The Cotton Palace

Two-Night Stay at The Cotton Palace in Waco, TX

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Craftsman-Style Bungalow with Gourmet Breakfast

Built more than a hundred years ago, the Craftsman-style bungalow that now houses The Cotton Palace B & B has been a kindergarten, a restaurant, and a flower shop. In addition to withstanding changing ownership and 5-year-olds, it was one of the few structures to survive the devastating tornado that all but leveled Waco in 1953. Now owned by a trio of former schoolteachers, the building has been lovingly restored to showcase its original architectural features, which include ornate gables and an inviting front porch flanked by sturdy white columns.

Inside, several of the home's original features—such as the light fixtures and a Rookwood-tile fireplace—have been preserved. In the dining room, paneled wainscoting lines the walls and a pattern of crisscrossing beams ornaments the ceiling. At least one of the three innkeepers is usually on hand to answer questions about the house or the history of Waco.

Upstairs, each guest room is furnished with antiques such as carved vanities and rocking chairs. Among possible choices in the main house, Jennifer’s room boasts a four-poster bed and floral-print plates, and in Amanda’s room, a chandelier dangles above a two-person jacuzzi. Alternatively, the standalone Carriage House includes a private balcony, a full kitchen, and bookshelves stocked with Sam Houston's multivolume dream journal.

In the morning, a lavish breakfast is served in the dining room. Locally made jams, cheeses, and flours add Texas flavor to dishes such as pancetta-cinnamon waffles and italian-sausage quiche. While mealtime is typically 8 a.m.–9 a.m., you can arrange for a different serving time in advance.

Waco, Texas: University Town with Storied Past

The year 1885 was a big one for Waco. First, Baylor University—one of the oldest colleges west of the Mississippi—moved there. Second, a corner drugstore began serving a soda pop that soon became known as Dr Pepper. Today, both institutions continue to influence the city. The Dr Pepper Museum, housed in the original 1906 bottling plant, showcases more than 100,00 items of soft-drink memorabilia. A few blocks east, Baylor’s campus houses several museums of its own. The Mayborn chronicles the region’s natural history, and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame displays antique pistols and the Lone Ranger’s bridle-mounted GPS.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Two-night stay for two in any available room with breakfast

  • $139, valid Sunday–Thursday (travel by 10/31/12)
  • $159 with champagne, valid Friday and Saturday (travel by 8/31/12)

Book by: 5/23/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Gourmet breakfast
  • Sun porch with library
  • Front porch with rockers
  • All-day snacks and beverages available
  • Antique and original furnishings
  • Free WiFi in all rooms

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 5/23/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must travel by 8/31 or 10/31 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 7-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Must be 10 or older to stay
  • For a 2-night stay on Thursday & Friday or Saturday & Sunday, must purchase Friday & Saturday option
  • 13% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call The Cotton Palace by 5/23/12.
  3. Choose a valid date based on option purchased.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Unique layouts and antique furniture
  • Handmade soaps

Amanda’s Room, Emily’s Room, Hillary’s Room, Jennifer’s Room, and the Carriage House

  • One queen bed or one king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Eren’s Suite and Matt’s Attic

  • Matt’s Attic: two twin beds plus trundle bed
  • Eren’s Suite: one king bed plus pullout sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest (guests younger than 10 not allowed)

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are allowed in the Carriage House only for $25 per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Two-night stay for two in any available room with breakfast

  • $139, valid Sunday–Thursday

    Total value: up to $280
  • $159, valid Friday and Saturday (up to a $300 value) with champagne (a $30 value)

    Total value: up to $330

Getting There

  • By plane: 7 miles from Waco Regional Airport (ACT); 115 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • By bus: about 1 mile from Greyhound bus station

Traveler's Tips

  • Innkeepers can prepare vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other specialty breakfasts if notified in advance.

Customer Reviews

(98 ratings)

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All reviews are from people who have redeemed deals with this merchant.


Norma M. ·
December 12, 2013
Very quiet, cozy place to get away from the average busy day! Great breakfast!


Norma M. ·
December 12, 2013
The room and service was amazing.


Connie T. ·
November 21, 2012
The Cotton Palace is a gem. We loved the food, the hospitality and the location. We traveled with two other couples and having the common areas was great for visiting with one another. The beds were wonderful. The sheets and pillows were the best I have ever slept on. We couldn't have asked for a better place to enjoy a getaway. The innkeeper goes out of her way to make your stay the best it can be.
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