I had set out to look for a hotel in downtown San Antonio for my husband's 75th birthday. We have stayed in several old, beautiful hotels--La Mansión Del Río Omni, The Menger, and The St. Anthony--and this time I wanted something different. Cruising through the Internet, I discovered this little gem called “Eva’s Escape at The Gardenia Inn.” What a charming B&B, how lucky could we get! As soon as we walked into the inn, Deborah gave us personal, intimate service until the very end. It is a three-story house restored to its original glory, with dark wood floors, gilt mirrors, doors with oval glass openings, filmy lace curtains at each tall window, and vintage furniture. There are five rooms, each decorated with chests of drawers, four-poster beds with lacy bedding, and deep claw foot tubs. The living room has Victorian sofas and gorgeous bookcases filled with books and guides. The dining room table is set with chargers, silverware, lacy tablecloth, and a sideboard with cups, coffee, and herbal teas. Before we left for our dinner, Deborah set out refreshments in the front parlor: strawberry cheesecake bites, a plate of mixed salted nuts, and a bottle of champagne. After our dinner we had to partake, of course! Delicious.
For breakfast the next morning, my husband started with coffee, wonderfully and silky strong, and for me a peach herbal tea. Deborah first began with a small bowl of fresh fruit drizzled in its own juices--the fruit was ripe and wonderfully fresh. The rest of the breakfast was fabulous--organic orange juice, turkey sausage links, delicious carrot cake pancakes with a dollop of whipped cream cheese, and maple syrup. We had a relaxing breakfast, and a delightful camaraderie, chatting and swapping stories with three other guests. What a wonderful time we had...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A simply elegant Bed and Breakfast located in the famous King William Historic District. The inn is two blocks from the Riverwalk, within walking distance to almost everything and a trolley stop around the corner. ... more less
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