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1607 Avenue L, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-6191
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
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#2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Galveston
This bed and breakfast is in a home built in 1890 which survived the great hurricane of 1900. The house was raised and remodeled in 1906. A Victorian styled home located in Galveston's Lost Bayou historic district, it is exuberant in charm, warmth, and character. With 5 large bedrooms, this bed & breakfast can also accommodate large families or group gatherings of up to 12 guests. It is centrally located and is a great choice as it is close to everything a visitor would want to see or do: Galveston's city center, Bishop's Palace, the beach, the Historic Strand District, cruise terminals, museums, local dining, and other attractions. Lost Bayou Guesthouse combines a relaxing informal atmosphere with exceptional personal service from the hosts. We hope you will come enjoy what Galveston has to offer and take a relaxing break at our house.
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gonefishing85 wrote a review Nov 2019
Henderson, Nevada181 contributions160 helpful votes
The breakfast is really nice. Expect family style casserole egg options, a side of meat, muffins, fruit bowls etc. No complaints. The hosts are very personable people and certainly add. The community room is nice with refreshments, coffee, cookies, juices, etc. available 24 hours a day. Note, there are no TVs in the rooms and the only one is in the community room so first come, first channel. I depend on the reviews of trip advisor for decisions where to stay. The reviews are very misleading for this place. For starters, you are not in walking distance of the Strand (where the restaurants are) unless you are prepared to walk 2 miles through scary land. You will be walking through the ghetto. We took Uber which worked quite well. The property location is centered meaning you will need a car to get where you want to go. There is nothing close by (bars/restaurants) except Sonnys a few blocks away and worth a try. Otherwise, take Uber for safety. The area, which no one mentions, is in steep decline and in fact is bordering on ghetto. When there are boarded up windows, couches on the front porches, trash in the front yards like traffic cones, containers, old appliances, etc.. You are in a ghetto. Funny though, you go over two blocks and the atmosphere is totally different, When I pay $200 a night, I have high expectations for quality. I am expecting the quality I would experience at Venetian, Bellagio, and Wynn. This place fell way short of those standards and I will list them. Fort starters, toss out all of the beds and mattresses and replace them with $200 a night comforts. Stop shopping at Goodwill for the bed linens and buy high end cotton bed sheets - think the pillow man. At the properties I mentioned, you get your bed made, linens refreshed, towels replaced, etc, whether you want it done or not. No such policy here. There should be no asking if you want fresh towels. You just do it. In fact, it seemed the less they could do for you the better since it resulted in less work load. Another suggestion is to throw out all of the old furniture which is just junk. You can start with the balcony. You should be able to sit out on the balcony and not worry about what you are touching. In the rooms when you sit in a chair and you drop 2 feet, it is time to throw the chair out. This is the year 2019. It is time for central air and heating. Having heaters in the windows which click on and off every 5 minutes keeps most people awake when they are trying to sleep. Not an enjoyable experience. Plus, businesses like this has a lot of traffic. It needs to be cleaned daily which I did not see. Would I recommend staying here? If you are coming to take the cruise ship and just need a bed and morning breakfast, this would be fine. I think most reviews come from this target market. Otherwise, I would pass. At $200 a night, I do not care about the personality of the cooks, I care about the quality of the stay. This review may be strong but I come from an area with high hospitality standards. I hope it helps.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Dave D, Owner at Lost Bayou Guest House
Responded Dec 6, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We’re very sorry to hear you felt misled and not happy with your room or our neighborhood. We do our best to create a ‘home away from home feel’ for our guests while they are staying with us. We believe the descriptions on our website, Trip Advisor and other Online Travels Agencies are accurate and not misleading. We are centrally located in the historic east end of Galveston, 5 blocks from the Sea Wall (Gulf of Mexico) and just shy of a mile to the downtown Strand District. Most of our guests do drive while visiting and those without cars generally walk or take one of the shared services available on the island. Our neighborhood, is a very safe one. While a few houses need a bit more love, and it is far from your description of “bordering on a ghetto” – we are sorry you viewed it that way. As for some of the boarded-up windows, perhaps you mistook boarded windows for “Hurricane Shutters”. Many of the homes in our town and our neighborhood have them, which are not all that attractive, yet when a storm hits, they are invaluable. In regard to cleanliness, and the quality of our bedding and “old” furniture, our bedding is of high quality, soft to the touch and beds are newer and are rotated regularly. This is the first complaint regarding the bedding, other than a too hard or too soft mattress (these things are subjective). Our furniture is an eclectic mix of antiques, 1930’s & 40’s with a bit of mid-century. We pride ourselves on sparkling bathrooms, freshly laundered bed linens and towels, dust free furniture and floors. While we do ask guests if they need fresh towels during their stay, not to ease our workload – but to do a small part for the environment. We do go in daily and empty trash and straighten the bed (when needed) and replace towels that are left on the floor per our note in the bathrooms or requested. We have been blessed with numerous kind reviews and satisfied guests throughout the years. We’d like to apologize that your expectations were not fully met. We appreciate your feedback and will reflect on your comments. Our goal is to make sure all of our guests are happy and satisfied. Thank you, Barbara and Dave
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texasrepublichistory wrote a review Nov 2019
Dallas, TX658 contributions480 helpful votes
