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Ye Kendall Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Boerne B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not worth the MONEY!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

For what they charge for rooms this hotel really needs to reinvest the money back into the hotel. It could be a wonderful place to stay - location is the only great thing about this place. Right in the middle of town and you can walk to all the shops and restaurants. Our room was in the Blanco and it needs MAJOR updating and cleaning. The blinds were broken, furniture was dusty, walls were filthy ( you can see where they tried to paint over the grim) and our shower was dirty and tile grout was black from mold. We had to call housekeeping twice and they responded but I was READY to get out of this place!!! They room was either REALLY cold or REALLY warm. Our friends had rooms at the Garden Court which seemed updated and cleaner so I would recommend staying there. Staff was really nice and responded but I just don't think rooms should be that dirty and run down when you are paying $179/night!

Room Tip: If you must stay here get garden court rooms. If you have kids with you DO NOT STAY HERE!!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gi G
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YKIAdministrator, Public Relations Manager at Ye Kendall Inn, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Dear Gi G,

We regret your dissatisfaction with your last stay at Ye Kendall Inn. We strive to provide our guests clean, comfortable accomodations in a unique setting.

It is very important to us to let you know your concerns have been addressed.

It is our hope that you will give us another opportunity to serve you in the near future to see the difference.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

I live in Boerne and always suggest this place to friends. If you want to get the most out of a visit to Boerne then this is the best place hill country experience. It offers a great location but not right on busy Main street. The new creek walk called the 'Boerne Mile' is peaceful and right out the door. My parents have stayed in the Time Life room twice and had an enjoyable time. In the summer and throughout the year there are numerous activities in the adjacent grassy town square. And the hotel, with it's rich history, is right off Main street with all the boutique shopping and restaurants. Wednesday night is 'prime rib' night (which adds an appetizer & dessert)in the hotel restaurant called the Limestone Grille and my husband and I have been to this at least half a dozen times. The restaurant, like the Inn has an old world cozy feel and is charming. I have attended 3 weddings here over the last 10 years. They were lovely. The bride threw her bouquet off the back 2-story balcony and the reception was in the back courtyard.

Room Tip: All rooms are good
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Irving, Texas
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

My husband and I were very pleased with our accommodations at Ye Kendall Inn. We stayed in a single room {with windows!) and had a large bathroom (with a door!). We stayed on the second floor of the original inn, and loved the porch. Felt like I had my own balcony, at night would sit on one of the porch's chairs and sip wine. The city park is across the street so had a nice view. Sure the Inn is quite old, but it was obvious money has been put into the Inn to keep it comfortable. And for the price, what a great deal! The Inn includes a renown Zagat Rated restaurant and bar. We loved historic Boerne and it was all across the street from the Inn. Our only complaint was the steep set of stairs one has to climb to get to the second floor. Sure have to appreciate the fitness of those of past generations!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Rose Marie S
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Houston, Texas
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20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

As you walk up to Ye Kendall and enter the lobby, you can't help but notice the charm. The bar and resturaunt area have the same quaint feel. I didnt eat breakfast there, but the menu items for lunch or dinner are very good. The hotel is only one block away from the main street shops, resturaunts and events. We stayed in a suite the first night. It was weird. You walk in and think it's neat, but... after sleeping in the bed, using the 3 foot sink and the shower you don't really want to again. We switched to the much smaller Times room. I liked it better. The bathroom was much nicer. The tv in it was silly old, but hey, there was cable.

Overall rooms and prices bring this place down. Everything else is great. I don't think think anything over $85 is a fair price for a stay here, but if you are passing through, I would suggest stopping in for lunch and walking the area.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Ernie_Valdez
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Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
176 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

We stayed at the Inn for a two night getaway the week end after Thanksgiving. We decided to stay at Ye Kendall due to the proximity to down town Boerne. The Inn is extremely convenient for any downtown activities. This is the only plus for staying at Ye Kendall. The Inn is very old and has lots of history. This is all good but the rooms are very average at best. The pool(either a small pool or large hottub) need some TLC. I realize its winter time but the grounds need some work. We stayed in the Garden Court. The walls are very thin. You can hear everything next door as well as everything going on outside even when people are talking in a normal tone. There are no windows in the room. The only outside view is through the glass entry way door. This is ok but there no drapes on the door and built in mini blinds do not block out the shining lights from the walkway at night. There is always light coming in the room. Although I didn't stay there to watch tv, the tv was almost as old as the hotel.... TV's are cheap - upgrade them.

