Contemporary, budget-friendly property in South Austin
15-minute drive to the lively downtown area
Modern rooms have flat-screen TVs, safes, and hairdryers
Suites come with mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers
Outdoor heated swimming pool open year-round
Free coffee and tea at all times in the lobby
Pets allowed at no charge
Free parking and Wi-Fi throughout
100 percent smoke-free hotel
Complaints of interior and exterior noise
Nothing within walking distance
Standard rooms lack mini-fridges
Breakfast only for Premium Rooms
The budget-friendly Red Roof PLUS is a contemporary, pet-friendly hotel located off the highway in South Austin, near St. Edward's University and a 15-minute drive from downtown. The 137 rooms come with flat-screen TVs and safes, and suites add mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Features include a heated outdoor swimming pool, free coffee and tea in the lobby, and free Wi-Fi, but no standard breakfast. Note that some guests have complained of thin walls and noise from the highway and dogs staying in the hotel. This is a decent option, though travelers may find it's worth paying a bit more for the more central and stylish Casulo Hotel, which also offers a free breakfast and on-site gym.
Family- and pet-friendly, no-frills hotel that's welcoming
This four-story Red Roof Plus+ is a contemporary, low-frills stay popular with budget-seeking leisure and business travelers, who don't mind driving everywhere. One notable aspect is that it allows pets for free, so the lobby is often busy with people and their pooches coming and going. From the outside, the hotel is more charming and well-kept than some budget properties, thanks to landscaped grounds, though the noise from the adjacent highway can deter the pleasant vibe. Aside from the rooms and outdoor pool, there’s little to this hotel, though a station with coffee, tea, a microwave is a welcoming touch.
Located off the highway in South Austin, 16-minute drive to entertainment district
This budget hotel is just off I-35 highway, which makes it easy to get to places around the city but means there's nothing in walking distance. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is a quick 11-minute drive away, while the buzzing downtown area is about 15 minutes. For convenient dining, there are a Subway, Burger King, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and Buffalo Wild Wings within a five-minute drive. Immediately around the hotel are several car dealerships and other hotels. St. Edward's University is a five-minute drive, while the University of Texas at Austin is around 15. Parking is free.
The 137 rooms of this hotel are slightly nicer than a standard Red Roof Inn, thanks to contemporary furnishings and the option of Premium Rooms that include breakfast and a snack when guests arrive. Rooms are spacious, have attractive light-wood floors and dark-wood furniture, and are decorated with the chain's typical red accents. All rooms are smoke-free and pet-friendly; there's no specified pet floor, which may be a con for some. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, safes, and hairdryers, and some add microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Some guests have complained of noise from air-conditioning units, the adjacent highway, or other guests and their pets. All bathrooms have shower/tub combos and a couple of free toiletries. Suites have separate living room areas with couches.
Heated swimming pool, free coffee and tea, and pets stay free
A heated outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs, tables, and umbrellas is the main feature of this budget hotel. The pool is open year-round and gets lots of sun. Unsurprisingly, the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, and breakfast is only served to Premium Rooms. There are coffee and tea available 24 hours in the lobby. Additionally, the hotel has an “Order Inn” program that helps guests order food from outside restaurants for in-room delivery. The free pet policy is a big perk. One “well-behaved” pet per room is allowed to stay for free. There are also free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout.
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