A small summer inn (open mid-May to mid-July), much in the style of a bed and breakfast. Conveniently located within walking distance to the University of Texas at Austin campus. Grant House, renovated in 1998, evokes a warm and homey feeling with its inviting common areas. All guests enjoy a large living area, 24-hour fresh coffee and ice cream, exercise room, and beautiful atrium and patio gardens. Cozy, comfortable, non-smoking rooms include phones, televisions with cable, daily housekeeping, and your choice of king-size or single beds. A bountiful, home-style breakfast is included.
5 on July 10, 2013
Upon arriving at Hardin House, we were treated with prompt service, which was helpful since we were on a time schedule during our stay in Austin! We enjoyed the privacy of the accommodations and the ability to be close to our daughters who were visitng UT for orientation. WE enjoyed the large living room where we visited with another resident for cocktails at the end of the day! The rooms were comfortable and clean, and the breakfast in the morning was perfect for the start of a hectic day in Austin. Thank you for providing a quiet haven in a bustling city! Jenny Gibson, San Antonio, Texas
4.2 on July 09, 2013
It was nice to go back in time and stay in a dorm room, albeit an upscale one! Staff is knowledgeable and friendly and I got a great night's sleep. Everything is "just so" and I loved the homey atmosphere.
4.6 on June 27, 2013
I can't say enough about how pleasant and helpful the staff is...from the cleaning people to the office staff, everyone is so friendly and will go out of their way to help with anything they can. We stayed in a King room which was pretty small, but sufficient...just don't plan to put an air mattress on the floor because there really isn't room...closets are quite large, which is nice. The other type of rooms I saw had plenty of space. The only real complaint I have is that there are no heat/air conditioner controls in the rooms, so the only control you have is to have the air vents either opened or closed. We stayed there in June and our room was freezing cold if we left the vents open, but a room at the other end of the hall was quite warm even with the vents open. The breakfast was really good and having access to the kitchen 24/7 was great! I would stay there again for sure.
5 on June 17, 2013
The staff at Hardin House treat all their guests as one of their "girls" (i.e. the girls who reside in the private dorm during the school year). They cater to your every need. We were the only guests there the first night, so they custom made breakfast just for us....exactly what we ordered and served it when we wanted. The location is perfect (near the university) and is just a wonderful place to stay. I only wish we could stay there on our trips to Austin during the school year as well. Thanks Harkin House for a wonderful stay.....we'll be back for sure.
4.0 on June 05, 2013
Sometimes timing is everything. We wanted to spend the night near downtown on a Tuesday night after a Paramount Theater performance. The hotels withing walking distance all wanted $400 or so. Google found me the Hardin House. It's not walking distance to the Paramount but it does have free parking. My understand is that most of the year, Hardin House is a girls dorm with some rooms for visiting parents. For a couple of months House operates as a bed and breakfast. The House is not a new building so if you expect the W, you will be disappointed. Our room was clean and quite adequate. Breakfast was good and plentiful, much better than the typical hotel free breakfast. When it is available, this is now my place of choice for spending a night near downtown.
AUS-Austin/Bergstrom International Airport 10 miles
From the airport, go West on Hwy. 71 to IH-35. Go North on IH-35. Cross the bridge over the Colorado River and exit at Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Blvd. Go west on MLK. UT will be on your right and the State Capitol grounds will be on your left. Turn right at Rio Grande, which is three streets past Guadalupe. Go past two stop signs. On your left mid-block is Hardin House, 2206 Rio Grande Street, where you check-in.
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Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Washer/dryer
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone
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