Fodor's Expert Review Brava House

1108 Blanco St., Austin, Texas, 78703, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

One of Austin’s most impressive 1880s Victorian homes provides an excellent base for travelers in the heart of Clarksville, just west of downtown. It’s a historic and quiet neighborhood, a short drive from nearby hubs like the Whole Foods headquarters and West Sixth Street bars. Interiors are exceptionally well restored, featuring hardwood floors, bay windows and high ceilings. The two-room Fitzgerald suite is a guest favorite. Breakfasts are served buffet-style, with a wider range of dishes on weekends. Several restaurants, shops and a neighborhood park are within walking distance.

Photo: Casablanca


Antique furniture and Victorian millwork enhance the old-timey feel, while the bay windows and high ceilings make for a comfortable and sunny atmosphere.

Special room packages are available that offer breakfast in bed, a rose on your pillow or an in-room massage.

Photo: Casablanca


The black and white bathrooms offer either clawfoot tubs or walk-in showers.

Front Porch
Photo: Front Porch


The hotel offers plenty of communal areas to hang with family members or meet new friends, including the spacious front veranda, a patio deck and garden with pond. The property is surrounded by Austin's beautiful, spider-like live oaks and other regional foliage.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This is the only bed and breakfast in Clarksville.

Front Porch
Photo: Front Porch


The complimentary breakfast from Monday-Friday 8-9 a.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9-10 a.m. consists of eggs, hash browns, yogurt and fruit and is prepared in-house. Guests can enjoy at the communal kitchen table or on the patio.

Photo: Breakfast
Photo: Breakfast
Photo: Kitchen


Getting Around

Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Clarksville means you’ll want to walk around and take in the sights. For venturing into the city or elsewhere, a rental car, Uber or cab is best. Free off-street parking is plentiful, and the property offers some private parking.


Jeffrey’s (8-minute walk) is one of the classiest joints in Austin, and has been a local fave for years. It’s recommended that you make reservations, and maybe throw on one of your nicer outfits. The servers are dressed formally, and the menu consists of steak and caviar. “Fine dining, Austin style” is how Wink 6-minute walk describes itself. The white tablecloth establishment features a several tasting menu options with an emphasis on local and sustainable. The small but inviting Clark’s Oyster Bar (7-minute walk) offers and an extensive list of oysters and seafood sourced from all over the United States.


An old stalwart, The Tavern (4-minute walk) features plentiful seating in an old Tudor building with plenty of burger and TV screens. Upscale Southwestern fare is served at Z’Tejas (8-minute walk), but the romantic spot has an impressive list of margaritas with tasty sips like Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita and Smoked Strawberry Margarita.


Because Clarksville is such a beautiful neighborhood and deserves to be experienced, this bed and breakfast is an excellent choice. The property fits right in with the vintage feel of the area, and the charming suites and common areas make you feel like you feel right at home


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Phones: 512-478–5034

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