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Hancock Guest Cottages
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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“Private, cozy, awesome.”
Reviewed 16 November 2011

I stayed in the Hancock Guest Nest: two days of business and then my SO came down for a weekend getaway. It worked well for both! I have been recommending it to anyone I can ever since. It didn't feel like a hotel at all, it felt like house-sitting for a friend. It combines the best of a bed and breakfast with the privacy and anonymity of a hotel; you never see anyone else, you aren't forced to have awkward interactions with anyone on the premises. Someone complained about the trucks in one of these reviews, so I was on the alert for that. I stayed there for 4 nights and I was shaken out of a nap by one maybe once. The lights from the parking lot were on maybe once as well, and I didn't find them off-putting. All in all, it was a quiet, clean, chic, and peaceful place to be. I found it really convenient that the place was so close to the HEB Supermarket as well as the gym and the wine store. I loved this place. If you like autonomy and privacy at a hotel, it's a wonderful place. If you love to be cleaned up after and pampered, try a chain hotel. But it is incredibly inexpensive considering how nice it is. Really—4 nights for $535.00 including tax? At the W that might get you 1 1/2 nights.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2011

The loft hideaway is wonderful. It reminds me of my stays in Europe, where the details like towels and bedding and silverware are always a bit nicer than they are in American hotels. The layout is lovely. The design details show an attention to quality and beauty. The hosts are wonderful. I was surprised, being upstairs in a converted attic loft, even the water pressure is wonderful and there is a full size washer and dryer in the unit. I would stay here again and will be recommending it to friends.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 26 December 2010

Well-appointed, with everything you need including juice and coffee for your first morning. Short walk to Mother's and Hyde Park restaurants, Quack's bakery and coffee shop, and Fresh Plus market. Hancock golf course is two drives down Red River.How nice is all that?

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

My daughter and I stayed in both the Loft and the Guest Nest; two separate properties which are part of the Hancock Cottages.

We stayed in the Loft for a month and a half and in the Guest Nest for two weeks while we worked on a project in Austin. We found the hosts, Rachel and Nick to be supremely helpful. They were quick to address any needs we might have (questions about the internet, the area etc).

The Loft is a cozy little fairy-tale of a place under the gables of the main cottage which is down below. We enjoyed the separate spaces in the loft: bedroom with nice closet, living room, utility room, very cool urban-style kitchen, lovely, comfortable bathroom. The space is cleverly decorated and includes great amenities: cable TV, wireless internet, washer and dryer, stove, fridge... you name it! Big windows let lots of light into this little loft. This space is probably not the best for tall folks. The gables create some pretty severe angles in the space.

The Guest Nest is private, and cozy. With its high ceiling and glass bricks across the top of the kitchen area, it reminded us a little of a loft studio in NYC. The furnishings were chic, and comfortable. The kitchen was thoughtfully designed, and we were especially pleased to discover the dishwasher! The washer and dryer and dressing room-sized closet were very helpful! The bathroom was large, and beautiful with a large rain-head shower and a very nice bathtub.

Of the two spaces, our favorite was the Guest Nest. The angles of the Loft were a little challenging on occasion, we enjoyed the separation from the lower cottage space for privacy purposes, and the abundance of light. That said, we were very happy with our stay in the Loft as well!

The location is terrific! Although we had a car, we walked to lots of little coffee shops, and restaurants in the area, discovering the "best corner in Austin"-- 43rd St and Duval-- and its cool little grocery store and terrific cheese shop, coffee shop, and restaurants. We even walked to 6th Street one day (a LONG walk, but not impossible for the intrepid)!

The gardens on the property are lovely. Finches live in a large enclosure and a little goldfish pond with a fountain burbles pleasantly in the large courtyard near the Loft. The Guest Nest boasts a sweet little private garden which also has a goldfish pond and fountain. We spent numerous mornings on the porch of the Guest Nest enjoying coffee and reading. There were many days during our extended stay in Austin that we chose to stay at "home" simply because it was so comfortable right where we were!

