The Inn at Craig Place

117 West Craig Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212
Innkeeper(s): Gregg & Kelly Alba
 
  • Introduction

    Imagine waking up in a nest of 100% down pillows and down comforters.
    The aroma of fresh brewed coffee sneaks under your door and the
    tantalizing scent of fresh baked goods lure you to breakfast.


    The Inn at Craig Place Bed and Breakfast welcomes you to exciting, romantic, colorful and historic San Antonio, Texas, home of The Alamo. At the Inn at Craig Place, we offer you a warm welcome in an atmosphere of casually romantic, elegant comfort. Our San Antonio bed and breakfast inn, built in 1891, is listed in the National Historic Registry as part of the Monte Vista Residential Historic District. Wrap-around twin porches invite you to enjoy romantic lodging where you can relax in pampered contentment. At last, a Bed & Breakfast that serves you breakfast in bed!

    For anniversaries, vacations, romantic getaways, weddings and elopements, honeymoons, or  birthdays we have the setting and style to make your visit relaxed, comfortable and memorable.

    Featured in - "Ride Texas", and "Wisconsin Woman" Presented on "Great Day, SA!"

    Our historic neighborhood boasts its own locally-owned restaurants and boutiques, just a stroll around the block from the Inn. For those who would like to further explore San Antonio, the Inn is conveniently located only a mile and half straight up North Main Avenue from the famous Riverwalk, and just a mile southwest of the San Antonio Zoo and Brackenridge Park, an easy drive, cab ride, or an invigorating walk. And after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings, guests can leave the hustle, bustle and noise of downtown behind and unwind in the tranquility of their adult-only escape.
     

    Whether a small intimate wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary, your event will have an added flavor of romance at the Inn at Craig Place Bed and Breakfast of San Antonio, Texas.

    Each romantic room is uniquely decorated with queen-sized bed, full en-suite bath, DVD players, desk, small table to share breakfast and comfortable chairs. All rooms have bathtub/shower, year-round fireplaces, hairdryers, ironing boards, central heat and air and ceiling fans add to your comfort.

    "Gregg & Kelly: Wow!! Our stay at the Inn and our wedding far exceeded our expections! From the moment we walked in, we were impressed. We loved our room and all of the special touches. You and your family do a fantastic job of making the stay warm and intimate! The Inn at Craig Place is not just another B&B... it's a home away from home that fills your heart with love and comfort. The food was amazing! The scones... mmm! Thank you for making our wedding day unforgettable. We'll see you next year on our 1st anniversary!"
    -Blessings, Kevin and Tammy


    Each bedroom is furnished with:

    • Remote control year-round fireplace.
    • Inviting queen bed piled high with DOWNLITE down blankets, down pillows, and luxurious cotton sheets, professionally cleaned and pressed to silky perfection.
    • Flameless wax candles and twinkle lights to set the mood. bathrobes.jpg
    • CD player with romantic music and relaxation CDs in each room.
    • DVD player in each room with a selection of DVDs available in the library.
    • Attached private bathroom with tub and shower.
    • Cotton robes, slippers and hairdryer.
    • Ceiling fan and central AC/heat for your comfort.
    • Free high speed wireless internet access with desk or table for writing.
    • Cable TV.
    • Iron and full-sized ironing board for touch ups before going out.
    • Alarm clock and radio.
       


    No extra fees. Riverwalk hotels charge extra but our rates include the following:

    • FREE welcoming, lighted off-street parking in our private parking area
    • FREE high-speed wireless Internet access, cable TV and DVD players in each room
    • FREE movies from our DVD collection
    • FREE three course gourmet breakfast with delicious hot entree delivered directly to your room
    • FREE soft drinks, tea or coffee and light snacks from our 24 - hour hospitality corner
    • FREE use of our library laptop to check menus, show times or e-mail and check-in for flights
    • FREE evening chocolates and fresh baked cookies delivered to your room
    • FREE concierge services, providing individual attention to find your way and plan your day/evening
    • FREE local calling to coordinate with family and friends or make restaurant reservations
    • FREE access to a state of the art fitness club
    • AND an aura of romance, relaxation and peace rarely found in today's world

    "We will return to visit our family often but you will be 'home base'... We haven't convinced our children to leave coffee outside our door in the morning or cookies on the our bed at night..." - John & Susan

  • Breakfast

    ' Steaming coffee or tea, biscotti or freshly baked scones or muffins at your door each morning invite a leisurely welcoming of the day '

    At last, a Bed and Breakfast that serves you breakfast in bed! Our three-course gourmet breakfast is a treat to delight all the senses and made to be leisurely savored. Our breakfasts are always made fresh for you and are never microwaved or reheated. We serve our full breakfast at 9:00 or 10:00 am, your choice, to the place of your choosing: We are always happy to serve breakfast to you in your room; however, many of our guests choose to breakfast on the wrap-around balcony where they can watch the birds and listen to them sing in the morning; others prefer to dine in the historic dining room for a candlelit breakfast. For those who need to be up and out early, we can arrange a to-go light breakfast bag with fruit, yogurt, fresh bread/muffin, juice and a to-go cup for coffee or tea.


