This past weekend, my wife and I had the privilege of visiting Austin, TX. We looked at a significant number of other hotels, but on the advice of a friend, chose the Austin Motel for our four night stay (Thursday through Monday). I'm very happy that we did.
The motel has been in operation for 75 years and is part of Austin history. As many others have noted, the motel has a quirky charm. We stayed in room #129. It's a single queen bed with tile floor and a "sitting area". We didn't take much advantage of the sitting area, other than to put our luggage on, but the air-conditioned chill on the tile floor was nice after coming in from the near 100 degree heat.
There are a couple things you should keep in mind if you're considering the Austin Motel though. If you want room service, a mini bar, a big flat-screen tv, or other such fancy amenities, this is not the place for you. Additionally, our room only has a shower. So, if you're in need of a bath, you're going to want a different room.
If you're willing to rough it, however, the Austin Motel more than fits the bill when it comes to clean comfortable rooms, reasonable rates, and an exceptionally friendly staff. As an added bonus, the water pressure is amazing. The motel also offers a nice pool area. We were lucky enough to have to pool to ourselves on several occasions during our stay.
In addition to all the great points about the place, the location is top notch. Straight in the heart of South Congress you are right near a lot of fun. Zilker Park is up the street as well as the Congress St. Bridge and the famous bats. Restaurants, bars and clubs are numerous. We stayed there without a rental car and didn't run out of things to accomplish on foot.
Above all it was a great stay and we would certainly stay again.
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