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“Great service and location”
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Austin Motel
Ranked #89 of 203 Hotels in Austin
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Hutchinson, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great service and location”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

The location is perfect if you're wanting to visit SoCo shops and eateries. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. The room we were in (253) was clean and comfortable. I would advise you to bring a fan or noise machine with you if you are lighter sleeper as I was awakened every time the A/C kicked on during the night. Also, I heard people talking as they walked past our room. The room lacked a hair dryer and facial tissue, but it had decent towels and washcloths. The A/C had a remote controller which was nice.

Room Tip: Room 253 had a nice oriental theme and was right next to the stairwell. A/C unit is loud, so bring e...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Small (tiny actually) comfortable and clean. Friendly staff. Wonderful location in the heart oh South Congress Street. Vibrant neighborhood with lots of good food and people watching. I will return to this nice establishment.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Austin, Texas, United States
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Title pretty much says it all. I like this place. It's has a safe feel to it. It's right in the middle of SoCo. Get your coffee in the morning at Jo's, get some dinner at the Robot Sushi Kitchen, some ice cream at Amy's Ice Cream, and grab a show at the Continental Club in the evening. The pools is private, a little bean shaped pool hidden from South Congress by a fence and foliage. It feels good to hang out right outside of the view of people on Congress and know that you've got your little private place here.

However, I have really thought it was a little pricey. Nevertheless, great place.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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canada
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96 reviews
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We just finished a 2 night stay here.We had one of the larger rooms overlooking the pool.The beds were very comfortable, but you can hear the adjoining rooms. It is all about the location, close enough to downtown to walk and right in the action of south congress. I heard the girl at the front desk advise a caller, that they book up for weekends a few months in advance. They provide tea and coffee in the lobby. I would definitely look at staying here if I return to Austin.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This is such a great value! Such reasonable rates, free parking and WiFi, fantastic location(in the heart of SoCo), large rooms, darling diner and outdoor eating area on the premises. Large and lovely outdoor pool. Very thin walls, but our neighbors were all quiet. This place books up fast, and it's easy to see why. Retro charm, cool neighborhood, great value.

Room Tip: Go on their website. The rooms are all different. It was fun to choose one that matched my decoratin...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Washington, DC
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Probably the best hotel I've stayed at for the price! The room was, of course, unique, and I spent a relaxing afternoon by the large pool. The front desk staff was very friendly. The free wifi worked well. My only issue was the thin walls, but when my neighbors were being loud at 2 am, the staff took care of it immediately. I didn't have a car and it wasn't a problem--plenty of places to walk to in the neighborhood, with a great coffee/breakfast place next door. The buses into downtown are inexpensive and easy to use. Walk up the hill for dinner at Enoteca Vespaio for dinner; it was reasonable and some of the best Italian food I've had in the US. Also check the schedule for the Continental Club across the street; I went to two great free shows there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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London
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103 reviews
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Unfortunately we didn't book ahead and so were only able to stay one night here. It is (just) walkable across the river to the bars and restaurants downtown, but there is PLENTY of choice for food and drink in the SoCo area.

Can recommend the coffee at Jo's nearby

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Austin Motel
Address: 1220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2422
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Location: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#41 Romantic Hotel in Austin
#57 Family Hotel in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Austin Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Austin Motel opened its doors in 1938, and its landmark neon sign has been brightening South Congress Avenue ever since. This recently remodeled 41-room motel, with classic motor court exterior, is centrally located in the heart of Austin’s most interesting cultural district and is close to downtown, the Congress bat bridge and other area attractions. The iconic motel’s amenities include a swimming pool with pool bar, communal hangout spaces, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary parking. The 24-hour reception desk and retail store caters to guest needs, offering snacks, drinks and interesting mementos. ... more   less 
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