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The Kehoe House - A Boutique Inn
Ranked #1 of 114 Hotels in Savannah
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

My mother and I stayed at the Kehoe house for our girls trip to Savannah and had such an amazing time! From the minute you pull up it's almost as if you are transported back in time as the house is such a gorgeous example of brick Italianate/Queen Anne style. The inn's interior details, antiques and furnishings are also gorgeous. Front desk service was always courteous and I really felt most of the front desk workers really made the effort to make sure your experience at the inn was wonderful. Our room was beautiful and spacious with a huge comfortable bed and good air conditioning. The breakfast was delicious (we chose to eat on our balcony) and the happy hour wines and appetizers were amazing. There is always water, ice and sodas available in the dining room.
The location of the inn is great, you are close to many great restaurants, museums, tours and the riverfront. We felt very comfortable walking down to the riverfront for dinner.
As for the negative reviews on here about the inn not being clean - I actually thought the inn was very clean - you are staying in a very old historic home where the innkeepers have put much care into keeping with the original fixtures so yes there may have been a small rust spot by the toilet and a tiny crack in the sink but I felt the linens, bedding, floors, chandeliers and all common rooms were extremely clean and in great condition - and there was someone cleaning and dusting the staircase (not an easy task as it is huge) when we came back in the afternoon. I will definitely come back and stay here again as I slept great here - falling asleep to the sound of the horse drawn carriages. I was sad to leave and would've liked my stay to have been longer!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We're big fans of Savannah and we always stay at Bed and Breakfasts since there are so many beautiful grand old homes now operating as B&B's. It's one of the reasons that Savannah is known as the Host city. Of course it's also because the people are truly gracious, warm and attentive to guests.


Kehoe House is one Savannah's best known stately home B&B's, and it's one of the best stays we've had in any city! It's lovely for a romantic get-away or a weekend with the girls (girls' junkets are a not uncommon sight in Savannah) but not recommended for families (one of the charms of the place is their commitment to making it warm and welcoming for adult travellers). The location is optimal, the building oozes old-world romance with modern comfort, the food is fantastic, the staff is wildly charming and friendly (more on that a bit later).

Kehoe House is a bit more expensive than the typical B&B, but worth every penny. Our spacious King with a semi-private balcony came out to approximately $300/night taxes in. Don't let that stop you; you can see that a great deal of money is spent maintaining the building and greenery in perfect condition, on excellent kitchen staff, and on marvelous hospitality staff. Worth every penny, as incredible quality (near perfection) always comes with additional price.

THE BUILDING:
Kehoe House is one of the most stunning buildings we've stayed in as far as B&Bs go. It's studiously maintained, the stairs and floors don't creak, and there's an elevator available if you have mobility challenges (or lots and lots of heavy luggage!). The dining room has big cozy chairs, and a long, marvellous wooden table where you can join other guests for breakfast. There's also a pretty sitting room with more cozy seating and a beautiful piano; this particular rooms has an old world charm and calls out to be enjoyed as you enjoy the complimentary afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres. There's also a wonderful veranda with seating to enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres when the weather is warm (which it almost always is in Savannah) so if you didn't book a room with a semi-private balcony you can enjoy some lovely outdoor relaxation whilst watching pedestrians stroll past.

LOCATION:
The location is great. You're in the historic district with easy access to the beautiful squares that remain in this part of the city. There's lots of lovely walks, with beautiful greenery. It's really quite whimsical and romantic. There are many restaurants near by, one right across the street (1790 Inn and Restaurant) and many others a very short walk away. The river is just under a ten minute walk away, and less than that to get to Broughton Street, which is lined with lots of restaurants and quaint little shops. In general there's a lot of exploring to be done in all directions and don't be afraid to talk up the locals and ask for hidden gems and great "dives" if you're adventurous; the city has a lot to offer. The staff at Kehoe are knowledgeable, just be specific as to what you're looking for when you ask for shopping and dining and they'll meet your needs - and if you're comfortable with sketchy dives that offer good food, they know those too, but you have to specifically ask! We'll be reviewing some of the restaurants we ate at so check out our profile if you're interested, or Google our username and you'll find our blog with a detailed write-up of our Savannah adventure!

THE ROOMS:

The rooms come in a variety of sizes from small rooms with Queen beds to very spacious rooms with King sized beds and some variety in-between. The King bed in our room (Tecumseh) was very comfortable with deliciously fluffy but firm pillows and bedding that suited the weather. A rare treat in an older home is air-conditioning that works perfectly to keep the room cool and limit humidity; the Tecumseh Room was well-served on the AC front, although the system is a little bit loud which is quite common in older buildings. The washrooms are a reasonable size and we had a little table to hold our toiletries. The water in the sink and shower can take some time to get hot, but once it does, there's no limit of hot water, we could have lingering showers with good pressure - a treat in older buildings where this is not always the case. (Note if you're a bit on the taller side you might find the shower head set a bit low, but that's a small annoyance). Towels are a good quality which we always appreciate. The room comes with a nice desk if you need to catch up on some work while you're there, and wifi in the rooms is good, but a bit spotty on the semi-private balcony. Evening service comes with fresh cookies wrapped up and placed on your pillow which is lovely!

