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River Oak Inn & Restaurant
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River Oak Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 10 Bandera B&B and Inns
Fort Collins, Colorado
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35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“When choices are limited, this is the best in town”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

Bandera is a wonderful Texas town with much to offer to tourists and travelers. But it is definitely a town with few contemporary amenities (I suppose that's what helps it keep its charm). We have often eaten at Brick's, the restaurant behind the hotel and always enjoyed the outdoor patio, friendly staff and large portions of pretty good food.

We stayed at River Oaks Inn for several nights in October, 2013 and were given the motorcycle suite (or so we dubbed it). Reading other reviews it seems people had "western" themed murals, but ours took a LOT getting used to. (It did give the place character, that I admit!)

Bed and pillows were not terribly comfortable, curtains made me feel I was in a Bollywood movie. Bathroom was very dated. Nice to have a refrigerator and counter for eating/hanging out. Wifi was fast. The place is often completely booked with motorcyclists, most whom are very friendly so if you're looking for quiet on a busy weekend, this place may not be your best choice. (Though it will be full of fun and interesting people!)

There aren't many places to stay in Bandera, so for convenience we choose to stay here. Plus, it's probably the newest inn in town.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2014

The western murals with running horses take a little getting use to, but the room was clean and the people were accommodating. They have restaurant and the food was good. There is a little creek behind the restaurant. We will stay there again if the need arises. I think this is the best place around Bandera.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Adra, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2013

The room we had was decorated in a western mural all over the wall. It took some getting used to but we learned to live with it over our three nights there. The ceiling had a glow in the dark starry affect which was lit by ultra violet light. It was lovely to fall asleep under the stars, so to speak and you could switch it off if it all got too much.
The room was large and equipped with microwave and coffee making facilities. The huge bed was very comfortable but white sheets rather than pink and/or green might have made it a little more appealing.
It wasn't the cleanest room we have ever stayed in but it was OK and location was great for us being just a couple of minutes drive into the centre of Bandera.
The negative for us but not a major problem was that each room has its own parking space right outside but whenever we came back to our room, workers from the resturant next door were always parked in it.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Minerva, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Ended up there two nights on motorcycle trip. We had a king room and a room with two queens, both rooms were clean and had new beds. The weather was not so nice! Very comfortable. Would stay again. Room rate was $87.00

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

room 125 has a mural of motorcycles. Interesting touch. also, there is a black light above the bed which fueled the glow in the dark galaxy on the ceiling. Not the cleanest, nor up to date, but I'm not sure what you would expect in Bandera.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2013

This has got to be the worst possible place to stay!! Room smelled like old musty smoke!!! Ugly country mural painted on the walls! Beds were old and hard as rocks!!! Nothing extra or special about it!! I am in the room right now and the smell of smoke makes me want to puke!! They charged us $125 per night. I will NEVER stay here again...and I hope you don't either.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We stay here every summer when we participate in the rodeo. The rooms by far aren't the cleanest or most up to date but its a decent place to stay. What's really nice is the restaurant behind the hotel. This place has some great food. The Medina River runs behind the hotel as well. Like I said its not the nicest place I've ever stayed, but il keep staying there on my annual trip.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: River Oak Inn & Restaurant
Address: 1203 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003
Region: United States > Texas > Bandera County > Bandera
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Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Bandera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — River Oak Inn & Restaurant 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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