Taking up an entire Savannah block and wrapped around a central atrium, this five story historic inn on Savannah's riverfront is preserved to offer contemporary leisure and business travelers a taste of yesterday with all the modern conveniences. The Inn is located within walking distance of many of Savannah's architecturally and historically significant buildings, attractions and tours. Perched above the Savannah River from the bluff overlooking popular River Street, the Inn's past is intertwined withthat of its historic surroundings -which shaped it's design. From the building's humble beginnings in 1817, adjacent to the Cotton Exchange, the structure was used for the storing, grading and exporting of the city's main export of the age -- cotton.
The original two floors were built of ballastones, and in 1853 came the addition of the final three floors to accommodate the expanding and prosperous cotton industry. Alleys, walks and bridges gave traders access to all floors from the bluff to move cotton bales. Known as"Factor's Walk," after the professionals who graded the cotton, these alleys and the riverside street of ballastone add to the Inn's character. These stones were brought in as ballast in the numerous ships that traveled here from Europe and unloaded to make room for valuable cotton.
The surrounding buildings have a renewed life as shops, restaurants, and taverns, each with their own special quality and some "canopied" by the towering moss- draped oaks and azalea filled squares. Today, the Inn welcomes guests to one of America's most beautiful and gracious cities and offers the unique opportunity to experience a little of the elegance of this coastal city and those who prospered from it's charm and commerce.