The crown jewel of Navasota

NAVASOTA, TX (KBTX) – The PA Smith Hotel will soon be open to guests and visitors to Grimes County. The hotel has been part of the fabric of Navasota since the late 1800s and will reopen in 2021 after years of renovations.

“A good friend of mine who has The Gallery here, she has weekend entertainment, walked in here one day and said ‘this is the jewel in the crown.’ So it kind of stuck and we got it. ‘Now let’s call it the crown jewel of Navasota,’ said Janice Scheve, co-owner of PA Smith.

In the coming weeks, Scheve said the PA Smith Hotel will start taking reservations. She and her husband, Steve, bought the hotel in 2017 and worked to renovate and restore the hotel.

“I would describe it as very unique, bringing the old with the new,” Scheve said. “He’s over 150 years old. We have kept part of the stone. We’ve added modern wi-fi and we’ve got AV, and the kinds of things we love with our amenities.

The hotel is steeped in elegance, from gorgeous chandeliers to custom linens. The Scheves have not forgotten a detail.

“[The details] were very important, ”Scheve said. “We wanted to make it something very, very special because we’re out of the way. It is a small city. We put a lot of thought into the details like the hinges, the little things like the curtains, they were custom made. The bedding is made to measure. We wanted this to be done at the highest level. We are really happy with how it turned out.

In total, the PA Smith Hotel has 10 cabins.

Beyond the original hotel structure, they added to the neighboring building using the oldest building in Grimes County, which will house the speakeasy and penthouse suite.

Scheve says the hotel is perfect for hosting corporate events and weddings.

For food and drink, the PA Smith will have a cafe and restaurant. The cafe, Louisa’s Cache is now open at temporary hours. Coffee will be served throughout the day. Beer and wine will be served from 10 a.m. to closing.

  • Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Closed

The restaurant, The Red Board Tavern, is two doors down from the hotel and is slated to open soon. Click here to find out more.

The history of the PA Smith hotel

Widow Lousia Loftin funded the original building in the 1860s and met and married Philip Aurene “PA” Smith, according to the PA Smith Hotel. The sandstone hotel operated for about a decade but closed after Louisa died of yellow fever, Scheve said.

Click here to learn more about its long history.

The PA Smith is located at 111 Railroad Street in Navasota.

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