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“A Hidden Treasure Close to Houston” 5 of 5 stars
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The Inn at Dos Brisas
10000 Champion Drive, Washington, TX 77833   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Washington
Houston
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“A Hidden Treasure Close to Houston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

I booked a 2 night stay to celebrate my husband's 50th Birthday. What a place! Great to relax, drink, eat! Restaurant is amazing with service and food you would not expect on a horse ranch in Washington, TX. Activities include horseback riding, biking, outdoor infinity pool/jacuzzi, skeet shooting and fishing in ponds on the 300+ acre property. It would be nice to have some sort of spa, although you can book a massage in your room. I prefer to go to a designated spa area for treatments. But all in all a wonderful place and we will definitely return to this gem in the country. FYI - they are currently building additional casitas to accommodate more overnight guests.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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College Station, Texas
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

An hour from Houston sits what could pass for an estate in the Virginia hunt country - The Inn at Dos Brisas. Cozy casitas, a Ritz Carlton for horses and a restaurant with a menu and wine list as extensive and innovative as they come.

Although the attention to detail is a bit of work in progress - suffice it to say that there is nothing like this in SE Texas and maybe not a similar pastoral rural vibe - open for guests and diners - until you hit Blackberry Farm... in Tennessee.

What we liked: comfortable king bedding in a cozy casita; gas fireplaces; 300 acres to explore (by golf cart, bicycle or foot); stocked kitchenette; personal attention; clean air; gorgeous sunset; food... did I mention food? Chef Craig Shelton's eight course tour de force - appropriately portioned - and thoughtfully paired with wine by sommelier Marc Brenton Smith (GruVe anyone? - who knew?); the self-guided foot tour of the property which revealed the serious nature of Dos Brisas' farm-to-fork objective; this place means business when it comes to food - fresh, organic and - in some cases - wildly creative; and it works for this generally steak and baked potato guy;

What we didn't like: nothing, really - but when you are blazing a new hospitality trail, especially deep in the heart of Texas; there are occasional hitches in the get-along... all of which were addressed immediately and to our satisfaction.

The service, the accommodations, the setting (if you’re a horse person, double that) the food (only two cases of whole fresh Rouget arrived in the States this weekend; One went to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry… and the other? You guessed it. Chef Craig obviously has juice!).

Our post-travel analysis usually culminates in a vote: Do we go back or do we not go back. Dos Brisas is clearly a “go-backer.”

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, TX
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

A good friend of mine and I decided to get away from the city for a night to enjoy the fine dining experience at The Inn at Dos Brisas in Chappel Hill, Texas. We were greeted by the general manager who graciously offered us a glass of wine and some house-made cheeses with nuts. Marina then took both of us on a property tour. I liked the fact that she didn’t show us too much of the property so we could explore it on our own. The grounds of Dos Brisas are breathtaking. You truly do not feel as if you are only an hour outside of Houston. The organic gardens, the horse pastures, the geo-thermal ponds and of course the casitas are just a few of the things that truly make this place special. My friend, who is vegan, was very interested to see what the chef had in store for her menu this evening.
We arrived at our individual casitas and were shown our rooms and golf carts. The amenities in the casitas are first class. They didn’t leave anything to be desired. If you forgot your travel bag on accident, no worries because everything you would ever need is in your private casita or a phone call away. We were told that they didn’t have any yoga mats for us to use, but first thing Friday morning, we had yoga mats and our bicycles awaiting us at our front door.
The real reason we traveled to Dos Brisas was to have an amazing meal. This is a Mobile 5 Star restaurant and we were dying to have dinner here. Again, being that my friend is vegan, we were excited to see what the chef had in store. We started off on the terrace with an amuse bouche of cucumber truffle salad and a champagne pairing which was so refreshing. We headed inside to our table to await our first course. We both chose the Chef’s summer seasonal menu. My friend had a vegan baby vegetable risotto filled with “wee bee” little pumpkin and I had the Dr. Pepper braised Berkshire Pork belly. Oh! The wine pairings could not have been more “spot on.” My dish was the best pork I have ever eaten! We were off to a great start. Our intermezzo was a shot of carrot curry. This definitely cleansed our palette. For our main courses, I had the Chilean sea bass with truffle essence and she had the summer squash and organic quinoa stuffed heirloom tomato with fresh truffles. Again, the wine pairings were fantastic. I was intrigued by the dessert menu. I knew hatch chili’s were popular when in season, but I never would have thought to see them on a dessert menu…so I had to try the milk chocolate caramel hatch pepper tart with hatch ice cream. Although the intensity of the chili’s could have been toned down a bit in the ice cream, the pastry chef was inspiring. The dessert was lovely and so creative. My friend had a coconut milk sorbet with mango banana lime chutney in spun sugar which she loved. Now that we have finished an amazing meal, we decided to take a bottle of wine back to our casitas and enjoy it on our private patio under the stars.
We awoke Friday morning to birds chirping and horses grazing in the distance. We decided to do yoga on the patio and then go for a bike ride to tour the 360 acre property. We journeyed through all of the organic gardens, stopped to love on some of the horses and took a much needed break by one of the ponds. This property is truly beautiful! We then headed back to our casita to enjoy breakfast in our rooms.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, TX
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

