I'd seen pictures online of the Star of Texas Inn bed and breakfast (www.staroftexasinn.com) before I left for my weekend stay in Austin, but none could prepare me for the splendor and beauty found inside this charming B&B.
The garden and wrap-around porch give the mansion a "tucked-away" feel, unusual because it's only minutes from downtown, the University of Texas, cultural points of interest, fine dining and blocks from two major streets.
Immediately one is immersed in peace and quiet, a benefit of this B&B's lifestyle versus a stay at a cramped hotel, the Star of Texas offers ten rooms, with so many common areas there is no need to fear loud late-night hotel patrons here.
My room included a wonderfully comfy king size four-post bed, antique claw-foot tub, and cable television. The staff exceeded my expectations as bring both helpful and friendly, intent to create a comfortable stay for guests.
The space doesn't lack of beauty in fact the traditional decor reflect the designer's sentiment for the mansion's hundred-year-old history. Like each room, the entry, parlor (complete with white wine and complimentary soda) dining and sitting rooms were carefully designed with the past in mind---a time when all things grand and comforting were known to occupy these amazing structures.