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Location and Relaxation Make This Inn a Star
Sit back and relax on the large wraparound porch or take in the view of the neighborhood with its graceful old houses from the equally large second floor balcony of this classic house.
Star of Texas Inn of Austin, Texas is an old Texan home full of character and ideally located for all types of travelers. Downtown Austin and the University of Texas are within walking distance of the Inn as well as several restaurants, shops, and nightclubs.
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 trail and the playground at Pease Park, another attraction within walking distance.
Start your morning off the right way with hot coffee, orange juice, and a full breakfast of sweet and savory dishes, bagels, fresh fruit, and more. During the week, breakfast is available from 7:30AM to 9:00AM and, on the weekends, from 8:30AM to 10:00AM.
For your comfort, all of the guestrooms at Star of Texas Inn include a private bathroom, a cable television with a DVD player, and wireless Internet. Many of the rooms also come equipped with work desks and all guests have access to the Inn's parlor.
The Star of Texas Inn is now open for business! We proudly offer a relaxing place to stay in central Austin. We are near downtown and the University of Texas. You can check availability or book a room with our online reservation system. Our rates range from $95 to $225 per night, depending on the dates of stay and room chosen.
We offer a nice place for travelers of all types, whether honeymooners, business travelers or folks just getting away. We have a large wraparound porch, and above that, a balcony that overlooks the neighborhood. Either is perfect for lazy afternoons. We have a high speed, wireless Internet connection available to our guests, and several of our rooms have desks for doing work. We also have a parlor for meeting people or just hanging out.
The Star of Texas Inn offers a total of nine guest rooms. All of our rooms have private bathrooms, cable TV and DVD players. We also have a wireless internet connection that reaches all of the rooms, and several of our rooms have desks for doing work. The room numbers start at 10 to avoid confusion, because rooms 1 through 9 are at our sister inn, The Austin Folkhouse, across the street. Rates range from $109 to $225 double occupancy. Each additional person is $15 per night.
Breakfast at the Star is always good!
Breakfast is either made-to-order or served as a buffet. Sylvia usually puts out a sweet dish, a savory dish and fresh fruit, orange juice, bagels and more. Of course, we serve hot coffee!
Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 9:00 during the week. 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.
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? 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.
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 Star of Texas Inn from I-35: Take the Martin Luther King (MLK) exit off of I-35 and heading west. Go about a mile to Rio Grande St. and turn right. Go to 22nd St. and turn right. At the very next right, turn into our lot.
Directions to Star of Texas from Mopac (Loop 1): Take the Windsor exit and head east. Cross over Lamar and keep going. After the stop light at Rio Grande take a right at the next stop light. There is currently no street sign, but this is Nueces. When you reach 22nd St., turn right. Our house is the large yellow and white on the left corner at Rio Grande; you should turn into our lot before you reach the corner.
Directions to Star of Texas from the Airport: Take Hwy 71 West out of the airport. You will have to enter a ramp onto the 71 highway at some point. Make a right at the light at Riverside. There is a large La Quinta hotel to the left where you need to turn right. Take Riverside all the way to I-35, and go North (right). Take the Martin Luther King (MLK) exit off of I-35 (EXIT 235A). You will need to go thru the first light after exiting (15th Street) and head west (left) at the next light (MLK). Go almost a mile to San Antonio St. and turn right. Go to 22nd St. and turn left. We are just up on the left right before you get to the next stop sign. We are on the corner at 22nd Street and Rio Grande.