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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
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Historical Traveler Reviews Habitat Suites Hotel Austin
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Our stay got off to a bad start with the "curb" under the hedge in the parking area. With no way to tell how close you are to the edge, it is easy to hit the too high curb. Our new car now has a foot long dual scratch on the front bumper. Wonder how much tire stops would cost?
Upon entering the room, we were greeted by a pile of dirt on the tile entry. It was probably blown in by someone blowing leaves from the front entries.
The kitchen was modest but lacked silverware and a microwave. The bathroom faucet was old and very stiff to use. This bathroom had only a female toilet. Ants and some small gnat like bugs were in the bathroom.
In the common dining area for breakfast and snacks, there were ants marching up and down the wall by the window at our table.
The bed had a torn blanket. The bedroom TV remote didn't always work.
The living room TV was small and placed in an ackward position very low in a floor cabinet where you could not see it well from the chair or sofa. There was a giant void of a wall above the nice fireplace. Who does their decorating?
The night clerk was very helpful in getting us directions to Cool River Cafe (highly recommend this high end restaurant).
Most travel sites rate Habitat a 4 star. It should be 2.5 to 3 at best.
Stayed 3 nights in a large 1 bedroomsuite with full kitchen. Decoration was good, nice pool, elegant gardens. Payed only $ 99,00 (tax incl). A real bargain! Good beds and silent A/C.
Full breakfast and free happy hour included. Very friendly and helpfull staff and ample free parking.
15 minutes drive to State Capitol. Large Mall aside.
Outside roomchairs to be improved and the Laundrysmell
near the pool is not very nice at some times.
Great place though!
Good idea, poor implementation
I really wanted to like the Habitat Suites being kind of a granola girl. My husband and I, along with a couple and their 2 children stayed for 5 days in September. My favorite thing about the place was the saline pool. The beds were comfortable and clean. My husband enjoyed the free breakfast every morning. Our friends are vegetarian and were happy to see organic offerings and thought it was weird when there were bean and rice dishes that had meat - but were unlabeled. My husband was annoyed to find that the rice had chunks of chicken when he assumed it was tofu! It would have been nice to see some soy sausage besides the pork sausage since it seems this kind of place would cater to veggies. Overall I would say our experience was mediocre. It wasn't awful - it wasn't great. The service was great, the people couldn't be more friendly. I would have liked to see our set of rooms cleaned around the light switch plates and the doors near the handles -- everything seemed a bit aged (peeling wallpaper and mismatched paint touchups) and slightly dingy. The location was a little north of downtown, it felt like the area was a little abandoned. The mall across the street had it's heyday some time ago. I would say the whole area is ripe for rennovation and revitalization. It was quiet however, which we enjoyed and had plenty of free parking. We felt safe and comfortable the whole time we were there. One other thing -- we had the bedroom upstairs which had an open window into the living room cathederal ceiling -- noise was echo-ey and loud from the living room.
Lovely Place to Stay
This is a very pleasant and peaceful hotel that does not look like a hotel but like an apartment complex with lots of green plants and flowers all around it. It is hard to believe it is nestled in the city. I stayed in a 2 BDR for one night with my husband and two teen age boys who absolutely loved it!
All of us had our own private sleeping area. We all especially enjoyed the upstairs bedroom that had its own TV, bathroom, phone, and balcony window over looking the living room. It was very clean and spacious even with a small sofa bed in the living room for my other son who had his own TV as well.
The continental breakfast that included eggs, sasauge, biscuits, gravy, waffles, fruit, cereal, milk, and juices, was awesome and it beat any fast food from McDonalds.
The only draw back of this hotel for me is that I hate very firm bed mattresses so I had a very difficult time sleeping. So if you sleep better on a soft bed, this hotel is not for you. Also their swimming pool closes at 9:00pm which may be way too early for you as it was for us.
If you do go visit Austin, make sure you go visit the Texas State Capitol, and go watch the 1.2 million bats fly out each at dusk from under the 100 Congress Ave. Bridge! It was awesome! Oh, and this hotel is perfect walking distance from the mall.
