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“A Gruene Gem - A room with a view & a lot of Texas charm” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gruene River Inn
Ranked #5 of 17 New Braunfels B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Columbus, TX
Level Contributor
57 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A Gruene Gem - A room with a view & a lot of Texas charm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

We booked Gruene River Inn last minute during Spring Break 2012. We wanted an overnight "getaway" and I was so frustrated at the prices/night that we were being quoted. (Seriously - $300 for a 2* in Port A) Even in Gruene - we were looking at $175+/night. Noticed a friend of mine on Facebook had mentioned Gruene River Inn and started to check it out. We got a room (queen bed) for $135.00 night ($152.55 with taxes) that was 1/4 mile from historic gruene, offered a jetted bathtub for two, and a balcony with a described killer view. We tend to gravitate towards "one of a kind" hotels versus the typical big box chains - so, this place really fit the bill.

Upon arrival (we were there about 30 minutes before checkin) we were warmly greeted and given our room keys (Pedernales Room). We were on our motorcycles and the desk guy actually walked my husband down to show him a great place to park our bikes. He was super friendly - ask where we were from, etc. etc. We unloaded and I was thrilled with our room. Husband wasn't so big on the little out-dated TV - but, it turns out we never even watched TV at all. Room was quaint - had it's own gas stove (we were using A/C so no feedback) and a deck with a small table and two chairs. View had to be one of the best in New Braunfels area. Awesome! Sits high on a hill so you can see for miles and miles - but directly overlooks the Guadalupe River below. Part of the river in view is smooth sailing, but there is also an area of small rapids. (Note: The Guadalupe is a constant 72 degrees - we were there in March and people were in the water floating in tubes in bathing suits. It was about 78 - 80 degrees that day) Room had wood floors and an armoire that served as a closet. There was a chair and a small table inside as well. (see pictures) The bathroom did have a nice big bathtub for two and it worked perfectly. All was VERY clean and neat. The lobby is nice and has a gathering area and lots of complimentary snacks. There are also sodas that are availble on the "honor system". We walked down to Gruene during the day and visited some shops and Gruene Hall for some live music and cheap beer ($1.75). I bought a beer at the Gruene River Inn when we returned ($2.00) Not sure what they charge for wine - but it is also available for purchase. Was nice to sit out on the balcony and drink a couple of beers before heading out to dinner. We walked back to Gristmill for dinner and then to Gruene River Grill for dessert/night cap. Overall A+ positive experience.
Things to consider:
*All wood floors make it a bit loud - noise does carry from room to room. We were downstairs and I would suggest you try and book upstairs if possible. The people above us were quite "lively" during the night (and early morning!) and we could hear (quite distinctly) the bed thudding.
*We love to hike and we walk 3.5 miles everyday for exercise - so the 1/4 mile walk to/from town was not a big deal for us. However, you need to be aware that it is a bit of a walk and there are not sidewalks. (Come on Gruene - use some of your tax dollars to build a sidewalk since there is so much growth in this area) Since you are walking at night in an area where people are leaving a dance hall -- you should be aware of cars and step out of the way as they are coming down the street) Of course, it is an easy drive down - we were on motorcycles, so preferred to walk.

Overall - Great ambiance - Super friendly servcie - Perfect view & location - Reasonable Price. We will be back!

Room Tip: Request a room upstairs
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

Very nice, charming, rustic bed and breakfast Inn. The best is the river view from the private balconies. Fantastic. You can get right into the river with a ladder. We made a fire in the fire ring. It was right on the water. So fun. There are wonderful homemade cakes, desserts, snacks available anytime you want and a lot of games to play. I liked the upstairs the way there were 3 staircases that each went to only 2 rooms. So there were not a lot of people walking by your room. I loved the gas fireplaces in the room. Great ambiance and wonderful jacuzzi tub. Breakfast was fun with the breakfast tacos. Now that is authentic Texas. Staff was very friendly. What I didn't like was it is very noisy because of the wood planks creaking when people walk and our mattress was not comfortable so we didn't sleep that well.

