The decor and grounds are a nice juxtaposition between modern and historic—the mansion is grand and stately, the pool area is relaxing and hip-looking. (We visited in December, so we can only imagine how popular it must be in the warmer months!). The grounds include interesting contemporary sculptures and the hotel's public spaces have some really cool art and photography. Our room in the "new addition" pool area was chic, but in an understated way—it wasn't so modern as to conflict with the historic quality of the mansion. The hotel's rooms should appeal to travelers of many ages and tastes.
We also enjoyed hanging out in the hotel bar, rapping with the bartenders about mixology and trying their assortment of cocktails, and even experimenting with some new recipes. The staff is really fun and engaging, and they do a good job of creating a relaxed environment. For more than a couple evenings, we found it the best way to wind-down after a long day.
One last thing: I believe the greatest indicator of a hotel's quality is the attitude and pride of its staff. Without a doubt, the staff that work at Hotel Ella are pleasant, enthusiastic, and proud of where they work. There's a very good energy that makes me suspect the management is good and that the quality and value will only continue to grow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the heart of downtown Austin and within walking distance of the University of Texas, Hotel Ella is a stylish boutique hotel housed in the historic Goodall Wooten House, one of Austin's original landmark estates. Constructed in 1900, the Greek revival-style mansion underwent an extensive renovation in 2013, and now offers a picture-perfect setting for vacations, staycations, weddings, meetings and more. With 47 guest rooms, a cabana-lined pool, and a wrap-around veranda overlooking our front lawn, Hotel Ella features beautifully designed outdoor and indoor spaces-including a recently renovated ballroom-that will add timelessness and simple elegance to any event. In true Texan style, guests will be treated to a superior level of personalized service and exceptional dining during their stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mansion At Judges` Hill Hotel Austin
- Mansion At Judges Hill Austin