WELCOME TO OLDE HARBOUR INN
We're Glad You're Here!
On behalf of the entire staff here at Olde Harbour Inn, 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.
Susan Powers, Innkeeper, Olde Harbour Inn
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 Chardonnay - $15
- Private Label Pinot Noir - $15
- Private Label Cabernet Sauvignon - $15
- Two keepsake etched Olde Harbour Inn stemless wine glasses - $16
We Recommend Debi's for An Amazing Southern Breakfast
Located inside East Bay Inn, our sister property just down the street at 225 E. Bay Street, Debi's Restaurant is a favorite with Olde Harbour Inn guests. Show your room key for 10% breakfast, and tell them Olde Harbour Inn sent you!
Click Here for Google Map Directions to Debi's.
225 East Bay Street | Located on the Lower Level at East Bay Inn
Join Us for Complimentary Wine & Hors d'oeuvres
Served in the lobby from 5:30-7pm
History of Olde Harbour Inn
Olde Harbour Inn's history goes back to 1812 when the original stone foundation of the building was laid — making it one of the oldest inns in Savannah's historic district. The site was first comprised of wharf warehouses and storage buildings, and the primary owners were the Jones & the Johnson families. There were several City Council debates regarding this property, and the use of the docks and wharfs. Around 1888-89 these original buildings were removed.
In December 1889, The Savannah Morning News & Evening Press reported that new construction had begun at the site. "Dennis J. Murphy is raising a three-story building under the bluff; which will extend from River Street to Factor's Walk. He will bridge, at several intervals, the building to the "Green" or E. Bay Street. Tide Water Oil Company has already leased two (2) floors of the new building." In March 1890, the newspaper reported: "Dennis J Murphy has just finished for the Tide Water Oil Company, a 3 story brick building on East Bay Street (between River Street and The Green) at a cost of $2,500."
FIRE DESTROYED THE BUILDING: In 1892, a fire began along the mostly wooden warehouses on the east end of Factors Walk, including the building belonging to the Tide Water Oil Company. A breeze was blowing that evening, and although the fire company was quick to respond, the entire building was set ablaze, and the fire resulted in a total loss. The origins of the fire were never established, but fortunately no lives were lost.
Headlines in the Savannah Morning News on January 3, 1892 read: "Bay Streets Big Blaze -- Five Hundred barrels of oil and the building is burned..."The article went on to note: "The Tide Water Oil Company's office and storage rooms were completely destroyed. Loss was listed at $19,000 (with insurance coverage of $15,580). The fire was a fierce one and of unknown origin. The Tide Water Oil Company will rebuild at once..."
After the fire, the Oil Company did indeed rebuild the building. As a result of the many fires Savannah experienced, city leaders passed an ordinance that new buildings along the bluff must be made of stone or brick.
RECONSTRUCTED TO LAST: When the Oil Company rebuilt, they constructed the building with more than 730,000 bricks - making the building flame resistant. Brick used for the building was made from a new process designed by "Liberty Brick Company" of Savannah. It was noted as a great step forward in construction standards.
Shortly after the rebuild, Tidewater Oil Company became Standard Oil Company, a part of Rockefellers' Standard Oil Trust. The company occupied the building until 1907, primarily selling a product called "Guardian Oil," a then high-tech perfection of kerosene oil. The oil was stored in barrels throughout the building. Today, the wooden beams inside the Inn are re-painted frequently to cover oil stains that saturated the beams more than a century ago.
FROM OIL TO BLUE JEANS: When Standard Oil left the building in 1907, it sat vacant more than 20 years. In 1930, Alexander Brothers Company, a blue jeans and overall factory, moved in and conducted business from the building until 1980.
NOW OLDE HARBOUR INN: In 1985, the building underwent a complete renovation. It was re-opened as the Olde Harbour Inn in 1987. In December 1991, HLC Hotels, Inc, a Savannah-owned and operated hotel management company, purchased The Olde Harbour Inn as the first property in its collection of upscale historic Savannah inns. HLC's Savannah Inns also include The Marshall House, The Eliza Thompson House, The East Bay Inn, The Gastonian and The Kehoe House.
Favorite Things to Do in Savannah
With Distances From Olde Harbour Inn
- Ghost Tours and Haunted Pub Crawls
- Savannah City/History Tours - Trolleys pick up from Olde Harbour Inn.
- River Street- Right outside the door and around the corner
- Forsyth Park- Walk 1.2 Miles-25 Minutes
- City Market- Walk 0.4 Mile-9 Minutes
- Roundhouse Railroad Museum- Walk 1.1 Miles-23 Minutes
- The Ships of the Sea Museum- Walk 0.6 Mile-12 Minutes
- Jepson Center for the Arts and ArtZeum- Walk 0.6 Mile-12 Minutes
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace- Walk 0.5 Mile-10 minutes
- Davenport House- Walk 0.3 Mile-5 Minutes
- The Pirate's House- Walk 0.3 Mile-6 Minutes
- River Street Riverboat Company- Walk 1 Block
- Dolphin Magic- Walk 1 Block
- Oatland Island Education Center- Drive East 5.7 Miles-11 Minutes
- Tybee Island- Drive 17.5 Miles-28 Minutes
- Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum- Drive 16.4 Miles-26 Minutes
- Fort Pulaski- Drive 13.8 Miles-23 Minutes
- Old Fort Jackson- Drive 3.8 Miles-10 Minutes
- Wormsloe Plantation- Drive 9.3 Miles-14 Minutes
Enjoy Savannah with Your Dog
Take a self-guided Walking Tour: With 22 parks and squares, Savannah's downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the US. It's a great place to walk your dog! Take note of the convenient doggie waste receptacles around Savannah. Most of the squares have an in-ground waste receptacle, noted by a green metal lid with a white stencil of a dog on it. You'll even find doggie water fountains positioned at nose level for your dog. There are two in Forsyth Park, one in Troupe Square, and another in Ellis Square.
Go on a Pet-Friendly Tour: Most walking tours are pet friendly. We recommend Old Savannah Tours for a trolley tour if your dog prefers to ride. Perhaps the most dog-centric tour you'll find in Savannah is Oliver Bentley's Historic Dog Walk Tour.
Enjoy Pet-Friendly Dining: Several restaurants within walking distance don't mind if your well-behaved dog sits quietly beneath your outdoor table. It's not unusual to find water bowls outside many downtown Savannah businesses.
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, Olde Harbour Inn is protected by both smoke detectors and fire alarms throughout the property.
- 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.)
Olde Harbour Inn
- 508 E. Factors' Walk • Savannah, Georgia 31401
- Tel: (912) 234-4100 • Toll free: 1-800-553-6533
- email: email@example.com
Historic Inns of Savannah
- Olde Harbour Inn is a member of the Historic Inns of Savannah collection. Our sister properties include: The Kehoe House, Eliza Thompson House, The Gastonian, The Marshall House, and East Bay Inn.