LGBT Friendly Hotel Review: Austin Motel in Austin Texas

The Austin Motel is a fun retro-chic motel that sits just south of the Colorado river and Austin’s famed Bat Bridge. The motel is surrounded by some of the best dining, nightlife and shopping in Austin along South Congress Avenue.

When you stay here you’re only a short ride from some of our favorite attractions in Austin Downtown, Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool. (Insert Link) Austin Motel served as an ideal home base for us as we adventured around Austin.

We arrived a couple hours before check in but the friendly staff kept held our bags while we headed out for some much needed lunch and a stop at Amy’s Ice Cream down the street. When we got back we were able to pick up a couple of La Croix (because giving it up cold turkey was harder than I imagined) from the adorable bodega on site.

Austin Motel is a homegrown business that has survived well through several generations and over 65 years of continuous operation. The retro chic design draws you in and makes you want to stay for a couple drinks. We loved the bright colors and comfortable seating in common areas and all the opportunities to mingle with fellow guests. The pool was perfect for dodging the afternoon heat and participating in the organized events like the campy and kitschy Sunday morning 80’s style water aerobics.

The bright colors and bold wallpapers in our room.


The rooms were so funky and fun. The type of space the makes you smile as soon as you walk in. The room was big and open with a large window that let in a lot of natural light. When you can pull your eyes away from the wallpaper cover in bold colored lips you’ll find the most glorious king bed. The bathroom is a bright and well lit space for getting ready for nights out and enough space that we could get ready at the same time (a rare thing in our house). The room also has a small table and chairs for doing work or eating late night cupcakes – ya know whatever you’re in to.  


The location is what really sold it for us. We did not rent a car and relied on Uber throughout our stay. While we had no problems getting around it is always nice to have some options within walking distance. We were really excited to see just how much we could walk to. We were able to get a late night slice at Home Slice and an early morning Turbo at Jo’s and almost everything in between. Meg wrote an Austin Shopping Guide with many of the stores also within walking distance. The location is also only a short ride from many other local attractions.

LGBT Friendly?

There are few hotels that have made us feel more welcome than we did here at the Austin Motel. Without a doubt, it’s the first hotel that put us at ease before even walking in. When we pulled up to the building the pride flag in the window was the first thing we noticed. The staff was friendly, attentive and did not bat an eye at our request for one bed. We were pleasantly surprised to see some many pride flags here and at other local businesses at a time other than pride weekend.

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