Bed & Breakfast in Alamo, TX | Alamo Inn B&B, Gear and Tours
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About Alamo Inn B&B

Alamo Inn B&B, Gear, & Tours features a range of private suites located in Alamo, TX, in the center of the richest birding area in the United States. When you stay with us, you’ll feel like you have just stepped back in time.

The inn offers a clean, quiet, and romantic atmosphere and is the perfect spot for bird and butterfly watchers and those in need of a peaceful place to unwind while traveling. In addition to the B&B, we have an outdoor store at the same location, so you can gather any outdoor or birding supplies you need during your stay.

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A Historic & Highly Recommended Place to Stay

Since we opened our doors in November of 1999, Keith Hackland and Audrey Jones’s hands-on management has made the Alamo Inn B&B one of the area’s most recommended bed and breakfasts. Our building at 801 Main Street (on the Alamo town square) dates back to 1919 when the City of Alamo was just getting established. Due to the building’s historic nature, our suites are smoke-free, and we have no elevator, though we do have some rooms available on the first floor.

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Private Suites

Join us for a truly relaxing and enjoyable getaway. With two different buildings just 100 yards apart on the original town square of the City of Alamo, our suites and rooms all have private bathrooms, refrigerators, coffee makers, electric tea kettles, cable TV, wireless fiber-optic internet, and more to make your stay feel homey.

Most of our beds are queen or king-size, with twin-size available upon request. For your peace of mind and safety, every one of our suites is fitted with one (or more) smoke detectors and one carbon monoxide detector.

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The Garden Suites

Our garden suites at 101 S. 7th Place (on the Alamo town square) date back to the 1970s and are also all non-smoking. These suites have king or twin beds (a few are mixed), living rooms, bathrooms, and full kitchens. They are upstairs and on the ground floor, with comfortable garden furniture on the front porches, in two buildings facing each other across a flower garden dotted with bird baths.

We also have several rooms with twin or full beds for single travelers. View our availability here.

The Garden

The garden has thick St. Augustine’s lawns, flowering roses, red salvia, orange lantana, native herbs, tropical shrubs, Mexican and Cape honeysuckle, Turks Cap, and more. It also attracts birds such as Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Green Parakeets, Great Kiskadee, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Lesser Nighthawks (spring), Inca Doves, White-winged Doves, and is presided over by Northern Mockingbirds and Great-tailed Grackles. In addition, the garden appeals to a great variety of butterflies and moths.

Alamo Outdoor Store

We operate the Alamo Outdoor Store at 801 Main Street, offering a large variety of birding, butterfly, and related nature books, maps, gear, gifts, birding binoculars, birding scopes, wild bird supplies, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should we make reservations?

We frequently sell out of reservations; therefore, it is best to make reservations in advance. Reservations may be made up to two years ahead. Reserve a room here.

What is the driving time to the inn?

From McAllen: 15 minutes
From Harlingen: 35 minutes
From Brownsville: 50 minutes
From Corpus Christi: 2.5 hours
From San Antonio: 5 hours
From Houston International & Houston Hobby: 6 hours
From Austin: 6 hours
From Dallas: 10 hours

What are the transportation options?

You may rent a car at the airport or reserve a ride through Uber or Lyft. Make sure to reserve one ahead of time. There are no shuttles to Alamo from any airport. Taxis are available, but they are expensive. There is no public transportation to birding hot spots. Birding guides may be booked in advance with us.

Is there parking?

There is ample free parking around Alamo Inn B&B.

What are the breakfast and take-out lunch options?

Self serve breakfast is available 24/7 and included in the room rate. The spread typically includes:

  • Orange juice
  • Milk or soy milk
  • Coffee
  • Coffee creamer
  • Tea (large choice)
  • Several kinds of cereal
  • Instant oatmeal choices
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Tropical and other fruits in season
  • Pastries
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Preserves
  • peanut butter
  • Marmite
  • Apple sauce
  • Trail bars
  • Raisins
  • Prunes
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Cold meats
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cheese
  • Peanuts
  • Chips
  • And more

For take-out lunches, there is plastic wrap, plastic cutlery, and a supply of brown bags and paper plates. We are happy to add items when requested. We offer good quality food sourced from Costco and other local providers.

