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“Our wonderful restful retreat at Robins nest Jo and Paula O'Keefe (English)” 5 of 5 stars
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Robin's Nest Bed and Breakfast
1007 Stewart Cove, Austin, TX 78734   |  
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Ranked #15 of 39 Austin B&B and Inns
Austin, Texas
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“Our wonderful restful retreat at Robins nest Jo and Paula O'Keefe (English)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

My daughter and I had a wonderful holiday at Robin's nest. It was so peaceful, full of wonderful wild life, birds, squirrels and two very friendly ducks who swam with us on the lake and accompanied us up the back to the property. The lake was lovely to swim in warm water, but not too warm as it has cold water springs which fed into it, which made it refreshing. There was also a boat which we had fun using on the lake. We had a scrumptious breakfast everyday, and it was always different. Alison who works there was so friendly as were the rest of the staff including by-golly the puppy, so we felt very much at home. I would recommend it to anybody.

Room Tip: all the rooms are lovely very unusual, the property is really nice and quiet, you can just hear bird...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Lovely garden, charming room (we had the boatroom) & really nice breakfast. Our own little patio and the staff are super friendly. Highly recomended!!
Now going down for a swim at the Lake, just at the other end of the garden :)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful loved it great price perfect location wonderful breakfast

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011 via mobile

I loved every minute there! The entire staff is amazing! We rented the "snow white cottage" for the 1st Annual La Grange Fest. It was perfect because it was right down the street from The Backyard @ Beecave. Whenever arrived to the cottage my family was already there and I was greeted by Winston, the sweetest Saint Bernard. He got to hang out with us all weekend. His owner, Marcus, is just as awesome as his dog and both of them hung out with us all weekend. The only thing we are changing for next time is to rent one of the bigger houses because we had too many people for the house we stayed in. Definitely going back to Robins Nest and have already planned our trip for next year. We loved it and we definitely are missing it! Can't wait!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

It was so grossly underwhelming, I wasn't sure how else to describe our stay here other than I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. An experience at a good B&B should be charming, inviting and presented with some pride. None of these I would use to describe this place.

My husband and I love B&B's and realize that not all B&B's are created equal, but this, in my opinion, should not even be considered a B&B. It was lacking in every aspect of what a B&B is supposed to be. A warm, special experience with attention to detail. Just because you have a house with extra rooms, does not mean you should call yourself a bed and breakfast. No, really, you shouldn't.

We stayed in the "boat" room. Careful you don't trip when you walk in, it dips down and you'll almost fall right away. The blackout "curtains" are actually shower curtains hanging in your window, very classy. The painted cinder block walls and corrugated tin roof make you feel like you're possibly staying in the nicest shanty in Lakeway (even if you didn't know they existed in this country, they do here). The floor was that 70's style industrial office building tile that looked like it had never seen a mop. Eating in the room consisted of moving chairs to a makeshift table, the seat cushion of the dining chair, fell off when we moved it to the table. It was one of many laughable moments in this room. There's no shortage of odd and dusty decor throughout. I appreciate rustic furnishings, but not dirty ones. The bathroom was another what-th-heck-happened-here after thought. More like an outhouse that was pounded out by a carpenter with a staple gun and some glue dots. The shower was like that in an RV, plastic and tiny. It was like everything else in the room, dirty. Dark hair was clinging to plastic shower walls. The shower curtain was moldy on the bottom, and should have been replaced a few years ago. The toilet sits up on a homemade wooden pedestal with mismatched dirty rugs and more odd, dusty decor with a sign above the toilet "don't squat with yer spurs on" that pretty much fit the theme of the entire room, really.

The first night we stayed, they didn't even bother to clean our room. We had to ask if our room was going to be cleaned (that was 6 pm) and only then did the innkeeper say or whoever the heck it was, "oh you want me to tidy up in there?" DUH? Do we have to ask for that to be done? Ridiculous.

Breakfast was 30 minutes late the first day. They serve it in a basket, which seems cute and hopeful at first glance, until you realize it's all stuffed into tupperware containers, is only modestly warm and dewy when opened. Breakfast consisted of flavorless scrambled eggs, misshaped 3 inch thick, burned banana pancakes, some oddly shaped mystery sausage. All this can be served on discount paper plates, disposable cups, and more consistently mismatched napkins/silverware. There is zero thought given to presentation of any kind, breakfast or otherwise. I don't think I've ever been to a B&B that didn't serve coffee with breakfast, or any hotel for that matter. Instead it's orange juice filled with ice cubes. Another odd example of what they are all about. There is a dingy little coffee maker in the room, with a couple of more mismatched coffee mugs to use. Some of the other cups scattered throughout the room included some disposable, toppled over, dusty stemware. Everything in this room looked like it came from the dollar store or a garage sale. It's a farce to call this charming and quaint.

