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“"Eco-friendly" without being impractical or self-righteous” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Habitat Suites Hotel
Ranked #54 of 197 Hotels in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“"Eco-friendly" without being impractical or self-righteous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed 3 nights here while in town for a wedding. Every member of the staff I encountered was awesome (with a special hat tip to Iris, Maudie, and Robert Jr.) The room, while perhaps a BIT dated in spots, was clean. The pool was great for the kids.

The climate control was outstanding. The kitchen, while we did not use it, seemed great. A refrigerator was provided, and bathroom space was ample. They replaced everything used on a daily basis. There are literally trees on the grounds from which you are permitted to take fruit, and maps provided so you know you're not breaking any rules.

Further, breakfast was wonderful, and the happy hour a real gem - 3 drinks per guest, on the house, and great appetizers. Parking is ample, they give you free use of a PC to print documents like boarding passes, etc.

Really just perfect from start to finish - I would definitely stay there again.

Green Features: Habitat makes an effort to not be wasteful without being preachy or impractical. I've been to places where I felt like the practices were plain unsanitary. That is not the case here - they "walk the walk."
  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

Stayed here last week of May. This was my third time to stay at the Habitat Suites in ten years. I believe the hotel is actually improving. My room was updated with new flat-screens and updates. Everything was very clean. The suites are perfect for longer stays with fridges, microwaves etc...very spacious. Safe area and very quiet. I really like the organic garden which you can utilize freely. This is the most environmentally friendly hotel I've ever seen or heard about. The only downside to this hotel is that it's a bit hard to get to. Highland Mall, next door, is pretty much dead. The hotel is not in walking distance to anything of note in Austin. But it's a great, reasonably priced, clean and safe place to stay. I do recommend it.

Green Features: Every hotel should follow the lead of the Habitat Suites in working toward environmental sustainability. They are doing great work here in that regard.
  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

This is a jewel! The rooms are spacious and lovely; the bedroom had a very comfortable bed and its own TV. The kitchen is well-equipped. We had no problem with wifi. Its lovely, quiet grounds are a real attraction for us, and there's a pool with patio for relaxing. The staff is wonderful, and breakfasts and happy hour are sumptuous. Their green attitude is a real plus. It's a bit tricky to find but is close to I-5 & 183 so is very convenient. It's our top choice and is definitely 'worth a detour'!

Green Features: This is a wonderful feature and in no way means the amenities are less than great.
  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sun City West, Arizona
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221 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 384 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

I recently completed a 2 night stay at the Habitat Suites. As other reviewers have said, the property is showing a bit of wear and tear and the decor is a bit outdated. That said, the suites are very spacious and have everything you need, including a kitchen equipped with all of the basics you need to fix yourself something to eat. I had a 1 bedroom suite near the pool. The internet was very good -- the staff was very friendly and helpful -- breakfast was fantastic -- and the happy hour was a very nice touch. My only disappointment was that the hotel doesn't have an exercise room of any sort.

I will definitely choose to stay here again next time I'm in Austin.

Room Tip: Seemed like all of the rooms would be good.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Torrance
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

We ran an event at Habitat Suites April of 2013. I knew going in that the hotel was a little outdated so I was not surprised by the actual rooms. But I was surprised to find that the beds were very comfortable, the hotel staff was one of the friendliest I've encountered and we run events all over the country, the breakfast was the best I've had at a hotel, and the daily complimentary reception was a real plus. I also appreciated that I could go to the dinning room at any time and have fresh delicious coffee and tea. The hotel was quiet and charming. I appreciated having a full kitchen which made my stay so much easier. Lots of great restaurants within a mile of the hotel, and in just 15 mins we were downtown. We had a great experience here and will be back.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Clean, inexpensive, and accessible. This is a deal. It is 10 minutes from downtown Austin. The suites are roomy and fully equipped. There is a wonderful hot breakfast and a happy hour (with cheese, veggies, etc) included in the price. All this for $89. Prices vary with weekends. The only suggestion would be if they updated their lights and tvs a bit, but for the price, well worth it.

Room Tip: No elevator so if you can't do stairs, request first floor.
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Green Features: Very green which explains the lighting in the room. The grounds were beautiful with lots of flowers and trees, and there were birds everywhere. Strict non-smoking policy, too!
  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Myers, Florida
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41 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

Yes, it's a little older. Yes, it's not in the center of hip Austin. Yes, the TVs are small; agreed. But it is clean, thoughtfully provisioned and the breakfast is outstanding. Friendly, helpful staff were everywhere. The pool area is charming. It is quiet.

Also, I have sensitivities that will cause eczema when my skin is pummeled with chemicals, especially fragrances. This was the BEST hotel room for me in that regard. Clean, but clearly environmentally caeful...no fake perfumes anywhere. The bed sheets were washed in eco-friendly detergents, I could tell. I still would have had to bring my own soap but I really appreciated the lack of perfumes in the bedding and towels.

Room Tip: Wi Fi was best closer to the pool area.
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Green Features: They are all about this. Even the coffee is organic.
  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Habitat Suites Hotel
Address: 500 E Highland Mall Blvd, Austin, TX 78752-3722
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Region: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Austin
#29 Romantic Hotel in Austin
#37 Family Hotel in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Habitat Suites Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Habitat Suites is a relaxed green oasis in North Central Austin. We are a locally-owned independent hotel with a focus on spacious suites, organic edible gardens and an unrelenting dedication to guest comfort and green energy practices. ... more   less 
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