Our room had a semi-private balcony. The balcony wraps around the edge of the building so our neighboring room shared the balcony, but they were tucked away around the corner so privacy was not a concern. Big beautiful trees are planted at the side of the house, so you have a bit of privacy from the street and all that greenery providing the smell of fresh plants is quite lovely! And so is the bird song; the neighborhood has a healthy bird population, making it absolutely joyous to take a glass of wine up to the balcony and just listen to the birds song filling the air! Once in a while they jumped amongst the branches near enough for us to admire their beautiful plumage. It's also fun to watch the horse carriages go down the street. It really is almost surreal, right out of a story book.

>THE FOOD

The best part of Savannah's B&B's are the breakfasts and evening wines with snacks! They're decadent and delicious, and Kehoe house is no exception.

Each evening you are presented with a menu with your options and provide it before 11pm to the evening concierge. Two choices of breakfasts which change every day: we had one of the best frittata ever, packed with a surprising variety of delicious veggies, lovely light french toast with pecans, delicious fluffy pancakes, and a wonderful omelet with mushrooms and blue cheese - the breakfasts are top notch. An option of sides: Potatoes or Grits (we felt the potatoes were better than the grits and there's lots of opportunity to eat grits in Savannah's restaurants). A meat choice: Sausage or Bacon - both are excellent choices and rest assured the sausage is a good quality. A bread choice: Toast or Biscuits, get the biscuits every time! They're fluffy and amazing with just butter or jam! Oh my, our mouths just started watering at the memory of it. In fact, the biscuits were so good, that when we had plans to go for the famous Jazz Brunch at the Westin (and you should go just once, it's OUT OF THIS WORLD), we got up early just so we could have some fruit with biscuits and jam and coffee! An important note about breakfast: the coffee is very good!

You can have breakfast at your leisure downstairs with other guests between certain times we chose to eat in the room (well, on the balcony, actually) during our stay. However, if you don't want to appoint a specific time for breakfast (which you have to do for room service) dining downstairs is a good option. As for that room service, to get breakfast in your room you set up the time with the card they provide you the evening before and they bring it up for you. They were bang on time every single morning during our stay and we always had them set up on the balcony. It was a decadent start to the day, and so appropriate to our story-book surroundings.

The evening wines offered the same variety of red and white table wines every afternoon and this was the only aspect of our stay that didn't live up to our expectations. The wines are reasonable quality table wines but the offerings didn't change during our stay. Also, unlike other B&B's we have stayed at there is no evening sherry/cognac/scotch offered (a bit of a disappointment - I guess we've been spoiled) Evening snacks accompanying the wine provided two options. We found some to be better than others, but they were never poor quality. However they are not as spectacular as the breakfasts. Part of this may be that they're optimal when they just come out, for example prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Admittedly they weren't so good that we would go out of our way to be present for evening wine and snacks, which we did while we stayed at Foley House (they had good selection and were marvelous).


THE SERVICE
WOW! First of all, everyone in Savanah is ridiculously charming, warm and friendly in general. Even in that context the Kehoe House team really outdid themselves as far as service during our stay. They were always helpful when we asked question of sought advice, they were great about setting up reservations and cabs (please note, if you're going to book a cab be prepared that cab companies here are notoriously late). They were genuinely talkative and interesting, so we enjoyed chatting them up when we felt we wouldn't be interrupting their work. Arthur, the gentlemen who set us up in our room on arrival and who brought up our breakfasts each morning, was very charismatic and friendly - we adored him. Even the young man helping out around the house and the maid were also friendly. During our last full day in Savannah one of us suddenly came down with a very bad cold. The staff were so genuinely concerned and helpful it was heart warming. They let us know where we could get some cold medication nearby, and sent up tea and honey to ease the throat. The next morning we decided to skip out on our plans to eat out for brunch, and even though we had not pre-booked a breakfast the night before they accommodated and provided a delicious breakfast in our room last minute.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

This place is amazing. The best in Savannah and perfect in every aspect. The historical house is just beautiful, the rooms (including ours) was just a dream, the breakfast in the parlour was fantastic and it is perfectly located within walking district to everything you would want to see in Savannah. I have never met a more friendly, professional and helpful staff then at the Kehoe House. We hit the jackpot when we picked this place. We hope we get to return someday.

