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Savannah International Pensione

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304 E Hall St, Savannah, GA 31401-5711
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Sophie M wrote a review May 2018
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Brian was incredibly helpful and it wasn't an issue to come/go at late hours. He was friendly and sorted transportation to the airport for me. The accommodation is a bit warm inside, I went late May. Other than that, the location is perfect! Right next to Forsyth Park and a short walk to the centre of downtown Savannah. The beds were clean and comfy. It was the best option for a student, price wise. Good place to stay when travelling through Georgia.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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catsmuggler wrote a review May 2018
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We had no problem returning to the house between 11-5, and really no problems besides that either. This is in a perfect neighbourhood and it's a very cute old house. Personally, much more interesting for me than staying in some big corporate hotel without any character. That being said, it was $75 for a room instead of $200 like at some of the nicer hotels. It makes sense that it may not have all the same amenities. And for us that was fine. The owner was friendly and helpful, parking was easy, and it was a nearby place to crash after touring the city.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Julia B wrote a review May 2018
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I will start with the good things about this place. It was cheap---$75 for a private room with queen bed and a pretty good location, and parking was surprisingly easy. Also, it was clean for the most part. The owner is a really nice guy as well. For the bad, my biggest issue was the fact that we couldn't return between 12pm and 5pm. And the worst part of that: he leaves the A/C off during that time, *the hottest part of the day*. We got back from a day at the beach on Tybee Island looking to get ready for dinner and our room was STIFLING hot. It really messed up my day. Also, a single bathroom is shared between all guests, which could be up to 10 people at a time. The room was really small and literally just a bed and a chair---not even a table to rest your phone on while it charges. I really wish I would have spent a little more and gotten a motel.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Christina W wrote a review Feb 2018
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You'll find this listing on hostel sites, but let's be honest, this is no hostel. It's some rooms upstairs from a strange guy's house with a carriage house out back. I had read some of the reviews but they seemed outdated and I told myself I could overlook a lot of the complaints. But to be honest, the bad parts on my trip to Savannah all stem from have staying here. My biggest complaint by far was that if you stay in the main house you have to be out of the building from 11am-5pm every day. At first, I thought to myself, that's not so bad, I'm going to be exploring anyways! But not being able to come back at all to rest in the middle of the day was terrible. Or when one day it was rainy all day and I had to stay out in the rain trying to find things to do to pass the time until I could get back inside and had to buy a sweatshirt as the temp dropped once the rain came. So this arrangement might be fine for a day or two but if you're staying any longer than that it really will wear on you. I deeply regret not moving over to the carriage house – I just didn’t want to spend more money that I didn’t really have. The room itself was just a bed and a chair - the chair I couldn't move (not like there was space to anyways), because it is holding up some sort of fire alarm that will fall out of place and apparently beep very loud if you do – so I didn’t even try to sit in it, it was a place to put my luggage. It was only February but that room was so uncomfortably warm. No AC and only a loud overhead fan. And a sign saying not to sleep with the window open as there's no screen and the bugs will get in. I didn’t sleep well at all with being so warm and the uncomfortable bed and pillows that were covered in plastic. There's a balcony that is a bit terrifying with some chairs that didn't seem structurally sound. Building itself is pretty run down. Paint chipping. A shower that you have to fiddle with the knobs or else the pipes make a terrible noise. The shower didn’t drain well either and my feet were in a few inches of water. I didn't need the kitchen at all but there's a fridge in there but no real way of reheating food as there's no microwave and no pots or pans or anything to reheat your food with - the owner offered up some aluminum foil to make a makeshift pan if I needed to. I just didn't bother bringing back any leftovers. Except for the first night there was literally no one else staying in the main house upstairs with me so there were no noise issues. Being there's only one bathroom, if you get multiple people there I can see getting ready in the morning being an issue - especially with everyone needing to leave the premises by 11:00am. Location - not too bad really. 30 min walk or so to the parts of town you'd want to be actually visiting. My favorite route after trying many was through Forsyth Park and up Bull St. Uber will cost you between $5-10 to get back and forth. It’s across from Kroger grocery store if you need anything. Neighborhood seemed nice – people often greeted me politely while I was outside. Looking back on past reviews, I really had hoped things may have changed over the years, but nothing has. The complaints I had were the same complaints people had 5 years ago. I don’t know why the owner doesn’t make an effort to make some very small changes that would make this a much better place to stay (can he still not afford some pots and pans? He told me there’s no wifi in the carriage house – time to get a new router!). And seriously, that whole closed from 11-5 thing needs to go…there is absolutely no reason to put your guests through that every single day. For that reason alone I wouldn’t stay here again and wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Room Tip: The main house was a real miss for me. Maybe try the carriage house.