    What makes a breakfast gourmet? Unusual combinations of common, high quality ingredients -- only the freshest, finest ingredients are used. Foodies love our freshly baked pastries and desserts (Haven't had dessert for breakfast? It's the best!!) our Italian Frittatas and stuffed sweet peppers, the ham and cheese soufflés and of course, the Crème Brûlée French Toast Soufflé, served with a decadent chocolate soufflé for dessert. A sample morning menu would be: orange juice served in a champagne glass, a fruit medley, a ham and swiss soufflé with a rosemary potato patty, to be followed by French apple pie or blackberry cobbler. So bring your appetite! More than likely you won't be hungry again until dinner time.

  • Weddings

    For the bridal couple wishing to make a private commitment to each other in a romantic, intimate setting or for those sharing the special moment with up to 25 specially chosen guests, the Inn at Craig Place provides the perfect setting in the heart of San Antonio Texas to create memories of your very special day. You choose the special date. Weddings are held Monday - Saturday.

    We have designed our weddings to be lovely, stress-free, and memorable with beautiful flowers, romantic candlelight, a delightful, rose-strewn wedding cake, and chilled sparkling juice for friends and family to toast to a long and happy life together for the happy couple.

    The officiant will perform the ceremony while soft music provides a romantic background. Romantic ceremonies are held in front of the Inn's candlelit dining room fireplace or under a decorated arch beneath our majestic oak tree in the side garden.

    Weddings are scheduled for a two-hour time frame from 2:00 - 4:00 in the afternoon. Call for availability, package prices, or to make an appointment for a tour.

    We host only one wedding per day.

    Experience you can trust - hosting weddings for over 10 years!


    Weddings for Two
    Packages for the Bride & Groom Only.

    These ceremonies can be held by the Inn's candlelit fireplace, beneath the decorated arch in the garden, or on the balcony.

    "A Private Affair. . ."
    It's all about you! An all-inclusive wedding and mini-reception for two including ceremony and bouquet, boutonnière, table arrangement, filled cake and sparkling juice served in a silver champagne bucket.*

    *Room not included and must be booked separately.


    Midweek All-Inclusive Elopement Package

    Available Monday-Thursday only, holidays excluded.

    An early check-in to your "Happily Ever After" mini-suite allows you some time to prepare for your special ceremony. A long-stem rose, tied with a white ribbon, awaits the bride: a simple, elegant addition to her wedding attire. She descends the staircase to the candlelit fireplace where her groom and the officiant wait amid the scattered rose petals and flickering candles. Romantic music plays softly in the background as the ceremony begins. After the ceremony, retire to your suite and relax. Perhaps you have already decided on a special dinner out on the town, or you may choose to order in and picnic in front of the fireplace in your room. It's your special night—you decide. In the morning a delicious gourmet breakfast will be brought to your room. View the photos of your ceremony as a slide show on the in-room DVD player. Happily Ever After's private sun room is the perfect place to enjoy your first breakfast together as husband and wife.


    Intimate Weddings for 4 Guests and 5 - 10 Guests

    An Intimate Affair
    For the Bride and Groom and up to 4 special guests

    Romantic ceremony in front of the Inn's candlelit fireplace, on the balcony, or in the side garden under a decorated arch beneath our majestic oak tree. Package includes set up and clean up, bride's bouquet, groom's flower, table arrangement, officiant, charming 8", double-layer, filled cake, adorned with fresh flowers, and a sparkling juice toast for all.

    A Petite Affair
    For the Bride and Groom and up to 10 guests

    Just bring your marriage license and rings and we'll take care of the rest. Hold your ceremony in front of the Inn's candlelit fireplace, or in the side garden under a decorated arch beneath our majestic oak tree. Package includes set up and clean up, bride's bouquet, groom's flower, table arrangement, officiant, charming 8", double-layer, filled cake, adorned with fresh flowers, and a sparkling juice toast for all.


    Weddings Packages for 11 - 25 Guests

    The wedding couple may choose the place for their ceremony: In front of the Inn's candlelit fireplace or in the side garden under a decorated arch beneath a majestic oak tree. All packages include the ceremony, music, officiant, set-up with white chair covers and organza bows inside and white wooden chairs outside and clean-up. Weddings are scheduled for a two-hour time frame in the afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00pm.

    A Family Affair
    For the Bride and Groom and up to 15 guests.

