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Habitat Suites

Pros

  • Eco-conscious
  • Attractive landscaping
  • Peaceful
  • Hospitable staff

Cons

  • Poor-quality furniture
  • Small TVs
  • Can be hard to find

Updated 02/05/2013

Fodor's Review

Native flowering plants, organic vegetable gardens, and fruit-bearing trees surround this environmentally friendly lodging. A member of the Green Hotels Association, it's won an impressive number of awards for sustainability. The beautifully landscaped pool is sanitized with a salt generator instead of chlorine, the rooms are cleaned with nontoxic products, and the breakfast buffet includes macrobiotic selections. The apartment-like suites are light-filled and roomy, with

vaulted ceilings and open kitchens; most have fireplaces. Two-bedroom suites have two stories. Highland Mall, a major shopping center, is just across the road. There's a business center.

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Hotel Information

Address:

500 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78752, USA

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Phone:

512-467–6000; 800-535–4663

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 96 suites
  • Breakfast

Updated 02/05/2013

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Sep 20, 2012

Interesting place for a visit...

I stayed here while in Austin for a family wedding. I decided to book this hotel because of the economical price, and 'off the beaten path' feel I got from their website. So it's definitely not a Holiday Inn! Which is both a good and bad thing. It's in a part of town that used to have a nice mall in it- but the mall is no longer in business and that particular area of town is not the greatest place to be. However, the hotel is eco-friendly, as

it says in their brochures, and has a really great free breakfast! My husband still raves about it! They had all kinds of fresh fruit, and tons of other breakfast choices from pancakes to waffles and several kinds of meats. Although I probably wouldn't stay there again, it was interesting for a one-time adventure.

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Aug 27, 2010

Habitat Suites Hotel Review

Habitat Suites rocks for multiple reasons: 1.Green, green, green. The most sustainable, amazingly conscious hotel I have ever stayed at and they have been that way before it seemed important. 2. Great suites, one and two bedroom with kitchen, which let's me cook when I want, which saves me money and is more healthy. 3. The grounds are gorgeous! Fig trees bursting with ripe figs, native landscaping, lovely pool and hot tub not overloaded with chlorine.

Could use some aesthetic work, but water is clean. Truly an oasis along I-35. 4. Free Breakfast and happy hour. Great breakfast where you can get hearty whole grain cereal, or bacon and eggs. Starbucks coffee, Tazo tea and regularly stocked black tea from China. Offer Sucanat, not just sugar. Even udon noodle soup for Asian travelers. 5. Staff is great, but they are light staffed on weekends, so just be aware. Cons: Location is odd, but the access to I-35 is relatively easy if you use St. John's exit. Yes, Sugar's in next door. Ignoring it is easy. Highland Mall is not a destination of any kind, so hop on the highway to shop elsewhere. Also,it is an older hotel, so furniture is dated to early 90's. Could use a fashion update in the rooms, but otherwise clean. I've stayed here and family has stayed here multiple times. I actually lived here 30 days after a house fire and loved it.

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