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Rodeway Inn University / Downtown
Ranked #173 of 201 Hotels in Austin
Reviewed 1 June 2013

Google maps had us get off the freeway in what everyone says is the worst possible part of Austin - the hotel itself is off the 236A exit, NOT the "R" street filled with prostitutes and dealers. The guy at the front desk was very helpful and friendly when I called for directions. And that's about the only good thing I can say about this motel other than its proximity to downtown (~5 min on the 35), noon check-out and pet-friendliness (+$10, $50 deposit).

It looks like the motel from Breaking Bad. We had dead cockroaches in our room. There were hairs on the wall of our shower. Besides lamps, our room hadn't been updated since the 80's. Our chair was cheap, ripped and stained. The light switches were sticky. The outdoor walkway smelled like urine. The ice maker was broken. We went down for breakfast and it was a mess. No coffee cups, no coffee. You can make your own Texas-shaped waffle, though. The AC on high never cooled our room to our liking. All for $120 a night. Gross.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

This hotel have many advantages:
1) Good situation (downtown 10 minutes), safe place
2) Big room, very confortable beds
3) Excellent price
4) Microwate, fridge, iron
5) Pool
6) Minimun breakfast (milk, coffe, juice, cereals and two kind of cake)
7) Bathroom: OK
8) TV OK

Disadvantages:
Only one: the carpet smells very very bad. The room smells smoke. In fact, I had to open de windows all the day to have a cleaner air.

In my experience, the proximity of the highway is not a problem if you close the windows (other travelers said that this was the main problem; for me, it is no so noise place)

Room Tip: If you smoke, this is your perfect place as well as if you do not mind it smells not very well. It h...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Jc C
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

The motel is situated just next to the very busy highway so it was quite noisy during the night. The rooms are facing the road. Our room was clean, but modest and smaller than in other standard american motels. The breakfast was quite poor: just coffee/ orange juice and a couple of muffins. There were just 2 tables to sit and take a coffee for the all motel's guests. It's true it's not very far from downtown.

Room Tip: All the rooms are facing the highway so they are quite noisy.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

It's old. It's clean enough. The prices are low enough. The parking was limited.
Skip the free "Continental breakfast" and go to the little café one block north on the East side of I-35. Austin is still weird!
Yeah, watch out for parking where you are not welcome. Towing is always rampant in crowded towns with lots of out of town visitors.
In town for the F1 race. Staff friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Most rooms face the freeway. You might try the ones on the South side, but I have actual experience...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Thank James M
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Worst Hotel I have ever stayed at, I booked a standard queen double online, was told at check in, I booked a single, ummm no I booked a double why would I book a single for me and my daughter, I asked is it a king was told no it was a full, I'm like really WTF, anyway I was tired it was late, go in the room and Oh My God it was horrible, big [--] dead roach on the floor was the first thing I noticed, second thing I noticed was a musty smell in the room, do not take your shoes off in room uless you want the bottom of your feet or socks to get dirty.
This place is a DUMP, the picture they use must be 20 years old when the place was new, because it does not look like this. Mattress looks like something they found on side of the road, and it is the cheapest mattress made, the springs pop and make noise with every movement. I booked 2 nights, but I left after the first night, as I said before this place is a DUMP!!! I could not wait to get home to scrub the dirt off me that was picked up from this crap-hole of a hotel.
And the traffic noise from I-35 will be heard all night long, I wouldn't put my Mother-In-Law up in this motel hell.
Do yourself a favor and shell out a few more bucks for a decent place to stay, because this place just sucks major booty, I don't know how anyone could give this place 1/2 a star rating.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

It was the only hotel left for our stay so we really had no choice. There wasn't enough parking so we asked if we could park at the Eithiopian restaurant next door. We were told we could as long they were closed. They were!!!! Woke up and our truck had been towed!! Cost us $200 to get it! Try had a credit care on file for our rooms and took the number for another card for " incendentals". They charged that card instead and said there was nothing they could do! We will never stay here again and I do NOT recommend!!!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Address: 2900 North I-35, Austin, TX 78705-3404
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Region: United States > Texas > Austin
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #173 of 201 Hotels in Austin
Price Range: £50 - £153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Rodeway Inn University / Downtown 1.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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