Habitat Suites Hotel
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Today we took it easy as there is not much to see in Austin city by daytime. We went to see the State Capital building, which is actually 15ft higher than that of Washington DCs building. It was made so large, because at that time, Texas was it's own country, not a state of America and so the capital building was to be the national capital building …
itchhiking Warning: Drivers in possession of drugs!!!! Recently a new hazard to hitchhiking has been brought to my attention. I have ridden with people in possession of, or smoking marijuana. And I have ridden with a guy who I believed after the fact to be using coke. But I never thought much about it. This has now changed. This blog post is about my time hitching to Austin Texas, But before I tell my story I would like to tell the story of a friend of mine who ...
... walk away called 'Bacon', which serves a variety of meals containing... you guessed it... bacon. It was all done really well and the food did taste pretty incredible. After our nice meal, we tweeted a band called SPEAK who we were attempting to meet and they told us about a gig that was going on pretty nearby at 'Scoot Inn'. The walk over was quite nice and we got an interesting new perspective of Austin. We ...
... he lost his balance, when he jumped over one hurdle and rolled his ankle. He was disappointed, but after a while he forgot about it and we were able to enjoy the rest of the day in Austin. We went to a Mexican restaurant called Guero's Taco Bar to have lunch. It was another very nice weekend with my friends and "relatives" from USA!!!! I will miss ...
This morning, Saturday, we awoke to a truly FULL campground. We could hear rigs pulling in after dark last night. The place is full, no doubt about it.
We left in the morning looking for a Farmers Market. The various navigational devices only came up with one reasonable choice. It's the Sprouts Farmers Market, but it's really a store. Lynn found a couple of needed items. The most outstanding thing was the friendliness of all of the staff. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews Habitat Suites Hotel Austin
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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.