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“Charming B&B Worth Every Penny” 5 of 5 stars
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Austin's Inn at Pearl Street
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   809 West Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (West Campus)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 39 Austin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Palmer, Texas
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Charming B&B Worth Every Penny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

What a surprise and what a find. First, this B&B is conveniently located near UT right off a major street. I was concerned about the street noise, but once inside hardly noticed it; even during rush hour. The house is a remodeled older home. The workmanship and attention to detail is impressive-checkout the album showing the demo/remodel process. I live in a 100year old home and wish it looked this good! The room we stayed in was large and overlooked the courtyard. It had a separate sitting/tv room and a large bathroom. The young lady who handled our check-in was courteous, professional and very helpful. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Parking is off-street and more than adequate for all guests. While I would have enjoyed a hot breakfast, the breakfast was adequate. It is a continental breakfast. Dining room is large with enough tables for the guests.
I will definitely recommend this B&B to my friends and will stay there again on my next trip to Austin. Of all the B&B's my wife and I have stayed in here and abroad, this is definitely one of the best we have had the pleasure of booking into.

Room Tip: We looked into all rooms before we left-not a bad one in the house. Just depends on your needs and p...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Mere words cannot begin to describe the wonderful weekend my girlfriend and I just had at this very nice Inn. Everyone was gracious and attentive to our every need, starting with the owner Jill who greeted us upon our arrival. The inn itself is beautifully decorated, the room we had (Safari) was stunning, and the grounds were beautiful at night, resplendant with tasteful landscape lighting. Look no further than the Inn at Pearl if you're seeking the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Langley, Washington
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is a charming inn located just a few blocks from the State Capitol, Texas History Museum and the Unitversity of Texas. Despite a downtown location it retains the ambience of a bygone era. It was easy to find and, during our visit, there was plenty of parking. What a pity, then, that our stay was spoiled by what appeared to be non-existent management and/or awful policies.
Our first problem was bright floodliglts shining on our room all night. If you are going to light a building this way, then you need proper balckout curtains. Our second problem related to climate control - during our stay we experinced very wide swings in temperature - one day was surprisingly humid and warm, the next had freezing temperatures - something that is common in Austin in winter. The roooms had no individual airconditioning controls.
Then the "breakfast" really was dreadful. The food selection criteria seems to be the quality of the preservatives. Packaged bakery products put out the night before. No butter - only an artificial long life hydrogenated substitute of some kind. As for the coffee - it sent us scampering out to one of Austin's many excellent coffee shops. You can do better at Days Inn.
Let it be said that there was a charming and helpful maid working in the inn and the rooom was spotlessly clean. But where was the management? We saw nobody in four days. The office was closed when we arrrived around 6.15 pm and closed again when we left around 10.00 am. A notice invited us to contact a number when the office was closed but the person answering was unable to access the information we needed - it was clear they were nowhere near the inn in what for most people are normal business hours.
This establishment has fantastic potential, but it will remain just that - potential - until the owners start treating it as a business rather than a hobby.
Perhaps we were unlucky as the place has many good reviews? However, you are rolling the dice when you book this property.

Room Tip: Get a room at the back of the inn where you don't have to put up with floodlights all night.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Jill B, Owner at Austin's Inn at Pearl Street, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
We are sorry you did not get a chance to meet the management Mr. Robins. We hope that future guests will read our website and be aware that we are considered a self service hotel and should not be compared to a full service hotel.

We do not see ourselves as being dreadful, but hard working folks and like all, require a break once and awhile to be with friends and family, especially over the holiday. Our low season is around the holidays and unfortunately this was when your visit took place. We are on duty 24/7, monitor a large area and wear many hats and cannot be everywhere our guests are in fact, most prefer we are not. Like other larger hotels who have front desks, we should possibly hire a staff member to stand somewhere 24/7 in case our guests pass by and have a question, however, this would be cost prohibitive for a 12 room boutique hotel such as ours. We are not quite sure what it is that could not be answered for you and are sorry if you were not satisfied with your service.