The Inn has wireless Internet access which worked well. The king size bed was a little soft and kinda had the hot dog bun feel in the middle..ie if you lay in the middle, it kinda rolls up around you - not too bad but definitely noticeable.

The toilet flapper leaked resulting in the toilet re-filling the bowl about every 5 minutes..... Very annoying when you are trying to sleep. There were plenty of towels but the quality is much to be desired. I haven't stayed in a motel 6 in a long time but from what I remember the towels are of a similar quality.

The front desk in not manned all the time - not an issue for us but something to keep in mind. They do have someone on call 24 hrs a day if needed.

I would recommend the Hampton Inn over Ye Kendall. It doesn't have the historic charm or proximity to down town as Ye Kendall but the rooms, bedding, amenities, breakfast and overall facilities are definitely better at a similar cost. It all depends on what you are looking for in a place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank exptraveller501
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Laredo, Texas
Level Contributor
46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

Spent 3 days at the Ye Kendall Inn in Boerne (pronounced like Bernie) Texas. The hotel was built around 1859 and has lots of history. Wall are constructed of 20 inch thick limestone blocks. A nice little creek runs by the hotel. There are 36 rooms and cottages on over 5 acres of beautiful rolling hills.

Our room was on the second floor of the original building - there is no elevator available, so had to drag the bags up the stairs. The room was quaint, but I wouldn't recommend these rooms - no controls for the air conditioner/heater, toilet and bathtub/shower shared the same room as the bed. Although there wasn't much traffic in the lobby on the first floor, the sound traveled up the open stairway and straight into our bedroom. Not very loud, but still distracting.

The cottages are something else! One is an old school house, another is an old clapboard church, a log cabin, etc. Really neat. A very relaxing setting in a beautiful little, but growing, town in one of the prettiest parts of Texas. Boerne is about 45 minutes away from San Antonio.

Only had two meals there but they were great. I don't know what the dessert was, but it was super delicious.

The rates were a little high, I thought, for our room, but I wouldn't hesitate to sleep in one of the cottages.

Room Tip: Book a cottage. Great theme cottages, an old church, an old school house, and an old log cabin, are...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TexasBob_10
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
137 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

Ye Kendall Inn was my choice based upon its history and the photos of a L-o-n-g relaxing veranda on the second floor, and it certainly lived up to the photos. In late May, the veranda was deserted in the early mornings and I could drink my coffee and watch the birds try to build nests atop the columns. So peaceful, despite the hot Texas breeze! I learned (after choosing it) that it was the site where the wedding party of Miranda Lambert and Brook Shelton stayed during the event. How cool is that! If you're heading for Boerne and the Hill Country, you can't go wrong with the Kendall, especially if you prefer charm, personality and character to glass, chrome and plastic!

Room Tip: The rooms are all themed - ours was the Time Life Room and was decorated with magazine covers which...
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brenda W
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Property: Ye Kendall Inn
Address: 128 W Blanco Rd, Boerne, TX 78006-2001
Location: United States > Texas > Boerne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Boerne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ye Kendall Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ye Kendall Inn, established in 1859, is a registered state and national historic landmark. In 1859 the then Reed House offered 4 rooms for those traveling through the Texas Hill Country. Ye Kendall Inn now offers 36 rooms, suites and cottages each exquisitely appointed and beautifully restored to their historic grandeur but with modern amenities such as comfortable furnishings, complimentary wireless internet, cable TV. The Inn's 22-inch hand cut limestone walls and breezy front and back porches give you a historic true Texas experience not soon forgotten. The Inn is located on 5 acres overlooking Cibolo Creek and Boerne's historic Town Square in the heart of the Hill Country just 35 minutes north of San Antonio. ... more   less 
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