    An intimate, elegant, all-inclusive wedding ceremony and cake reception for friends and family to share your special day. Package includes bride's bouquet, groom's flower, table arrangement, officiant, music, charming two-tiered, filled cake, adorned with fresh flowers, and a sparkling juice toast for all.

    A Wedding Social
    For the Bride and Groom and up to 25 guests.

    An old-fashioned cake and punch reception for as many as 25 guests to follow your wedding ceremony. Package includes bride's bouquet, groom's flower, table arrangement, officiant, music, charming two-tiered, filled cake, adorned with fresh flowers, punch and a sparkling juice toast for all.

    A Charming Affair
    For the Bride and Groom and up to 25 guests.

    This all-inclusive wedding package includes the bride's bouquet, groom's flower, table arrangement, officiant, music, charming two-tiered, filled cake, adorned with fresh flowers, a sparkling juice toast, punch and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The Charming Affair is an elegant, late afternoon light meal for your guests to enjoy while visiting with family and friends. Contact us for more details on menu items. (Family Charming Affair package also available.)


    A Sweet Affair
    For the Bride and Groom and up to 25 guests.

    Enjoy a dessert reception following your ceremony. The Sweet Affair features pastries and sweets made in-house by our resident French pastry chef, Kelly. Package includes the bride's bouquet, groom's flower, table arrangement, officiant, music, charming two-tiered, filled cake, adorned with fresh flowers, a sparkling juice toast, punch and an assortment of baked sweets and pastries and chocolate-dipped fruits.

    An Elegant Affair
    For the Bride and Groom and up to 25 guests.
    Just looking for an elegant venue for your ceremony? We provide everything you need, from the flowers, to the minister, to the candlelight ceremony and seating for up to 25. (One hour time block for ceremony and pictures.)

    After your ceremony and reception, wave goodbye to your guests and let us pamper you. Slip away to your room, where your flowers, cake, and sparkling juice (if included in your package) await you. Relax. Enjoy the moment. Perhaps meet up with friends and family later in the evening or just spend the rest of the evening alone as husband and wife. And in the morning, awaken to the delicious three-course, gourmet breakfast delivered directly to your room.*

    *Room not included in the wedding packages and they vary in price.

  • Attractions

    'You are definitely a jewel in this city. First you welcome our parents into your home and did a marvelous job. Then you hosted our best friends' wedding. It was beautiful! And now we have the pleasure of staying here!' - Jeff & DeAnna

    Our own neighborhood of Monte Vista is home to one of the city's best Mexican restaurants, La Fonda on Main, as well as a local family-owned Italian favorite, Capparelli's On Main, where you can relax and listen to live music while dining. Stroll over in the afternoon for a specialty cupcake at Kate's Frosting. Pop into one of the local upscale boutiques, featuring women's apparel and gifts. To truly appreciate the magnificent architecture of one of the largest historic districts on the National Registry, borrow a copy of Everett's Monte Vista: A Gilded Age, and take a walk around the neighborhood.

    The Alamo
    While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against overwhelming odds : a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

    Marketplace (Mercado)
    Market Square is alive with activity. Visitors browse through the 32 shops at "El Mercado," an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market.

    Ripley's Wax Museum
    Housing both The Plaza Wax Museum - Step into the dazzling excitement of one of the finest wax museums anywhere; and Ripley's Believe It or Not! - The World's Most Unusual Museum featuring over 500 exhibits in themed galleries .
     

    San Antonio Museum of Art
    The Museum continues to fulfill their mission, which is to educate by collecting, presenting, and preserving the significant artistic achievements of the world's cultures from ancient times to the present, and through aesthetic and educational experiences, to develop a deeper understanding of human cultures, values, and traditions for visitors of all ages.
     

    The McNay Art Museum
    Housed in what was the home of the late Marion Koogler McNay, the McNay Art Museum focuses primarily on 19th- and 20th- century European and American art. Artists featured include Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, O'Keeffe, Cassatt, and Hopper. The museum's collection of prints and drawings is one of the finest in the Southwest. The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts is one of the premier collections of its kind in the country. Contemporary art and modern sculpture are growing strengths of the McNay collection, which now numbers over 14,000 objects.
     

    La Villita
    The Original "Heart of San Antonio," La Villita, Spanish for "little town," is the original settlement of "Old San Antonio." It's one square block in the heart of downtown San Antonio, alive with artists and craftsmen, shops and restaurants.
     

    San Antonio Mission Trail: Mission San José
    Founded in 1720 by Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus, San José became the largest and best known of the Texas Missions and was viewed as the model among Texas missions.

    The Institute of Texas Cultures
    the Institute maintains more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits and in 1999, ITC welcomed 229,237 visitors, 66,137 of whom were schoolchildren from public and private schooled throughout the state. Countless other visitors also learn more about the Institute through our website.

