Austin Folk House Bed & Breakfast

506 West 22nd St, Austin, Texas 78705
Innkeeper(s): Sylvia Mackey
 
  • Summary

    Tough to Beat Location and Delectable Breakfast

    Convenience and a delicious breakfast are the main attractions for this Texan home located close by all of the major activities in town.

    Austin Folk House Bed and Breakfast of Austin, Texas is the accommodation closest to the University of Texas at Austin with its front porch facing the west side of campus. Several shops, museums, restaurants, and nightclubs are within walking distance of the house.

    The topnotch archives and museum of The Harry Ransom Center featuring Greek antiquities, Marilyn Monroe dresses, and a Guttenburg bible sits just three blocks away from the Inn. The Blanton Museum of Art and The Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History with its IMAX theaters are also nearby.

    For a little outdoor exploration, discover the hiking or biking trails and the playground at Pease Park, another attraction within walking distance.

    Each of the nine guestrooms is equipped with a private bathroom, Internet access, cable television with a VCR, and comfortable bathrobes. Guests also have access to the comfortable sitting area in between room five and room six with a view of the Capitol of Texas.

    Each morning begins with a hot and scrumptious buffet style breakfast featuring raspberry pancakes, big waffles, various quiches, and migas from 7:30AM to 9:00AM during the week and from 8:30AM to 10:00AM on the weekends and holidays.

     

     

  • Introduction

    Welcome to Austin Folk House Bed & Breakfast! We have the closest accommodations to the University of Texas at Austin. You should contact us for game weekends, orientation and graduation. We take a lot of pride in taking care of our guests.

    Our south facing front porch is a very nice place to relax and enjoy lovely west campus afternoons. Sometimes people have their breakfast outside.

    All of the rooms feature the following amenities:

    • Broadband Internet access
    • Cable TV and VCR and a video library
    • Free local phone service
    • Great mattresses
    • High thread count bed sheets
    • Ironing boards and irons
    • Shaving mirrors in the showers
    • Hair dryers
    • Bath robes
    • Bath pillows and bubble bath
    • Radio/sound machine alarm clocks

    We look forward to seeing you during your next business or pleasure trip to Austin!
    Please visit our sister inn, the Star of Texas Inn, located across the street for additional accommodations.

     

     

     

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Chris Mackey for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Location is the biggest reason. We're near the University, museums, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping, etc. Many people like our breakfast a lot, too. Of course, some folks enjoy the old houses.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We offer a good value. We provide nicer than average accommodations and food for a reasonable price. The thing I like most about the inn is the character. The Star of Texas is a classic old, Texas house.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Austin is highly concentrated culture. The music and arts scene is big and expanding even more. It's a small town feel with big city attractions.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "It feels like home" - I get this regularly.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Harry Ransom Center is a world-class archive and museum. It's 3 blocks away.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit the museums, shops and parks during the day; visit the restaurants and nightclubs in the evening.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    If you can walk 30 minutes, the entire downtown, the entire UT campus, and Pease Park are all close.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The Clay Pit is a short walk away. They serve excellent Indian cuisine. It's a local favorite. Tex-Mex, interior Mexican, BBQ...there are about 120 restaurants within walking distance.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    http://austinchronicle.com/

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 buildings with 28 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No, we no longer accept pets or children under 5. I'm not aware of any boarding facilities nearby.

  • Breakfast

    Stuffed French toast with raspberries is a popular sweet dish. Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 9:00 during the week. The buffet at the Austin Folk House is always hot and delicious. On weekends, holidays and a few other days of the year we serve between 8:30 and 10:00. We try to accommodate special needs. Please contact us if you have a special request. Breakfast at the Folk House is heavenly!

    Here is a list of things that we serve:

    • Raspberry pancakes
    • Big waffles
    • Migas (extra jalapenos on request) - a must have for those who like spicy food.
    • Green chile casserole
    • Various quiches


     

     

  • Things To Do

    There are more than 120 restaurants downtown. There are many places to eat within a 6 block radius from here:

    • The Clay Pit has great curry
    • Mars Restaurant has a lot of southeast asian cuisine
    • There are numerous pizza places, burger joints, wing shops, etc. -- We are right next to the University, after all!
    • The Dog and Duck is a cool place to play darts or pool -- The beer selection is good, and they have a patio

    There are several great hangouts nearby:

    • The Hole in the Wall is a popular, old Austin hangout -- Live music almost every night

    There's a lot of other stuff in walking distance:

    • The Bob Bullock Museum of Texas History is a great way to spend several hours -- They have IMAX theaters, too.
    • The LBJ Library is quite popular
    • The Blanton Museum of Art is a cool place
    • The Harry Ransom Center has antiquities from ancient Greece, a Guttenburg bible and at least one Marilyn Monroe dress
    • Pease Park is nearby -- The best part is the disc golf, but they have a fine hike and bike trail, a playground, and Eeyore's Birthday Party!
  • How to Find Us

    Directions to Austin Folk House from I-35:

    1. Take the Martin Luther King (MLK) exit off of I-35 and heading west
    2. Go almost a mile to San Antonio St. and turn right
    3. Go to 23rd St. and turn left
    4. At the very next street (Nueces, but there is currently no street sign) make another left
    5. Go almost until you get to the stop sign at 22nd St. and turn left into our lot
    6. You will see the lot before you see the house
    7. Nueces is a one-way street so if you pass our lot, you will have to make four lefts to get back

    Directions to Austin Folk House from Mopac (Loop 1):

    1. Take the Windsor exit and head east. Cross over Lamar and keep going
    2. After the stop light at Rio Grande take a right at the next stop light
    3. There is currently no street sign but this is Nueces
    4. Go almost until you get to the stop sign at 22nd St. and turn left into our lot
    5. You will see the lot before you see the house
    6. Nueces is a one-way street so if you pass our lot, you will have to make four lefts to get back

    Directions to Austin Folk House from the Airport:

    1. Take Hwy 71 West out of the airport
    2. You will have to enter a ramp onto the 71 highway at some point
    3. Make a right at the light at Riverside
    4. There is a large La Quinta hotel to the left where you need to turn right
    5. Take Riverside all the way to I-35, and go North (right)
    6. Take the Martin Luther King (MLK) exit off of I-35 (EXIT 235A)
    7. You will need to go thru the first light after exiting (15th Street) and head west (left) at the next light (MLK)
    8. Go almost a mile to San Antonio St. and turn right
    9. Go to 23rd St. and turn left
    10. At the very next stop sign (Nueces, but there is currently no street sign) make another left
    11. Go almost until you get to the stop sign at 22nd St. and turn left into our lot
    12. You will see the lot before you see the house
    13. Nueces is a one-way street so if you pass our lot, you will have to make four lefts to get back