We stayed at this hotel over Father's Day weekend, mainly due to its location (proximity to Ben White and Interstate 35) and the Comfort Suites name that we have come to rely on for quality. I do not know when I have been more disappointed in a hotel.
STRIKE ONE - LOCATION: First, the location is in a high traffic area, right behind a service station, and next to a 'seedy' looking hotel. We were concerned about our vehicle, so we asked if they had a security guard. They told us they did not have one on staff.
NOTE TO MGMT: Hire a Security Guard!
STRIKE TWO - CONDITION OF HOTEL AND ROOM: The main areas of the hotel, including the carpeting, walls, and main lobby are very worn and in desperate need of a makeover. The room was even worse. We had booked a room with two queens: apparently they are scarse - or should I say "scary"? Everything in the room, especially the TV, looked like something out of the 1980's. The ceiling was damaged and it looked like someone had dabbed huge amounts of spackling compound over it to stop water from leaking? The bathroom and bedsheets seemed to be clean, but the carpet was gritty.
NOTE TO MGMT: Update update update! Shampoo carpets!
The air conditioning in the main areas of the hotel was not working the day we checked in. OK, I'm not sure whether those tiny little a/c units positioned at either end of the long hallway just were not adequate or if they were completely broken? In addition, the hotel lost power 3 times in a span of four or five hours, which tripped the a/c unit. Each time the power was restored, or breakers were reset, we also had to get up out of bed and reset the a/c unit.
NOTE TO MGMT: Texas is hotter than Haides in the summer months. Fix the electric and a/c problems!
FYI - WE DID ask for another room and the attendant offered to upgrade us to a suite. We looked at the room she was offering us, and decided not to stay there because it seemed worse than the room we had. (She told us that there were a few updated rooms in the hotel, but none of those were available either.)
STRIKE THREE - BREAKFAST: Per the suggestions of previous TripAdvisor contributors, we went we down to breakfast around 8:30AM. We were going to give this hotel one more chance to redeem itself! I'm sorry to say that, not only is this the smallest breakfast area I have ever seen, but it's also the worst breakfast I ever had at a Comfort Inn. They seemed to be out of everything...perhaps they were rationing?
How did this hotel ever get to be in the CHOICE family brand? I would never recommend it to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Suites Downtown South Hotel Austin
- Comfort Suites Austin
- Austin Comfort Suites