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Savannah Bed and Breakfast Our Bed and Breakfast ETIQUETTE

kathleen Dupuis - Thursday, January 31, 2013

 I have been asked by several of my guests who have never stayed at a Savannah Bed and Breakfast - What is the protocol? Can we come and go, or is there a curfew? Where do we park? Can we check in early? These are all reasonable questions and as you have requested,  I will try to clarify some of the concerns.

First of all, I have been very blessed to have some of the most outstanding guests.  Many have never experienced staying at a Bed and Breakfast in Savannah, and normally stay in a hotel. There is NO comparison. If you are visiting Savannah, YOU MUST TRY THE OLDE SAVANNAH INN.   If you don't choose The Olde Savannah Inn, there are 44 other Inns in Savannah from which to choose.  In our opinion, the inns are better than any Savannah Hotel or Vacation rental. The bed and breakfasts allow you to experience luxury and the comfort of home at the same time.  (Suggestion -READ THE TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS). 

The Olde Savannah Inn is one of the finest Inns in Savannah and prides itself on paying the most attention to detail.  In order to serve you better, we ask you to come at the check in time, which is 4:00 pm.   Prior to 4:00 pm we are preparing the rooms to ensure they are ready and waiting for your arrival.  When we meet at 4:00, although I greet you at the front door with a big warm hug, please take a moment to introduce yourselves.  Most of the time, I will know who you are and what room you are going to stay in. I try to do my homework before your arrival.  If you are going to be later than 4:00 check in, please call.  I will make other arrangements. Usually, I wait  for guests unless it is going to be really late. Then we will make arrangement for you to pick up a key to your room.

 

After I settle you into your room and make you comfortable, then we will discuss parking.  I know parking is a big issue, but our most important issue, and what we get most excited about, is meeting youRemember, this house was built in 1877, and there were no cars.  Fortunately, we are able to offer FREE Parking on a First come First Serve. We can accommodate 4 small to mid-size cars with the gates closed. Parking is extra at many of Savannah's other Inns or Bed and Breakfasts. 

 As an innkeeper, the most important issue I have is getting you settled and comfortable. After the car has been parked, I then act as your hostess and  will offer you either a refreshing glass of my Caribbean Ice tea or a pino Grigio or maybe merlot, it is your choice. Then, to get your Savannah Vacation off to a great start, I will give you maps of the city.  I will even prepare all your dinner reservations, or reservations for Savannah Ghosts Tours, or Historic Carriage Tours if you'd like.  In fact, the best way to prepare for your Savannah visit is to call me the week before your arrival and get all my recommendations. Your vacation is then off to a great start and you can utilize your time just seeing all the Savannah sites, instead of wondering what to do. It is all done for you . COMPLIMENTARY!

Most of our guests enjoy walking through the manicured 23 squares.  We advise our guests to wear comfortable shoes as they go out into the city. When you return to the Olde Savannah Inn, you will be greeted with our famous Southern Hospitality and will be invited to try our evening port.  Something is always brewing in Kathleen's kitchen. I will always ask you if I can offer you anything. We don't have private refrigerators in our rooms, because that would spoil the elegance and ambience . Unless you have spoken with the innkeeper, about maybe storing medicine or leftovers, our kitchen refrigerator is for the INNS USE ONLY. Please let the the innkeeper know what your needs are during your stay.

I have designed an impeccable Savannah Bed and Breakfast and have invested time, money, and love into creating a luxurious, romantic, and comfortable Inn. I ask that all of my guests take care of my home with love and respect. All of the rooms have the finest linens, that were made in Europe. I ask my guests to help in  preserving the rooms for the next guest.  Remember, this is a private home and not a HOTEL.  Please leave your room as you would like guests in your home to leave their room. Emily Posts tells us in her "Book Of ETIQUETTE" to leave the room as you found it.  Travelers who frequently visit traditional bed and breakfasts understand that manners do matter, and that they should treat someone else's home better than their own. 

