If you have business on UT Austin campus, then the Folk House is very convenient. However, if you are a tourist wishing to see Austin, then I suggest you consider alternatives, including the sister establishment, the Star of Texas, one block away.
We have stayed in dozens of B&B's throughout the U.S. Never before have we not seen an innkeeper in the afternoon or evening. We arrived at 5:30 pm and no one was there to greet us or help us settle in. And that is daily practice.
After the breakfast, (served by a pleasant and enthusiastic "inn-keeper") there was no one there to give advice, offer suggestions, etc. Want to use a computer to get email or print out an airline boarding pass? You have to walk down the block to the Star of Texas. Need information about bus schedules? Maybe the Star of Texas can answer your question. Need to know how to get to a leading theater in Austin? Maybe the folks at Star of Texas can answer your question. After all of this, why not just stay at the Star of Texas?
The lawn in front of the house is non-existent. Paint peeled from the window frames in our room. The breakfasts were quite acceptable but not outstanding. And there is only one narrow, winding stairway from the first floor to the second floor (this could be a serious matter if there was a fire in this old building). Need help with your luggage when you arrive? No one is at home. So, tourists should consider their alternatives including the Star of Texas.
- Also Known As:
- Austin Folk House Hotel Austin
- Austin Folk House b&b