Austin >Lodging > Star Of Texas Inn
611 W 22nd St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870530.285199 -97.744653
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Central Austin, West University
Shabby and Overrated – This B & B is in a old house near the UT campus, and I suppose the best thing one could say about it is that it is quaint and a bit funky. Perhaps it was once a good place to stay, but if my stay in February 2008 was any guide, it has lost its way. Its furnishings and decor are shabby and run down. It was decorated on the cheap and has not been updated for years. The operators added little funky touches, hoping perhaps that this sheen of funky hipness might distract from the general decrepitude, but that strategy no longer works. Furniture is creaky and cheap, bathroom fixtures are missing parts or installed crookedly, window dressings are old, faded, and dusty, etc. Wherever one looks one finds evidence of shoddy workmanship or worn out and unreplaced accoutrements. I stayed in what I was told was the quietest room in the house, a large bedroom on the ground floor. It is a lovely space in itself, the shabbiness notwithstanding, but it is certainly not quiet. One can hear every word spoken by the voluble managers. One can hear clearly the typing of two computer keyboards located next to each of the doors. In the morning, a heavy smell of bacon grease pervades the room, as the kitchen does not vent properly. And the breakfasts themselves are, frankly, very disappointing. This is amateur cooking at its worst. The "maid service" is also remarkably poor and lacadaisical. I returned at 4:00 PM to my room to find it still messy. You would not receive such poor service from a management at a professional B & B or hotel. I wish I had more good to say about the place. Perhaps it gets by on its reputation and its proximity to the university. But it needs some serious managerial attention. Shabby chic is nice. But the chic part is missing here, and all one is left with is the shabby. A pity.
The best of downtown Austin! – Sylvia and Chris are just amazing! They took such good care of me when I came to see them. I had a wonderful room and just slept so well. It was a pleasure to get up and have everything downstairs just waiting on me. Sylvia makes the best coffee! The rooms are amazing I couldn?t have asked for better. I will definitely be back again and again.
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