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“Great place to stay (unless you're a light sleeper)”

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Hancock Guest Cottages
Ranked #6 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Austin
Dallas, TX
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“Great place to stay (unless you're a light sleeper)”
Reviewed October 23, 2010

We stayed in the Guest Nest unit for five nights, and overall we recommend it with 3.5 out of 5 stars with a few caveats for light sleepers. It is located in the rear of the same property as the Guest Cottage and Loft Hideaway, but the Guest Nest has a private “yard” / patio area separated from the Cottage by a privacy fence. We uploaded photos which show some minor changes to the property compared to the photos shown on their website.

The Good:
1. For two people, the size is good -- not overly spacious but cozy and enough space. It's in a relatively quiet (note: see caveat below in The Ugly section) neighborhood and is only a short drive from UT.
2. We liked the interior design and minimalist style as it's different from most hotels in the same price range.
3. The amenities are great -- fridge with freezer, fully stocked kitchen with everything you need to cook for two, and a washer and dryer for laundry is in the closet.
4. We had no problems with the wifi Internet connection and the desk had a stereo with an iPod docking station.

The Bad (1/2 star deduction):
None of these items are complaints (and didn't really bother us that much) but rather they are observations that should help others make an informed decision based on their personal preferences.
1. There is no dining table -- instead you use TV trays and the reclined black chairs. The angle of the chairs is great for watching a movie but made it more likely that one might spill food on one's clothes while eating.
2. Kitchen sink is difficult to rinse given that it's flat-bottomed and not sloped -- a sprayer on a hose would make a nice addition to the kitchen.
3. The ceiling fan can be controlled only via a remote controller and the sensor does not pick up the commands if you are in the bed -- you have to get out of the bed to get to an angle where the sensor picks it up.
4. In the bathroom, the sink has a cool design but it does have a flaw. The faucet should be closer to the sink because if you try to get a stream of low pressure water, then most likely the water will hit the sink lip and spill onto the counter (this happened to us several times).
5. A deadbolt is installed on the inside of the gate in the courtyard, but the gate sags and this requires you to lift up the gate if you wish to lock / unlock the gate.
6. If you're going to turn left onto Red River from either 43rd or the Hancock Center parking lot, you have to fight an obstructed view due to bushes and a curve in the road when looking for an opening in southbound traffic. There is a light you can use at 41st and Red River, but you have to snake around to it behind the HEB which is annoying.
7. Finally, the A/C is a window unit. It worked fine for us (just have to give it some time to cool the room) in October but during a Texas summer it might take quite a while to drop the indoor temperature.

The Ugly (1 star deduction):
If you're a light sleeper, this might be a deal breaker.
1. The row of windows above the kitchen does not have a shade / blinds and therefore it lets in light from the HEB parking lot / loading dock during the night. Trucks unload during the night with lots of flashing lights and loud noises. We always travel with eye masks and ear plugs, so this wasn't a major problem for us but I know many light sleepers who would hate it.
2. Finally, despite it being a relatively quiet neighborhood, there are many cars that use Bennett all day and most of the night to access the HEB parking lot which resulted in quite a bit of traffic right out our front door. Other reviewers indicated that they were surprised that there wasn't much traffic from the shopping center but our experience was different from those reviews.

All said, this is a good place. If we go back to Austin, we'll probably stay elsewhere but that's because we'd want to see a different part of the city and not because of dissatisfaction with this location.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

We visit Austin fairly frequently and have found it difficult to find decent short-term furnished apartments for rent.

We recently stayed a month in the Hancock Guest Nest! This style of accommodation is perfect for short-term visitors, especially if visiting UT. The red river shuttle bus into the university is practically on your door.

The Guest Nest has everything you need in a small space. Full kitchen, full laundry, outdoor area, comfy bed, clean linens, internet, cable etc ... They even provided us with a baby cot.

The apartment is super clean, and Nick and Rachel are always accomodating and on call.

We also liked the fact we backed onto a shopping centre. Arriving late and being able to easily buy supplies at (the 24 hour) H.E.B makes stocking up the fridge simple. It is also a really short walk to restaurants on Duval street. There are lots of food options + a fitness center in the shopping center as well.

Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed July 9, 2010

We stayed in the Loft Hideaway for 3 nights in June -- located upstairs (attic renovation) of the rock cottage. Nicely furnished, loads of amenities, great selection of books & movies. I only wish we could stay longer!
The slate shower is awesome - I regret that I didn't photo it for this review.
I love the location of these properties and having access to full kitchen & laundry while on vacation is soo handy.
Last year we stayed in the Guest Nest - also very nice - see prior review "An Oasis..."

I think there is still another Hancock property further north in town -- I'll hope to check it out on our next trip!

Thanks for everything Nick & Rachel -- we'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Traci-Greg
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Longmont, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed June 30, 2010

Great touches like office supplies and DVDs. Cool fixtures and design. I recommend this WAY over a hotel!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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Europe
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 14, 2010

Thank you so much, Rachel and Nick, for this wonderful place to stay during our vacation in Austin!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 14, 2010

I've stayed at the Hancock Guest Cottage and in the Guest Nest on trips to Austin to visit family. Rachel and Nick have done an outstanding job making the cottage and nest comfortable and hassle free. The kitchen and bathrooms are excellent and the location is outstanding. We especially enjoyed the backyard and garden at the house, and I loved a return solo visit to Austin when I stayed in the Nest (perfect for solo travel). We are looking forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

The Hancock Guest house is everything you dream about. Great location, beuatifully furnished with laundry room, free wifi, full kitchen and serene porch. The stay was perfect.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Hancock Guest Cottages
Address: 1007 E. 43rd, Austin, TX 78751-4415
Location: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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