Fodor's Expert Review Casulo Hotel

3017 S. I-35, Austin, Texas, 78741, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

The overall comfort level and location of this hotel—plus amenities like a free breakfast buffet—beats out other comparable chain hotels bordering the teeming I-35 corridor. Interiors are slightly dated, though, featuring an odd mix of modern and Asian-inspired elements, although some suites have large Jacuzzi tubs and private balconies. You will need a car to get around, but it’s a short drive to downtown, the airport, and the east side entertainment district.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is non-smoking and offers free WiFi and 24/7 desk service.


Basic comfort is the name of the game, with a minimal Asian theme running throughout. Some rooms feature Jacuzzi tubs next to the bed, or a window view straight into the bathroom.


The essentials are all covered and modern tile work and warm lighting make for an above average lavatory experience.

Photo: #casulohotelaustin #casulohotel our hotel for the weekend was pretty cool but slightly "quirky" lol. #itsanaustinthing


A hodgepodge of furniture and décor but friendly staff.

Photo: #casulohotelaustin #casulohotel our hotel for the weekend was pretty cool but slightly "quirky" lol. #itsanaustinthing
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A small interior courtyard features a pool, Jacuzzi and lounge chairs.

The hotel offers a Jacuzzi Club where for a $50 quarterly membership you have access to the Jacuzzi room and get 20% off of wine.

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A small fitness center with a handful of equipment located on the first floor.


The hotel’s café serves complimentary breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with bacon, sausage, eggs, pastries and more.


Getting Around

Located off Interstate 35 means that walking can be difficult, but it’s proximity to Downtown Austin means a rental car, Uber or cab should easily get you to where you need to go.


An Austin staple, Curra’s Grill (7-minute drive) is known for their comfort Tex-Mex cuisine, colorful atmosphere and must-have avocado margaritas. No frills BBQ and Tex-Mex are available for the hungry eater at Donn’s BBQ (7-minute walk).


Whether you’re there for the 70+ beers on tap, the inventive Indian fare or the live music, convenient store Whip In (4-minute drive) is always an experience. Try any one of the 10+ beers made at St. Elmo Brewery (11-minute drive), located in a the industrial-turned-hipster part of South Austin.


Though its location off I-35 isn’t ideal, the low cost of this boutique hotel makes it appealing enough, as does the funky atmosphere. This wouldn’t be our first place to stay in Austin, but for those needing a budget hotel near central Austin, it does the trick.


Casual Chic


Phones: 512-610–1116

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