I REALLY wanted to like this place, but I just can't give it a good review for several reasons.
Before I say anything negative, let me say something positive about the B&B: it was nice to be able to sit on the porch right outside of our bedroom in the morning and read the paper, there were cookies placed out on the hallway table that were really good, and the bed in our room was reasonable comfortable.
Now, for the details of our trip: We came to visit during Austin City Limits. During this time, there was also a big convention, and a football game. As such, ALL accommodations in the city were booked. This goes for B&B's, hotels, motels, hostels, and pretty much everything else.
When we made our reservations at the B&B, we booked for 3 nights. We confirmed our dates with them, both over the phone, and via email. When we arrived, we were late due to our plane being delayed. When the taxi dropped us off in the B&B's parking lot, a guy (presumably the owner) pulled up in a very expensive sports car, and said to us "I thought you'd be here earlier". Startled at his less than warm greeting (where's the Southern hospitality we heard so much about?), we followed him into the B&B.
He very quickly gave us the lay of the land, and showed us to our room. When we mentioned to him we were in Austin for 3 days, he said to us no that we were only booked for 2 days. After some back and forth, we realized that even though we both emailed and phoned in our requested dates, they had not booked us for the full 3 nights. So, we panicked. The entire city of Austin was booked, and we had no where to go. He said he'd make some calls to see what he could do about the situation, and then, he was off in a flash! He said he was going to meet some friends to drink and play golf or some other sport, and apparently he was gonna be late. (Geesh, sorry your B&B guests get in the way of your beer drinking and sport playing).
After the owner left, we unpacked and tried to settle in. As we took stock of the room, we noticed that the ceiling was stained and cracking, and that the doors/doorknobs to the bathroom and the room itself were filthy (see photos i will post soon). Gross!
We decided to look around the B&B, but it was empty of people. The way it is set up, there is a "sitting" room, but it just didn't feel very welcoming, and it didn't seem that people often used it. So, we just grabbed our bags, and headed out for the evening.
The next morning, we came downstairs for breakfast about 1/2 way through the allotted meal time. All we found were tables that were full of dirty dishes. There was not one clean & empty place to sit. Then, we looked at the food table (food is put out on a main table, and you grab what you want buffet style). ALL of the food was gone. No eggs, no bagels, no toast, no fruit. Nothing. Then, we went to pour ourselves some juice. Empty. Then, to pour ourselves some coffee. Empty again. Then, to pour a glass of water. Empty. At this point, my travel partner almost lost it. I, trying to stay calm, tracked down the one young girl who seemed to be on staff that morning, and explained the situation to her. I have to say, she wasn't overly nice, or even apologetic. But, she did eventually come and bring us some coffee/juice (but no cream or sugar, as that was empty too).
The next morning, we woke up, hoping for a better breakfast experience. Again, we went downstairs, even earlier this time, and while we did manage to find 1 clean & empty table, we again had the issue with the food/beverages being practically gone. With the owners conveniently no where to be found, we just sat down and picked at the food that seemed to be left over after the other guests had taken their fill.
Since the B&B messed up our reservation, we now had to pack up and re-locate to the next B&B. Seeing as how the Star of Texas was the one that made the error, we thought we'd get an apology, or an offer of a way to transport ourselves and our luggage to the new place. Nope. No such luck. In fact, the owner of the Star of Texas never even admitted the mistake was theirs! Rather, he said that WE should have red the fine print of our email confirmation to catch HIS mistake, even though we told him both in writing and over the phone the correct dates we wanted. In his mind, the error was ours. Nice, huh?
The best part about staying at the Star of Texas Inn was actually leaving. If the owner hadn't made the mistake on our reservation, we would never have experienced the bliss of the place we spent our last night. Thankfully, the woman who owned the other B&B had a guest leave a day early, and one night opened up just for us. The experience on our last night was entirely different from the Star of Texas, and was what a B&B "should" be.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm sure the Star of Texas is fine for some people. Those types of people: don't mind staying in a place where you never see the owner, don't seem to care about service or quality, don't mind being kept up at night by noisy frats/sorority kids on the street below, don't mind dirty rooms that are in disrepair, and don't mind paying for all of this luxury for only $200 a night!
I know it sounds harsh, but this was just our honest experience. Maybe it was the exception, rather than the rule for this place. We'll never know because we'll never stay here again. But for those who choose to give it a go, we hope your experience is better than ours!
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