Fodor's Expert Review Austin Motel

1220 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78704, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

What used to be a fading 1938 motor court is now a beloved, quintessentially-Austin motel. Sitting pretty in the heart of South Congress’ famed stretch of trendy restaurants, clubs, and shops, this crash pad is a favorite with trendsetters and artsy folk, who hang by the classic, kidney-shaped pool. Funky, throwback rooms are all unique, ranging from sedate to outrageous, from a diminutive all-white room to a '70s-style flamingo room, decked out with shag pillows and multicolored leatherette chairs. The staff, made up of laid-back locals, aims to please.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you stay for more than three nights or book 30 days in advance, you’ll receive a discount on your stay.


The 41 candy-colored rooms might be an assault on the senses for some, but it definitely enhances the idea that you’ve stepped back into retro America. Fortunately, the amenities are not dated and guests are treated to comfy Sferra sheets, TV and Wi-Fi.


Small bathrooms, some with detached sinks. Everday Coconut bath amenities by Alaffia are provided in each.


Alabaster minimalism with pops of color everywhere. Large floor-to-ceiling windows look out to Congress Avenue’s busy sidewalk. A carefully curated shop of curios and noshings to buy line the walls.


A sweet little oasis in the middle of the compound. Shrubs shield for privacy and direct sunlight makes for easy tanning.


A new restaurant is planned for 2018.

Head to sister business Jo's Coffee and snag a coffee or breakfast to help you start your day.


Getting Around

Located in the middle of South Congress Avenue, guests can easily walk to a variety of restaurants and shops. For those who want to venture further, renting a bike or grabbing a pedicab or Uber works.


Austin’s premiere pizza shop, Home Slice (3-minute walk), is known for its NYC-style slices and delicious homemade subs. Make sure to go at off times—the wait can be long. For some classic Austin Tex-Mex, head to Guero’s (3-minute walk) for some tacos, margaritas and live music.


Newcomer Auguste & Marcel Wine Bar (7-minute walk) offers a long list of local beers, cocktails and wine along with tapas and flatbread. Popular for their brunch and happy hour, June’s also serves up an impressive list of cocktails and beers, and they even feature a Sunday night pub night with British beer and Indian fare.


Recent renovations and charming color palette make for an unforgettable stay. Though the amenities are a plus, the grounds are small. Fortunately, the primo location means guests are in walking distance to several Austin-y things.




Phones: 512-441–1157

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