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Vagabond-Sue wrote a review Mar 2017
County Kerry, Ireland1081 contributions201 helpful votes
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As you can see, I'm usually a positive reviewer. Not this time. This was a disappointment from the start. Their website CLEARLY states taxes are included in the price, yet 13% was added and the man shrugged his shoulder and said "you know, taxes..," but I was too tired to argue. At that bump up you can stay in a motel cheaper, that would be nicer. He had problems with his credit card reader and he said "this happens all the time" - I ended up paying cash. It felt very weird and when he said they'd been in business a long time I was surprised. From the photos I'd say the house is much nicer than the carriage house. It was old and not maintained particularly well. The bed was rock hard (hard like a cheap futon) and covered in plastic! I sweat sweat sweat all night, even though it was freezing that night. Yuck. The bathroom is shared and when you go in you lock the other person's door. It woke me up when the others locked my door! The door to the bathroom is in your room. The man brought the others in the carriage house late at night, clumping up the stairs, talking loudly. The walls are paper thin - he could have been more considerate for others in the carriage house. The wifi ONLY worked in the main house. He pointed to a STEP outside in the backyard and said "you can get wifi if you sit out there!" I'll never stay - nor would I recommend - this place again.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Moises07 wrote a review Sep 2016
Tampa, Florida52 contributions28 helpful votes
First off, this is an independently owned pensione. You are paying way less than the overpriced hotels in Savannah. By staying here we saved about $170, enough to enjoy some nice meals with our savings. The location is flanked by million dollar homes so it is in a safe area which makes the walk a safe one as well. Savannah is all about strolling through the squares and the walk from the pensione is an entertaining one as you walk (or cycle in our case) from the southern end of the district. No matter where you are in Savannah you will want to walk around to see the houses, and tree lined streets. The best walk from the pensione is to walk to Forsyth Park, head north around the main fountain and on through Bull St all the way North. Forsyth Park is literally two blocks away and only two blocks from the main entrance. When we visited they were holding a Jazz Festival there so it was a nice surprise. You also have a supermarket, Kroger's, directly south of the property, and a very cool cafe a block East. A the other end of the park there is a very inexpensive and great cafe which happens to be vegetarian, there is also health food store next to it. We met Bryan that morning and everything went smoothly. He showed us our room, gave us some expected house rules (probably rooted on past experiences), and even gave us a little map to guide us. We stayed in the carriage house. The rooms are basic the one we chose had bunked beds and a night stand, there is another smaller room with a futon who you share a bathroom with. Internet only works in the courtyard. There is a kitchen downstairs with an oven but no microwave. If the most important thing to you is saving money while staying safe and just needing a place to crash then this is it.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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jadeballard75 wrote a review Sep 2016
Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution
Me and my friend stayed in a carriage house. Great bargain in downtown, for sure. Beautiful location in charming neighborhood. Everything is in a walking distance, supermarket is right across from the street, several unique cafes nearby. The place was neat, manager was friendly and helpful. We found this location safe and our lodging secure. Definitely, we will come back to Savannah and stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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katherinekowaliktpp wrote a review Aug 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions3 helpful votes
I booked a stay at the Savannah Penisone Hostel in August 2016. I firstly realised that to stay in Savannah, everywhere is very expensive so being on a tight budget where every cent counts I decided to stay in the Pensione Hostel. I found it quite strange that I had no way of booking my stay online (without even so much as a email address) so I had to call from Australia to book my stay. Granted due to time difference, there was very little opportunity to call and I wasn't so keen to have to call internationally in the first place. Brian isn't the best on the phone so it was quite an odd telephone conversation. I arrived into Savannah at 930pm. I had left Los Angeles at 1050am and had only arrived from Australia the previous day. I had two flights so the day was spent in transit with not much opportunity to purchase or eat food. By the time I reached the Penisone, it was very late and I was extremely exhausted and very very hungry. Myself and the taxi driver spent the next twenty minutes banging on the door, ringing the bell with no avail. The taxi driver let me use his cell and the call to Brian went unanswered. By this time I was so frustrated and upset. Brian comes down the street after twenty minutes in a state, saying that he had busted his tyre open and was with the AAA guy on the next street. I explained that I was tired and hungry and just wanted to put my bag down and go to the local supermarket to get some food. Brian was very preoccupied with his car so I ended up waiting on the front steps for a further 10 - 15 minutes for him to return. After which time and without even so much as an apology, I stated my frustrations with Brian's first response to be "Ok, well I will just help you find a hotel if you don't want to stay here". I am unable to understand how someone who is running a business who would want to turn away paying customers so easily or willinging. I said that I just need to get into my room and that I really needed to eat. I tried to express my frustration at Brian for his unprofessionalism but he was not willing to listen and kept talking about his car, how he needs to get his kid to school in the morning, and that he has had the worst day. I also found