You are correct, weather in Austin is sometimes very unpredictable. Controlling the temperature is different when you stay in a less modern facilitated hotel. When you book a room in a 100 year old house it must be understood that walls would have to be torn up to place thermostats and controls in every room, we believe this would destroy the ambiance of this quaint vintage boutique hotel and would also be astronomically expensive to implement. We have done our best offering both AC and heating centrally in all four buildings.

Also, if we had known the light was shining in your window we would have been happy to instruct you on operating the blinds, so that you could sleep without the light. We have now also, moved the light in another direction for future guests, thank you for informing us of this issue.

Being in service the past 17 years, we have found that most guests enjoy our coffee, but do understand everyone’s preference is different. Our low rates reflect no breakfast, however, we continue to offer our guests, not only FREE parking and Wi-Fi, but also a full continental breakfast with fresh fruits, bakery goods, hot coffee, hard boiled eggs, at least four choices of cereals including homemade granola, a refrigerator full of different yogurts, fresh milk, cream, juices, etc.

Perhaps if you were looking for a perfect environment and no ambiance and what you might think is a better breakfast, maybe booking somewhere such as Days Inn would have been a better fit for you.
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Laredo, Texas
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Beautiful grounds surround this B&B and the house itself is beautiful. We stayed in the Far East room which is in the back corner of the home. It has a nice balcony with a table and two chairs where you can enjoy your complmentary glass of wine. The place was so quiet the entire weekend and it gives off such a relaxed vibe. You can tell a lot of thought and effort has gone into all of the small details. I would pick this over a high rise chain hotel any day.

Room Tip: We were really happy with the Far East room - it's one the second floor and the back corner room...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jill B, Owner at Austin's Inn at Pearl Street, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Pearl. We appreciate your attention to detail and look forward to your return visit.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I booked this bed and breakfast for my first Wedding anniversary. This was mine and my husbands first time to ever stay at a bed and breakfast. I wasn't sure if I would like it when I booked it but I'm so glad I did!!! We stayed in the safari room which had a balcony, and I must say that was the BEST part!!! We purchased the romance package and had champagne and strawberries waiting for us in our room upon arrival and had a delicious breakfast the next morning on our balcony! It was a rainy weekend so we spent most of our time on the balcony relaxing and drinking wine. We loved the complimentary wine available in the evening! The staff was very friendly and happy to do anything for us!! We will be coming back!!! :)

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jill B, Owner at Austin's Inn at Pearl Street, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Your first time at a bed and breakfast, wow, how lucky we were to have you and that you had such a good experience! So happy you enjoyed your time here at the Inn and that the breakfast met with your approval. Thank you for trying us out and for taking the time to review The Pearl, we appreciate that you did and the positive feed back. We hope you come stay again soon.
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Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The Inn at Pearl Street is a "pearl" of a find. I just happened upon this B&B on the internet and took my chances. I was very impressed with the kind service I received and the accommodations were incredibly comfortable and attractive. I love the large, treed, patio area. Thanks especially to Maria and Jill for their easy going and fun attitudes. A+++++++

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Killeen, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Thank you for such a wonderful evening! This Inn is a beautiful place and the staff is amazing! Thank you for making our 10th Anniversary so wonderful! We had a lovely dinner and we were catered to all evening and the next morning. We were not rushed and we were encouraged to sit back, relax and take it all in. This was the perfect escape for our Anniversary, as well as our first night away from our newborn twins! Get to the Inn ASAP! You will not be disappointed!!

Eugene and Christy Stephens
Killeen, Texas

Room Tip: All of the rooms are amazing. We stayed in the Gothic Room, but we toured all of the rooms and they...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 809 West Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
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Location: United States > Texas > Austin > West Campus
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Austin's Inn at Pearl Street 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Uptown Cultural District in the downtown historic neighborhood on Judge's Hill lays a uniquely vintage boutique hotel and event venue that provides affordable luxury accommodations for relaxing getaways. The Pearl is a whimsical, romantic oasis for weddings, special events, and celebrations.The Pearl features in-house licensed massage therapists and several romantic packages including limousine service, a romantic carriage ride, fresh flowers, strawberries and chocolate, warm breakfast in bed, and twilight dinners. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, parking and WiFi connection throughout the property at this self-service hotel. Staying here is more like staying at home, but having everything already taken care of for you. ... more   less 
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