Best Sentimental Journey

Austin Motel

Imagine a laconic, mint julep-sippin' afternoon, poolside, under a brush of bamboo and palm, with the afternoon sun glinting off of the white stucco and red, Spanish tile. This three-tiered marvel of a motel was originally built in 1938 and even through disheveled periods of disrepair recalls the simpler elegance of a bygone era - the days of the roadside, "mom & pop" inn. Funk factor aside, even persnickety moms and pops will be impressed with the cedar-wrapped beams, saltillo tile, and Jacuzzi tubs in the pricier, renovated rooms, and the rooms that have not yet tasted 1995 are still comfortable, clean, and affordable. Owner Dottye Dean's vision is happening steadily, one room at a time.

Austin Motel
1220 S. Congress, 512/441-1157
www.austinmotel.com

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