The Lost Bayou Guesthouse is a great place to stay while exploring Galveston. My chosen room on the third floor [Santa Fe] was just perfect, with a very comfortable bed, reading chair and a desk to keep my notes. The floor has two rooms that share a bathroom, but I was the only one on the floor. If I'd known how steep the stairs were and how many times I'd go up and down, I would have picked a lower floor. The owners were out of town when I was there, but our hostess for the weekend, Kellye Graham, was wonderful and made the most amazing breakfasts. The house was beautifully kept and within a few blocks of the seawall and a number of great places to eat. I had a great stay and look forward to my next visit.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Dave D, Owner at Lost Bayou Guest House
Responded Nov 3, 2019
So glad you enjoyed your stay at our home while Kellye was here minding the inn. The bathroom for the Santa Fe is private for the Santa Fe Room only, though one needs to exit the room to access it. All our other rooms have en suite bathrooms. Hope you will come to visit again when Dave and I are here. Thank you for your kind words. Barbara
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Bobby O wrote a review Oct 2019
Norman, Oklahoma5 contributions2 helpful votes
Booked this lil' place based on positive reviews and BOY are we happy to throw in our two cents. The room was reasonably priced and very nice but the hospitality was what really won us over from the very start. E-mails, telephone calls, questions, and recommendations were all cheerfully rendered. Free parking while we were on a 7-day cruise, a wonderful home made breakfast all taken care of by such a wonderful hostess, Kelly. We visit Galveston infrequently but the next time we're in the area we'll definitely look to The Lost Bayou Guesthouse without hesitation.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Dave D, Owner at Lost Bayou Guest House
Responded Oct 9, 2019
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and kind words. Kellye does a wonderful job, we're sorry we didn't get to meet you, maybe next time! Barbara & Dave and Kellye thanks you too!
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Joan R wrote a review Aug 2019
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From the moment that we pulled up to Lost Bayou until the moment we had to depart, everything was simply perfect! Barbara met us at the front door, got us all checked into our room, showed us around the house-and the smell of freshly baked banana muffins also greeted us! We found out the next morning that they were as delicious as they smelled! Our room was just lovely-the Oleander-with everything that we could have asked for. There were plenty of electrical outlets for charging electronics, although I hardly looked at my phone the whole weekend, as this was a true getaway for us to relax and just enjoy living in the moment. And the bathroom was gorgeous-complete with a claw footed tub! The bed was very comfortable, and as Lost Bayou is located in a residential area, it was quite quiet and we slept so well! We stayed for two nights and breakfast each morning was delicious! Barbara and Dave are wonderful hosts-and cooks!-and we enjoyed our first breakfast meeting the other guests. And since we are both vegetarians-and one of the other couples were vegan-Barbara made sure of our dietary restrictions as soon as we booked the room, well ahead of our arrival date. The food was fabulous, so if you have special dietary needs, you will be very well taken care of here! Our second night was a Sunday night and all of the other guests had left, so we had the place to ourselves. Barbara had asked us on Sunday morning if we liked mushrooms-a resounding yes from us!- and since we were the only guests for breakfast on Monday morning, she made us a fabulous mushroom, egg and parmesan dish! We had the opportunity to visit with Barbara and Dave and they are such lovely people! We can't wait to come back again and again. And the location is perfect for just about anywhere you'd like to go. It was pretty hot this past weekend, so we decided to drive where we were going, but in cooler weather, walking would be a great choice, as nothing is really too far away. If you are looking for a place where you can relax, enjoy wonderful food, and hosts that can answer just about any question about Galveston for you, this is the place!!
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Date of stay: August 2019
Response from Dave D, Owner at Lost Bayou Guest House
Responded Aug 14, 2019
Joan - you are too kind, yet I thank you for your wonderful review. It was HOT that's for sure, yet you two made the most of it! Pleased you enjoyed my breakfasts, it's important to us that you find our home your home while you are here!!! There are so many things to do - we hope you get the opportunity to come back and see some more of our little island in the Gulf. Thanks again, Barbara & Dave
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WildHaireHiking wrote a review Jun 2019
Tyler, Texas1,315 contributions267 helpful votes
Stayed here for two nights in the SeaBreeze room and loved it. Barbara was a wonderful host from the moment we checked in. She showed us around the hospitality room and then to our actual room. Our room was spacious and clean, and the bed was comfortable. There are fresh baked cookies, snacks, water and sodas in the hospitality room, which was very nice. Breakfast was fabulous each morning and Barbara was wonderful, made you feel like family instead of a guest. I can recommend the B&B without hesitation.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Dave D, Manager at Lost Bayou Guest House
Responded Jun 30, 2019
Thank you D for your kind words and wonderful review. I'm pleased that you both enjoyed your stay in our home. I enjoy sharing breakfast with our guests and you and B made the breakfast conversation fun and lively! Hopefully next time to come down you'll get to meet Dave. Thank you again, Barbara
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$184 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesTexasTexas Gulf CoastGalveston IslandGalveston
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lost Bayou Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Lost Bayou Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Grand 1894 Opera House (0.6 miles), The Bryan Museum (0.4 miles), and 1892 Bishop's Palace (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lost Bayou Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Lost Bayou Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Lost Bayou Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lost Bayou Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, Hey Mikey's Ice Cream, and MOD Coffeehouse.
Are there any historical sites close to Lost Bayou Guest House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting 1892 Bishop's Palace (0.2 miles), Moody Mansion (0.8 miles), and Old City Cemetery (2.1 miles).