WELCOME TO THE ELIZA THOMPSON HOUSE
We're Glad You're Here!
On behalf of the entire staff here at Eliza Thompson House, I'd like to welcome you to Savannah. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to ask! Whether you need restaurant recommendations, or directions to some of the great things to do in Savannah, we're here to help. You'll find brochures, tour tickets, and a knowledgeable local Savannah concierge on duty, so please just let us know how we can help you make the most of your time here in Savannah.
Del Mundel, Innkeeper, Eliza Thompson House
Wine for Your Room
While there are lots of fun places to enjoy a glass of wine in Savannah, sometimes there's nothing better than just relaxing with a glass in your room. Dial 0 for the Front Desk, and we'll bring up a bottle of your choice.
- Private Label Pinot Grigio - $15
- Private Label Pinot Noir - $15
- Private Label Merlot - $15
- Private Label Cabernet Sauvignon - $15
Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning in our garden courtyard. Enjoy a Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Courtyard from 8:00 - 10:00 am. Our chefs prepare delicious southern-made breakfast casserole dishes, traditional southern grits, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit, juices, and coffee. The menu will change daily, but you can be assured a delicious and hearty breakfast will be ready for you.
Wine & Hors d'oeuvres + Desserts
Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are available every afternoon from 5:30-7:00pm. Before settling in for the evening, take a moment to enjoy our dessert and coffee reception from 8:00-9:30pm.
History of The Eliza Thompson House
BUILT IN 1847: In 1847, this house was built as a home for Eliza and Joseph Thompson and their six children. It was one of the finest homes in Savannah, and the location of many grand parties and celebrations. Joseph, whose portrait hangs in the R. Bruce room, served on several bank boards and made a living buying and selling cotton. He also financed the building of special homes to sell to others.
ELIZA WAS WIDOWED 8 YEARS LATER: Joseph died in 1855, only 8 years after building their home. As a strong, independent woman, Eliza did not turn Joseph's investments over to a banker or lawyer to manage, but instead managed them herself and kept her beautiful home on Jones Street.
The house remained in the Thompson family after Eliza’s death on February 9, 1875. Two of her daughters remained in the house until the early 1920s when it was sold to a doctor. In the 1950s, the house was sold to a dentist and remained his office and living quarters until 1977 when Jim and Mary Widman purchased the property and converted it into an inn.
CHANGES TO THE HOUSE: In 1980, the original Carriage House was on the verge of collapse, so the Widmans had it razed and built the current 13-room structure based on the French Quarter-style of New Orleans. The back section of the current Carriage House stands on the foundation for the original structure and is only about 5 inches taller than its predecessor.
Additional changes made include improvements to the front porch, and the addition of a second set of stairs leading up to the front entrance. The Admiral Turner Room was originally used as the front parlor, with the St. Julian Room being used as the dining room. The bathroom in the Admiral Turner Room is located where the original entrance to the home was. The bathroom in the St. Julian and the Lindsey Rooms are located in the old rear staircase shaft. The closets in both of these rooms are in the old dumbwaiter shaft of the building. The Carter and Johnston Rooms are both enclosed side porches. The Carter Room, in fact, served as the waiting room for the doctor's office, with the door located where the front desk is today. The entryway into the hallway from the current foyer is one of the original window openings from the 1847 structure. Here, one can see the substantial thickness of the original walls.
MORE ROOM HISTORY: The J. Stephens Room was used as the master bedroom, and the Lee Room served as a nursery. The R. Bruce and Lindsey Rooms were the original bedrooms in the house. The female servants would have used what is now the Savannah and Telfair Rooms as their sleeping quarters. The Oglethorpe Room was the original kitchen for the property. The Chatham Room was a summer sitting room and dining area used by all members of the household.
The second floor housed a hayloft, granary, storage room, and laundry, and had a balcony made of wood. There were no openings on the ground floor into the courtyard; entry for the horse was from the lane only. Laundry was hung overhead between the two buildings and the courtyard was used for entertaining as well as a vegetable garden.
Favorite Things to Do in Savannah
With Distances From The Eliza Thompson House
- Forsyth Park - Walk 0.2 Miles - 5 minutes
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace - Walk 0.5 miles - 10 minutes
- Ghost Tours - Trolleys pick up from The Eliza Thompson House
- Savannah City/History Tours - Trolleys pick up from here also.