 

We strive to succeed in offering you our Best Customer Service.  We leave gratuity envelopes in all our rooms to allow you to say "Thank You" for all that we did for you during your stay. It is not mandatory.  However, most of our guests recognize the hard work that is put into the hospitality industry, and welcome the idea of leaving a gratuity.  If you prefer not to leave a gratuity, please do not throw the gratuity envelope away.  Please leave them for the next guest.
 

I hope I have been able to clarify some questions and have reassured those B&B Goers this is the way to visit Savannah. Welcome to Savannah ...
We are honored you have chosen our Savannah Bed and Breakfasts, and we will work very hard to serve you and provide you with the BEST Of Savannah. A smile goes a long way.

Your Innkeeper and Hostess,

Miss Kathleen

Tip : Never leave any Savannah Bed and Breakfast without saying" Thank You and Goodbye"

Events for February

kathleen Dupuis - Sunday, January 27, 2013

Valentines Day is not the only thing happening in Savannah!  Check out this list from www.explorega.org.  Make your reservations NOW at Savannah Award Winning Bed and Breakfast - The Olde Savannah Inn!

 

  • Savannah Book Festival

    Barnard Street between State and York streets, Savannah, GA 31405

    912-897-9600 | Website

    James Patterson is the keynote speaker for the 6th annual Savannah Book Festival taking place Feb. 14 -17, 2013. The four-day festival, over Presidents Day weekend...

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  • Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Festivities

    kathleen Dupuis - Thursday, January 17, 2013

     

    Start planning NOW to attend the 189th St. Patrick's Day festivities! 

     

    Almost 200 years ago a small group of Irish immigrants marched in the streets of Savannah to remember the death of the Patron Saint, Saint Patrick of Ireland.  At that time the city was only 80 years old, and had become a favorite place for the Irish to settle.  Their own country suffered from the potato famine as well as political persecution.

     

    That initial "parade" became the first of what is now a 200 year old tradition.  Today, the festivities begin approximately two weeks prior to the parade. Some of these traditional events include the Investiture of the Grand Marshal, Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park, Tara Feis, Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony, and Sergeant William Jasper Green Ceremony.

     

    The Olde Savannah Inn, Savannah's award winning bed and breakfast, is in the perfect place to enjoy all the St. Patrick's Day festivities.  Book Now to ensure your front row seat!

     

    For more information about the St. Patrick's Day Festivities visit : http://www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com/

    Create Memories for a Lifetime with a stay at a Savannah Bed and Breakfast

    kathleen Dupuis - Sunday, January 06, 2013

     

    Why Choose a Savannah Bed and Breakfast verses a Savannah Hotel?

    Here is why! Savannah is the Best Choice for Southern Hospitality and it's Old World architecture. Currently, we have approximately 45 Bed and Breakfasts in Savannah and they are all unique. Our Olde Savannah Inn is one of a kind and specializes in the ultimate luxury and world class elegance. Attention to detail is a MUST...We are very fortunate to have so many lovely bed and breakfasts to welcome guests from all over the world and I must say there is nothing comparable to our Savannah Innkeepers. Martha's Vineyard is a favorite spot for me, still there is no place like Savannah for it's generous offerings and gracious hospitality.

     

    As a native from Boston, I grew up in the Northern culture until I moved here in 2005 and I was taught to SLOW DOWN. The leisure of the Southern lifestyle is so much more relaxing and appealing instead of living in the fast lane. Before I purchased the Olde Savannah Inn, I had never had the opportunity of a Bed and Breakfast experience but I knew how I would like to be treated if I ever stayed in a Bed and Breakfast. It is an honor to stay in a private home verses a hotel as it is such an up close and personal experience. If you are not a people person, and you are one of those people who want to become invisible then the Hotel is for you.

    Upon entering a Savannah Bed and Breakfast or Savannah Inn, you are warmly greeted by hard working and caring Innkeepers who have been preparing for your visit and are excited to have you as a guest in their Savannah B&B. When you stay at a Savannah Hotel, You will be greeted very professionally by the front desk clerk who has a job to do and will issue you a key or slot card to your room and there is no personal connection to your stay. You will have come and gone and very seldom will you be remembered . Just doing Business as usual.

