Local legend has it this was the location of choice for illicit affairs involving the members of the Legislature during days of yore. Now it's the home of the cool pool, so close to downtown, yet so far out. Recent renovations have brought Nineties Jacuzzis and saltillo tile to this stronghold of roadside sensibility.
The Austin Motel becomes a neon rainbow experience for the holidays, with Hunky Santa on Thursdays, weekly film screenings Fridays, carols with a drag Mrs. Claus Saturdays, and pop-up shops Sundays. Through Dec. 26.