Houston’s bed and breakfast establishments offer a personalized experience with a relatively small number of guests, but with many of the comforts of some of the best hotels. All of these suggestions are a short drive from downtown, with easy access to many alternatives for food and entertainment. Treat yourself to a stay in one of Houston’s best bed and breakfasts.

La Maison (Credit, Marc Pembroke)

La Maison
2800 Brazos St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-3600

For the tasteful traveller, La Maison is an ideal location. The recently renovated three-story structure offers private spa baths and plush robes. It’s ideal for visitors interested in the downtown and artistic Mid-town districts of Houston. After a sound sleep, wake up to a Southern or continental breakfast in the French kitchen. Then start your day. The area has enjoyed substantial improvements, including the recently designed Bagby Street “complete street,” attractive for pedestrians and bicycles. The location is within walking distance to the Red line train and local buses to the Midtown arts and entrainment district, the Museum District, Hermann Park and Reliant Stadium.

Palms on West Main
807 W. Main St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-7987

The Palms on West Main is a 100-year-old Dutch home designed in the style of the Montrose District, known for its theaters, restaurants and arts and architecture. Located between Montrose and Greeley, not far from Richmond, guests can enjoy shopping, leisurely walks along the shady residential streets and quick access to museums by buses and the commuter rail line. The home is decorated with memorabilia and artwork, with spacious well-lit rooms for evening reading.

Robin’s Nest (Credit, Marc Pembroke)

Robin’s Nest  
4104 Greeley St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-5821

Robin’s Nest is a tastefully renovated late 19th century house in the heart of Houston’s artistic Montrose district, near museums and the University of Saint Thomas, and only a few blocks from major thoroughfares like Montrose and Richmond with gourmet restaurants and easy access to public transportation. The yard is adorned with artwork and visitors have access to private porches, interior tea stations and whirlpool suites. See the website for more details and prices.

Sara’s Inn
941 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 868-1130

Sara’s Inn is a 100-year-old Victorian mansion across the street from a popular esplanade frequented by families and joggers. The Inn is designed to have a home-style feeling, but it is not the residence of the owners. The décor is elegant and stylish. Guests may choose a room with a fireplace, a marble tub, a whirlpool or a balcony. One can even order gluten-free pancakes for breakfast. The Inn is only four miles from downtown, with easy access to public transportation for those who prefer not to drive.

Modern B&B
4003 Hazard St.
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 279-6367

Modern B&B strives to be a “different” sort of bed and breakfast, stressing a more modern design in a comfortable three-story home on Hazard Street, about six blocks from the Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel, 16 blocks from Rice University and the University of Saint Thomas in the Montrose district about halfway between downtown and the Galleria Mall area. The website includes a video and detailed description of the rooms available. The main dining table downstairs seats eight, and guests may rent one or more rooms, or for large gatherings, the entire house.

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Marc Pembroke is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. His work can be found on Examiner.com.