There are just too many things to even bother to mention in a post. We paid $169 a night to stay in a shanty. Literally. If we had known it was going to be this underwhelming, we would have stayed outside of town and just drove to Lakeway. All the hotels in town were booked, sadly and this was the only option available. Don't bother. It would be more fun to do go to the bank withdraw the money, and simply flush it down a gas station toilet.

Room Tip: Just. Don't.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Robin’s Nest in Aug 2011 for our 5th wedding anniversary weekend celebration. Unfortunately the choice to return to this B&B where we had also stayed 6 years ago was the wrong one if we hoped for they might help make our weekend special. It was a disappointing stay.

We have traveled quite a bit in the US and abroad, and we have always chosen the B&B route over hotels because we enjoy meeting the locals and experiencing the friendliness and hospitality that usually comes with it. This is by far the worst experience we have had at a B&B.

First, the room was very dirty and just felt downtrodden. Aesthetically it was outdated and in dire need of renovations with doors creaking as you strained to open or close them, wreaths hanging from windows with their Hobby Lobby $5 price tag still attached, and a hodgepodge of cowhide or other weird and scratchy, thin rugs covering up holes in the floor.

Second, some people have described the B&B as rustic. That depends on your point of view. The floors were not swept or cleaned, and you could see cobwebs and dirt collected in the corners of the room. The second morning we woke up to find a dead cockroach on the floor, and when we showered in the claw foot tub we discovered a leak so bad that we stepped out of the shower into a big puddle of water that soaked our bath mat which we had to hang outside for the entire next day to dry. To be fair, positive attributes about the room included the comfortable king size bed and large private covered patio with hammocks.

Next, a B&B stay should be “special” – this is not a cabin rental, or a hotel. It is a very premium priced stay and there is a basic level of warm service that could be anticipated. When calling to reserve the room, our anniversary celebration came up. They promised to make sure it was a very special stay for us. After reading ahead of time that other reviewers celebrating their anniversary received champagne and strawberries in their room. Again, it must have been presumptious to hope for this. We did received nothing of the sort. The owner of the B&B brought our breakfast the second morning and acted rushed and did not take an interest in hearing about our weekend or asking if we have enjoyed the B&B and had everything we needed. She plopped the tuperware (yes, literally) with cold eggs, along with a basket of biscuits, and off she went. Another let down.

So yes, fourth, the breakfast was lowly and uninspired. The whole B&B was uninspired for that matter. And no, there would be no decency to brew coffee for us. Instead they put dirty and rusty coffee makers in our room, providing only plastic cups and expected us to brew our own. We have been to AirBNB rentals for $40/night. Quality is not at issue here, we are talking about basic, minimum standards. The food was homemade for the most part but not very special. We are in the summer months and so many fruits are at their peak. None the first day. The second day: a small fruit salad with canned fruit. Seriously, did we drive a few hours and spend ~$200/night for canned fruit. This was not just disappointing, this felt insulting. No warm check-out, no inquiry for feedback (we would have gladly heard it), the only conversation piece was “the economy is so hard right now and with the low lake levels, it’s just hard.” Well, here is news: inspired guests inspire friends and families to visit. Insulted guests warn everyone and their mother to run in the other direction. You should too…

We wasted our money, but fortunately enjoyed each other and had a special time together relaxing, visiting wineries, dinning out, and swimming at Windy Point near the Oasis, in spite of the terrible accommodations. This is truly a beautiful and special area of the country. Look around and see what else you find.

I hope the management would have a long and hard thought about how to improve the room, the service, the food, and the amenities.

Room Tip: The Blue Room is where we stayed. Awful.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

We arrived around 12:00pm and we were greated by the friendly faces of Kelly and Marcous. They were very helpful giving us a tour of the property and even researching places that we wanted to go. Our room was clean, comfortable, and even had a private deck with a swing, hammock, fridge and a little table. A tasty breakfast was served around 9:00am where we were greated by Robin ( the owner of the property) who gave us some history on the property that was very interesting. I would definitely recommend this sweet bed and breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1007 Stewart Cove, Austin, TX 78734
Location: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #15 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Austin
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