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... A legacy that Austin would like to forget. An era the whole country would like to put behind us, forever.
Austin is a beautiful place with its rocky hills, springs, streams and lakes. The Texas State Capitol is beautiful pink granite and, although modeled after the U.S. Capitol, is a little taller, just like Texas. Wear your hat a little taller and your pants a little longer.
It is great to see ...
We used today to orient ourselves to the Austin area. In the morning we drove to the Domain shopping complex nearby. The upscale shops, Macy's Department store, Apple and Microsoft stores provided several hours of interesting browsing. The shopping area is new and very beautiful with its tree lined street. We also drove briefly into the IBM complex nearby.
... is a lot of fun! The surroundings are very peaceful, and it is great to have moments here and there to just "BREATHE"!
We did go out for drinks after the day was over last night. The faculty concert was full of Spanish Medieval music, but when we went out for drinks, there was a great rock trio playing. It was good to let our mind be free for a bit.
... cool. Ended up getting some cool Austin handmade coasters and a record necklace that I'm in love with!
After our shopping stop, it was off to dinner at Second Bar + Kitchen, which was great! Had a wonderful Brie appetizer. Emily really enjoyed her chopped salad and my chicken dish was great! Would definitely ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Austin Motel
I know this hotel has a good reputation and that's what I thought until today. We are Austinites and booked a room there over a month in advance for one night. We assumed our reservation was for the date we requested, but to our surprise we found out that it was booked for the wrong month, but same day. This is humor error since they do not have a computer system. They do not believe in "the customer is always right". They charged us a fee for not showing up for the room rate. We had no idea until we received our credit card bill. This was news to us because we only assumed our room was reserved. What I'm complaining about is the way the staff, managers and owner treated the situation. We were told that they do not make mistakes and that we would not receive money back. I just want to warn anyone out there who may be making a reservation to double check the date you are reserving because in the end it will be your word against theres and apparently they do not make mistakes! The way we were treated was uncalled for and not normal for Austin!
Stayed here for a week in September and loved the place. The pool area was lovely and we practically had it to ourselves the whole time. The staff were great and really helpful and the room was cleaned beautifully every day.
A good place, but you need to have your expectations in line with what the Austin Motel is offering: a nice motel with some character, not a luxury spot. The rooms have been updated enough to be comfortable, the plumbing worked, the mattress was good. The price was reasonable for the location. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms, which was fine because we weren't spending much time in it, but when we go back, we'll try to get a larger room, just to have an extra place to sit besides the bed (only one chair in our room).
Liked it a LOT
I'd read the previous comments, so called ahead and talked to the front desk staff---my back's a little iffy and I wanted a good mattress. They gave me room 138, which was GREAT! 2 queen beds (and still a lot of room), tile floors, plenty of light. This room also overlooks the pool and has its own gated parking spot. We found the staff to be very helpful and the location is unbeatable. We'd definitely stay there again and would definitely ask for the same room. You just can't beat being walking distance to fantastic live music, shopping, and restaurants. And hey, if you don't like quirky, you should probably just book at a chain motel....me, I want to reward people who are KEEPING AUSTIN WEIRD.
Funky, fun and practical
Pleasant room, tile floor, large bathroom, nice retro style furniture.
Can preview all rooms on their web site before booking. Reasonably priced, great coffee next door, interesting shops up the street. Good, plentiful and cheap food at Magnolia's up Congress. Great music across the street!
Great location, cool little place
neat motel, great location; the location is reason enough to stay here.
within walking distance of great live music (continental club), good food, and trendy boutiques.
Avoid this place like the plague
This motel had the worst staff that I have ever dealt with in the service industry. They refused to take my 18 yr old daughter s credit card even though she was a part of the wedding part for my older daughter. They were extremely rude to several other guests at the wedding. The guests who stayed next door at the San Jose had nothing but rave reviews.
My niece whose wedding we were attending recommended that we stay at the Austin Hotel because it was unique and fun. She was right on. The rooms are themed--ours was the CA Garden Room and filled with 40's furnishings....no coffee maker, no hair dryer, 'window' air conditioner...but who cared...A wonderful 40's style pool made it worth while. Good dining was right out the front door--Sol Y La Luna and Guero's---wonderful Mexican breakfasts. Good music was across the street at the Continental Club. Ice cream and a coffee shop almost at your doorstep. Lots of fun shops in a 3 or 4 block area on S. Congress. Go the first Thursday of the month and enjoy free music, sidewalk vendors, and shopping until 10 or even later at "1st Thursday on S. Congress"We ventured to 6th Street music venues. Left a little after midnight when the streets and clubs were inundated with lots of fun seeking people. Other good eating places: Jovita's, Polvo's, La Mexicana Bakery, and Artz Rib House.We will return!!! This time we will ask for Room 106.
Not just room 133N!
Heard this was a cool place to stay. Okay, maybe the sign and pool area are cool, but this does not make up for the rooms. Yuck! My white socks were dirty in a matter of minutes! We actually stayed in 2 different rooms-the poolside suite was better but I still can't advise staying here.
Take a pass on this place. I f you want to stay in this neighborhood, try Hotel San Jose.
First of all, the sign is cool. However, it seems no one has heard the term "eight percenting". The room I stayed in literally SUCKED. Nasty carpet. It smelled like moldy lysol. Very poor appointments. No night stands but there is a scratchy beat-up rattan loveseat. A clock would have been nice. A tiny closet which was laughable. No room to unpack and store your stuff. The bathroom? Hot water drips out of the sink and spits out of the shower. Even at that rate, the shower stall refuses to drain. (Mom! My toes are pruney!) There is absolutely NO place to stow your bathroom gear. Ohhh, and the bed! Have you ever seen a sway back horse? MMmm Hmmh. You want ice? Ya gotta schlep it from the solitary machine located next to the side walk by the office. Did I mention the distance and stairs? All that AND a shrill 15 minute warning phone call to vacate!