on March 14, 2007
There are several words that come to mind when it comes to the Austin Motel but I think to limit it to one it must be FUNKY. As usual I went in search of the unusual, the different, the funky and I found it. Their motto says it all, “So close yet so far out”. Family owned and operated since 1938 they offer 41 rooms with a style to fit anyone’s taste and budget.First:You can’t book this hotel way in advance. They only book three months in advance. Call them and find out when they will begin accepting bookings for the dates you want. If you are coming on a weekend you need to book at least two nights. Go to their website and look at all the rooms, they are all different. Austin Motel. You can find anything from a tropical wonderland to a very retro '50s look.Second:Expect to love it or hate it. We loved it. It’s unique and the help, is really helpful. When we had to cancel the two days we were stuck in Georgetown they were so understanding and didn’t charge us for the no show.We booked two of the pool view rooms. These are larger than average and overlook the pool. Our room had a wrought iron canopy king sized bed. It had gauze draped over the top and down the poles. The whole front of our room was windows and in front of them were two wicker chairs. The floor in or room was all tile. Our bathroom was a retro '50s room. The colors, the shape of the sink and the shower curtain all screamed we’re old but in a nice way.The walls of the room are bring, garishly so but we knew what it looked like before we booked. Their website shows pictures of each and every room so there are no surprises. Our TV was sitting against that bright blue wall on a wicker table with a wooden console table next to it holding a large vase and plastic flowers. On the wall is a tapestry. Tacky, oh yah baby but fun.Joe’s room had two beds and some pieces of antique furniture. It was more conservative than our room, done in deep burgundy tones. His bathroom was also retro '50s in style. The hotel has an outdoor pool, parking for some rooms is right out side their door or in our case we had to drive to another street and park on a cul de sac and walk down stairs with our luggage to get to our room. What really sells this motel besides for its unique style and economical prices is it’s location. South Congress Ave is the hottest location in Austin and there are plenty of upscale restaurants, antique shops and stores to keep anyone interested for quite a while.
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