About Hamilton-Turner Inn

Over 150 Years of History & Tradition

The journey of the Hamilton-Turner house has been one of ingenuity, intrigue, and fame.

Built in 1873 by prominent local businessman and alderman Samuel Pugh Hamilton, known then as “The Lord of Lafayette Square,” the private mansion became a hub for Savannah’s social scene, with its grand architecture and interiors lending a touch of grandiosity to the many gatherings of the elite. When the residence became the first in Savannah with electricity, locals would gather to see the glow of electric light through the windows. Over 100 years later, John Berendt’s novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” made note of the raucous parties thrown by Joe Odom, who at one time managed the property. Years later, the Inn made a cameo appearance in the Clint Eastwood-directed film of the same name starring Kevin Spacey and John Cusack.

through the years

Built in 1873, The Hamilton-Turner Inn was once a privately-owned family home. Today it is one of Savannah’s most sought-after luxury inns. Guests come to celebrate special occasions, enjoy Savannah’s rich history, and be surrounded by modern luxury in one of the oldest homes in Savannah.


Samuel Pugh Hamilton, who had the residence built in 1873, was a notable naval officer and versatile businessman. 


Due to his work with the Brush Electric Light & Power Company, the Hamilton Mansion was the first residence in Savannah with electricity. Spectators were wowed by the invention but feared the house would explode. The whole house was fitted with electric lights by 1886 around the time Hamilton became the president of the Brush Electric & Power Company


The mansion was nearly destroyed during the great Savannah fire, but thankfully, the mansion’s Connecticut limestone roof was credited with saving it from being engulfed by the flames.


Dr. Francis Turner, who was known by neighbors as an electric car enthusiast, purchased the house from the Hamilton estate and lived there with his family until 1926.


The Turner family sold the house in 1965 to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, who wanted to replace the structure with a playground for their nearby school. The Historic Savannah Foundation stepped in and saved the historic mansion. Over the next several years, the home served as a boarding house and was owned by several different individuals.


Ruben Lee Harper purchased the house and his cousin, Joe Odom, served as the property manager. During this time, Joe hosted outrageous parties at the Hamilton-Turner as referenced in John Berendt’s book “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.”


Ruben sold the house to Dr. Charles and Nancy Hillis. Nancy lived in the house and turned the basement into a museum and souvenir shop dedicated to the book.


The home was purchased by Charlie and Sue Strickland, who converted the property into a bed and breakfast known as the Hamilton-Turner Inn. Since 2003, the Inn has had several owners and undergone multiple renovations.


Today, the Hamilton-Turner Inn features 17 individually designed rooms, each one named after a prominent Georgia individual.



Guests of Hamilton-Turner Inn are afforded great service during their stay at the historic inn. Our front desk is staffed 24 hours a day for your convenience.


We accept all major credit cards. (American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover.)


We welcome our guests beginning at 3 p.m. daily. Early check-in times will be extended with no extra fee when they are available. Check-out time is 11 a.m., with later times available for an additional charge.


Upon booking, the first night’s room rate and all applicable taxes will be taken.


If you are unable to keep your booking and cancel eight (8) days or more prior to the arrival date, your deposit will be refunded minus a $50.00 cancellation fee. If you cancel seven (7) days or less prior to the day of check-in date you will be responsible for the entire cost of the stay including any applicable taxes day of check-in. The cancellation policy also applies for No Shows and Early Departures following arrival. This policy is subject to change for special dates.


The hotel is centrally located on Lafayette Square. On street parking is available on both sides of the tree-lined Charlton and Macon streets flanking the inn.


Children 10 years of age and older are welcome at Hamilton-Turner Inn. We apologize, but we are unable to accommodate children under 10.


Our hotel is a smoke-free establishment. For your convenience, smoking is allowed in the garden courtyard. Smoking in a designated nonsmoking area is subject to a $250 fine.


Hamilton-Turner Inn has pet-friendly accommodations on our garden level (Rooms: Casimir Pulaski, Eli Whitney, John Habersham, and Isaiah Davenport) for up to one pet per room, dogs only. There is a $75 nonrefundable charge per stay, and pets must be 25 pounds or under. Pets are not allowed in common areas including the Parlor and Dining Room. Guests with pets must leave a cell phone number with the front desk and disclose that a small pet will be staying. Guests who do not adhere to our pet policy will be charged a cleaning fee of $150.


Amenity fee is $37 per room, per night and includes:

  • Southern-inspired, Chef-prepared breakfast ($17.99 for non-guests)
  • Daily afternoon snack and fruit-infused water in the parlor
  • Innkeeper’s reception every evening from 5 to 6pm with wine and hors d'oeuvres
  • Late evening port and fresh cookies
  • Premium Coffee and tea served daily
  • In-room premium water, locally sourced chocolates
  • In-room luxury robes
  • In-room safes
  • Concierge and luggage service
  • Umbrellas
  • Newspaper and local periodicals
  • High-speed internet
  • Bicycle use for exploring Savannah

Located in the Heart of Historic Savannah

330 Abercorn Street Savannah GA, 31401

Toll Free: 888-448-8849 | Local: 912-233-1833

Email: info@hamilton-turnerinn.com

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