This is a beautiful, elegant Southern style hotel that was built in the 1850s and boasts famous guests such as President Ulysses S. Grant, President Hayes, Ladybird Johnson and - the one that impressed me the most - Oscar Wilde!!! I was even shown his entry in an old register book.
We were lucky to be able to use the "overnight Traveler's Special ", which was $69 plus tax. We had to be out by 8.00 am the next morning. This suited us fine we had a tour of Lake Caddo to do the next day.( will review this awesome experience too!)
The rooms were done out in authentic antiques, including 4 poster beds. There were nice little touches, such as a bowl of mints on the sideboard, and my friend had an antique clawed bath in his rooms.
There is a lovely gardened courtyard with squirrels, and a big fish pond with turtles and fish. The rest of the hotel which I got to see looked beautiful and interesting. There are supposed to be ghosts here too, but I slept through any possible activity.
The people working here were very nice and helpful, with a great sense of fun.
The Excelsior House is situated right in the town, with plenty of places to eat, historical places and many antique and second hand stores, and a really really wonderful vibe. As it was Halloween and we were close to nice neighborhoods with all the kids dressed up and "trick or treating", we were able to get into the "spirit" of the night.
It is also not far from Lake Caddo which is a must to see.
This stay was special, and one I would love to repeat.
- 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