We stayed at Excelsior House for two nights for a quick Spring Break getaway. We stayed in the Lady Bird Johnson room (room 214). We stayed in the Sleigh Bed room years ago (at least ten years ago). This place is just wonderful if you like creaky ol' floors, elegant antiques and just the feel of a place full of history. It's just great! The hotel is owned by the local garden club and is maintained and run as a labor of love. The ladies are wonderful - friendly, helpful. Reservations are still kept in a big ol' paper register! You keys to your room are REAL keys! You get one key to your room and one to the front door if you're out after 9:30 at night. Don't pass up the breakfast!
However; in all honesty remember the place is very old and was renovated in the 1960's or 70's! So the "upgrades" are a little worn today. The bathroom in the Lady Bird Johnson room is small! My husband and I are of average size but we barely fit in the shower! The stall where the toilet sits is a pretty close fit, too. There is an air conditioner/heating unit in the window. We knew from our past visit to Jefferson to turn on the fan at night to drown out the sound of the train whistle blowing through town several times during the night.
There is a wrap around back porch that opens onto an enclosed courtyard - great for sitting in the evening with a glass of wine or in the morning with a cup of coffee.
Don't expect modern! Expect historic!!
- 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