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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2.0 on June 17, 2007
My friends and I stayed at the Austin Folk House for the ACL festival in September '06. After hearing such great reviews, we were shocked at the terrible breakfast service. The food wasn't good, and there wasn't enough--we arrived in the dining room a half hour before the end of breakfast each morning, and usually found scraps of a mediocre quiche or casserole. They had the obligatory cereal/toast/bagel offerings, which I would've happily purchased somewhere else (I seriously considered scrambling up some egss in the kitchen). The management gave us a small discount when we complained, but we still felt a bit duped. Hopefully, they've hired a new cook.
The guest who posted this review waited almost 10 months to do so. When she checked out with us, she and her two girlfriends raved about Folk House except for a complaint about our breakfast chef. They said that she ran out of hot food two of the three days, but that she DID offer to make them eggs/omelets to order. We suggested a significant discount to make up for the situation of which all three ladies agreed was fair. Sometime later when this guest arrived home she sent us an email requesting an even larger discount. We told her that we would not honor her request, but would be happy to give her a discounted rate for the next years ACL festival (our busiest weekend). She declined, but did not seem unhappy. So we were very surprised when this review showed up at this late date.
4.6 on January 09, 2007
Distinctive decor, unlike the usual B&B Victorian clutter. Would recommend and return.
Capitol of Texas, DKR Memorial Stadium, Erwin Event Center, Museums, Pease Park, University of Texas (west campus), City, Downtown
AUS-Austin/Bergstrom International Airport 15 miles
Make a left out of the exit area to get to 183 North. You will be on Hwy 71 but just briefly. Make a left at Martin Luther King Blvd. Look for the big sign on the left side of the highway. Take MLK all the way into town past Guadalupe. Make a right on San Antonio St. and then go to 23rd. Make a left 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.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, One of the Largest Bat Colonies in North America, Hike and Bike Traill, Natural Springs for Swimming, State Capital, University of Texas, Sixth Street , Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Museums, Dancing, Bat Viewing, Dining, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports
Bed and Breakfast
Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Fax Machine, Videos, Washer/dryer
Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR
salon grade shampoo, hypoallergenic soap, high quality mattresses, broadband internet access, top of the line linens
Sylvia and Chris Mackey
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Low Carb (Protein +)
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!