Good location in North Austin at the Domain mixed-use shopping mall. When I stay in Austin alone, I like to stay near the Domain as opposed to downtown, because I feel safer. It's so easy to walk to the Domain from the Lone Star, the Westin Domain, or the Aloft hotels.
Okay, the hotel. Very cool Austin vibe -- a turquoise blue 40's car parked outside signals that this is not your cookie-cutter hotel. There is also an Airstream food trailer parked on the property, soon to open with Texas food specialties. The hotel is styled after a motor-court motel, but so much cooler! The rooms, in several separate buildings, are ranged around the central courtyard, which contains a pool and several seating areas, some with fire pit, others under cover with a barbecue grill-smoker. One night there was a group of girlfriends who had a wonderful time outside at the fire pit -- their fun was contagious, not at all intrusive. Live music on weekends adds to the relaxed Texas feel. The rooms are accessed from the outside, usually not my choice when staying alone, but the hotel had good security and limited access. The "hallways" are wooden boardwalks, with rocking chairs outside each room -- it was really great to sit outside in the pleasant weather. One night I was tired and headachy, and worried that the music would be bothersome, but I didn't hear a thing in my room.
Inside, the room was more than adequate -- a bit bare-bones, but everything you need: a super comfy bed, a nice couch with coffee table, a desk, a wardrobe, in-room safe, and the very cool Smeg refrigerator, filled with a mini bar (longnecks and local beers - awesome!). On the coffee table, chips and salsa and other local goodies (Bat City Coffee, anyone?) are available at reasonable prices. The bathroom had a sliding barn door -- love that! -- and a nicely tiled walk-in shower (no tub), really nice towels, a magnifying mirror, hair dryer, bathrobe. There was an additional bathrobe in the wardrobe, and that's where I found the coffee maker and safe.
The design was so cool. The desk is a slab of barnwood, the wardrobe is wide-plank pine with the bottom half ombre-painted in the same shade of robin's egg blue as the Smeg refrigerator. The retro-looking couch in my room was orange, with a matching chandelier made of orange felt! Mason jars held the necessities in the bathroom, and (my favorite) there was a metal bucket for filling with ice and longneck beers for your porch sitting in your rocking chair. FUN!!
Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to eat at the hotel, but the menu looked delicious - brisket tacos, local specialties...
There were bikes available for guests' use, and they offered the use of their shuttle to get me to an appointment in the Domain, but I chose to walk. The hotel is not pet-friendly, but did allow service dogs.
Best of all? The PRICE! The Westin at the Domain ranges over $300 a night, and my bill at the Lone Star was $127 a night before taxes. What a deal! I will definitely be back, and next time, I'm staking my claim at the fire pit, baby!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lone Star Court is a cool, retro, modern hotel in Austin, TX at the Domain. A unique blend of past and present with outdoor fire pits, an outdoor swimming pool reminiscent of Hill Country swimming holes and an on-site food truck court and part of Austin's Live Music Scene with Live music Wednesdays - Saturdays. All located in the heart of the Domain, near Rock Rose, and where you can enjoy upscale luxury shopping, dining, events and entertainment at our Domain hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lone Star Court Austin, Texas