PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/casulohotel/

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.

room

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.

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

lobby

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
Photo: #hotelbalconyshot #casulohotelaustin #casulohotel

pool

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.

Photo: #hotelbalconyshot #casulohotelaustin #casulohotel

gym

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

dining

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

LOCATION

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.

Restaurants

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).

Bars

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.

WHY WE LIKE IT

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.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Trendy
Casual
Central
Casual Chic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 512-610–1116

What’s Nearby

People also liked

Hotel Entrance

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin

$$$ | Central Austin, Downtown, and Capitol Area | 303 W. 15th St., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States

One of the best-managed hotels in the city, the all-suites DoubleTree... Read More

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

$$$$ | Central Austin, Downtown, and Capitol Area | 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States

You get what you pay for in superior service and amenities at this ele... Read More

Inn at Pearl Street

$$$ | Central Austin, Downtown, and Capitol Area | 809 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States

Guests can choose from a variety of rooms on this well-appointed Judge... Read More

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

$$$ | Central Austin, Downtown, and Capitol Area | 701 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78701, United States

Locally known as the “Stephen F.,” this 1924 hotel underwent a multimi... Read More

Lake Austin Spa

$$$$ | Greater Austin | 1705 South Quinlan Park Road, Austin, Texas, 78732, United States

One of Austin's most exclusive escapes, this Hill Country resort and s... Read More

Lone Star Court

$$ | Greater Austin | 10901 Domain Dr., Austin, Texas, 78758, United States

The growing Domain shopping district is known for its high-end retail... Read More