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Savannah: The Foley House Inn

www.foleyinn.com

Reviewed by: Joywriter from NC, review #2214

When: May 2008

This fading star of Savannah under new management. Disappointing.

We were met at 3:45 pm (Check in is 3:00 PM) by a locked glass front door with no one listening for guests to arrive. Finally, a clerk going by heard my knock and opened the door and explained they keep the inn locked to keep tourists out. My husband waited double-parked in a loading zone as there was no available parking or signage about what to do with a car at arrival.

The reception area just inside of the front door was a jumble of electrical cords, phones charging, laptops charging, modems, books and just a hodge-podge of "stuff."

The parlor to the right had four large chairs with soiled head and hand rest areas. A flustered concierge provided a 48-hour parking pass for Savannah for $8.00 and tried to explain the parking process. We left to park our car nearby and walked back to the inn.

Our room was a premium room, 314 Westmoreland. It faced Chippewa Square. The room needs a thorough cleaning; it was dusty. The balcony door was missing a knob and difficult to open to step out onto the small balcony. The drapes were too heavy for the white drapery rods and when we tried to close them, the panel came down in my hand.

We returned one afternoon warm and tired to find our room hadn't been made up. The reception/concierge freshened the room herself as the staff had left. (4:30 pm)

Breakfast featured small portions and was not attractively presented. There did not seem to be a method for serving guests, and servers had difficulty remembering orders and returned often to ask again. The grits were tasteless and the eggs meager, cold and dry. Tables were not cleared promptly so arriving guests didn't know where to sit. Table cloths were not changed between diners.

Our room was $335/night. The inn has a four diamond 2007 rating. I understand the inn changed management 18 months ago. My feeling is management is resting on the Foley House Inn's past reputation.

We were quite disappointed with our stay and unfortunately can't recommend an expenditure of over $300 dollars for the room and service provided.

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