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The Cotton Palace

1910 Austin Avenue , Waco, TX 76701 USA (Show map)
9 Reviews
$120 - $150
per night

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Central Texas's premiere bed and breakfast - old southern charm wrapped in 21st century luxury and amenities. The three story home offers six unique guestrooms with private baths and a carriage house. Exceptional amenities like exquisite linens, luxurious robes and marble whirlpool tubs add to your comfort. Help yourself to a variety of beverages or homemade specialties from the bottomless cookie jars. After a restful night's sleep, enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast and stimulating conversation around the antique dining room table. The Cotton Palace is centrally located - just minutes away from Baylor University and popular Waco attractions.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5

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Perfect in every way!

5 on February 02, 2011

We just can't say enough nice things about our stay at the Cotton Palace. Beautiful, gracious accomodations, outstanding breakfast meal, delightful hosts and attention to every detail. Visiting there with friends felt like being at home only without a care in the world. We highly recommend the Cotton Palace in Waco!

Perfect holiday setting

5 on December 19, 2010

Waco is home and with a growing family, our own house would not accommodate everyone. We were fortunate to find Cotton Palace B&B available for our entire family to enjoy the comforts of a real home during Thanksgiving holiday. Oh! what a perfect setting. Wonderful breakfasts, spacious and comfortable bedrooms, delightful guests to visit with and room for everyone in one location. We'll do this again!

It's where to stay in Waco.

5 on November 30, 2010

This home is spectacular with a unique warm southern charm.Our bedroom was large, had great beds and pillows. Delicious home made cookies all over the place. There is a large sitting room and living room for sitting and enjoying time with your friends or other guests. Breakfasts are over the top. It's worth going to Waco just to stay here.

Joe's review

5 on November 21, 2010

Stayed here many times. Always outstanding. The last visit was a reunion with classmates. The property is very accomodating for a small group gathering and was very much like entertaining in your own home. Highly recommend

Charming bed and breakfast in Waco

5 on November 16, 2010

This is one incredible place to stay in Waco! The Cotton Palace is quiet, clean, and superbly decorated! The breakfast shared with the other guests in the morning is always VERY delicious! The care given to the guests is impeccable complete with fresh baked cookies awaiting all times of day and night. What a treat of a place to stay!

The Ultimate Central Texas Experience

5 on October 26, 2010

You are drawn in from the first moment you walk into the door. A lovely, beautifully restored home that is spacious , inviting and restful. A true getaway for some serious R & R. Whether sitting in the living room by the fireplace reading and surrounded by beautiful music, sitting on the sun porch with a big screen TV or rocking on the front porch watching the activity on a tree-lined street, one is transported into another world for a short time. It is elegant yet cozy and comforting. Becky provides first class service, comfortable bedding and a gourmet breakfast that wraps the day like a large bow on top of a wonderful gift . And not to be missed is the experience of a short but unforgetable moment as Dutch serves you breakfast . He loves all who pass through the doors and you leave with a friend beyond description. Becky has created an experience beyond any other B & B that I have experienced.

A Mason's Secret

5 on December 06, 2009

From the initial phone contact for information to the farewell at the end of the stay, Beckie and family made us feel at home and as if we were family. Four traveling brothers found the perfect refuge away from home. Beautifully decorated home, very clean rooms, comfortable beds, fresh towels and a delicious breakfast added exceedingly to this years Grand Lodge experience. Always desiring to help others, I find that I must keep this treasure a secret!

A very hospitable and friendly place to stay

5 on November 29, 2009

Stayed there during Thanksgiving weekend. Host is very friendly and hospitable. Innkeeper was very accommodating. Room was a good value which included a jacuzzi tub, coffee and cookies. Location is central for museums and Baylor. Home cooked hot breakfast was delicious. Loved the french toast.

Girlfriend Getaway

5 on August 30, 2009

What an incredible venue. From phone directions to informative maps and movie time schedules, Mat, Dutch and Becky went above and beyond the limits of exceeding expectations. The cleanliness of the room and the amenities--homemade cookies and beverages at you fingertips at all times were exceptional. Breakfast was stellar and Dutch should not be missed---I want to be his "fan". The homemade biscuits just melted in my mouth and the egg dish, bacon and fresh fruit kept me fueled all day. We had a great time shopping the unique stores and boutiques in the area and visiting the area museums, (free tickets to the Sports Museum, compliments of our host- - who is a sports legend himself--the former, much admired baseball coach at Baylor University). The experience: Top Shelf!

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Location Type

Baylor University, Waco Convention Center, Downtown

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Texas Ranger Museum, Dr. Pepper Museum, Baylor University, Waco Suspension Bridge, Bazos River Walk, Riverboat cruises, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children age 12 and older welcomed
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card number on file or one night's deposit.
  • Cancellations: 5 days prior to a weekend reservation or 2 days prior to a weekday reservation



Becky Hodges

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

All Baylor graduates and Dutch was the baseball coach at Baylor University for many years.

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  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Creme Brulee French Toast


1910 Austin Avenue , Waco, TX 76701 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free gift card up to $250!