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Gateway Guesthouse

1001 E. Riverside Dr. , Austin, TX 78704 USA (Show map)
4.8
31 Reviews
$250 - $345
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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

Rooms & Rates

Master Retreat

This is our largest suite is in our main 1917 historic house and has a great view of downtown. It has a big king bed appointed in luxurious high-thread-count sheets, two wonderful sitting chairs with ottoman, HD flat screen TV, MP3/CD/Radio, a big bathroom with double sinks, plush Egyptian cotton towels and Body Shop earth and animal friendly bath products, lush robes, slippers and pool towels for your use while at the Guesthouse and a private deck. (Note: because this room faces Riverside Dr., there can be street noise.)

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

Nightly Rate: $295 - $295

Carriage House

This fully furnished one-bedroom apartment is for those that wish to feel like they are living in Austin and yet still have all the amenities of our B&B. Complete with its own kitchen, laundry and a private deck that overlooks the pool. Living room with HD Flatscreen TV, MP3/CD/Radio & desk. King bed appointed in luxurious high-thread-count sheets, duvet, blanket and pillows. Bath with plush Egyptian cotton towels and Body Shop earth and animal friendly bath product, lush robes, slippers and pool towels for your use while at the Guesthouse.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $345 - $345

The Loft

Our most private suite! It has an upstairs big king bed appointed in luxurious high-thread-count sheets While downstairs offers two wonderful sitting chairs with ottoman, HD flat screen TV, MP3/CD/Radio, private bath with plush Egyptian cotton towels and Body Shop earth and animal friendly bath products, lush robes, slippers and pool towels for your use while at the Guesthouse. Private entry and deck in the Crape Myrtle Garden. (Note: the steps to the Loft are quite steep and narrow.)

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

Nightly Rate: $285 - $285

The Studio

The Studio offers soaring 12' ceilings, a big king bed appointed in luxurious high-thread-count sheets, two wonderful sitting chairs with ottoman, HD flat screen TV, MP3/CD/Radio, private bath with plush Egyptian cotton towels and Body Shop earth and animal friendly bath products, lush robes, slippers and pool towels for your use while at the Guesthouse. Private entry and deck overlooking the pool.

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

Nightly Rate: $285 - $285

The Traveler Guestroom

This lovely room is in our main 1917 historic house and has a great view of downtown. It has a big king bed appointed in luxurious high-thread-count sheets, robes, slippers and pool towels, HD flat screen TV and comfy chair. Shares a sitting area, dry bar with mini-fridge and hallway bathroom with the Midnight Garden Guestroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Midnight Garden Guestroom

This sweet room is in our main 1917 historic house and has a great view of downtown. It has a king bed with Custom Made Iron Headboard, appointed in luxurious high-thread-count sheets, robes, slippers and pool towels, HD flat screen TV and comfy chair. It shares a sitting area, dry bar and hallway bath with The Traveler Guestroom. (Note: because this room faces Riverside Dr., there can be street noises.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

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Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Dining5.0

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31 Reviews

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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


Great everything!

4.8 on April 02, 2014

Exceptional breakfasts; warm, charming and friendly; grounds and pool well kept and relaxing; great having a private deck; and I can't forget 3 wonderful, friendly, well behaved dogs! Great location! Easy walk to SOCO, Rainey St. and if you don't mind a little longer distance it is walkable to downtown. We would highly recommend staying at the Gateway Guesthouse.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We are exceptionally proud of our location and, well, we do love our dogs too! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here and hope you'll be back! All the best, B&B


Wonderful and relaxing experience!

