As one of the city’s most famous homes, this hotel is almost a tourist attraction in its own right (though you can only see inside if you are a guest). The lavish rooms here run from suites to basic doubles, but all feature contemporary interpretations of period styles, with antique-style beds, bold color schemes, and sparkling new bathrooms. The mansion was built for successful businessman Samuel Pugh Hamilton in 1873, right on Lafayette Square, and was the first home in Savannah to have electricity (in 1883). It was purchased by Dr. Francis Turner in 1915. Joe Odom, who featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, held wild parties in the house, and it’s a regular staple of ghost tours in the area (ask the staff about the various “sightings”).
- Frommer's Staff