Gateway Guesthouse

1001 E. Riverside Dr. , Austin, TX 78704 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


The Gateway Guesthouse is a luxury Bed and Breakfast dedicated to excellence in accommodations, amenities, service and cuisine. Join us at this historic 1917 property, in our individually and professional designed accommodations and pool/gardens and for our chef-prepared, critically acclaimed and award winning breakfasts. When you are ready to venture out, we are located at the intersection of downtown, SOCO and the East Side near everything that makes Austin such a special town. We look forward to your visit. Bess & Blaise Innkeepers



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining5.0

Peaceful and Beautiful

5 on August 20, 2016

This was our first time at a B&B and truly loved the experience! We had a wonderful time and felt so relaxed and comfortable. Blaise and Bess made us feel so welcomed. The loft was perfectly unique and so cute! Loved the breakfast! Loved the atmosphere! We sat on the porch by the pool for hours and it calmed our souls. This home away from home brought much needed peace into the hustle and bustle of our lives. Wish all the best to Blaise and Bess. They are wonderful people.

Gourmet Experience

5 on August 12, 2016

We could not have been more impressed. From the warm and genuine hospitality, to the gourmet breakfasts and the fun and quirky loft. It is the perfect location to enjoy what Austin has to offer. We will be back for sure!!

Uplifting Oasis!

5 on October 25, 2015

Blaise and Bess are delightful hosts--just the right amount of attentive. Great location--close but not in the middle of the action. Sipping morning coffee in the shady backyard oasis listening to the fountain--perfection!

Wonderful all around!

5 on July 16, 2015

Beautiful place, attentive hosts, stylish room, and great location! The breakfasts were amazing and perfect on our private porch overlooking the pool. Overall, a really memorable getaway. Thank you Gateway Guesthouse!

Fantastic Weekend!

5 on June 07, 2015

We spent a weekend at the Gateway Guesthouse in May 2015 and had a brilliant weekend. The guesthouse is situated in the Travis Heights area, which is a short walk to South Congress and downtown. The neighbourhood is full of quirky and interesting old homes, and the Gateway falls firmly into that category. We had the Master retreat, and loved having our own balcony. Blaise and Bess were great hosts and anticipated our needs 100% by 1) greeting us with a glass of wine on arrival 2) giving us yummy breakfasts 3) having dogs for us to pet 4) giving us a comprehensive list of places to get good food and craft beer, and 5) waiting up for us the first night to ensure we could follow the simple night time door instructions. All of above, coupled with the warmth of our welcome and the other guests resulted in a fun, comfortable and very enjoyable stay, which we would be happy to repeat anytime and to recommend to anyone who is reading this because they are considering the Gateway guest house.


5 on June 05, 2015

Location, location, location. So near downtown Austin, yet not in downtown. A respite in walkable neighborhoods. Pampered with attention from the hostesses, scrumptious breakfasts on the patio and, due to rain, the dining room. The Studio inspired by the artist formerly known as or presently remembered as Prince a delight in black, white, and purple, the bathroom tiled in monochromatic splendor. Rescued dogs are friendly but not overly so, the perfect mix of gregarious and reserved. Serene common areas and an accomplished chef who prepares a mean gluten-free pancake: seconds are invited but nearly demanded, the coffee delicious. You'll not go wrong with a weekend here.

Wonderful Hosts

5 on January 19, 2015

Everything at Gateway was incredible but the hospitality of Bess and Blaise definitely stands out the most. Would not hesitate to recommend this B&B to anyone staying in Austin. The location is unbeatable as well.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We are very glad you enjoyed our Inn and the location. We do love what we do and our guests, so thank you for for your kind words about our hospitality. We hope you'll return soon! B&B

The Best B & B in Texas

4.8 on July 30, 2014

My husband and I have stayed in bed and breakfasts throughout the state of Texas. We enjoy the solitude and the "home away from home" feeling that you get from them. We stayed at the Gateway on our 12th wedding anniversary in July. I have to say that the Gateway was the best bed and breakfast we have stayed at thus far. From the beginning with Blaise welcoming us right away, I knew it was going to be a good experience. The hospitality is superb, like none of the other places we have been to. The initial room that we chose was upstairs in the main house. Blaise offered us the studio that is separate from the house. It offered more privacy and a more romantic atmosphere for me and my husband. We were given fantastic suggestions for dinner in the surrounding neighborhood and downtown. Now, let me get to the breakfasts. I was blown away by how much attention to detail was put into breakfast for us. Every morning before the main breakfast, we were greeted with delicious "fresh" fruit bowls that were unbelievably good. All of the ingredients for breakfast were from farmers' markets and were fresh every morning. On the final morning, we had venison sausage and French toast for breakfast. It was cooked to perfection. It was so delicious, I had a second helping! I would definitely recommend this b & b to all of my friends and anyone else who is visiting the Austin area for a weekend or anytime! When we go back, I will definitely take a cooking class from Bess. Can't wait to go back.