5 on January 20, 2014

Full disclosure, Blaise and Bess are friends. The entire purpose of our trip was to escape the MN winter, visit Austin for the first time, and to see our old friends. We stayed in the loft. It was a great space decorated with items they found on their trips over the years. I've never experienced such a comfortable bed. Blaise and Bess gave us great suggestions for food and drinks and set up reservations for us for a few nights. While it was a little colder than normal for Austin, it was glorious compared to MN and perfect for evenings in the spa. While the rooms, grounds, and the dogs make for a wonderful experience, breakfast a la Bess is truly AMAZING!! I was so lucky to enjoy it four mornings in a row. I can't wait to go back!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We were thrilled to have you stay with us and are very glad you enjoyed your time in Austin. We hope to see you again very soon. B&B


Loved Gateway Guesthouse

4.4 on October 08, 2013

From Flattlands travel blog: www.marikaflatt.com/blog -- Like Lady Antebellum sings: “I don’t know why you don’t take me downtown, like you got anywhere better to be…” I had the pleasure of visiting Gateway Guesthouse, perched on a hill in the venerated Travis Heights neighborhood off East Riverside. This boutique B&B showcases a home built in 1919. Much of this historic home has been preserved but much has been modernized, too. Innkeepers Blaise & Bess have put some real heart and soul into this haven, like adding a pool with hot tub and adding freestanding suites out behind the main house. With three guestrooms on the second floor of the main house and three guest quarters out back, they often stay booked up on the weekends. I was able to see the Carriage House, which is a one-bedroom apartment-style space, with a kitchenette, small living room, bathroom and washer/dryer. This was ample space for two, crisp and clean and also boasted a private porch overlooking the pool. Speaking of the pool, the water feature provided a great afternoon backdrop, with the trickling of water; it was the perfect place to read a magazine while sipping on a glass of chardonnay. But, possibly the most impressive highlight of Gateway Guesthouse is Chef Bess’ delightful dishes. Former restaurateur, Chef Bess can whip up a breakfast to remember! We started out with a fresh fruit salad, followed by a puff pastry quiche with crispy potato hash browns. I can see what kept Chef Bess’ customers coming back to her restaurant (which was featured on “Diners, Drive ins & Dives”).


very enjoyable, will be back

4.4 on May 28, 2013

the bed was very comfortable, access and location were ideal. Food was creative and well above expectations. The pool and landscaping were a great plus as well as the parking. We will be back.

Innkeeper Response
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again!


Great people, great location

5 on March 28, 2013

We stayed the weekend of March 23, 24 2013. The Inn is well maintained and friendly. Located in the South Central neighborhood, it is convenient ot great restaurants and clubs. A short drive to downtown. Breakfast was super.

Innkeeper Response
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind review and we'll hope to see you again very soon!


So Great!!!!!

5 on March 20, 2013

LOVED THIS PLACE! I could not ask for another great place to stay!

Innkeeper Response
What a wonderful thing to say. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We look forward to seeing you again.


Best B & B Ever!

5 on February 25, 2013

I have stayed in SEVERAL bed and breakfasts over the years and this is the best yet. Delicious food served in a creative setting. The hosts,Bess and Blaise,are welcoming, kind, and eager to please. We had our privacy when we wanted it and great companionship with the other guests when wanted. Our cottage guesthouse was just what we needed for the three of us. A warm welcome basket of nuts, chocolates, and special bottled water. Our beds were very comfortable. The Gateway B &B is within walking distance of great shopping and wonderful restaurants. If you are not into walking that much a cabby costs just six dollars. This is a classy B&B! We are already looking forward to going back next year to celebrate our birthday weekend at the Gateway Guesthouse in 2014!! Thanks to Bess and Blaise for the wonderful memories! See you next year! Deborah from Nashville, Tennessee

Innkeeper Response
Deborah, you and the ladies where a complete joy to have here with us. We are so glad you enjoyed your getaway and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! B&B


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Location

Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown

Airport

AUS-Austin/Bergstrom International Airport 9 miles

Directions to property:

71/Ben White West 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, In-room internet, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

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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Policies

  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Not permitted
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: See web site
  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Bess Giannakakis & Blaise Bahara

Languages spoken

Greek, English

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Gourmet

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

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan


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

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