History, on a grand scale, shapes who we are as a society and, on a smaller scale, even who we are as people. Texans pride themselves on appreciating and memorializing historical figures and locations. They want to be reminded of where they came from and what they overcame to get where they are today. These historic hotels are no exception. If you really want to get a taste of Texas’ historical culture, be sure to visit these hotels next time you’re in the area.
Located in New Braunfels, Gruene Homestead Inn is a bed and breakfast comprised of several historic houses featuring rooms and suites dating from the 1850s to the early 1900s. Owners Ed and Billie Miles located historic homes in the area and moved them to their 8-acre property. The homes have been renovated to provide modern day comforts to each guest while still reflecting their vintage time period. The 22 guest units are less than a mile from the Gruene Historical District where antique shops, local wineries and restaurants are located. The Inn offers a swimming pool with spa and the Tavern in the Gruene which features live music and a full bar.
This Sterling City hotel started out as The First State Bank of Sterling City and then transformed into a doctor’s office, among other local businesses, before coming to be the hotel it is today. Previously known as the Landmark Hotel, the 1910 State Hotel is located downtown in the heart of the small city, and its architecture is that indicative of its time. Local lore says the hotel is haunted.
The Driskill Hotel in Austin was built in 1886 for Jesse Driskill as his showplace. It is widely known today for it’s luxurious accommodations and happening night life. The iconic hotel is located in the heart of Austin so visitors have convenient access to the Austin Convention Center, the State Capitol, Lady Bird Lake, and more. It also offers guests an in-house restaurant, The Driskill Grill, which has received numerous awards throughout the years.
In the early 1900s, Edward Franz Melcher opened Hotel Havana with a Caribbean theme in mind. This hotel has a legacy of FBI stings and other very colorful events. In 2010, Hotel Havana was reopened and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The vibrant theme helps the hotel to maintain a certain youthfulness about it.
Located in Marathon, Texas, the Gage Hotel is surrounded by a rich and diverse culture, drawing from North American Indians, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo Cowboys. This charming town kisses the Rocky Mountains and also the Chihuahua Desert. The hotel is newly updated and gives guests the luxuries of a brand new hotel while still maintaining the historical ambiance. The hotel typically serves travelers heading to Big Bend National Park.
As mentioned before, San Antonio is full of rich culture, and this historic hotel only adds to that. The building has been around since the 1800s and began as a wholesale and retail grocery shop. Since the store was doing so well, the owners of the building added to it making it a grand mercantile store. The owner died in 1908 and since that time, the building has housed various businesses until today. Now, visitors to the Riverwalk Vista can take a step back in time and see what San Antonio was like in the past.
Located in Historic Square in Granbury, Texas, the Historical Nutt House Hotel is a must visit if you’re passing through the area. The Nutt family came to the area just before the start of the Civil War with their 12 children, their spouses and grandchildren. The Nutt family and their descendants played a major role in the future prosperity of the area. The rooms in the hotel are named after several of these family members.
The architecture of this historic hotel is breathtaking, if you’re into that kind of thing. If you’re not, step inside and see the glamour that The Adolphus in Dallas has to offer. City founders, along with St. Louis beer mogul Adolphus Busch, erected this luxurious hotel in the early 1900s. The hotel was meant to attract high-class, sophisticated patrons and still does today, though the rates don’t exactly reflect that. The Adolphus is perfectly located in historic Dallas, close to several restaurants, boutiques and other beautiful, historic buildings.
In the small town of Big Spring sits a hotel with a big personality. Hotel Settles opened in 1930 and is considered an Art Deco oasis. Guests can immediately feel the Texas hospitality upon walking through the doors. The hotel has been elegantly restored and offers a beautiful grand ballroom, a restaurant and bar for patrons. The hotel can actually be seen briefly in the opening scenes of the movie Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.
The Ashton Hotel in Fort Worth was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The Ashton Hotel began as a larger commercial center for the Fort Worth Club, a group of the city’s most prominent citizens. It replaced the original building on the site, which was built in 1887. In the new building, several rooms were built on the fourth floor for club members and their guests. The building was remodeled in the 1930s and connected to the adjacent building to house a supply company. In 2001, it was developed into the current Ashton Hotel.