Austin Folk House

506 West 22nd Street , Austin, TX 78705 USA (Show map)


Named after the fantastic art collection found inside, The Austin Folk House is a wonderful new bed and breakfast centrally located in the historic West Campus neighborhood. It is minutes from The University of Texas, The Texas State Capital, The Governors' Mansion, Town Lake and Downtown Sixth Steet. The building, which was originally constructed in 1880, was recently renovated so as to afford modern comfort and convenience without sacrificing historic charm. The rooms are decorated with lovely old antiques, but there is certainly no bad plumbing to worry about in this B&B! Best of all is the Texas-sized gourmet breakfast served daily. We look forward to seeing you during your next business or pleasure trip to Austin!




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.0
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Great stay at Austin Folk House

3.8 on April 20, 2013

Stayed at AFH for three nights. It's located only a block from the University and about a mile from the Colorado River and fabulous greenbelt that runs through Austin. The service was excellent. Very accommodating and friendly. Don't come to any conclusions about facility cleanliness when entering through the back door into the kitchen area. It's basically clean but could use a deep cleaning and fresh paint to bring it up to the standards of the rest of the house. I only mention this because it's a first impression when checking in. Our room was very clean and well maintained as was the dining area. Breakfast was full on and fabulous: Baked egg dishes, stuffed french toast, bacon, fresh fruit as well as the usual assortment of bagels & cereal. The cook bakes fresh peanut butter cookies every morning! The house is located in the midst of lots of activity: college students, dormitories and construction of a large parking/dorm facility across the street but they politely have a bowl of earplugs for guests! I would definitely stay here again.

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4.6 on January 29, 2009

We have stayed at many b & b's and enjoyed this one the most. It is centrally located to almost everything. We were very happy with our experience.

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4.6 on January 09, 2007

Distinctive decor, unlike the usual B&B Victorian clutter. Would recommend and return.

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Rooms & Rates

Room One

Room One has its own private entrance off of the front porch. It has a private bath with tub and shower. It is accented with wood floors and an antique chandelier. Room One is perfect for revelers, and those who need to come and go at odd hours. The room itself is solemn pleasantness. The colors are cream, wood and sunshine through the south-facing windows.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $175

Room Two

Room Two is about adventure and fun. The art on the walls is eclectic, serious and intriguing. It is also across the hall from the kitchen - the home of hot cookies, fresh fruit and libations.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $175

Room Three

Room Three is downstairs, next to the kitchen. The bathroom is quite a bit larger than average, and features a well lit shower and vanity. This room is near the kitchen, downstairs, within easy access of the back door, and the dining room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $175

Room Four

Room Four has a king sized iron bed. The bathroom has a tub and shower. The decor is regal, somber and elegant. The bedding is an ornate mixture of swirls and straight lines, made tame by the demure green and gold colors. The furnishings are dark wood. Despite the beautiful, dark vanity, this room has a definitely masculine, strong feeling. This room is popular with those seeking comfort, dignity and solace. (Also the host's favorite.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $95 - $225

Room Five

Rooms Five is located upstairs at the end of a long hallway. The sitting area right outside the door also adjoins Room Six. Room Five features a large bathroom, a desk, and a view of the Capitol of Texas. It also contains a king size iron framed bed. Room Five is throwback to simpler, more subtle times, with a very woody, earthy feel. It is also very quiet and secluded. Room Five is for those seeking simple time away, with few distractions, save whimsy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $95 - $225

Room Six

Room Six is on the south end of the house. It has a private bath with a shower. It is an upstairs room, and has a sitting area just outside the door. The sitting area is at the end of a long hall, where we keep the art. Room Six is cool. It is ideal for couples who want a little more privacy. It has a soft, comforting interior, perfect for intimate conversation and champagne.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $95 - $225

Room Seven

Room Seven is upstairs. It has a beautiful canopy bed, a desk, and a bathroom with tub. The colors are gold and crimson, giving the room a very luxurious feel. Room Seven is really about spoiling yourself, and your partner. The best weekend is spent in this room, with breakfast in bed in the morning, followed up with an afternoon massage, and all day to spend at Austin's best nightclubs, restaurants and hangouts.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $95 - $225

Room Eight

Room Eight is an upstairs room with a queen sized iron bed. The bathroom is complete with a tub. The decor is mostly green, with shades of demure grey, brown and black. Room Eight has a not-so-modern sophistication; the furniture is a very subtle mixture of eastern and western influences.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $85 - $175

Room Nine

Room Nine is a queen room, and it has a full bathroom with tub and shower. Cuarto Nueve is a very cozy, comfortable room, with rich wooden furniture. The armoire and the desk are elegant pieces of antique decor, perfect for academic or business travelers who need a long term stay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $95 - $175

Deluxe Room

These rooms have either a king or queen bed. Alll of our rooms have a private bath, most have antique tubs and a couple have showers. All come with TVs, VCRs, phones, and high speed Internet access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Nightly Rate: $100 - $155


Location Type

Capitol of Texas, Museums, University of Texas (west campus), Pease Park, DKR Memorial Stadium, Erwin Event Center, City, Downtown


AUS-Austin/Bergstrom International Airport 15 miles

Directions to property:

From I-35 take the Martin Luther King (MLK) exit and head west. Make a right on San Antonio St. and then go to 23rd. Make a left at 23rd and then a left at the next block (Nueces). You will see our lot before you see our house. It is the last lot on the left almost to the corner. If you miss it you will have to go around the block again because Nueces is a one way.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Hike and Bike Traill, Natural Springs for Swimming, One of the Largest Bat Colonies in North America, Sixth Street , State Capital, University of Texas, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Fax Machine, Videos, Washer/dryer , salon grade shampoo, hypoallergenic soap, high quality mattresses, top of the line linens, broadband internet access

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Museums, Dancing, Dining, Bat Viewing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside on the porch
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited No children under 5
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night stay most weekends, 3 or 4 nights required for major music festivals.
  • Cancellations: Our regular policy is 72 hours of notice prior to checking in. If we rebook the room, no penalty will be charged to you. This policy subject to change for large groups and other circumstances.



Sylvia and Chris Mackey

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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  • Time Served: 7:30 to 9 M-F, 8:30 to 10 S-S
  • Serving Location: front porch, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Low Carb (Protein +)

Signature Dish

Raspberry Stuffed French Toast
This decadent breakfast dish is always a favorite. Thick slices of French bread stuffed with fresh raspberries and cream cheese. It is served with a homemade vanilla syrup, alongside thick slices of crispy bacon. Bon Appetit!