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Brava House Bed And Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 36 Austin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 July 2012

Pictures do not do this house justice! In fact, the photos don't even begin to convey how charming, well thought out, and pretty the property is. Mary and Robin, the owners of the B&B, have put forth great effort to make sure that guests have everything they need to be comfortable--extra pillows and blankets, books, magazines, lamps in all the right spots, good climate control, a mini bar with drinks and snacks, etc. And somehow, though all five rooms were occupied during our visit, we never heard any of the other guests. The property is immaculate, and breakfasts are delicious. I cannot wait to return!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

What a nice contrast to the mega hotels who charge too much for not much space! The Brava House was affordable, spacious, hip and close to where we wanted to be. Robin & Mary, the owners, were knowledgeable about all things Austin and gave us some great tips on dining and roaming. We initially planned on going out every morning for breakfast.....until we sampled Robin's great cooking! Fantastic!
All in all, a great B&B experience.
This is the place to stay in Austin!

Room Tip: If you are traveling in a group, rent the rooms on the 1st floor so you can all be together.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

It was affordable and convenient, and a very pretty house. I like that they had nice gentle pretty house pets - two cats and two dogs. For me this is a big plus. Do realize in case you don't like animals at your B&B, the pets are carefully managed and you won't see them unless you want to (I wanted to). The owners seem very careful with the property and are hospitable. So for a reasonable place to sleep for a night in Austin, this did fit the bill. What frustrated me a bit was it felt pretty much self-service, except when you see the hosts at breakfast in the AM. You let yourself in, you arrive at certain times, you can have breakfast at certain narrow times, breakfast is nice but pretty lite and specific. Efficent, yes. Practical for a smallish B&B, I guess. It may be a kind of "nice" to have the flexibilty of not having to be socially involved with the property owners and guests. But still - there was no real lobby or sitting room or living roon - all floors were occupied by rentable rooms - frustrating in a prettily restored house where you'd like to have a common room (well there is the porch, and the breakfast room out back, but that is not exactly what I mean). Our room was functional and actually had windows on 3 sides - a nice feature - you are up in the trees. The bathroom is also very clean and functional with a claw foot tub (nice). I quibble a bit with the soap/shampoo dispensers - again an efficient low-maintenance touch rather than bars of soap - didn't quite fit the Victorian look, but maybe there are reasons (i.e. better cleanliness?). Also we did want to seek out beach towels for Barton Springs per instructions to not use the house towels, but couldn't really figure who/how to ask mid-day. We dried on our t-shirts. So in short, its kind of a model of staying at your friend's house, let's say. You do have privacy, a pretty nice room, quiet in a nice building, but I might have preferred a little more frills, fewer detailed instructions, more fussing over for a warm B&B experience. There may be reasons which I can't conceive as to why this is designed for efficiency. Don't mean to run down the propoerty whatsoever - everyone involved seems very nice and well-meaning - it's just I expected something a bit warmer, is all.

Room Tip: We had an upstairs room among trees and liked it - you can request that.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

My daughter and I enjoyed our 2 nights at this B & B. The breakfasts were good and the hosts very nice. The place was quiet and the location very good. We were in a 1 bedroom suite upstairs. It is not fancy, but very adequate and nice to have the extra space for relaxing in the afternoon. The fans kept the rooms cook enough, but the bedroom got very light in the morning; I think better shades would help. Otherwise, all was good and the price was good for the amount of space.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Robin and Mary - what a wonderful time we had at Brava House! I thought the Van Gogh room, the little room library, the patio, the yard, were just delightful. Your location being within walking distance of the shops made for a leisurely walk to Whole Foods and the book store, plus all the other cool shops in between. We had a great time! And Robin, Susie says thanks for the home cooking!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Brava House Bed And Breakfast

Address: 1108 Blanco St, Austin, TX 78703-4920 (Formerly Southard House)
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Region: United States > Texas > Austin > Downtown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Austin
Price Range: ₹ 14,791 - ₹ 24,304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Brava House Bed And Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Austin's only downtown B&B nestled in a quiet historic neighborhood boasting some of the best walking in town. Surrounded by restaurants and shopping, Brava house offers the best of both worlds: quiet serenity, in the heart of all Austin has to offer. ... more   less 
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