Calling this a “bed and breakfast” simply doesn't do this place justice, because while it has both a bed and provides a breakfast, those facts are only the beginning here and staying here was the highlight of our vacation. Park Lane is more like a meditative retreat near the lively SoCo area of Austin that just so happens to offer a quiet bed and bountiful breakfast.
The Park Lane is located in a quiet and peaceful residential neighborhood. This small facility has a guest room in the main house in which the proprietor lives, and three other buildings - we toured all three. The carriage house was huge and was a full fledged apartment that you could easily house four people while the Vicky house was a bit smaller and had a bed on a loft. Given my fear of heights, I took a pass on that.
We stayed instead in the Carriage House which was a delightful studio apartment that opened up to the pool area. Inside was a full coffee bar with a drip, espresso and french press depending on your morning coffee preference and a small assortment of teas for those so inclined. The filtered water pitcher was a nice little touch.
This place was all about nice little touches: from the fountains around the facility to get you in a peaceful state too the ethically sourced toiletries. Even the toilet seat was heated. Who thinks of a heating toilet seat when setting up a guest house? Shakti does, that's who.
Shakti was everything you look for as a proprietor: welcoming, informative and extremely helpful She takes pride in the fact that she rehabilitated the facility and made it simply gorgeous. The style is antique and rustic creating a soft and inviting atmosphere.
Although the weather was warm here in January, the pool isn't heated and we couldn't enjoy a nice swim. Shakti told us some people like the brisk refreshing dip in the cold pool followed by the heated outdoor shower. While I love animals, I'm not a polar bear.
Those afraid of animals need to think twice before staying here. The adorable dogs greet you each morning and walking around you'll hear a wide variety of birds tweeting throughout the day. I love animals so that was a big highlight and I really enjoyed the chicken coop located in the garden. A sustainable ecosystem is one of the nice touches here.
Sitting out on the porch, listening to the pool and waterfalls, and eating a delicious vegetarian breakfast made me forget that I wasn't travelling to Austin to go too this retreat, but rather to see and experience all of South Congress, which is only walking distance away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park Lane, an eco urban oasis located in the heart of the historic SoCo district and walking distance to downtown, our guest house offers elegantly appointed private cottages. Swim in our natural pool, relax in the shade of the live oak trees and enjoy full organic vegetarian breakfast in the comfort of your cottage or on your private deck. Just a short walk to South Congress Avenue puts you in the heart of the excitement. Shop local, eat and drink in some Austin's fine eateries or enjoy the international food trailers. You can even listen to live music under the stars. Our bed and breakfast is conveniently located to the Texas State Capitol, the Austin Convention Center, Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trails and just 2 miles from the University of Texas and Zilker Park. Come for the weekend, an exclusive getaway or an extended stay. Experience one of the best kept secrets in Austin.Park Lane Guest House: more than a place to rest your head, we're a place to rest your soul. ... more less
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