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Just spent another glorious weekend in the beautiful city of Savannah, GA and had a delightful experience staying at the Kehoe House. It is an extremely beautiful, historical mansion sitting on one of Savannah's many squares. It is conveniently located so most attractions are within walking distance. The staff cater to your every need and the breakfasts are to die for!!! Great time!! Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

When approaching the Kehoe house my first impression was WOW. The home was beautiful, contained period furniture which gave it an authentic feel. Location is perfect right in front of a square, perfect to enjoy an evening walk. However, what made my stay exceptional was the staff, friendly, accomadating and filled with that southern charm. The morning breakfasts were delicious. I would recommend the French Toast, out of this world delicious.

Room Tip: If you want some quiet time, I recommend going up to the attic with a glass of wine and book. Also...
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I’m confused. Kehoe House is part of a group that calls itself Bed And Breakfast of Savannah, which includes the Marshall House – which by appearances is anything but a bed and breakfast. I found Kehoe House searching for a Bed and Breakfast, yet Kehoe House presents as a “Hotel” on Tripadvisor. Which is it? Hotel? B&B? Inn?

I think I’ll go with calling it an Inn. While it has many characteristics of a B&B, including a very good breakfast, it lacks the warmth and welcome of a more typical B&B.

The room was quite comfortable, with a bit of an odd mix of beautiful antique furniture, and 60’s era retro fitted plumbing. There was a fair amount of street noise intrusion, as a result of the old single pane windows. I believe that this has something to do with local Savannah by laws that prohibit any sort of exterior renovations to historic buildings. Not a big deal. One wonders thought, how Joe Namath managed to install an elevator in an external brick shaft when he owned that building. (That's another story).

Location is excellent – not more than a 10 or 15 minute walk from anywhere in the historic district, and thankfully a few blocks removed from the noisy and busy tourist areas of the riverfront and the City Market.

The inn offers a 5pm wine and hors d’oeuvres in the very inviting and beautifully furnished parlor. In our experience, this is a great opportunity to get to know other guests and share ideas for dining and the next day's activities. Sadly, it was poorly attended, so we took our wine outside to the very nice verandah facing President Street, and waved at the trolley and horse & buggy tours going by.

The staff was very nice and accommodating. But the lack of any visible ownership presence left just a bit of an empty feeling. One gets the impression that this and the other properties in the group are owned by a group of investors, who hire managers to run their properties. Not that this is a bad thing, and I could be completely wrong, but the lack of personal owner attention is what left us feeling just a bit incomplete as far as an a small inn or B&B experience is concerned.

Nice property, well located, excellent staff, excellent breakfast. Just missing that certain intangible that we associate and have come to expect with a true B&B, or even a small privately run inn.

Maybe that's why its listed as a "hotel" on TA.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We stayed for two nights at this beautiful bed and breakfast in the hear of Savannah's historic district. If you have never been to Savannah, make sure you put it on our your list. It has to be one of the most beautifully preserved historic districts in the United States.

The Kehoe House is an architectural treasure. The house has 13 magnificent rooms. When you arrive you are greeted by the most amazing group of dedicated professionals. There is a convenient loading zone right in front of the hotel. You can pull your car up there, the staff unloads your luggage and takes you to registration. You register sitting down in front of a wonderful host named Phil. He was extremely helpful, as if he were welcoming an old friend to his own home. He invites you to relax for a bit before going back to your car to take it to the parking lot. The private parking lot is around the corner on a well-lit street. The $12 per day charge was very reasonable and parking was ample.

When you enter your room you have taken a spiritual step back in time. With beautiful furnishings, modern amenities like great Wi-Fi and air conditioning, we had a wonderful and comfortable room.

The next morning we met Christopher, the day time guest services employee. He is a gem. He asked us if we' d like to sit on the verandah for breakfast since it was a gorgeous day. We of course said yes. That evening we received a personal note from him asking us if we'd like the verandah again the next day. This attention to detail was awesome.

The food was amazing. Chef Terre could easily work for the finest restaurants in Savannah. They actually give you a menu the night before with two choices for breakfast. I ate the crepes and my husband ate the crab cakes. Terre serves the breakfast herself and her smile and southern charming personality were delightful.

This is by far one of the best B&B's we have ever stayed in. They were very welcoming of us as a gay couple and that meant a lot to us. We plan on coming back next year for a whole week to experience the beauty of Savannah and to be spoiled rotten again by Terre, Christopher and Phil.

Room Tip: The rooms on the second floor, "deluxe" have private balconies and king size beds. We stay...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 123 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401-3820
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Region: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Savannah > Downtown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Savannah
Price Range: £158 - £362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Kehoe House - A Boutique Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Kehoe House is an beautifully restored 1892 Renaissance Revival mansion, located in the Savannah historic district. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features 13 original guest rooms. This inn's amenities include complimentary WiFi, cooked-to-order breakfast, and a wine and hors d oeuvres reception. Voted "Best of Savannah" multiple times. ... more   less 
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