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2 of 5 bubbles Review of Austin Motel

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Austin Motel
Ranked #78 of 199 Hotels in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Houston, Texas
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

It's true. It's funky. I wanted to stay here so bad and was ready to "rough it." or so I thought. The room is small and that's okay. But the bed!!!! It was one of those creeky soft beds that you couldn't turn over in. I did not sleep ALL night.

If you're okay with that, you'll like the place. It is a great location and it is not misrepresented on the website. But I just can't go back due to the poor mattress and lack of sleep.

Just know before you go. And you'll be fine.

Room Tip: Just no clue here...
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

This is a classic motel, very retro and very hip. The rooms are typically sized and comfortable with basic amenities.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating, and the lobby provides coffee and tea in the mornings.

There is a lovely pool so bring your suit. The attached restaurant, Snack Bar, is excellent for food and drink, and they will even deliver to your room! Jo's is excellent for coffee and snacks next door.

Room Tip: There is one section with a 2nd floor, so if you're concerned with noise from a room above, don...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Well this is more like it, prefer these smaller boutique hotels, places with something unique and characterful. After a week of festivities, relocating to this place in the SoCo district was just the tonic. Surrounded by wonderful diners, great shopping and quirky boutiques, the Austin Motel exudes charm and a more personal touch. It may be a tatted-up hipster location, but both the motel and the area are so laid-back and relaxed, it's hard not to just while away the days ambling along. Rooms were claen and very reasonable,and friendly reception staff.Loved it.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Concord
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

We stayed 3 nights at Austin Motel, fully enjoyed our stay... we had one of the small rooms for $85 each night and loved it. You can walk to many stores and resturants and if you like you can walk to 6th street, we did twice and I am very overweight.... This place is a bargin and I will be back.

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

I had a blast staying here! But the rooms are the extreme form of retro. They are funky and colorful. The "old seventies chair" in the corner really is an old seventies chair. If you prefer the 2012 version of the old Dodge Challenger, don't stay here. If you like the original muscle car, and don't mind a little rust in the floorboards, you'll have a great time. Be sure and log on to their website. They have photos of each individual room, so you can choose your flavor of funk. Location among the clubs and vintage shops is awesome. If you ever wanted David Lynch to design your Valentine Getaway, choose that bright pink one by the pool...

Room Tip: Go to Motels website, click on individual room numbers. They have photos of each room,band they are...
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Garland, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

That's what you're getting when you stay at this Austin institution. The room is clean and BASIC. When I called to make the reservation (no online reservation system)-I asked if there was a coffee maker in the room since I didn't see that on the list of amenities (and I'm a caffeine addict/fiend) and was told "no". No problem-we just toted along our Kuerig. Better tote along your box of tissue, shampoo, soft towels and iron/ironing board if you want-that's not there either. As I said before the room was clean and really all we needed. The Snack Bar restaurant is next to the lobby and EXCELLENT. We were able to park right outside our door and there's no parking charge. The place was pretty quiet, except for our heavy footed upstairs neighbor. I recommend this place and we will stay here again. If you decide to stay here just remember that you're paying for location, funkiness and as the card on the back of the hotel room door says "an old fashioned motel experience". Just bring along any necessities you can't live without.

Room Tip: If you want quiet, stay upstairs.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Santa Fe
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

Our room was decorated southwestern. Clean, basic and comfortable. We found staff to be very friendly. The maid went out of her way for us. Restaurants and shops walking distance. We would return.

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Property: Austin Motel
Address: 1220 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704-2422
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Region: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#41 Romantic Hotel in Austin
#57 Family Hotel in Austin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Austin Motel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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