We stayed 2 nights at the Inn at Dos Brisas and will be back. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and you feel you have 300 acres to yourself. The Casitas are very private and beautifully appointed. The service throughout the resort is outstanding without being overbearing or intrusive. The pool is beautiful and we had it to ourselves most of the time. Having to vacate the pool area at 5:00 was a bit of a downer but I understand why with its proximity to the dining room.

The food was excellent and the organic gardens throughout the property are fun to explore and eat directly from. It would be nice if the resort offered more of a price range of wine choices. Their house white started at $20/glass so incidentals build up fast.

The only gripe we had was the choice of activities. They were either free or $100. Free was walking or using the pool. Everything else was $100. After dropping over $3,800 for a 2 night stay, including dinner and wine, we didn't indulge in any other activities as we just couldn't get over the $2K/night cost.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2008

My wife and I recently took advantage of a rare opportunity to escape city life, and kids, for a few day, staying at the Inn at Dos Brisas, in Chappell Hill, Texas. We were looking for a quiet, peaceful place in the country, but one with elegance and sophistication. Boy did we find the place! The guest room (casitas) are tastefully designed, furnished and decorated, very comfortable and very private. Every morning, breakfast was quietly delivered to our patio (at the prescribed time) and delivery was announced with a quiet tap on the door advising of its arrival. At our request, dinner was served the second night in a beautiful picnic basket, again for private dining on our patio.

If you are looking for a bit more formal dining affair, business casual dining in the Inn's dining room is available. We were served a wonderful, delicious fare (really find dining for us Texans!).

We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly during our stay, doing absolutely nothing but relaxing and recharging our batteries! The accommodations, pool, dining experience and service were excellent!

Given easy access from Houston (one hour maximum vs. a half a day of travel to the nearest competition), our vote is overwhelming positive for the Inn at Dos Brisas. We will return soon (when the kids are away again)!

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Additional Information about The Inn at Dos Brisas

Address: 10000 Champion Drive, Washington, TX 77833
Location: United States > Texas > Washington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Washington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the finest of southern hospitality on your serene romantic getaway situated amidst rolling meadows, beneath the big blue skies of the Texas Hill Country at this Relais and Chateaux. After an action-packed day brimming with horseback riding, fishing and clay shooting, or a quiet escape full of yoga, couples’ massages and food and wine classes, guests from both ends of the spectrum come together to dine in the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant in Texas. Our renowned restaurant features fresh produce picked just for you from our extensive certified organic gardens and greenhouses. The cuisine is artfully plated and expertly paired with wine from around the world, thanks to our in-house sommelier. Following dinner, stroll back to your opulent casita or hacienda, unwind by the fire or take a dip in your private plunge pool—all while enjoying the postcard-worthy vistas. ... more   less 
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