It is cheaper to stay there on Week-ends for $129.00 per night for a two bedroom, sofa bed, for 4 to 5 people than the weekday cost of $187.00 per night. This is well worth it when you have a big family.
We hope to stay there again for future visits.
Some good and bad things
We just recently stayed at this hotel and found some great things about it, as well as some disappointment. The location was central to the downtown area. The apartment style suites are bigger than the average suite hotel. It has a fully equipped kitchen. The surrounding gardens are pretty and well kept. The morning breakfast and afternoon cocktails had more variety than other similar hotels we have stayed. My biggest disappointment was the strong musky smell from the carpet, the outdated and dirty/smelly living room furniture and the malfunctioning cooling system. If you can deal with these issues, you will be happy here.
Absolutely loved this place!
Our family of five had a spacious two bedroom unit. It was actually the master downstairs and the second bedroom upstairs. Two bathrooms in this two story hotel room. This was the hotel I wished i had on our enitre vacation, but alas it was for only one night. The sofa made into a bed, but be sure and request this, because not all the units had this feature.
The units have a full kitchen. The pool is beautiful and the breakfast and afternoon snacks (which include beer and I think wine) were really good.
We thought this was a wonderful value. We loved how clean the property felt and how "green" everything was even though we were in a very commercial area. We really appreciated the quiet hours of 9 pm to 9 am.
As someone else said, only in Austin can you find a environmentally sound hotel. It just adds to the charm of your Austin vacation.
I stayed at the Habitat for a long term stay over 1 month. I like the way the suites are set up apartment style. The rooms have oversized king size beds which are comfortable. The full breakfast and evening reception are a nice touch. Although I would like to see more variety. Basically the same breakfast and snack are put out everday. After being at the hotel for so long, I became bored with the same stuff. I was in Austin on business and often had to stay up late nights to finish reports and such. The habitat ONLY offers wireless if you are in the lobby and pool areas and is limited to very few rooms. Unfortunately my room did not have wireless connectivity. Having to go to the lobby each time I wanted to connect to the internet was a hassle, and dial up service was just toO slow in my room. All in all my stay was pleasant. I think the hotel just needs to keep up with technology to get more business travelers at their property. It would also be nice to see an on premises fitness center. I would say my stay at the habitat was good for the price.
A great habitat
The grounds are lovely, the suite was larger than some apartments I have lived in, and it was quiet, serene, and pleasant. I had a nice bedroom with a king bed, tv, bath with a sink area on the outside, & large closet. But wait! There was also a living room with yet another tv, a breakfast bar, and full kitchen. My suite was on the 2nd floor, which is my preference. I had my own little front porch which overlooked a tree lined creek. There was no traffic noise, despite the location across from the Highland Mall. Not my favorite area of Austin, but its close enough to drive to good restaurants and to shopping or to the university. There is a decent breakfast in the morning, and the staff is extremely pleasant. I really don't see why I should stay anywhere else, on my next trip.
Habitat Suites - Austin A great place to stay!
I have stayed at Habitat Suites many, many times. It is a great place for both families and long-term business stays. The rooms are like apartments with kitchens, full size refrigerators and fireplaces. All suites are either one bedroom or two bedroom. The two bedroom suites have stairs to the second bedroom and bathroom. Some two bedroom suites have a fold out couch. What I most like about this hotel is the quiet hours that are manadory from 9 or 10PM to 9AM in the morning. The hotel is very eco friendly and has won many awards in this area. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rate includes a full breakfast and a happy hour with free beverages and snacks Monday through Friday. The free breakfast is varied for every taste from organic to sausage and eggs. There is no onsight restaurant for other meals but you are located in between Highland Mall and another shopping center with many choices. There is also a "deliver to your room" take out menu service from many Austin restaurants. I am always fully satisfied with the value of the rates even when they are higher on UT football weekends.
Great Location at Habitat Suites
The Habitat Suites offer a great location. Just off I-35, you are across the street from Highland Mall, close to downtown, and the University of Texas. The complimentary cocktail hour and breakfast top off a great place to stay for business, shopping and fun.