As soon as you arrive at the Forsyth Park Inn in Savannah's Historic District, Dwayne, the Innkeeper, makes you feel right at at home. Born and raised in Savannah, he has a wealth of knowledge about the area and is eager to share it. In this digital age, a short stay at the Forsyth Park Inn reaffirmed my suspicions that good old-fashioned hospitality is still out there if you seek it.
Forsyth Park Inn is a Queen Anne style Victorian-era house and was built in 1896.
The original owner was a sea captain from Nova Scotia, which explains why some of the original details of the home have a nautical feel. The carved balusters of the main staircase look just like rope.
There are 11 rooms (plus one cottage) and each have an en-suite bathroom. I stayed in Room 4, located towards at back of the house on the parlor floor. The 14 foot ceilings and pale green walls made the room feel light and airy. The room is incredibly spacious - there is even a small sunroom at the back which faces the inn's inner courtyard.
Nearby, Room 3 features two queen beds, a whirlpool tub and a view of the park.
Room 1 is also located on the parlor level. Its large windows look out to picturesque Forsyth Park. The four poster queen size bed, fireplace, and wet bar make this room feel most luxurious. It's the perfect room for a couple celebrating a special occasion.
The other guest rooms are just as well appointed and are located on the second floor.
The staff at the Inn does not stay overnight. There is keyless entry system at the front door, so when you arrive, Dwayne will help you setup a personal passcode. The individual rooms do have keys, however.
The Forsyth Park Inn provides a complimentary breakfast and you can pre-book a time to eat the night prior. Whether you opt to dine on the front porch or in the parlor, you'll have a wonderful view of Forsyth Park.
Each evening, a selection of pastries and coffee/tea are set out for guests to enjoy in the parlor at their leisure. It's a real treat to come back to such decadent sweets after a long day of sightseeing.
Before I arrived in Savannah on my weekend getaway, I received an email with their recommendations for restaurants and attractions to see. From Forsyth Park Inn you can easily walk most nearby attractions.
Start by exploring the namesake park across the street. The Spanish moss falls ever so carefully from tree limbs and delicately sways in the wind. Wander square by square as you make your way down to the waterfront.
If you like historic homes, visit the Owens-Thomas House. "If there's one mansion you tour while you're in Savannah, make it this one," Dwayne advises.
Savannah is a very walkable city, but you can also take the free Dot bus to some 24 stops around the city. There's a Dot stop conveniently located right outside of the Forsyth Park Inn.
Solo travelers and couples
The Forsyth Park Inn is located at the northwestern edge of Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah, Georgia.