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Hotel Check: Cavalry Court College Station, Texas

HOW MANY ROOMS? 141 rooms and suites

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS Designers have paired together an aesthetic of retro chic décor that centers around a theme of military heritage. The casual ambiance and family-friendly feeling stems from fire pits, a large pool, and meeting space befitting of a Texan ranch in the heart of the Texas A&M campus.

Cavalry Court Retro Chic

PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room on the random dates we checked start at $134

CONTACT Cavalry Court, 200 Century Court, College Station, Texas 77840, tel +1-979-485-5586, https://www.cavalrycourt.com/

VERDICT Far from cookie cutter, this clever hotel concept from Valencia Group is part of a growing mixed-use shopping development that provides entertainment for leisure or business guests. Constant business from Texas A&M University down the street keeps the place buzzing throughout the year.

BACKGROUND Cavalry Court pays homage to the military history that stems from the region and Texas A&M. What appears like luxurious military barracks are in fact cozy hotel rooms with designer appointments.

Cavalry Court Canteen

The main “canteen” is actually a hopping bar and restaurant with live music on weekends.

WHERE IS IT? On the main boulevard that runs through College Station, this hotel is part of a mixed-use development that will soon welcome upscale sibling hotel The George and plenty of shopping and dining to go with it. The drive to campus is less than two minutes, and the airport is only five minutes away. Parking is free.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? From the restored army jeep out front to the historic photographs that line the hallways and guest rooms, there is no questioning the military theme here. Doors are painted with barrack numbers, and room interiors have clever touches like metal bed frames and wooden furnishings. The manager’s friendly dog is often seen curled up on a couch in the lobby; the hotel is pet-friendly.

ROOM FACILITIES Of the four accommodation buildings, three have exterior hallways with common balconies sporting rocking chairs. The fourth building has interior hallways, but rooms have their own private balconies. Pay attention to the patterned camouflage carpeting when you enter. The combined look is both appealing and hardly overdone. It’s only when you look closely do you notice all of the special touches like metal pail trash cans, old-fashioned armoires with curtains to store luggage and house coffeemakers, military-style alarm clocks, and specially made green felt Kleenex containers.

Cavalry Court room.jpg

There are plenty of perks like desks and nightstands with both power outlets and USB ports, flat-screen cable TVs, large Italian Smeg refrigerators with impressive minibars featuring locally made products, free wireless Internet, and Lather toiletries in bathrooms. Black and white tiles add a retro touch to glass shower stalls and wide vanities with makeup mirrors. Junior suites come with separate living rooms, deep soaking tubs, and Keurig coffeemakers. Smoking is not permitted indoors.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS The Canteen Bar and Grill is open for three meals a day serving a bistro menu with everything from southwestern favorites (the breakfast skillet looks yummy) to burgers and sliders piled high with toppings.

Cavalry Court Canteen Bar

The bar sees a lot of traffic from locals, and industrial style of the space features high ceilings with exposed duct work, large communal table seating, private spaces with copper chairs, and cozy sofas by a brick fireplace. On weekends, live music entertains each evening. Local craft beer and homemade cocktails (try the ones with popsicles in them!) show off the bartender’s creativity. Each morning a complimentary continental breakfast is served with a half-dozen kinds of fresh fruit and berries, yogurt, cereal, and pastries. There is an a la carte menu of dishes that can be purchased at additional cost. Soon to open is the Tack Shack food truck that is parked outside the hotel, but will also meander through town on game days and special events.

LEISURE FACILITIES A glassed-in fitness center faces the gardens and pool area. Lounge chairs and umbrellas ring the pool where a new bar is soon to open. A splashing fountain and outdoor music adds to the appeal. Fire pits with Adirondack chairs and a ping pong table encourage guests to spend time outdoors, and bales of hay are stacked against the wall for guests to pull and use to lounge in the gardens. A massage room can be booked with advance notice for massage or beauty treatments, but many guests may prefer to have them in their rooms.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES Several meeting rooms are available and can be divided into larger or smaller sections.

Cavalry Court Stables meeting room.jpg

There’s also a boardroom and the option to expand social functions into the courtyard or around the pool. Like the rest of the hotel, the meeting areas follow the same Texan style with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams, wood and metal-framed furnishings, and military-themed artwork. Free wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel including by the pool. Weddings and social events are also especially popular here.

Photos by Cavalry Court College Station, Texas, https://www.cavalrycourt.com/

By Ramsey Qubein

Ramsey is a regular contributor to Business Traveler across all print, digital, web and social channels.  He travels more than 400,000 miles a year criss-crossing the globe to report on hotels, airlines, loyalty programs, and all things travel.

You can find more from Ramsey at http://www.ramseyq.com/, on Twitter - @dailytraveltips and Instagram - @dailytraveltips

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