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Lone Star Court 3.0

North Austin, Austin, Texas

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  • Retro rooms with porches, flat-screen TVs, and Smeg refrigerators
  • Outdoor fire pits and nightly live music
  • Water Trough restaurant and bar 
  • Breakfast included in room rate
  • Scenic outdoor pool 
  • Cute fitness center
  • Free parking and free bicycles to borrow 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • Located in an outdoor mall outside the city center
  • Noisy weddings often held on weekends
  • Swimming pool is small
  • No room service available 

Bottom Line

Lone Star Court is a mid-range hotel located in the up-market shopping and residential district of The Domain. The 123-room property has a retro-style that's inspired by the motels you’d find on historic Route 66, with accents like colorful rocking chairs and full-sized Smeg refrigerators. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast add to the value, while bikes to borrow, outdoor fire pits, and live music are totally Austin. For better rates and a more convenient downtown location, travelers could look into the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, a hotel known for its fun vibe.

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Hip and fun retro-style decor 

The vibe and decor at the Lone Star Court is hip, fun, and original: Inspired by roadside motels and done up in a charming retro style, it offers a refreshing change from the typical chain hotels. The property is made up of a series of two- and three-story buildings with wood-paneled facades and balconies running along the length of each floor, set around a large leafy courtyard. The lobby area is warm and inviting, done up to look like a cozy living room. There's a fireplace, large sofa, cowhide chairs, and leather armchairs. Guests will find plenty of places around the property to lounge around and relax: by the semi-circle shaped swimming pool -- meant to look like a watering hole, on one of the butterfly chairs by the outdoor fire pits, at one of the picnic tables in the spacious courtyard area, or on one of the rocking chairs outside each guest room. This is a popular place to stay for couples visiting Austin on leisure, but there are also many business travelers among the guests, who appreciate a change to the usual offerings of chain hotels. Weddings are common on weekends. 


Located in The Domain, an up-market commercial and residential complex

Lone Star Court is part of a large shopping, commercial, and residential complex located in northwest Austin, called The Domain. The outdoor shopping complex is made up of a series of interconnected streets, and has many upscale dining and shopping options to choose from, as well as several bars and cafes. Downtown Austin is a 19-minute drive away.

  • 14-minute drive to Mount Bonnell
  • 16-minute drive to the University of Texas at Austin
  • 17-minute drive to Texas State Capitol
  • 17-minute drive to Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Bike Trail
  • 17-minute drive to Zilker Metropolitan Park
  • 18-minute drive to Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • 19-minute drive to downtown Austin
  • 19-minute drive to Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
  • 20-minute drive to Frank Erwin Center
  • 21-minute drive to Austin Convention Center
  • 21-minute drive to Sixth Street music district
  • 21-minute drive to Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
  • 29-minute drive to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • 49-minute drive to Lake Travis


Spacious rooms with quirky design details

The guest rooms at Lone Star Court are inspired by the long, narrow spaces typical of motel rooms: The window is next to the entrance door, while the bathroom is located at the other end of the room. Dark carpeted floors and white walls are highlighted with colorful touches: lime-green soft beds, orange lamp shades, and turquoise entrance doors and matching accent walls that echo the soft blue of the retro-style full-size Smeg refrigerators. There are other quirky decor details, like director’s chairs covered with cowhide, sliding barn-style bathroom doors, headboards made of industrial pipes, and lampshades constructed from wire. Bathroom are spacious. Each features a long black sink shelf, and a large walk-in shower with LATHER bath products. The fridges are extremely well stocked with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and wooden boxes full of fun snacks like tortilla chips, Cracker Jacks, and animal crackers. Other useful amenities include coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. 


Free breakfast, Water Trough restaurant and bar, and outdoor pool

The buffet breakfast is included in the room rate and gets high marks from past guests for including Texas favorites like biscuits and gravy along with bacon and eggs. The Water Trough, the on-site restaurant and bar, serves Texan-style cuisine, and is a lively venue in the evenings as it hosts live music twice a week. The swimming pool is shaped like a semi-circle, meant to look like a country watering hole, but is not super spacious or ideal for swimming laps. The fitness center is well-equipped with treadmills, weights, and elliptical machines, as well as the requisite towels and a thoughtful bowl of fruit. Parking is available on-site at no extra charge, and bicycles can be borrowed by guests for free. A free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property. 

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10901 Domain Dr, Austin, Texas 78758, United States

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