Room Tip: Upstairs is better
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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2 Thank Travelladybug14
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Aubrey, Texas
Level Contributor
68 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

We stayed here for a friends birthday. It was a really nice change and really different as far as hotels go. The layout and older-style wood floors were unique and gave the place a ton of character. It had a small, connected balcony that was just big enough that we could sit outside and hang out. It was close to historic Gruene, but not in the middle of the chaos (depends on what events are going on). The owners/managers were really friendly and the provided breakfast was good each day. We will be back here for sure. It was a lot of fun.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank gspfunk
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Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed in the Frio room of the Gruene River Inn. The room itself is small but the wall of windows and balcony overlooking the Comal River make the room feel much larger. The huge oversized jetted bathtub is a very nice plus. Inn was clean, cozy and smelled good. The breakfast tacos were excellent. When they say breakfast they mean a full breakfast, waffle maker and all. The view is excellent which overlooks New Braunfels and the Comal river. The inn sits on a high bluff so there is a trail down to the river and chairs to relax in. The trail is partway staired and then it is a rocky trail which I would recommend tennis shoes for. We walked into Gruene as did other couples staying there. It is less than a 1/2 mile walk and there is a bike lane that you can use. Made it very nice to not have to try to find parking in town. The only thing I would change on my next stay here would be to get a room on the second floor. When the guests above us came in at 1 a.m. we could hear every footstep. The bed was a little on the firm side for me but my husband had no complaints.

Room Tip: 2nd floor recommended.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank curly68
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Lewisville, Texas
Level Contributor
37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

The views are excellent! The walk down to the river and back up is a work out, but fun.
We stayed in the Brazos room with a jacuzzi tub and it was very relaxing. The bed was just so-so, not all that great.

They sell beer and wine which is cool. We brought our own but it was nice to know they had it.

You're not "IN" Gruene, and the walk isn't very nice or safe, so keep that in mind. While it's not a far walk it is alongside a busy road with no sidewalk and at night cars can't see you.

I would recommend a top floor room since they have wood floors and they creak a lot. We stayed upstairs and I would imagine that our downstairs neighbors heard every step we took.

Room Tip: I would recommend a top floor room since they have wood floors and they creak a lot. We stayed upsta...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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2 Thank 9Key
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Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

My wife and I stayed here recently and had a great time. The hotel sits on a bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River, and as others have noted, the view from your room is indeed breathtaking, especially at night. The river winds along below you, and the green hills roll away to the distance. You and/or the kids can also go down to the river and go swimming if you like. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful, and the overall feel of the place is easy-going and relaxed. Breakfast is available every morning in the lobby. The highlight was the breakfast tacos, but fruit, cereal, muffins, etc mean every taste is accommodated. One thing we loved was that there were two different home-made cakes available all the time--"help yourself." That was such a nice touch and it made us feel at home. Okay, the rooms are a little on the small side--the big king bed takes up most of it. But you're going to be out on your private patio anyway, so no matter. The bathroom by contrast is surprisingly big, with a big deep jacuzzi tub--an unexpected benefit. In fact the only thing we didn't like was the train noise. The trains that pass a few miles away blow their horns at intersections during the night. Since you're up so high that sound carries loud and clear to the room. It didn't really bother me too much, but my wife was less sanguine about it. Overall though we loved this place and would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: They all face the river, so you can't go wrong with any of them. There aren't any elevators...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ChasG63
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Houston, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2011

My girlfriend and I have stayed in several places in the New Braunsfels/Gruene area and the Gruene River Inn was by far and away our favorite. The property is newer, very clean and has spectactular views from every room. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful. This is a B&B, but its more like a cozy inn. You have plenty of privacy and the hosts are sure to provide much needed ice, snacks, and a full breakfast every morning. It is built into the hillside over looking the river and there is actually a path right down to the riverbank where you can sit by and watch the tubers go by or grab a tube and jump in yourself. It is only a short walk to all of the best restuarants and shops Gruene has to offer and is very close to tubing and other recreation.

We stayed over Memorial Day weekend and it was priced extremely reasonable for a holiday weekend, especially considering the prime location and that breakfast is included. We can't say enough good things about it this place. We will never stay anywhere else. ..

Absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway or fun weekend of play on the river!

Room Tip: 2nd Floor rooms are the best
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wayne_from_HTX
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Property: Gruene River Inn
Address: 1111 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130
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Location: United States > Texas > New Braunfels
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in New Braunfels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gruene River Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 2001, Gruene River Inn is one of the newest accommodations in the New Braunfels and Gruene community. Located a quarter-of-a-mile from Gruene Hall, our Inn is not far from shopping, or dining at the Gristmill. On the banks of the Guadalupe River, the Gruene River Inn gives guests panoramic views that are unmatched in the area. Guests are welcome to fish or swim out back in the Guadalupe River. ... more   less 
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