    You can invest in future memories that will last a lifetime when you choose a Bed and Breakfast in Savannah. After having the experience of being an innkeeper for six years and more, I would always encourage visitors to stay in one of our beautiful Savannah Inns, One of my favorites is The Olde Savannah Inn. Why! Best Gourmet candlelight/Big band Southern Breakfast fit for a KING. There is no hotel in Savannah that will offer you the gourmet breakfast, freshly made homemade treats, coffee served in a French Press and crisp pressed European linens that beckon you to a sleep you probably haven't experienced in years.

    Savannah Innkeepers are gladly ready to assist you with all of your Savannah plans for your Georgia vacation. From the finest Savannah Cuisine to Tybee Island's Crab Shack , we plan your entire Savannah vacation and most of us offer FREE PARKING onsite. You cannot beat that. Most of the Savannah Hotels charge you parking fees and extras just to stay at their establishment.  You have no rapport with management or the owner because to a hotel, it is just doing business. As a guest in the Savannah Bed and Breakfasts, we know who you are, we go out of our way to get to know you and care about how your stay goes. We are friends you haven't met yet...Come , stay at a beautiful mansion that you can call home while visiting the most enchanting city in the South.  Choose The Olde Savannah Inn, and create memories for a lifetime.

    See you Soon,

    Your Savannah Innkeeper and Friend, Miss Kathleen

    Events in Savannah

    kathleen Dupuis - Friday, January 04, 2013

     

    No matter what your interests, there is always something to do or see in Savannah.  The Olde Savannah Inn, voted "Guest Favorite by bnbfinder.com, is the perfect Bed and Breakfast for enjoying all the city's activities.  Here is a list of just a few of the happenings around the city (shared from http://www.savannahnow.com)

     

     

     

    New Year's Eve Gala Cruise
    Celebrate New Year's Eve at one of Savannah’s most fashionable events of the season ...
    1/1/2013 Tuesday 8:30p to 12:30a
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    FMX Superman Jam
    Location:Savannah Civic Center-Martin Luther King Arena
    1/11/2013 Friday 7:30p
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    Russia Ballet Presents "Cinderella"
    Location:Savannah Civic Center-Johnny Mercer Theatre
    1/13/2013 Sunday 3:00p
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    Monty Pythons Spamalot
    Monty Python's Spamalot
    Location:Savannah Civic Center-Johnny Mercer Theatre
    1/28/2013 Monday 7:30p
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    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Show 1
    Location:Savannah Civic Center-Martin Luther King Arena
    1/23/2013 Wednesday 7:30p
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    Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights
    Presented by Savannah Harbor Foundation, this drive-through light show features ...
    1/1/2013 Tuesday 6:00p to 10:00p
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    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Show 5
    Location:Savannah Civic Center-Martin Luther King Arena
    1/26/2013 Saturday 11:00a
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    15th Annual Hockey Business Connection
    Join us for this annual favorite, and enjoy an ice level view of riveting hockey ...
    1/17/2013 Thursday 5:30p to 7:30p
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    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Show 4
    Location:Savannah Civic Center-Martin Luther King Arena
    1/25/2013 Friday 7:30p
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    Comedy Planet at The Wormhole
    Comedy Planet at The Wormhole
    Live, professional stand up comedy at The Wormhole the first Saturday of each month. ...
    1/5/2013 Saturday 8:00p
    Featuring:Comedy Planet
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    Come Celebrate Black History Month at The Olde Savannah Inn

    kathleen Dupuis - Monday, December 03, 2012

    Savannah salutes African American culture and offers several poignant venues to experience and celebrate the past and present. Attend service at the oldest African American congregation in America, First African Baptist, which once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Experience the colorfulGullah tradition that dates back to African-Americans slaves. And visit The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

    Enjoy works by African American artists from the Savannah area at the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center. See interesting African American artifacts at King-Tisdell Cottage. And join us every February as Savannah hosts the Black Heritage Festival, celebrating the cultural and artistic contributions of African Americans.

