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Austin Motel
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

if you like to use tissues not for you, we had to use a roll of toilet paper. If you like soft absorbent towels, not for you. If this is the totally Austin experience (per Southern Living mag) it's not for my group. Its old, had shag carpet from the 60's and towels that were worn to the bone. Sheet were clean but yellowed. Very eclectic, old and vintage. Lights outside of our window were bright all night. Best thing going for it is location. Time for some renovations and upgrades - like adding tissue boxes to each room, new sheets, towels, flooring, pillows and drapes, just the basics.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Yes, the Austin Motel is Kitschy and Retro but it is very Clean and Comfortable and Reasonably Priced. I just visited Austin again on business (Love Austin!) and I stayed at the Austin Motel for two nights. I really enjoy the South Congress (SoCo) neighborhood because of the restaurants and the vibe. The Austin Motel is right in the middle of some of the best restaurants in Austin and entertainment.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Couldn't have been in a better location. Historic, old & nostalgic property on South Congress. Stayed for 2 nights on the way from LA to Boston and liked the easy walking access to the restaurants, shops and nightspots. The funky pool was a nice feature in the 100 degree heat & nearly 100% humidity. Definitely worth a stop!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

This past weekend, my wife and I had the privilege of visiting Austin, TX. We looked at a significant number of other hotels, but on the advice of a friend, chose the Austin Motel for our four night stay (Thursday through Monday). I'm very happy that we did.

The motel has been in operation for 75 years and is part of Austin history. As many others have noted, the motel has a quirky charm. We stayed in room #129. It's a single queen bed with tile floor and a "sitting area". We didn't take much advantage of the sitting area, other than to put our luggage on, but the air-conditioned chill on the tile floor was nice after coming in from the near 100 degree heat.

There are a couple things you should keep in mind if you're considering the Austin Motel though. If you want room service, a mini bar, a big flat-screen tv, or other such fancy amenities, this is not the place for you. Additionally, our room only has a shower. So, if you're in need of a bath, you're going to want a different room.

If you're willing to rough it, however, the Austin Motel more than fits the bill when it comes to clean comfortable rooms, reasonable rates, and an exceptionally friendly staff. As an added bonus, the water pressure is amazing. The motel also offers a nice pool area. We were lucky enough to have to pool to ourselves on several occasions during our stay.

In addition to all the great points about the place, the location is top notch. Straight in the heart of South Congress you are right near a lot of fun. Zilker Park is up the street as well as the Congress St. Bridge and the famous bats. Restaurants, bars and clubs are numerous. We stayed there without a rental car and didn't run out of things to accomplish on foot.

Above all it was a great stay and we would certainly stay again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Down-to-Earth motel. When you're tired of ultra modern, ultra chrome, and the uber-perfect styles, try out the Austin Motel. Each room feels like a guest room in your favorite friend's house. The suites are more decked out, but still comfy.

They are nestled in an absolutely PERFECT part of Austin, Texas. Stay here and you've got coffee and wi-fi in the morning, a little sunbathing in kidney pool which is hidden by foliage, but right next to Congress St., some music at night at the Continental Club directly across the street. Anything you would like to eat within walking distance.

Walk to downtown or jump on a bus downtown.

See the bats come out at night on the Riverside bridge!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Monica M
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