out his wife had been in the house but does not deal with hostel guests so didn't let me in.I was put in a room with it's own bathroom and kitchenette and the air conditioning had not been put on despite Brian knowing that I was coming and that I had said what time I would be arriving when I spoke to him on the phone. So thanks to Brian, it is well after 10pm before I finally get to put my bag down and go to the supermarket to get some food. Brian then decides to run through the rules with me, and I was unable to enjoy my dinner at all. I was able to switch rooms the following morning to the carriage house out the back but the internet doesn't work in there which I found so incredibly frustrating. The bathroom is a Jack and Jill style and shared between two rooms so you have to lock their side before being able to use it. I found the bathroom extremely outdated and the lack of a simple bath mat or floor mat was particularly dangerous. I paid Brian for my stay the night after I arrived due to the events of the previous night. I was prepared to pay by credit card but the machine was not working. I am also unsure if Brian is cooking his books as he writes down your name, where you are from, how you arrived and how many nights you are staying in a notebook. Due to problems with my Australian debit card, I was accompanied by Brian to the grocery store and the ATM to get money out. I paid $280 USD at a rate of $70/night. I am unable to understand how Brian is able to charge so much and provide so little to you. The following day Brian called out to me quite early and wanted to show me the room next door as he wanted to switch my room. I had said that I was suffering with some jet lag and fatigue so I didn't particularly care to see the room next door at 730am in the morning. I had my first opportunity to spend some time in Savannah on this day but it a little bit hard to figure out what to do and how to get places as Brain is not set up with brochures or will help you plan anything. The only thing he provides is a print out of a map from the internet - still unsure as to how Brian is running his business with travellers from overseas. The last night of my stay I told Brian that I was unhappy, I was at the beginning of my travelling and yet my time in Savannah had been fraught with so many difficulties. I would actually attribute a lot of this to my stay at the Penisone. Cons: * Location: It is close to Forsyth Park but it took at least 30 minutes to walk to the Visitors Centre. * Accomodation: Extremely outdated and in need of renovation. Rusty radiator in the bathroom, paint bubbling on the ceiling of the kicthen. This place could be great if some time and attention was put into it. Little things such as the dishes that were always piled up in the dish rack added to this. * Brian: Quite an odd character. Unprofessional in his attitude and approach - will often come into the carriage house to collect sheets and do a brief tidy up but does so in his pyjamas, a T-shirt covered in holes and sleep in his eyes. Lacks in customer service and the ability to be empathic with people * Outdated in booking systems and a broken credit card machine: It was costly for me to call from Australia when a simple email address on the website might alleviate this. If given the opportunity, I very much doubt I would return to the Penisone. I am from Australia and so I might never return to Savannah again, I was extremely disappointed with my stay and would not recommend them to anyone. Go for an Airbnb instead.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Unhappy from the get go, basically unable to please her. Wish her good travels.
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matthew m wrote a review Jul 2016
West Greenwich, Rhode Island18 contributions5 helpful votes
I will start with a comment that I have traveled a lot to different places around the world and always try to stay at hostels when possible. My stay here was less than pleasant as it was not very welcoming from the start and the person at the desk was not the usual manager and seemed a bit out of sorts. My room was a shared room that I had to myself but did not feel like much more than a barely finished wooden shed and took three keys to go from the street to my room. The doors did not lock behind you all the time for security purposes and was told that several people had been held at gun point or mugged just off the steps. When I was shown my room it was about 100 F degrees inside and was told I could put on the AC and it would be hours before it would get comfortable. Credit payment was not an option as as the person letting us in did not know how to operate the card machine. It is close to a nice supermarket and close to the main park and within walking range of the historical center. It is ok for a night but not much more. It had an overall messy and disheveled appearance, but it is about the cheapest place in town so that is a bonus.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Margo K wrote a review Feb 2016
Boston, Massachusetts13 contributions8 helpful votes
My SCAD students stay here when the dorms close but their flight isn't for another day or two or they get in before they open. Very affordable option and the owner is very accommodating. He has come to know my daughters and makes sure they are safe for the night and calls the cab for them in the AM. There are several options from sharing rooms to having one for just your party. The rooms do lock for safety. Some bathrooms are shared and there is a communal kitchen. The grocery store is almost across the street (Kroeger's), so getting some supplies is easy.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Frequently Asked Questions about Savannah International Pensione
Which popular attractions are close to Savannah International Pensione?
Nearby attractions include Escape Savannah (0.2 km), Congregation Mickve Israel (0.4 km), and Forsyth Park (0.4 km).
Is parking available at Savannah International Pensione?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Savannah International Pensione?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mate Factor, Sentient Bean, and 700 Drayton Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to Savannah International Pensione?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Savannah Historic District (1.2 km), Fort Pulaski National Monument (7.8 km), and The Old Sorrel Weed House Museum & Tours (0.8 km).