This hotel is very well located - on I-35, less than a mile from UT Austin, and about a mile from downtown Austin. I was able to stay there for $60, although that rate may have been a result of me booking at the last minute. It's shaped as a tall U, which makes it feel protected, small, and comfy - I was surprised at how quiet it was despite its proximity to the freeway. The room was stocked with a high quality refrigerator, microwave, iron, ironing board, coffeemaker, and hair dryer. The AC works very well (which is an important thing in a hot city like Austin). The sheets seemed to be of higher quality than your typical bargain hotel. I loved the Mediterranean feel of the laminate in the bathroom - I imagined it was an addition by the current owners. I had already decided to use this hotel as my permanent good deal, great location hotel in Austin from this point on for all of these reasons... and then I found out that I had been able to check in at 3am the night before (my flight was delayed) because the owner made sure he was available for me to honor my reservation (even though I never called to tell him I'd be checking in three hours later than I'd said earlier in the day). That's unusually outstanding service. I love hotels that are well managed bargains!
For more picky travelers, be aware that the AC was a little loud, the channels available on the TV seemed spotty (although at least 20 channels worked), and the shower took ten minutes to get hot although it was warm right off. I lived in Austin for over ten years, and the location is fine for walking around during the day - but you might run into unsavories at night.
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