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100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.

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Texas Hill Country

Majestic oak trees, acres of wildflowers, giant limestone rocks and gently rolling hills. Birthplace and home of the 36th U.S. president. Located in the heart of Texas, the Hill Country begins about one hour’s drive east of Austin and one hour north of San Antonio. Fredericksburg, a Hill Country town, possesses a rich Germanic heritage and has many festivals, biergartens, b&b’s and antique shops; it is a favorite weekend getaway destination for Texan urbanites.

Palo Alto Creek Farm

231 West Main, Fredericksburg, Texas

Originally settled as a farm in 1835, accommodations today consists of a log cabin, limestone barn and stone house.

T: +1 800 997-0089. 3 room b&b. US$ 150-
www.paloaltocreekfarm.com

Rose Hill Manor

Stonewall, Texas

A Charleston-style plantation house sitting 40 rolling Hill Country acres. The elegant romantic hotel perches on a gentle hill, offering a spectacular view of the Pedernales River Valley. Rose Hill is located in Stonewall, 15 minutes from Fredericksburg, and is known for its food and local Texas wines.

US$ 145- T: +1 877 767-2445
www.rose-hill.com

Blair House Inn b&b

100 W Spoke Hill Dr., Wimberley, Texas

Located on 22 beautiful Hill Country acres, the romantic Blair House Inn features a pool and hot tub with sunset views, a fine dining experience for breakfast, Saturday evening dinners, and a cooking school. An onsite day spa offers massages and facials. The picturesque village of Wimberley and the surrounding area includes art galleries, boutiques, golf courses and wineries.

T: +1 512 847-1111. 12 rooms & cottages. US$ 160-$348
www.blairhouseinn.com

Austin

Hip Austin is the self-proclaimed “music capital of the world”.

Hotel St. Cecelia

112 Academy Dr., Austin, TX

This historic mansion with a soulful rock-n-roll design vibe is located on a secluded woodsy estate in Austin’s South Congress District.

T: +1 512 852-2400. 14 rooms and bungalows. US$ 300-
www.hotelstcecilia.com

Round Top, Texas

Population 90, this antique mecca is located a day-trip from Austin (75 miles) and is known for its massive twice-yearly flea market.

The Prarie by Rachel Ashwell

5808 Wagner Road, Round Top, Texas

Founder of the trend-setting Shabby Chic Couture, Rachel first stayed at this historic b&b while attending Round Top’s antique fairs. After learning it was for sale she bought it, transforming it with some local finds plus furniture and beddings from her own line. English-born Rachel has proved Shabby Chic is not a one-trick design phenomenon destined for the dustbin when new trends took over. Indeed, her gutsy design courage – rusted corrugated tin sidings for a b&b? – continues to be awesomely impressive.

T: +1 979 836-4975. 6 rooms plus small house. US$ 180-
www.theprairiebyrachelashwell.com

San Antonio

Home to the Alamo, America’s most famous Spanish mission. San Antonio has a lovely cobble and flagstoned river walk that meanders several miles through downtown past specialty boutiques, nightclubs, sidewalk cafes, hotels and parks.

Ogé House & Carriage Houses

209 Washington St., San Antonio, Texas

This Texas romantic hotel is an historic 1857 mansion set on 1.5 acres on the banks of the San Antonio river overlooking the famed Riverwalk.  Located in San Antonio’s King William Historic District, the Oge House is a short four block stroll to the main Riverwalk loop in the center of downtown.

T: +1 210 223-2353. 10 room b&b. US$ 155-
www.nobleinns.com

West Texas, Big Bend National Part

The Big Sky Country of West Texas has vast open spaces, wildflowers, and is miles from anywhere. West Texas includes Big Bend National Park with its stunning high desert, red and brown mountains to hike. Utterly remote.

Cibolo Creek Ranch

P.O. Box 44, Shafter, Texas

Three 19th century adobe forts converted into luxury lodgings.

T: +1 915 229-3737 18 rooms. US$ 340-, includes all meals, horses.
www.cibolocreekranch.com

Marfa, West Texas

Named after a Dostoyevsky character, Marfa is the setting for James Dean’s last movie “Giant”. The tiny (pop. 2,500) high desert town of Marfa added a hip art counterpoint to its cowboy heritage when NYC minimalist sculptor Donald Judd moved here in the 1970’s, buying the local decommissioned fort and other abandoned buildings and installing his work and others he admired. It is now one of the largest and most important permanent installations of contemporary art in America.

Thunderbird Motel

601 West San Antonio St., Marfa, Texas

New owners remodeled this 1959-era motel, putting it on the cutting edge of Marfa hipness. The motel includes a film library and such things as Polaroid cameras, vintage typewriters and record players to borrow.

T: +1 432 729-4326. 24 rooms. $79-
www.thunderbirdmarfa.com

Hotel Paisano

207 N. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX

Mission-style hotel exuding old-school glamour. Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson stayed here in the 1950’s while filming Giant.

T: +1 866 729-3669. 33 rooms. US$ 99-
www.hotelpaisano.com

Hotel Cosmico

802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, TX

Blame it on our love for the desert, quirky chic, and most of all, vintage Airstream trailers (known in their day as the “Cadillac of trailers”) but we couldn’t resist adding El Cosmico.

6 trailers. US$ 75-
www.elcosmico.com

East Texas

Bayou and lake country, bordered by Lousiana. Major cities include Dallas and Ft. Worth.

Inn on Lake Granbury

205 West Doyle Street, Granbury, TX

Lakefront inn with a saltwater pool and waterfall located 35 miles from Ft. Worth and downtown Dallas.  The inn is  short walk to the square in historic Granbury, a town ranked in the top 5 by Southern Living Magazine as one of the “Best Small Towns” in the U.S.

T: +1 817 573-0046. 14 rooms.
www.innonlakegranbury.com