Innkeeper Response
What a pleasure to have you stay with us for your anniversary. It was truly a joy to have you here with us. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the privacy, deck and views of the Studio space. We so enjoy cooking breakfast for our guests, it is always wonderful for us when you mention that you enjoyed them. Thank you for taking the time to write. We look forward to welcoming you for the 13th! B&B

Overnight stay in Austin

4.6 on June 28, 2014

The location is wonderful, just off I-35 and near entertainment and restaurants. My husband and I stayed overnight in The Loft, and found the accommodations welcoming and comfortable. The bed had a Tempurpedic topper, assuring a good night's sleep. Beware the stairs leading to the lofted bed, they are a bit narrow, but if you're able bodied, they shouldn't present a problem. The proprietor was attentive, but not intrusive, and she made us the most wonderful breakfast, served on our private little patio outside our room. My husband and I would most certainly consider staying here the next time we visit Austin.

Innkeeper Response
We were very happy to have you here with us and are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for writing a review. We hope to see you again soon!

The Best B&& Ever

5 on April 18, 2014

I came to unwind for a few days. From the moment I arrived I felt very welcome. Bess and Blaise are awesome and so attentive to my needs. One day I was relaxing by the pool and a glass of wine seem to magically appear at my side. It was perfect. I stayed in the master suite and I have never slept on a more comfortable bed. The breakfast each morning was a real treat. I'm usually not a breakfast person, but I could not wait to wake up each morning to see what Bess was preparing. The place is very clean. The 3 dogs that live there are the most friendly and well behaved dogs I have every seen. The location of the Gateway Guesthouse is within minutes of just about everything. I will definitely be back and can't wait to share my experience with my friends. Thank you Bess and Blaise for everything. Robin

Innkeeper Response
Hello Robin and thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It was a true pleasure to have you stay with us and celebrate your birthday. We are so glad you enjoyed our Inn, your room and Austin! Have a great year and we'll look forward to your birthday celebration again next year! B&B

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Rooms & Rates

01 Studio

Soaring 12' ceilings. All Glam, All The Time

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

02 Loft

Turkish Romance with a Loft bed. (Loft steps are steep.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

03 Carriage House

Feel like you are living in Austin and still be treated like royalty! Our full one-bedroom apartment, with two private decks and a dedicated parking area is just for you.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

04 Master Retreat

Our largest suite and private bathroom AND you wake up to the smell of breakfast! (Faces Riverside, which can be a noisy street.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

05 Traveler Guestroom

Main house bedroom space. Clean and modern, sweet room. PLEASE NOTE: Shares a bathroom with the Midnight Garden Guestroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

06 Midnight Garden Guestroom

Wonderful Main House Bedroom, cozy and sweet. PLEASE NOTE: Shares a bathroom with the Traveler Guestroom. (Faces Riverside, a busy street that can be noisy.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown


AUS-Austin/Bergstrom International Airport 9 miles

Directions to property:

From the North 35 South Riverside Exit Right (West) on Riverside 1st light, Left (South) on Travis Height Blvd House on corner, on left From the South 35 North Riverside Exit Left (West) on Riverside 2nd light Left (South) on Travis Height Blvd House on corner, on left

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Music Clubs, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Vineyard

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Library, Spa , iPod/iPhone Players, Swimming Pool

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, SOCO Day and Nightlife, Downtown Day and Nightlife, East Side Heat!, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Not permitted
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: See web site
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Cancellations: Date changes, prior to 30 days before reservation date, will be made based on availability; Cancellations, prior to 30 days before reservation date, incur a 10% of full reservation cost administration fee; Within 30 days of reservation date, no changes or refunds will be offered.

We do our best to be accommodating in emergency situations.



Bess Giannakakis & Blaise Bahara

Languages spoken

Greek, English

Resident Pets


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  • Time Served: 6am-9am
  • Serving Location: Pool/Spa-side, Dining Room, Guest room