We were there for a business meeting at the beautiful Sophienburg Museum but took a day to enjoy Gruene & a float down the Guadalupe (or what is left of it, the water is pretty low). Our group consists of museum professionals, so we all appreciate history and historical settings.
The Faust was a pleasant surprise. It is located in the heart of downtown, across the street from the oldest and most famous bakery in Texas and a few minutes walk to Landa Park. We had read that the 2nd & 4th floor are haunted so we given a room on the 2nd floor.
The hotel has undergone some re-modeling and the small rooms were quite cozy, they had small step up bathrooms (hey, most hotels of the era still had communal bathrooms so these reviewers should stop complaining). People who appreciate historical properties understand the fact that the rooms are tiny in comparison to the chain places along the freeway.
Our room was nice and chilly considering it was over 100 degrees outside and there was a window unit to make sure of that. Our room was very quiet even though we were near the elevator and stairwell. The bed was super comfortable and the furnishings were of period. I love the old photos on the wall in ornate frames.
For dinner try the Huisache Grill within walking distance, it is the best restaurant in new Braunfels in a historic building. Great wine list and atmosphere. A trip to New Braunfels is not complete without a stop at the New Braunfels Smokehouse. Try the smoked turkey and smoked bacon salad besides all the wonderful meats & German breads.
One note of interest:We did not see the turn of the century man walk into the elevator as the story goes but I woke in the middle of the night with the distinct feeling that someone had walked by my bed (even though my better half was fast asleep next to me)...my colleague had left the bathroom light on in her room in case she had to get up in the middle of the night, she was surprised that the light was turned off some time during the night and she insists she did not touch it.
Living or Dead...apparently there are plenty of fans of this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since coming under new ownership in July 2009, there has been a great deal of effort put towards restoring The Faust Hotel & Brewing Company to its original luxury and grandeur. The project has been extensive and is still in progress, but many changes and upgrades can be found throughout the entire property. Our newly redesigned guest suites feature 1920's Art Deco design while incorporating modern amenities including:Wireless Internet, Flat Screen Televisions, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Keurig Coffee Makers, Brita Pitchers. In addition to our guest suites, we have a variety of accommodations to suit your needs including rooms with 1 or 2 double beds, queen and king size beds. The brew pub has something to please everyone in your party: Flat screen TVs, darts, live music, trivia and the comforting surroundings of a classic brauhaus. The Faust Brewing Company now features an array of house brews, including Faust Golden Ale, Altered States German Altbier and Mike Crowe IPA, as well as a variety of seasonal favorites. Leading the production is Ray Mitteldorf, a professional brew master with 17 years experience. For a complete experience, the pub has recently launched its new tapas-style menu, created by Chef Chris Kilisz. His exclusive menu features items specifically designed for sharing and pairing with the pub’s own microbrews: their signature dish, the Faust Wellington, Mini Dogs topped with sauerkraut, sautéed bell peppers and onions and spicy mustard, and German Nachos, to name a few. Just as the pub isn’t limited to beer (there’s liquor and wine, too), the menu isn’t limited to German-inspired options: it boasts a broad spectrum of international cuisine with dishes such as the Croque Monsieur, Souvlaki Skewers, Proscuitto Caprese Bruschetta, and Cochanitas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Faust Hotel New Braunfels
- Faust New Braunfels
- The Faust Hotel New Braunfels, Texas