I highly recommend any of the properties available through Nick and Rachel for a stay in the Austin area!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Lagos, Nigeria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 October 2010

I spent about 6 weeks at the Hancock Guest Cottage with my family and we enjoyed our stay. It is very close to the bus routes and the Hancock shopping Center is right behind the Cottage. The owners were quite friendly and ensured we were comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Dallas, TX
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

We stayed in the Guest Nest unit for five nights, and overall we recommend it with 3.5 out of 5 stars with a few caveats for light sleepers. It is located in the rear of the same property as the Guest Cottage and Loft Hideaway, but the Guest Nest has a private “yard” / patio area separated from the Cottage by a privacy fence. We uploaded photos which show some minor changes to the property compared to the photos shown on their website.

The Good:
1. For two people, the size is good -- not overly spacious but cozy and enough space. It's in a relatively quiet (note: see caveat below in The Ugly section) neighborhood and is only a short drive from UT.
2. We liked the interior design and minimalist style as it's different from most hotels in the same price range.
3. The amenities are great -- fridge with freezer, fully stocked kitchen with everything you need to cook for two, and a washer and dryer for laundry is in the closet.
4. We had no problems with the wifi Internet connection and the desk had a stereo with an iPod docking station.

The Bad (1/2 star deduction):
None of these items are complaints (and didn't really bother us that much) but rather they are observations that should help others make an informed decision based on their personal preferences.
1. There is no dining table -- instead you use TV trays and the reclined black chairs. The angle of the chairs is great for watching a movie but made it more likely that one might spill food on one's clothes while eating.
2. Kitchen sink is difficult to rinse given that it's flat-bottomed and not sloped -- a sprayer on a hose would make a nice addition to the kitchen.
3. The ceiling fan can be controlled only via a remote controller and the sensor does not pick up the commands if you are in the bed -- you have to get out of the bed to get to an angle where the sensor picks it up.
4. In the bathroom, the sink has a cool design but it does have a flaw. The faucet should be closer to the sink because if you try to get a stream of low pressure water, then most likely the water will hit the sink lip and spill onto the counter (this happened to us several times).
5. A deadbolt is installed on the inside of the gate in the courtyard, but the gate sags and this requires you to lift up the gate if you wish to lock / unlock the gate.
6. If you're going to turn left onto Red River from either 43rd or the Hancock Center parking lot, you have to fight an obstructed view due to bushes and a curve in the road when looking for an opening in southbound traffic. There is a light you can use at 41st and Red River, but you have to snake around to it behind the HEB which is annoying.
7. Finally, the A/C is a window unit. It worked fine for us (just have to give it some time to cool the room) in October but during a Texas summer it might take quite a while to drop the indoor temperature.

The Ugly (1 star deduction):
If you're a light sleeper, this might be a deal breaker.
1. The row of windows above the kitchen does not have a shade / blinds and therefore it lets in light from the HEB parking lot / loading dock during the night. Trucks unload during the night with lots of flashing lights and loud noises. We always travel with eye masks and ear plugs, so this wasn't a major problem for us but I know many light sleepers who would hate it.
2. Finally, despite it being a relatively quiet neighborhood, there are many cars that use Bennett all day and most of the night to access the HEB parking lot which resulted in quite a bit of traffic right out our front door. Other reviewers indicated that they were surprised that there wasn't much traffic from the shopping center but our experience was different from those reviews.

All said, this is a good place. If we go back to Austin, we'll probably stay elsewhere but that's because we'd want to see a different part of the city and not because of dissatisfaction with this location.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 August 2010

We visit Austin fairly frequently and have found it difficult to find decent short-term furnished apartments for rent.

We recently stayed a month in the Hancock Guest Nest! This style of accommodation is perfect for short-term visitors, especially if visiting UT. The red river shuttle bus into the university is practically on your door.

The Guest Nest has everything you need in a small space. Full kitchen, full laundry, outdoor area, comfy bed, clean linens, internet, cable etc ... They even provided us with a baby cot.

The apartment is super clean, and Nick and Rachel are always accomodating and on call.

We also liked the fact we backed onto a shopping centre. Arriving late and being able to easily buy supplies at (the 24 hour) H.E.B makes stocking up the fridge simple. It is also a really short walk to restaurants on Duval street. There are lots of food options + a fitness center in the shopping center as well.

Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Hancock Guest Cottages
Address: 1009 E. 43rd, Austin, TX 78751-4415
Region: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
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