- Shopping the Downtown Design District - just at our corner!
- Spas - Several options within a 10 minute walk
- Mercer House - Walk 0.1 miles - 3 Minutes
- Colonial Park Cemetery - Walk 0.4 miles - 7 minutes
- River Street - Walk 1 mile
- The Davenport House Museum - Walk 0.7 miles - 10 minutes
- City Market - Walk 0.7 miles - 10 minutes
- Telfair & Jepson Museums - Walk 0.5 miles - 10 minutes
- The Owens Thomas House Museum - Walk 0.5 miles - 10 minutes
- Shopping and dining on Broughton Street - Walk 10-15 minutes
- Bonaventure Cemetery - Drive 3.9 miles - 10 Minutes
- Wormsloe Plantation - Drive 8.8 Miles - 16 Minutes
- Tybee Island - Savannah's Beach - Drive 18.4 miles - 28 Minutes
- Fort Pulaski - Drive 13.5 Miles - 23 Minutes
Safety & Security
We know, we know — when you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is hotel security! Humor us and take a look at these security tips. We want you to have fun, and be safe during your stay with us, or at any hotel. Read on for some top hotel safety tips that are good to know, no matter where you stay.
- Keep your door locked at all times whenever you’re in your room --- including the deadbolt, Never prop your door open, no matter how briefly.
- At night, leave a pair of shoes next to the bed in case you need to leave in a hurry. Keep your room key card, wallet, and smartphone close at hand as well.
- Never open your door to someone until you’re sure of his or her identity; use the peephole instead. Do not allow anyone into your room without making identification first. If there is any doubt about the person’s identity, please contact the Front Desk.
- Each of our guest rooms is equipped with individual safes for securing your valuables. Don’t leave your passport behind. It’s best to have it with you.
- Safeguard your key card. Do not leave it in your room or give it to anyone. When you are ready to check out, please return your card to the Front Desk. We re-program the cards and use them again!
- Grab an extra business card or two from the Front Desk. Place one by the phone in your room. If there is an emergency, and you call for help, you’ll have the name and address of your location. Place the other in your pocket or purse. If you have to take a cab or if you get lost, you'll have our address handy.
Fire Emergency Info
- For your safety, The Eliza Thompson House is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.
- Near the door you'll find a map showing the location of all fire exits near your room. Study the routes to the exits. These exits are at each end of the corridors and are illuminated with a red light.
- Become familiar with the operation of the door lock. You should never leave your room without your room key, nor should you leave your door open.
- In the event of a fire please observe the following safety procedures:
- Obtain your room key card and go to the door. Feel the door with the back of your hand for heat. If the door is hot, do not exit.
- With your door ajar, check the corridor to ensure it is safe.
- Exit, and close your door behind you. Walk to the nearest safe exit. If there is smoke present drop to your hands and knees and crawl to the nearest exit.
- If unable to exit your guest room, please follow these procedures:
- Contact the Hotel Operator and give them your room number and number of persons in the room.
- Turn off all heat or air conditioning controls.
- Fill the bathtub and sink with water. This water may be used to wet towels or fight fire if needed.
- Hang or wave a bed sheet by the window to attract attention
- Should it become necessary to leave your room, remember to crawl on your hands and knees under smoke.
- In any emergency, remain calm and do not panic.
Georgia Hotel Laws
G E O R G I A
The Following are rates for this room: 1 person - $500, 2 persons - $500, 3 persons - $500, 4 persons - $500
- Rules & Regulations
- The Rules and Regulations of this Hotel are such as prevail in all First Class Hotels. The cooperation of our guests is kindly requested so that all may be better served. Kindly report any inattention on the part of any employee to the management. All moneys, jewelry, coats, valises and other valuables must be left at the office and checks received therefore: otherwise the proprietor will not be responsible for any loss.
- GUESTS ARE REQUIRED to deposit money, jewels and other valuables at the main desk for safekeeping, otherwise the hotel/motel will not be responsible for any loss in accepting valuables for safekeeping. Liability for any loss is limited to that provided for under the laws of the state of Georgia. Please keep your doors locked. Your cooperation is appreciated.