    AT&T Center
    Schedule of sporting events, shows and concerts; purchase Ticketmaster tickets online.

    The San Antonio Zoo
    Being one of the largest zoos in the country with 3,500 animals of 750 species means there is a lot to see. The San Antonio Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the country, and our conservation programs with flamingo, white rhino, black rhino, snow leopard, whooping crane, and many more species are recognized around the globe. Enjoy your visit...use this site to plan your next Zoo trip, as an educational resource, to adopt an animal, to see what's new at the Zoo, and so much more
     

    Botanical Gardens
    Celebrate the glorious world of plants when you discover the San Antonio Botanical Garden, just four miles north of downtown. Enjoy your escape to 33 acres of tranquility, open year round.
     

    San Pedro Park
    San Pedro Park is the second oldest public park in the nation. The San Pedro Springs are located a few miles northwest of downtown San Antonio and the Alamo. The site is much more than just Springs. It is one of the most important places in all of the southwest United States. The Springs and a small natural lake just below the Springs were a favorite meeting place and campsite for native Americans for over 12,000 years. A band of Coahuiltecan Indians known as Payayas called the Springs and their village there Yanaguana. In historical times, the site was the social and recreational center of San Antonio for over 200 years.
     

    Majestic Theatre
    Named a State and National Historic Landmark. One of the few remaining vintage, atmospheric vaudeville movie palaces

    Monte Vista Historical Association
    Purpose: "To encourage the preservation of the distinctive heritage of the Monte Vista area; to keep the physical identity of the late nineteenth-early twentieth century district intact; and to educate the public, especially the youth, with knowledge of our inherited neighborhood values which contribute to a wholesome urban environment."
     

    Trinity University
    Founded in 1869, Trinity University is only half of a mile from the Inn, which makes the Inn at Craig Place the perfect spot for returning alumni or for parents to relax when visiting students.

    San Antonio Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
    Coming into town on business? The Inn is only 3.75 miles from the Convention Center, providing a tranquil home-away-from home for your business trip. Corporate rates available for single travelers.

    Golf Courses
    San Antonio has a variety of courses open to the public.
     

    Tennis
    San Antonio is home to one of the nation's largest public tennis centers, located only four blocks from the Inn at Craig Place. The center offers 22 lighted hard courts for public use and hosts tennis tournaments in its stadium court.
     

    Natural Bridge Caverns
    Natural Bridge Caverns is one of the most treasured natural attractions that
    Texas has to offer. There are several tour options available throughout the year.

    Other Sites, Attractions or Activities:

  • Directions

    ' What a fabulous find!  We  have stayed at B&Bs all over Texas and this one is by far the best - our new favorite!  Everything you would want in a home away from home.
    Your attention to detail is superb! '—Chad & Steffani

    From Austin/Dallas: (Dallas folks should consider taking 281 South to avoid construction and Austin traffic): IH35 South to Main Avenue exit (number 157A). Turn right on Main Ave. and follow one mile. Turn left on West Craig. We are the 2nd driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    Alternate directions from Dallas: Take 281/37 South to Mulberry Street/St. Mary's exit. Turn right on Mulberry. Turn left on North Main Avenue. Turn right on West Craig Place. We are the second driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    From Laredo: IH35 North to Main Avenue exit (number 157A). Turn left on to Main Avenue. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left on West Craig Place. We are the 2nd driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    From Houston: IH 10 West to 37/281 North. Take the St. Mary's/Mulberry exit. Turn left at the second light on to Mulberry. Follow for 1/2 mile and turn left on North Main. Go 5 blocks and turn right on West Craig. We are the second driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    From Corpus Christi: Take 37 North to 35 South. Take the Main Avenue exit. Turn right (North) on Main (2nd street). Follow Main approximately 1 mile. Turn left on to West Craig Place. We are the second driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    From Kerrville: 1H10 East to Woodlawn exit. Turn left on to Woodlawn. Follow 1 1/4 miles and turn right on to North Main Avenue. Turn right on to West Craig Place. We are the second driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    From the Airport: 281 South to Mulberry/St. Mary's Street exit. Turn right on to Mulberry. Turn left onto North Main Avenue. Turn right onto West Craig Place. We are the second driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    From Downtown: Take Soledad North. At the big red Public Library, get in the lane labeled North Main. Stay in that lane and it will drop you on to North Main. Follow for approximately 1 mile. Turn left on West Craig Place. We are the second driveway on the right. Parking is in the rear.

    'After running around San Antonio for a couple of days, I enjoyed rounding the corner of Craig Place to "our house"...what a wonderful feeling to be so comfortable...'  - Amanda & Terrence