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Quarters at Presidio la Bahia
Ranked #1 of 3 Goliad B&B and Inns
North Houston, Texas
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“Awesome Place to Stay!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

My wife and I have stayed here three times now and each time we are wowed at having the whole place to ourselves. We went "Ghost Hunting" and saw a few things that sent chills down our spines. The history mixed with it's brutality of it all made for some interesting story telling for the grandkids and more. We cooked dinner there, which I really enjoyed because I did not want to leave. During the day - The Blue Quail serves up some really good jalopena cheese soup!! A must do if you stay here!! All in all, a really cool place that is one of our favorite places to stay!!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Had a marvelous time at this most historic place. What an honor to stay here and take in all the history. To be honest, was quite nervous at first, booking the un-known. But upon arrival, was quite impressed. The officers quarters were outstanding. Clean, great bedding, good a/c, and great kitchen and bathroom. I stayed in the twin bedroom and from my pillow had a 'birds-eye' view of the front of the Chapel. It was a very calm feeling and I was not uncomfortable at anytime during our two-day stay. Captured an EVP recording of Annie Taylor who is buried in the only marked grave in front of the Chapel. It was so exciting!!! I highly recommend to all. You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: Definately eat dinner at La Bahia Mexican restaurant just 1/8 mile South of the Presidio...great aut...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Richardson, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

This may be in our top five hotel experiences, simply because of the stunning history and the authenticity of the place. It's pricey, and don't expect hotel amenities. The rooms and furnishings are quite spartan, but better to experience the real history of the place.

The real magic happens after the Presidio closes at five and you have the whole place to yourself. The door from the quarters to the interior of the fort faces the wall where James Fannin was executed during the infamous Goliad Massacre. Spooky and awe-inspiring, all at the same time.

My husband and I were traveling alone, but this would be a fantastic place to bring kids, to share the history. After hours, you can climb the ramparts, play with the cannons (not loaded), or play soccer in the four-acre level interior grounds.

The historic old chapel adjoining the quarters was especially poignant and beautiful to see--but only open during the tourist hours of 9-5.

The only reason we gave it a 4 rating and not a 5 was the combination of price and lack of attention to housekeeping details--like supplying some paper goods. We found a bunch of items supplied free in the kitchen that were completely empty--like cooking oil, salt, and a gas lighter for the fire and candles. Either replenish them or throw them away--it was a bit annoying. There are two bedrooms, one with a comfortable queen bed and another at the entry with two twins, plus a living room with a dining table for 4 and a very poorly lit kitchen with basic cooking equipment. Although there was a water heater and an "H" on the shower handle, we both had to take ice cold showers--even though we followed the instructions to turn on the water heater. The issue of hot water is something you might want to address with the manager before she leaves at 4:45. We had a few bugs for company as well--but I imagine the troops quartered there in 1835 had to deal with much worse.

Housekeeping issues did not keep us from thoroughly enjoying the place. For history buffs, you just HAVE to stay here!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Worth, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

My daughter and I stayed here for one night and absolutely loved it.

They basically took the old officers quarters and made them into a two bedroom apartment with a kitchen and living room. The entire place is decorated well with wooden furniture and a beautiful fireplace that they will provide wood for you to use. The only place to eat in town is a Whataburger, but the kitchen has an over and refrigerator to use if you want to stay in.

The best part of staying there is that after the fort closes to the public (4:45 when we were there) you have the entire place to yourselves. You can roam the battlement walls and large grounds with no one around. At night we explored the fort with flashlights - although we didn't run into any ghosts! The next morning we got up early to have breakfast up on the cannon placement walls.

While there, also be sure and spend some reflection time in chapel. It is beautiful inside and although it is only open during public hours, if you go first thing when they open it is usually deserted. They also have a Catholic mass there every Sunday.

If you are into Texas history, it is well worth it to stay here to soak in the history and what Fannin and his men sacrificed for Texas.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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stillman valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2012

We stayed in the Quarters with my sister and brother-in-law and had a fantastic time. There is so much history here. Having the whole place to ourselves was wonderful, we wandered the grounds and talked about all the brave souls who had died there. We loved the Quarters, it was such a special place to be. We joked about the place being haunted but never experienced anything strange. We did go out several times during the evening just to see "who" might be around. Stay here, you won't be disappointed. We brought snacks and fake fireplace logs! Having a fire in the stone fireplace was great. This was one of our favorite experiences yet!

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

My wife and I stayed at The Quarters in February 2012. I highly recommend staying here.
Simply put - if you are into history, and especially Texas history, this is a very unique opportunity. You get to actually spend the night in the same fort that Colonel Fannin and his men were in shortly before they were tragically massacred (murdered) by Santa Anna's orders. When the museum closes for the day, you have complete privacy to roam the fort's grounds, perimeter, and the church courtyard. The Quarters is actually a 2-bedroom apartment with stone walls; however, it has AC/heating, shower, kitchenette, and all you need to stay in relative comfort. No TV (who needs it with all of this great environment ? Treat yourself, history lovers - you'll be glad you did !

Room Tip: Since there is only one room available, make your reservation well in advance. Friday & Saturday...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

We stayed here in mid-December for only one night and were very pleased. It's wonderful to have the Fort entirely to yourselves once they close. You can walk around the courtyard and up into the battlements and it's very peaceful. The Quarters sleep four with one room having two twin beds and another with a queen sized bed. It was December and a little cold but the heater worked great. It's drafty but it's an old Fort and anyone staying here shouldn't be expecting the Sheraton. There is a main sitting room with a fireplace and a back door that leads straight into the courtyard. The old church is beautiful and still in use today. A wonderful piece of Texas history... highly recommend this experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Quarters at Presidio la Bahia
Address: Goliad, TX
Location: United States > Texas > Goliad
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Goliad
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Number of rooms: 1
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