Bandera Texas hotels include some of the most interesting lodging options in the San Antonio area. In keeping in line with the city's moniker of Cowboy Capital of the World, the bulk of the lodging in Bandera offers a rustic, western appeal. In fact, the most popular Bandera Texas accommodations come in the form of dude ranches that offer ranch-related activities for guests to enjoy. On the hotel side of things, motels and lodges are the main options, so if you're seeking luxury hotels, you might look elsewhere.
When searching for Bandera Texas hotels located in the heart of town, you won't have lots of options to choose from. That being said, there's always the Old Texas Square Hotel (pictured), which can be found right on Main Street. Originally built in the 1940s, this old hotel was renovated in 2005, and great care was taken to make sure that the rustic charm wasn't erased. A homey southwest décor can be found in the rooms and suites, and while the amenities aren't overflowing, they do include cable TV and air conditioning. Special Old West theme rooms that feature an upgraded atmosphere are available at the Old Texas Square Hotel, while the two "luxury rooms" take things up another notch and offer increased privacy. An onsite steakhouse with a full bar figures among the facilities, and guests can choose from a selection of tequila at the cantina bar.
Other Bandera Texas accommodations that are found in town include another good option—the Bandera Lodge. Unlike some of the other Bandera Texas hotels, the Bandera Lodge offers free high-speed Internet access, and guests will also have a mini fridge, cable TV, and an iron at their disposal. What the rooms lack in décor and style, they make up for in value, and the standard amenities are relatively complete.
Many people who are interested in Bandera Texas accommodations opt to stay at one of the area dude ranches. Among the best dude ranches near town is the Mayan Dude Ranch. Nestled in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, this excellent ranch offers wonderful valley views, and guests can take to any number of trails to do some hiking or horseback riding on the 350-acre grounds. Modern facilities and amenities complement the ranch's rustic, western appeal, and when guests aren't hiking or horseback riding, other activities available include tubing on the Medina River, taking line dancing lessons, and engaging in some archery practice. Comfortable guest units with a very rustic appeal are housed in lodges and cottages, and if you're interested, some of these guest units feature fireplaces, microwaves, and VCRs. The American Plan rates include everything that you will need to enjoy a good stay, including three daily meals and two daily horseback riding adventures. An outdoor pool and patio area offers relief and the option to sunbathe on hot, sunny days, and thanks to the hotel's conference facilities, a variety of special events can be accommodated.
If staying at a good dude ranch is what you have in mind when it comes to lodging in Bandera, two others that are also among the best around are the Running R Guest Ranch and the Dixie Dude Ranch. The former offers fourteen cabins with a decidedly western style, and when guests aren't horseback riding, they can enjoy the pool, have a barbeque, tell stories around a campfire, or take a hayride. At the main lodge, a communal pool table, fireplace, and TV can be found. The main lodge is also where breakfast and lunch are served. Over at the Dixie Dude Ranch, there are twenty units to choose from, and they come in the form of cabins and lodge rooms. Fishing is among the favorite activities, as is horseback riding, and the overnight trail rides are worth considering. These ranches and the other ranches in the area know how to keep their guests happy, and since they offer meal plans and a variety of free activities, they are essentially all inclusive.
You can always stay at one of the luxury hotels in San Antonio if you want added amenities or even turn to some of the commercial hotels in area destinations such as Boerne. Most people who are looking for lodging in Bandera are more interested in doing outdoor activities such as fishing and horseback riding, so they don't usually mind the relative lack of amenities that most of the local guest units provide.