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Austin Motel

Bouldin Creek, Austin
  • The experts at Austin Chronicle and AFAR Media recommend this place
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    • AFAR Media
  • Austin Chronicle
    "phallic sign in the sky on South Congress"(2 Tips)
    Laughing Squid
    "But really go for the amazing neon sign."(2 Tips)
    Axay "Ax" P.
    "driven downtown for a bit of Austin Authentic"(3 Tips)
    Ryan T.
    "Old school, landmark place, and the a/c blows cold here!"(2 Tips)
25 Tips and reviews
  • south congress
  • neon sign
  • authentic
  • cute
  • outdoor seating
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  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleJune 5, 2013
    The phallic sign in the sky on South Congress is your beacon to one of the city's best places to kick your shoes off. If you don't have a reason to stay at this local lodging landmark, make up one.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaApril 8, 2015
    Each room has a one of a kind feel due to the colors, murals and decorations used. And the pool is one of the best located pools in town! Read more
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 27, 2012
    The Austin Motel’s iconic sign hanging on South Congress has appeared on just about every other postcard ever made here. The hotel is as unique as Austin.
  • Camden A.
    Camden Armsby2 weeks ago
    Came here for the pool and it did not disappoint! Great spot on S congress for hanging and rooms looked cute too
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    The somewhat phallic neon sign outside proclaims this motel to be ‘So close, yet so far out’. The rooms have a Central America meets Mediterranean flavour, and free parking is a big bonus. Read more
  • Axay "Ax" P.
    Axay "Ax" ParekhSeptember 20, 2011
    Great to stay away from Tourist driven downtown for a bit of Austin Authentic famous weird, great coffee across the st, and food and clubs..a bargin in Austin
  • Marc M.
    Marc McCabeMarch 18, 2012
    Awesome motel, clean and colorful, get a front room with the attached terrace for late night whiskeys. Lots of music!
  • Saving Places
    Saving PlacesSeptember 16, 2010
    So close yet so far out is so very true. In a word: Iconic. You cannot leave town without making a pilgrimage to the Austin Motel, a groovy, mid-mod treasure. - Jason, our Homesick Austinite
  • Max G.
    Max GemeinhardtMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    great rooms, nice verandas, a pool & super friendly staff. stay here! (during #SXSW you have to book very early though)
  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidFebruary 21, 2012
    They sell old fashioned-style room key fobs at the front desk for a small fee. But really go for the amazing neon sign.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TamaresJanuary 22, 2015
    Funky place to stay—not the Ritz. Old school, landmark place, and the a/c blows cold here!
  • Karen A.
    Karen AubyOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely a great place to stay if you want an authentic experience. Not corporate. Feels like you're staying with friends and the location can't be beat.
  • Y B.
    Y BJanuary 27, 2012
    Make sure to take a dip in the pool! And people watch from the deck :)
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff ButlerJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great location. Coffee stand across the street makes solid cup o' Joe.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerMarch 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Queen sized bed room is twice the size and only about 15 bucks more a night. Totally worth it.
  • Craig J.
    Craig J.December 20, 2011
    Be sure and check out the local music sceen at the Continental club right across the street.
  • Heather D.
    Heather DumfordApril 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    great place to stay, quaint rooms and friendly staff in a cool, chill neighborhood
    ARDBEG ROCKETMay 2, 2012
    We’re in #Austin, TX and can’t believe how much the #AustinMotel sign looks like a #rocket. Like us on FB:
  • Tom K.
    Tom KSeptember 21, 2015
    Great Motor Court atmosphere, friendly service.
  • Amber S.
    Amber SullivanJanuary 14, 2011
    Whatever you do, DON'T ask about the penis sign or call it the penis hotel...Trust me they have heard it all. They don't think you're funny.
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TysonDecember 16, 2015
    An Austin classic.
  • Linda S.
    Linda SuttnerNovember 22, 2015
    I don't share everyone's enthusiasm. The room smelled bad, the tv didn't work, and the sheets and towels didn't smell clean :(
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SchroerJune 7, 2016
    Authentic Austin
  • Nils H.
    Nils HeymannJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They make a big deal of id and credit card for check in. Not very flexible. Had to wait hours.
  • Art M.
    Art MartinezFebruary 27, 2011
    Great location not crazy about front desk.
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