We really enjoyed our stay here, in spite of a couple minor annoyances with the property. Our main goal when we travel to Austin is to try to experience the city like locals, and this place let us explore the Bouldin (scruffy and eclectic), South Congress and South Lamar areas, with everything either in walking distance or a short drive away. Over a long Christmas weekend, we walked the newish boardwalk along the south shore of the river, had morning coffee from no less than three coffee bars within a four-block walk from our front door, and went to two movies at Alamo Draft House on Lamar. From the nearby restaurants on South 1st, we love Sway (modern Asian), Elizabeth Street Cafe (French-Vietnamese), the gelato shop Dolce Neve and the tiny Le Patisserie (for authentic Parisian macarons). There were many more we didn't have time to try.
The apartment is well-appointed and comfortable for two, with a good mattress, a large desk, full-size sofa, well-supplied kitchen, full-size washer-dryer, two chairs on the balcony. The shower head and water pressure were excellent. Everything was spotless.
The downsides: The walls are thin, and the first night we were bothered by the people next door partying in the backyard at 1 a.m., then having a long, loud conversation indoors at 4 a.m. — we could make out the words even though our bedroom shared no common walls. We bought earplugs the next day but things quieted down for the rest of our stay.
Also, the heater blew very hard, from on high (the ceilings are high), and some of the blasting air felt cold. The temperatures plunged from the high 70s to about 40 while we were here, so that became an issue. The apartment warmed up overall, but the cold drafts were annoying.
But it's usually not that cold in Austin. And we very much appreciated the covered parking space when there was a hailstorm (!) two days after Christmas.
We'd stay here again.
On 12/29/2015 by Undisclosed