On a whim, we decided to get out of town and head to Brenham to check it out. We only wanted to spend one night, so we decided to splurge and stay in a B&B if there was one available without a reservation. It was about 8:00 when we arrived in town. We found the Ant Street Inn on our smartphone and decided to go inside to see if they had any rooms available. This place is right smack in the heart of town and all the goodies are within close walking distance. Luckliy, the owner was there and he had a room to offer us! We stayed in The Atlanta room. It was beautiful. These folks sure know how to treat a guest! Every comfort you could ask for was here. It was spacious, super clean, charming, comfortable and had all of the modern amenities. I am always critical of hotel rooms because there is always some common sense item that's missing or they nickle and dime you for basic comforts. Not this place. The bed was comfy with lots of great pillows. There was a desk, a sitting area with nice chairs, antique furniture and lovely decor. A nice closet with bath robes, luggage racks, ironing board and iron. There was a flat screen TV (with DVD) and free wi-fi.
The bathroom area had a sink and vanity (well-lighted) separate from the bath/shower and toilet (with a fan!). All of the fixtures worked very well. Now for the good stuff...There is a gorgeous common area (large hallway) with several seating areas (couches and chairs) for reading or hanging out and chatting. I saw 2 separate rooms with tables and chairs for gathering. One room was equipped with tons of games and puzzles to enjoy. They have an outside porch (veranda) that overlooks a great back yard area, complete with a gazebo (perfect for weddings). This is a perfect spot to sit and sip on coffee or wine and enjoy the fresh air. They provide an area that houses a single serving coffee maker, water cooler and a fridge. The owners provide water, coffee, tea, hot cocoa (etc) and the fridge is stocked with complimentary ice, soda and even Blue Bell Ice Cream. It was incredibly relaxing there. Before settling in for the night, we wandered out to grab a bite to eat and since it was late we just stopped into Yumm Eat. It was Yummy! Then we settled into our room and enjoyed some of the free refreshments while doing a puzzle. After a wonderful nights sleep, we got up, ready and headed downstairs for breakfast in the Brenham Grill (which is located right inside of the Inn. Of coarse, a wonderful breakfast was provided by our host. After we checked out the owner said we were welcome to stay and hang out in the common areas to relax if we wanted to. We did for a bit and then left and wandered all around town, popping in and out of their wonderful shops. I recommend that you splurge and stay at the Ant Street Inn whole-heartedly. You won't regret this wonderful experience. As others have mentioned, you don't even have to leave the Inn to have a great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ant Street Inn offers the finest in Texas hospitality in the elegant setting of a first-class boutique hotel. Centrally located in Brenham, Texas between Houston and Austin, the Ant Street Inn provides business travelers with meeting spaces to accommodate 2 up to 250 participants, as well as two separate high-speed wireless internet systems and free local and long distance telephone calls. Leisure travelers looking for an elegant, quiet getaway need look no further than the Ant Street Inn. Our staff is dedicated to meeting your every need, whether you are planning an executive retreat, family reunion, quiet anniversary celebration, or simply a stress-relieving few days "away from the usual". Relax in rocking chairs overlooking the courtyard garden, indulge in a sumptuous breakfast at the award-winning Brenham Grill located in the hotel's lobby (complimentary to all Ant Street Inn guests), and enjoy the many shops and restaurants in historic, downtown Brenham. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, we look forward to serving you on your next visit to Brenham! ... more less