326 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX | Directions 7866629.882968 -97.944986
We had a blast!! Love Love Loved It!!! – My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary!! The Dillons made our stay fun and very romantic!! We participated in the murder mystery and it was awesome!! Every one was dressed in costume and looked great!! We met some great people and had a lot of fun!! The atmosphere was very relaxing and comfortable!! We stayed in the Cypress Creek, it was an awesome room!! It was very spacious and beautiful!! It's hard for me to come up with the words to describe the food, because it was so good!! The chefs are phenominal!!!! The service was excellent, they were very nice attentive and accomidating!! We can't wait to go back!!!
A good time was had by all! – The mystery weekend was a birthday gift for my husband
A Charming Experience – My wife and I wanted a little getaway from the Dallas Metroplex and chose the Crystal River Inn from viewing their website. As a result of our experience I write this review, listing the pros and cons as honestly as I know:
- The room we originally stayed in (San Marco) was hot.
-All the folks we interfaced with were very nice.
-The first night we stayed in a room that was too hot for us. The next day we told the staff, and they quickly moved us into another room (Medina). They were very accommodating and apologetic regarding the air conditioning issue with the first room. The second room was very, very comfortable.
-Both rooms we stayed in were charming - It brought back lots of fond memories for one raised in the "Old South".
-The breakfast for each morning was both different and delicious - We had "Carrot Cake" pancakes one morning and a wonderful spinach quiche on another morning. The cook / baker is very gifted!
- I met one of the owners one evening, though he didn't introduce himself as an owner. He was very personable and was heavily involved with a hands-on upgrade project in one of the rooms. I sensed a good deal of TLC from this encounter regarding the owner's relationship with the property.
Overall, I would strongly recommend this B & B to anyone wanting to visit the area, or just to have some private time to themselves away from home. My caveatt is that this is a legitimate, historical property, and along with the antiquity and charm comes authenticity that is sometimes apparent through the inevitable mishaps that are associated with age - If one understands this going in, and realizes that the staff are very reactive to any unforeseen mishap when it is brought to their attention, then one can thoroughly enjoy the experience without the burden of unrealistic expectations that are often fostered in our plastic, modern culture.
An expensive let down! Frown ... ! – What a complete disappointment! If I could give this NO Stars, I would! This was meant to be a special mother-daughter get-away. For years I
Opulence in a cozy B&B. – The Scene
This mansion was constructed in 1883 by the co-founder of Southwest Texas State University. It was converted into a B&B in 1984, and through the years has expanded to include three additional historic buildings. All provide homey accommodations with unique touches ranging from a marble garden tub with gold-plated fixtures to 12-foot ceilings and fabric-upholstered walls.
Each room is named for a river in Texas, and all offer a distinct style, from the romantic Victorian look of the Medina Room to the dark, dignified atmosphere of The Sabinal. Two corporate apartments are aimed at business travelers and feature several business-friendly amenities. One of the inn's unique attributes is its presentation of theme weekends. Among the most popular are Murder Mystery Weekend and Writer's Workshop Weekend. In addition, the innkeepers will prepare a gourmet picnic that can be enjoyed along the San Marcos River or in the privacy of your room.
Relaxing stay – We stayed in the Sabinal room in the Young House, across the street from the Main House. The room decor was pretty, although the bedding seemed old. It was very homey and relaxing. The claw-footed tub was a nice touch. The only drawback to the nights was that facing a fairly busy street, the room was sometimes loud with car noises. Breakfast was absolutely scrumptious, with friendly service. This is a great getaway, close to the outlet mall and river activities. Just beware it's on a busy street, not in the country.
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