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“Art Deco Southwest Style”
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Austin Motel
Ranked #86 of 203 Hotels in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Little Rock, Arkansas
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80 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Art Deco Southwest Style”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

A step back in time. Very good value & great location, location, location. Rooms kinda small but clean...a step back in time. Even the old tv's. will definitely stay again. Great food trucks and restaurants,

  • Stayed May 2013
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Huddersfiekd, UK
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I am a visitor from England and this is my 2nd stay at Austin Motel. I would recommend this to anyone. The motel is located in a convenient part of Austin. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the staff are friendly and obliging. My one recommendation would be to have fridges installed in rooms. I missed this facility as the 'on tap' ice doesn't replace this. If I visit Austin again I would plan to stay here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Fort Worth, Texas
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92 reviews
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is the best located motel in Austin for the Soco district and not that far from 6th Street. It is a room with a bed, tub, TV and no frills. If you want a place to stay to sleep and clean that's about it. The bad is the mattress is like mush no support at all. When we arrived it was during a rain storm so the computers at the motel were inoperative. The men behind the desk were at a loss on what to do but they gave us our key and said they would call us later so we could do a formal checkin. They were as friendly as anyone could expect under such circumstances. On the other hand the morning lady was rude to no only me but other guest, it's plain to see the owners are not interested as to the type help they keep because this motel is full almost all the time so why should they make any changes. My final say is if you want a room with location it's tops. Parking is difficult at best but once again you are 1/2 block from the Continental Club & right at the start of the Soco district.

Room Tip: I like a room that's one story not the two story where there's noise above.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

The Austin Motel is the place to stay. It may not have the mod cons of many other hotels but it is the most atmospheric hotel we have stayed at in America. Situated on South Congress Avenue it is ideally located for all that is happening in the South Congress area. The Continental club is over the street. Downtown is a very short bus ride away with lots of buses running all day until late evening. We loved the decor in our room particularly the palm tree mural. The hotel staff are all very friendly and helpful and we will definitely stay there if/when we visit Austin again.Also has the best illuminated sign around.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kittery Point, Maine
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Austin Motel reminds me of the places at the side of the road in my childhood- park right outside the door of your unit, outside corridor, simple furnishings. But it isn't at the side of the road, it's well located in the South Congress area of Austin with plenty of shopping, restaurants and clubs near by. We found the room to be comfortable, with a somewhat old-fashioned bathroom. But everything was clean.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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60 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

The best feature of this property is the location. The staff were really friendly, helpful, and accommodating as well. The rooms are average at best with no updates since the mid 70's. Anywhere else in the country a motel of this quality would cost you less than half the price, but you're paying to stay on South Congress and be able to walk to all the restaurants and bars and stumble back to your room after a night at the Continental Club. If you want a more luxurious experience, stay downtown!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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19 reviews
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

It pains me to give good reviews to places like this because it'll just be harder to get a room next time. Stay here. Be Happy and enjoy Austin.

Fun place, great staff, great location, nothing fancy. I'll stay here on every trip back to Austin

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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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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