We stayed in the Diamond Bessie room and it was fine. It was extremely spacious compared to other hotels we have stayed in at that same rate. The bathroom is large and clean and the sunroom was awesome to hang out in and just pass a leisurely morning reading while my husband watched TV in the other room. There is a little guest book by the bed where people can write their thoughts and many people spoke of ghosts, although the very friendly and cordial desk lady said she had never seen one in 17 years.
The sunroom opened up to the courtyard and was great to relax at as well.
The location is unbeatbable! Not 20 yards away is a magnolia tree that was planted by Lady Bird Johnson from a White House tree planted by Andrew Jackson. That kind of history and interest is what draws people to this 159 year old hotel, not sparkling new accomodations!
I prefer for them to keep their prices down than to remodel, overhaul and charge an arm and a leg to stay there.
GREAT HOTEL! YOU MUST MUST MUST HAVE THE Plantation BREAKFAST! Don't leave without having it! It is unbelievable! The orange blossom muffins and the ballroom are fantastic. Music playing softly from across the street seals the deal on a great getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The oldest and most historic Hotel in the entire State of Texas. Currently owned by The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club. 15 Historic rooms. Desk Manager on duty 24 hours a day ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Excelsior House Hotel Jefferson