diane prepared hot hors d'ouevres and freshly baked pastries. These bite-sized treats were a great late afternoon snack, especially paired with a glass or two of wine. Diane even informed us that we could treat ourselves to the wine anytime we liked, and the pastries were left in the dining room for a possible late-night snack opportunity after a long day of touring the city.
Diane did a great job of fostering a family atmosphere in the inn, as we frequently found ourselves eating and mingling with the other guests. I don't think you can get these types of things from a hotel. In fact, the entire experience at the Green Palm Inn was so much different and better than any hotel I've stayed in. It's definitely the way I plan to travel in the future, and I can thank Diane for opening our eyes to what a great experience a bed n' breakfast can offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fodor's guide calls the cozy Green Palm Inn a "pleasing little discovery." Exuding a calm, homey yet smart atmosphere, the little Savannah B&B haven reflects the well-traveled innkeepers' devotion to guests. The family-owned Victorian cottage resides in the Savannah historic district along boundaries of colonial Savannah's palisades; near the Savannah Riverfront, Factor's Walk on Bay Street, and concert venues; and, just steps away from patriotic Greene Square park, one of historic Savannah's world-famous garden squares. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Palm Hotel Savannah