A Great B&B in the Historic King William District

September 19, 2006 at 1:51 am Leave a comment

Our flight to San Antonio was easy, with a brief stop in Kansas City. (Milwaukee, Kansas City and San Antonio are such easy airports to negotiate.) Followed the signs to Ground Transportation and inquired about a shuttle service. Booked a $24 roundtrip on Satrans The Gardenia Inn on Beauregard Streetso that our return trip would be covered. I chose to stay off the River Walk to experience a bed & breakfast in the King William Historic District, just a few blocks from downtown and about 2 blocks from the River Walk. It turned out to be a great decision.

The Gardenia Inn offered rooms with two beds, perfect for Cathy and I.Master bedroom Checked them out online, but called to make the reservation to ensure the extra bed accommodation as well as a private bathroom. The inn’s Web site had very good photos of each room or suite.

We were given a 3rd floor suite with large sitting room that included a sleigh-style daybed, alcove with a double bed and a huge bedroom with a king bed and a private bathroom. (About $140/night) Small refrigerator was stocked Sitting Roomwith soda and water at no extra cost. There was another similarly stocked refrigerator in the 2nd floor sitting area that was available to all guests. A very nice touch. The inn was very clean and comfortable, nice linens, great pillows and lovely antiques.

Susan Elich, the innkeeper/owner, served up a wonderful homemade breakfast of oatmeal/cranberry pancakes, fresh fruit, fresh-squeezed OJ, bacon and excellent coffee. China, lace tablecloth, great conversation with Susan. (I would love to get that pancake recipe!)

The Gardenia Inn afforded us a very convenient and comfortable place to return to during the day. We had our own front door security code so we could come and go as we pleased. On departure day, it was nice to sit in the living room as we waited for the shuttle.

The Gardenia Inn is located a few doors off Alamo Street in the heart of a charming district of historic homes, many converted into B&Bs. Our innkeeper told us of 3-4 very good restaurants within a block or two, but we didn’t have a chance to try them.

NEXT: Arts, History and a Brewery

Special Tip: Mention this Travels with Tish blog when you book a room at the Gardenia Inn and Susan Elich will make sure to put some fresh flowers in your room before your arrival.

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