What beverage options are there?

Coffee, coffee cream (available in the dining area), tea (available from tea boxes in the dining area, including English tea), filtered water, and ice for drinks are included. Loaner ice chests and freezer packs are available. There is a wine bottle opener in each suite.

What amenities are provided in the room?

We provide boxed soap, wrapped soap, and shampoo with conditioner.

Is there wireless internet?

Free internet is available throughout.

What equipment is provided in the suites?

Hairdryer, iron, ironing board, bath and hand towels, face cloths, coffee maker, electric tea kettle, tea pot, microwave, fridge, toaster, wine opener, can opener, scissors, central air conditioning, ceiling fan(s), smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector.

What are the rates?

Please browse reservations for rates, photos, and descriptions of each suite. Hotel tax (currently 13%) is added to the room rate as required under Texas law.

Do you allow extended stays?

Please enquire about extended stay availability and rates. There is no hotel tax on stays of 30 days and over.

Are there grocery stores nearby?

The Lower Rio Grande Valley’s services compare well to those offered in other U.S. metro areas exceeding a population of one million. We have a grocery store within a mile of the Inn and health food stores within five miles.

How should we plan to pay for things?

Traveler’s checks (cheques) are generally not accepted in the Valley; however, we may accept them from registered guests we know. Almost everyone accepts Visa and Mastercard. The simplest and most cost-effective means of obtaining U.S. currency is using a credit card or bank card to withdraw cash at one of the ATMs. Foreign currency is not exchanged by banks here (except for the Mexican peso).

What restaurants are around?

There are many excellent restaurants here – some within walking distance of the Inn. Ask us, and we will provide a short list of some good restaurants.

Where is the historic Fort Alamo?

It is located about 250 miles northwest in the city of San Antonio (sometimes called Alamo City).

Do I need a four-wheel drive vehicle?

Regular small sedans work well on our roads. A four-wheel drive is not necessary, and navigation is easy.

What are the speed limits in the area?

It is very important to drive slower than the posted speed limit in Texas. There is no leeway allowed, and police issue citations for infractions.

Are there any stipulations regarding being on the international border?

Since we are located on an international border, it is important to carry identification, as there are checkpoints where identification may be required (for example, on the road returning from Boca Chica). Texas is safe from the violence in Mexico. There is a large Federal and State law enforcement presence on the Texas side of the border. Birding hot spots on the river are safe to visit.

Can I go to Mexico?

We highly recommend checking with the U.S. State Department travel advice online before visiting Mexico. For those who enter Mexico from the U.S., a passport is required, even for Americans, to return to the U.S.

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Our Policies

  • Check-in is from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Check-out is by 11:00 AM. Other arrangements must be made at least one day in advance.
  • No pets or children. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • No smoking inside any of our facilities. A $250 clean-up fee is assessed for smoking inside.
  • Smoking is permitted outside 50 feet away from entry doors.
  • No candles may be lit inside due to the danger of fire.
  • Payment is due at check-in. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, and cash.
  • For stays of two weeks or less that must be canceled, please advise us at least three days prior to your arrival date. An administration charge of $25 will be applied.
  • For stays longer than two weeks and for group bookings, we require 30 days cancelation notice, and an administrative charge of $25 will be applied.
  • For cancelations made after the notice period, we shall do our best to rebook your suite. If we cannot rebook it, then we reserve the right to charge you for the nights reserved. We provide a confirmation email when you cancel, which records the cancelation date.

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Alamo Inn B&B, Gear and Tours

801 Main St
Alamo, TX 78516

Business Hours:
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, 7 Days a Week

Early and late check-in and check-out can be arranged.