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“A Charming Escape from a Large Conference”

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Eva's Escape at the Gardenia Inn
Ranked #2 of 41 San Antonio B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A Charming Escape from a Large Conference”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

I am sad that I only could make one breakfast in 4 days due to conference meetings -- what a treat! Lovely food, company, service, and rooms. The area is right near local restaurants, a beer garden, and easy access to the lovely end of the Riverwalk. I was in Lily on the first floor and felt both at home and pampered. (At home, with 2 teens, I am usually not pampered, so am not used to being at home and pampered at the same time.) A small packed breakfast was shared with me to go on the days when I could not eat there, in a cute "Eva's" cloth bag. Every amenity was provided. There was not just WiFi, but also connections to Apple TV for listening to your own music. The 1905 home was stately and impressive, with comfortable spaces and thoughtful staff. I will return again when I come back to San Antonio, hopefully next time for fun instead of the convention center!

Room Tip: I heard raves about the top floor from other guests, but the 1st floor was very easy access and just...
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

Perhaps the most sophisticated, yet extraordinarily friendly inn my wife and I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. Every detail - from bath products to silver napkin rings at the breakfast table - carefully chosen to enhance the guest experience. WiFi, Apple TV, Netflix for in-room entertainment ... along with a lovely second floor veranda where we shared a morning cup of coffee amidst birdsong. Every room offers its own special ambience focusing on comfort and grace notes.

Situated in San Antonio's historic King William district, a beautiful artistic neighborhood of historic homes, some dating back to the mid-1800's, the Gardenia Inn is perfectly situated a block away from the southern end of the Riverwalk. A scenic 15-minute stroll takes you into the heart of downtown San Antonio's shops and restaurants, the Alamo and Convention Center.

There are also splendid restaurants in close proximity to the Inn - El Mirador, Azuca, Rosario's, La Focaccia, and Madhatter's Tea Shop. Yet nothing beats the exquisite breakfast served by innkeeper Deborah and her amazing staff.

In my book, Eva's Escape surpasses every 5-star hotel in San Antonio - for the innumerable personal touches and Old World sensibilities this exceptional inn and its gracious owner embraces. We will never stay anywhere else in SA.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

200 characters is not enough to explain what Ms. Deborah has going with this place. Deborah is wonderful, Rosemary was amazing as well, the Inn was perfect, spotless, welcoming, WOW! Very relaxing close to everything and make sure you listen to Beborah's recommendations on where to eat or hang out, you won't be sorry. Great Food and a good uplifting story to go with it. My Wife and I can not say Thank you enough! Keep up the amazing work and we will see you in a year on our next trek across the US.

Room Tip: Every Room looked great, we stayed in the Lavender room, it has a clawfoot bath/shower in the room...
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Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 24 June 2013

We stayed here for our anniversary. The staff made us feel very welcome and helped us celebrate our anniversary. They provided suggestions for things to do and places to eat. Breakfast was delicious everyday and had a fun story to do with each meal. The house is beautiful and has many personal touches that allow you to feel at home. The area is beautiful and has many fun, delicious restaurants nearby. I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone staying in San Antonio.

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Austn, TX
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

I give Eva's 5 stars. Reserving the room & making special accommodations was very easy. I love the rooms & the staff was helpful & also gave us lots of privacy. Breakfast was absolutely Delicious! Tito's Cantina was within walking distance and had great food & drinks. My husband joined me on a business trip making this trip pleasantly fun.
Margie 6/20/13

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Every detail of a perfect romantic weekend was attended to by Deborah and her staff. The warmth of her character permeates through the house, and her gourmet breakfasts are incredible! The bluebonnet room was beautiful, and we especially enjoyed the porch swing. Thank you, Deborah! You have a gift for hospitality!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

It was an overall experience to stay here. First, great location. Less than a mile to riverwalk/Alamo/towers of America. Second, great attention to guests. When we arrived we were personally given a tour around the five bedroom house. Deborah was very informative, but she also went out of her way to give us advice on what to do or answer any questions we had. This is a relaxing atmosphere, but close enough to go out during the day/night. Surprised they have direct tv, Netflix, Apple TV (not that you will be using it). Great breakfast and snacks (wine,nuts, small desserts). Cozy and quaint...would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet relaxing place to stay. We stayed in the Lily room. Only room on the first floor, and it was very quiet during the day and night. Small bathroom, wouldn't recommend for tall/large guests.

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Property: Eva's Escape at the Gardenia Inn
Address: 307 Beauregard, San Antonio, TX 78204-1306
Region: United States > Texas > San Antonio > Arsenal , East Side
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in San Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Eva's Escape at the Gardenia Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A simply elegant Bed and Breakfast located in the famous King William Historic District. The inn is two blocks from the Riverwalk, within walking distance to almost everything and a trolley stop around the corner. ... more   less 
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