    Come explore the rich heritage of Savannah.http://savannahvisit.com/experiences/african-american


    The Olde Savannah Inn Blog is happy to share this information from the Visit Savannah website

    James Oglethorpe discovered Savannah in 1773

    kathleen Dupuis - Monday, December 03, 2012

    The Award Winning Olde Savannah Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the Historic District of Savannah Georgia.  We are surrounded by so much history that we thought we'd share this article we found on the Visit Savannah website.  More information can be found at Visit Savannah

     

     

    Here, in Savannah, dramatic architecture from centuries ago mingles with trendy downtown boutiques and microbreweries. Here, you can get lost in numerous art galleries or find yourself sipping sweet tea at a sidewalk café with your sweetheart. Whether you’re looking for laid-back luxury or seeing and doing as much as possible, Savannah Georgia is just the right speed for singles, couples and families.
    Whatever brings you to our city, you won't find a more beautiful place to visit than Savannah — or a friendlier one. Here are just some of the accolades we’ve recently received. And you’ll find they’re all so true!

    "Top 10 Cities in the United States" - Conde Nast Traveler, October 2012
    American Best Cities for Valentine’s Day" – Travel + Leisure, February 2012
    Top Ten St. Patrick's Day in the World” – IrishCentral.com, March 2012
    America’s Greenest City” – Travel + Leisure, April 2012
    "America's Best Cities For Hipsters" - Travel+Leisure.com, April 2012
    A Best City for Nightlife in the USA” – U.S. News & World Report, April 2012
    Travelers Choice Best Destination” – Trip Advisor, May 2012
    "Top Ten Cities for Historic Preservation" - Livability.com, June 2012
    "Best Cities to Retire In" - Forbes Magazine, June 2012
    "Best Affordable U.S. Destinations" - U.S. News & World Report, June 2012
    "Best U.S. Vacation Cities" - U.S. News & World Report, July 2012
    "Top 10 U.S. Cities to Visit" - Travel+Leisure Magazine, July 2012
    "Top 5 Picnic Cities in the South" - SouthernLiving.com, August 2012
    "Best Fall Getaways" - U.S. News & World Report, August 2012
    "2012 Gold Service Award" - Meetings & Conventions Magazine, September 2012
    "Top 10 Up-and-Coming Labor Day Destinations" - Travelocity.com, September 2012
     


     
     

    CHRISTMAS SURPRISE!

    kathleen Dupuis - Monday, December 03, 2012

     

     

    SURPRISE HER WITH A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR A ROMANTIC WEEKEND IN JANUARY AT THE OLDE SAVANNAH INN BED AND BREAKFAST.  She can relax after the stress of the holiday, luxuriate in a bed with fine imported European linens,  get served a gourmet breakfast, and enjoy wll that Savannah has to offer.  BOOK NOW FOR ONE NIGHT AND GET THE SECOND NIGHT FREE! (Offer not good with previous reservations, on holidays, or during special events)  Kathleen will adjust the price at time of booking

    New Year Escape !! Special for January

    kathleen Dupuis - Sunday, December 02, 2012

    New Year Escape!!

    Stay with us at The Olde Savannah Inn Bed and Breakfast during the month of January for one night and get the second night FREE!

     

     

    (NOT VALID WITH PREVIOUS RESERVATIONS) (excluding holidays and special events)   Kathleen will adjust the price at the time of booking  

    Santa's 2 Day Christmas Sale !!! Hurry ! Book The Olde Savannah Inn Bed and Breakfast Now - Before Its Too Late

    kathleen Dupuis - Saturday, November 24, 2012

     

     

    Through the month of December

    STAY TWO NIGHTS AND GET THE THIRD NIGHT FREE

    OR

    If you can't stay three nights:

    STAY ONE NIGHT AND GET 50% OFF THE 2ND NIGHT

    (NOT VALID WITH PREVIOUS RESERVATIONS)

    (excluding holidays and special events)

    Kathleen will adjust the price at the time of booking