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“Historic Haunted Hotel”
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The Faust Hotel
Ranked #21 of 32 Hotels in New Braunfels
Fairfield, Texas
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42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Historic Haunted Hotel”
Reviewed 29 August 2009

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!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled on business
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Corpus Christi Tx.
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

After reading negative reviews about The Faust, I was a little nervous about our weekend stay. However we were pleasantly surprised, it was exactly what we were looking for. The rooms were clean and the queen bed was comfortable. Sure the room was small, but it is a historic site and we had no problems with noise or any so called rude employees. They offer a light breakfast which was plenty for us. We would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 3 July 2009

Wanted to like this place, but didn't get to stay. Made a reservation for a Saturday in July. Cute building, looked forward to visiting the on site brewpub. Checked into my room at 3 pm. It had a strong smell of mildew, and I soon discovered that the carpeting next to the bed was soaked. Upon investigation, the ice machine in the adjacent room had leaked. The desk manager (Joel) feigned sympathy but said the hotel was booked. His only suggestion was that we stay in the room after housekeeping staff vaccums the mess. But the mildew smell was nauseating and that was an impossibility. Although many other guests had not yet arrived, we were turned away. No offer to pick up the phone to call a booking service, or even to suggest lodging elsewhere. Fortunately I live only 45 miles away so was able to return home. The next huge hassle was getting a refund (I had prepaid using an online agent). Many calls, including to a rude manager named John, who tried to cast doubt on our story. The owner, Robert Abbey, was equally unresponsive. Nobody ever returned a call; the onus was always on me to pursue this. It was not until I enlisted the help of the booking agent that they finally issued a refund.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Austin, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 June 2009

We had our wedding here in March and the experience was perfect. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and well-run ceremony and dinner. The staff was very nice and helpful - Doug, the wedding coordinator, was especially great. The banquet room and lobby are beautiful and have an old fashioned, vintage atmosphere.

We stayed one night at the hotel. I didn't think that the room or bathroom was unusually small as some of the other reviewers have noted. The hotel is old fashioned and very charming. People should come to the hotel knowing that they will be staying in a unique atmosphere that replicates earlier times. It's design is not modern and that's one of the reasons why I loved it. The hotel also has a bar with it's own brewery. I didn't try the beer but my husband loved it.

The downtown plaza and gazebo are just a block away. In the morning we walked down the street to the Red Rooster Cafe for a really delicious breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Faust Hotel
Address: 240 S Seguin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130-5119
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Region: United States > Texas > New Braunfels
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 32 Hotels in New Braunfels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 60
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 
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