- Georgia Hotel Laws
- 43 -21-10. Deposit of valuables by guest with Innkeeper. The innkeeper may provide a safe or other place of deposit for valuable articles and, by posting a notice thereof, may require his guests to place such valuable articles therein or he shall be relieved from responsibility for such articles. For all valuable articles placed by guest with an innkeeper for safekeeping, the innkeeper shall give a receipt therefore to evidence the fact of such deposit. No guest shall recover from the innkeeper more than $750.00 for loss of valuable articles deposited with the innkeeper unless such guest shall possess the receipt of the innkeeper for the valuable articles claimed to have been lost. (Acts of 1922, p. 52.)
- 43 -21-11. Limitation of Innkeeper’s liability for loss of valuables in containers. (a) No hotel, apartment hotel, or innkeeper shall be responsible in an amount in excess of $1,000.00 for the loss or theft of any valuables, including cash, jewelry, etc., which are contained in a package, box, bag or other container left with hotel proprietor or innkeeper to be placed in the safe or other depository of the hotel or inn. Provided that the liability of the hotel or innkeeper may be increased to an amount in excess of $1,000.00 by a written contract entered into between the parties providing a greater liability; provided further, that the contract shall not call for any additional cost to guest.
- (b) A notice containing the provisions of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be posted in a conspicuous place in all rooms of the hotel occupied by guests. (Acts of 1943, p. 313.)
- 43 -21-12. Presumption of Law; defenses; limitation of innkeeper’s liability for loss of personal property in case of loss of property entrusted by a guest to an innkeeper. It will be presumed that the innkeeper failed to exercise extraordinary diligence with regard to such property. Negligence or default by the guest himself, of which the loss is a consequence, shall be a sufficient defense. The liability of the innkeeper for loss of or injury to personal property placed by any guest under his care, other than valuables or articles which must be delivered to the innkeeper to be deposited in a safe or other place of deposit, shall not exceed the sum of $1,000, provided, that any guest may, at any time before loss, damage, or destruction of his property, notify the innkeeper in writing that his property exceeds in value the sum of $1,000 and shall, upon demand of the innkeeper, furnish him a list or schedule of the same, with the value thereof, in which case the innkeeper shall be liable for the full value of such property in case of loss, damage or destruction because of negligence on his part: provided, further, that the innkeeper shall post a copy of this code section, printed in distinct type on the inside of the door of the guest’s room. The innkeeper may adopt reasonable regulations for his own protection, and the publication of such rules to his guests shall bind them to comply therewith. (Acts of 1922, p. 52.)
- 43 -21-13. Defrauding Hotels and Boarding Houses. Any person who, with intent to defraud, shall obtain food, lodging or other accommodation at any hotel, inn, boarding house, or eating place, except when credit shall be given therefore by express agreement, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (Acts 1910, p. 137; 1957, p.335.)
- 43 -21-14. Proof of intent to defraud. Proof that food, lodging or other accommodation was obtained by false pretense, or by false or fictitious show or pretense of any baggage or other property, by such person obtaining such food, lodging, or other accommodation; or that such person absconded without paying or offering to pay for such food, lodging, or other accommodation; or that such person gave in payment for such food, lodging or other accommodation any check or draft made payable at sight, on demand or on a date not subsequent to the date when the same was drawn, which check or draft payment was refused on presentation; or that such person surreptitiously removed or attempted to remove there from his baggage or other property brought with him to such hotel, inn, boarding house, or eating house, without having paid for or having offered to pay for such food, lodging, or other accommodations so furnished him, shall be prima-facie evidence of the fraudulent intent mentioned in Code Section 43-21-13. No person shall be convicted under Code Section 43-21-13 where there shall have been an agreement to delay payment for such food, lodging, or other accommodation until a date after such person shall have terminated his relation as a guest at such hotel, inn, boarding house or eating house. (Acts of 1910, p.p. 137 , 139.)
The Eliza Thompson House
- 5 W. Jones Street • Savannah, Georgia 31401
- Tel: (912) 236-3620 • Toll free: 1-800-348-9378
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic Inns of Savannah
- The Eliza Thompson House is a member of the Historic Inns of Savannah collection. Our sister properties include: Olde Harbour Inn, The Kehoe House, The Gastonian, The Marshall House, and East Bay Inn.