East Bay Inn
225 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
With its 28 guest rooms and location in the heart of the historic district, East Bay Inn offers the comfort and amenities you seek, just steps from the Savannah River.
- Afternoon Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception
- Turndown Service
- Bottled Water Available All Day
- In-Room Safe, Suitable for a Laptop or Tablet
- Pet Friendly!
- Located across from River Street
- Has an Elevator
The History of East Bay Inn
On June 17, 1852, Edward Padefford began construction on the building that would one day become the East Bay Inn. The simple design of the building, with its tall windows and elegant brickwork, echoes the Greek Revival Style, which was popular in Savannah around the time of the Civil War. As typical with most commercial buildings of the period, the first floor features a façade made entirely of cast iron. The interior columns are also cast iron and can still be seen in the lobby and guest rooms.
By the late 1800's, tenants in the building included a steam bakery in the 1860s and foreign consul offices in the 1880s. During this time, cotton and grocery warehouses were located on the lower levels of the building. The third floor housed a lodge meeting hall.
In 1920, the Columbia Drug Company started their reign as the building’s longest tenant. From 1965 to 1983, this building—along with many in downtown Savannah— stood vacant. The 1980s saw a renewed interest in the historic preservation of the city, and in 1983 the building was purchased again. This historic structure was immediately renovated from a derelict old building into the East Bay Inn. Reconstruction was completed in 1984.