The Stephen Williams House represents
Savannah's most intimate inn and truly conveys the
impression that you are an honored guest in a private
home. Located at the western edge of the historic
district (a short walk from Bull Street), the 1834
Federal mansion is the residence of Dr. Albert Wall,
a charming and genial antiques' dealer. He recently
converted his distinguished house into a five-room
bed-and-breakfast, but does not advertise and offers
no brochure. In fact, the only reason we knew of it
was through a reader-tip.
On arrival, Dr. Wall will personally show you
around a sequence of salons, each one more exquisite
than the last. And when he finally presses a room key
into your hand and insists you treat the place as
your own, it is impossible not to feel that you have
received a privileged invitation and that your stay is
entirely untainted by any hint of commercialization.
Much of the furniture throughout the manor would
grace a museum and it is impossible to overstate the
magnificence of the principal rooms, which have been
so meticulously and authentically restored to their
original architectural and decorative splendor that
the house received the 2003 Preservation Award
from the Historic Savannah Foundation.
Guest quarters show the same attention to historic
detail, with the value-priced "Stephen Williams
Suite" comprising two, admirably elegant separate
rooms that will instantly convey you back 170
years. Closer examination, however, reveals the deft
addition of such appreciated contemporary amenities
as air-conditioning, a cable TV and modern bath.
When he is not away on business, Dr. Wall joins guests
for a lavish Southern breakfast in the formal dining
room to share fascinating stories and anecdotes about
his beloved Savannah. Suite, $325, full breakfast
included. No smoking.
The Stephen Williams House
128 West Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401 912-495-0032
Reprinted with permission from
"Andrew Harpers"june 2004