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“Couple on work/play weekend trip” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ella
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1900 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78705 (Formerly Mansion at Judges' Hill) (West Campus)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 191 Hotels in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Couple on work/play weekend trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful, generously sized rooms. Great for anyone who appreciates on-trend home decor and design. Service and staff were excellent. Laid-back and comfortable. Restaurant food could be better but in general it was a 10/10 stay.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I only stayed one night. The property is very nice, on the edge of the UT-Austin campus. Nice to have a drink on the veranda with a good breeze on a warm day! I stayed in the main building on the 2nd floor, and if not using the stairs you have to squeeze past the cramped front desk area to take the elevator (remember it is a old building!). There were several windows in the suite, one which faced the pool area. The room was lovely and just enough room.

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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful, darling, charming hotel. Decor is somewhat mid-century with a twist of history. The staff is incredibly nice from the check in to the restaurant. Highly recommend. The only thing I can't comment on is the location as I was there on business with no down time to explore. Such a unique hotel!

Room Tip: I stayed in the "annex." If you want coffee before 7am, the main building serves it at 6a...
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Ella for our 5th wedding anniversary and the staff went above and beyond to help us celebrate! They were kind enough to offer us an upgraded room and complimentary drinks due to the occasion, which we enjoyed thoroughly on the wrap around balcony on the second story. The bed was really comfortable and the hand soap and lotion smelled heavenly! Would highly recommend Hotel Ella!

Room Tip: I would avoid staying in the room directly above the bar if you like to go to bed early. The bar do...
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked into the Ella for a 3 day business trip. Not the sort of hotel you might consider usual for business, but I was pleasantly surprised.

First of all everyone at the hotel were very friendly always had a smile and ready to help you with anything, no matter how small. Even the maids were happy and wished you good day as you passed them busy working in the corridor. It felt like a big happy family welcoming you to their home.

The hotel's comitment to service even extends to having there own car to carry guests on short trips-shopping, dinner, or evening business meetings. This was really cool.

The hotel is not only a nice historical looking building, it has great places to kick out, set up your laptop and do some work. I spent an early evening on the varander catching up the email with a couple of g&t's.

There is a small lap pool outside great to unwind after work in the sun, do some conference calls as it's quiet and chilled out.
The rooms are spacious clean. With a giant bed you can loose yourself in. They are also really quiet perfect for getting over Jet lag.

Highly recommend the hotel and would stay again

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at this hotel with my wife recently and it was a fantastic experience! It had a walk out balcony and everything about it made it a memorable stay. If you want a comfortable mansion home like environment and a quiet place to relax this is the place! The staff was friendly and gracious. The room had locally produced goodies and everything about it was unique and not mass produced like so many hotel chain experiences today. The furniture, and the bed were really comfortable. I travel constantly and I can say this is the best hotel experience I've ever had. If you want to stay somewhere unique, comfortable, and have both a Texas history and Austin experience ---this is the place!!

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hotel Ella is a beautifully restored boutique hotel brimming with Texas History. Our room was filled with personality - it was like staying in the guest room of some very well to do friends. The room opened up to the second-story balcony one can enjoy with other guests staying on the same floor (be sure to ask the staff why the balcony ceiling is painted the color it is painted - it is an interesting story and a part of Texas history). A nice touch were the "goodies" in the room's mini bar - loved the "locally sourced" Texas snacks - so much nicer that the usual vending-machine stuff you will find in the big hotel chains. If you are looking for a corporate, cookie-cutter standard room you should look elsewhere. If you are looking for beautifully appointed and elegant rooms (to say nothing of extremely comfortable beds and thick towels) and a staff that makes you feel like a guest rather than a customer, then you should stay here. The service is outstanding, striking that perfect balance between friendliness and professionalism. Take the time to read up on the history of the building and its previous owners, then stroll the building and grounds and enjoy the architecture and the art. Wonderful!

Room Tip: Second floor rooms in the main building enjoy use of the front balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Ella

Address: 1900 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78705 (Formerly Mansion at Judges' Hill)
Location: United States > Texas > Austin > West Campus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Austin
#5 Business Hotel in Austin
#8 Family Hotel in Austin
#11 Romantic Hotel in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Ella 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located near the heart of downtown Austin and within walking distance of the University of Texas, Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel housed in the historic Goodall Wooten House, one of Austin's original landmark estates. Constructed in 1900, the Greek revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation in 2013, and now offers a picture-perfect setting for vacations, staycations, weddings, meetings and more. With 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda overlooking our front lawn, Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces-including a recently renovated ballroom-that will add timelessness and simple elegance to any event. In true Texan style, guests will be treated to a superior level of personalized service and exceptional dining during their stay. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mansion At Judges` Hill Hotel Austin
Mansion At Judges Hill Austin

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