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Out by the Sea Bed and Breakfast
Nacogdoches, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best place to stay in Crystal Beach.”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

7/23/12 I have stayed twice at this B&B, once alone, now with my Mother and sister. First time I stayed in one of the Honeymoon rooms which sits right on the deck so you can open your door for the constant joy of the beach breezes. Carole was such a wonderful hostess and I enjoyed my time so much I wanted to share it with my family. This time the three of us stayed in the Regatta Room which has two queen beds and a private bath. The room was very comfortable and well decorated. Again Carole was a wonderful hostess taking extra time to make sure we had all we needed. She now has a lift (elevator) that made it much easier for my Mom to get to our room without having to use the stairs. Carole makes breakfast each morning which is wonderful and it is was so nice to be able to meet some of the other quests. Her large living area gave us a place to sit and talk after breakfast. The beach is a short walk or ride and was much cleaner than I have seen in years. Her lower and upper decks have swings, hammocks and tables to enjoy reading or resting. I know I will be paying her another visit soon.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

The website gives you the impression that this is a B&B with lots of rooms that are very separate from the owner's living space. This is not true. We stayed in the Regatta room and it was basically just a bedroom in someone's house. That's fine if that was what we paid for, or what was billed on the website, but it is not. We paid a decent amount of money especially for this area, and it was the most awkward experience. We were continuously underfoot in this woman's house. It was clear that anything we might do would disturb her. It was kind of like staying with a family friend you didn't know very well--we kind of felt trapped in our bedroom for fear of being in the way. It really felt more like an airbnb rental of a bedroom in someone's house than a B&B. She didn't even have keys to the house for us to use.

Clearly other people have different experiences here, and I think if you stay outside of the main house or know what you're signing up for, it might be a different experience. However we really thought we'd be in a room like a B&B, away from the living space of the owner.

The location is very close to the beach (a few hundred feet), and there aren't many people, which is nice. Friends told us to stay here as opposed to Galveston, but I thought Galveston was nicer, although definitely more people. The owner did have interesting stories about the hurricane and rebuilding.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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6 Thank jennybento
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, Owner at Out by the Sea Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 2, 2012
Out By The Sea Bed & Breakfast has two rooms inside the main home and three rooms in a separate location. The Regatta is located in the main home. Referencing the above review
it is clear that some guests adore staying in a Bed & Breakfast and there are others that prefer a home rental. We made every effort possible to provide this family with a pleasant experience.
The Regatta has two queen beds and comfortably sleeps 2-4. When they arrived there were two couples, a toddler and a teenage boy. This presented a concern which was discussed. The decision was made to place additional bedding in the room. This reservation was challenging for Out By The Sea, but we tried very hard to make this a positive experience.
Keys were provided for the room, a key to the Regatta and a key to the front door.
There was an additional set of keys provided to the husband when his wife was in Galveston and he needed access to the room.
At Out By The Sea we are dedicated to making our guests feel very comfortable and to exceeding standards! Please do see all our other wonderful reviews from B&B lovers!
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2012

Traveling to Crystal Beach for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. I am so incredibly impressed with the first-class, reasonably-priced amenities offered at Out by the Sea B & B and its owner, Carole Hamadey. The décor and details of all the rooms, which fortunately I saw during my weeklong stay, are impeccably designed, ever so comfortable and spotlessly clean. The entire B & B provides rest, relaxation, magnificent views of the water combined with a constant, pleasant ocean breeze, which gently caresses your skin and simultaneously keeps you cool that you can enjoy on every location of the property. Carole also personally cultivates a gorgeous garden on the B & B, featuring splendid flora and fauna (great bird watching). It is peaceful, restorative, fun, beautiful inside and out, and so much more. Carole instantly makes you feel at ease and will go beyond the extra mile to ensure your stay meets your every desire! She is extremely accommodating to each and every guests’ needs and wishes, whilst providing delightful service and care. She is a joy! I would highly recommend staying at Out by the Sea B & B on the Bolivar Peninsula/Crystal Beach (a ferry ride away from Galveston), rather than staying in Galveston, TX, where the beaches are crowded; not quite as nice; and, are much more restrictive. The B & B’s instant access to the beach is a huge convenience, which one can drive on with a vehicle or golf cart (to the contrary of Galveston and a Bolivar Peninsula signature fun and safe activity.) If you are looking for a wonderful get-away in this region – this is the ONLY place to consider staying! Thank you Carole for the superb experience!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Such beautiful rooms, and a breathtaking view of the gulf right from the balcony. Walking distance to the beach. The rooms are very clean and breakfast is always hot and delicious! Carol is such a personable woman with a genuine connection to her visitors, words cannot describe how lovely this stay was! A must see! I will definitely be back soon.

Room Tip: The honey moon suite is amazing but all rooms are lovely!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Brandy S
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2012

My daughter and I stayed for 2 nights and was treated as old friends! Very clean, sit out on the balcony and watch the sea roll in-or walk the 2 minutes it will take you-or drive-about 10 seconds! Best place to stay on Crystal Beach-DO NOT STAY AT THE HOTELS! There are beach toys you can take to the beach, grills you can use on the patio, swings, chairs, picnic tables...and peace and quiet. There is also a cargo lift-aka-elevator. We will make a trip back to this b&b!

Room Tip: Honey moon suites face the beach.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Donna S
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Irving, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2011

We stayed at Carol's B&B for 2 nights. We have never stayed at a B&B but Carol has set our standards VERY high. She is a great hostess. We stayed in the Honey 2 and absoultely enjoyed every minute of our stay. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Tina L
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Gonzales, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2011

Small Intimate Weddings dream come true! We spent 6 months planning a lavish wedding when my father passed away, changing the plans we decided to do a small intimate beach wedding with just close family. Luckily we stumbled on carol's B&B through google. We could not of asked for more! She helped us cordinate the photographer and officiant. Made special arrangements for my husbands wheel chair bound grandmother and soo much more. Her hospitality was superb and made everyone feel welcome. Through the couple of months of planning Carol was always there to answer the phone and help any way she could. Our special day could not of been what it was without her. We were able to spend the time with all out family in an intimate setting with spectacular views. Her bed and breakfast is delightfully charming and you will not be disappointed! By the way pictures do not do justice on this JEWEL OF THE GULF OF MEXICO!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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3 Thank leswhiteside
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Property: Out by the Sea Bed and Breakfast
Address: 2134 Vista, Box 2046, Crystal Beach, TX 77650
Location: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Crystal Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Crystal Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Out By The Sea is a lovely coastal bed and breakfast in Crystal Beach. We are located on the Bolivar Peninsula. The peninsula is 30 miles of sandy beach and the audubon migration route for many species of birds. We are a well-known biding mecca with several sites for bird watching. We are a great family vacation site with our gentle warm water of the gulf, great fishing and shelling. Out By The Sea has 5 areas; The Regatta; a ;large room with 2 queen beds, The LaFitte; a lovely room for 2. These rooms are located in the main home. The Honeymoon Suite and the smaller room, Amour de le Mer are located in the attached building with a private deck which looks over the gulf and beach!The Honeymoon Suite is very romantically decorated and has a very large double heart shaped jacuzzi. There is also a large family area, The Pirates Den, has room for 5 guests, a bedroom, a living room area, a fully equipped kitchen and full bath.Small pets are allowed in this area only. Our tropical gardens make this truly a tropical paradise. Please join us to relax in one of our hammocks while the tropical breeze relaxes you as the waves gently break on the shore. ... more   less 
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