5 on August 21, 2017
The Fairview is a wonderful place to stay!
5 on July 15, 2017
I just finished booking a return visit to the Fairview. The only thing that makes me happier than the ease of booking is actually being at the Fairview. I have now had the good fortune to stay in each of the four rooms in the main house. Each room has its own character and all are charming and wonderful. I do have a favorite but I like all of them. The Fairview is always very hospitable, comfortable, clean, well-appointed, and quiet. I feel as though I am transported to a different time. The Ballards are delightful and manage to discretely do everything possible to make my stay wonderful.
5 on July 03, 2017
Raving about the room, the hosts, the delicious food and the elegant historic home we enjoyed in Austin. Jim and Vivian are outstanding hosts and their home is tucked away in a beautiful neighborhood within walking distance to all the hot spots in Austin. The Fairview will be my first choice the next trip to Austin. Wonderful
2.8 on June 20, 2017
I try to pick B&B that gives me local feeling, ambiance, and more of a home stay than a hotel room. While the quality of the B & B is fine the interaction and service is minimal. Very disappointed with lack of hot breakfast.
4.6 on May 08, 2017
Quiet area in Austin. Safe. Very nice people that run the place. Rooms where clean and beds comfortable. We recommend.
3.8 on April 30, 2017
We were on a road trip between Dalles and Houston and The Fairview was our favorite place we stayed at. Clean, quiet, a lot of character - we wish we'd had stayed longer.
5 on April 30, 2017
We had a wonderful stay at this small bed and breakfast, The innkeepers provided us with a list of restaurants we thoroughly enjoyed during our stay. The Inn is quiet and quaint with gorgeous grounds and trees that are hundreds of years old. Breakfast was delicious and the service was excellent! We highly recommend The Fairview Inn! Be sure to enjoy the forch porch!
4.4 on April 15, 2017
We loved the grounds of this home surrounded by massive live oaks, perfect for coffee on the back porch overlooking the garden or reading in a rocker on the front porch. The location is pure serenity yet only blocks away is shopping, restaurants and plenty of Austin action on South Congress. Vivian took great care in preparing healthy breakfast options and spending time visiting with us. Great weekend getaway!
4.8 on March 12, 2017
Lovely period house in a quiet neighborhood, not far from a lively Austin scene. Excellent, healthy, home-made, gluten-free breakfasts with quality ingredients prepared by friendly, helpful proprietors. We highly recommend a stay here to all.
4.4 on February 06, 2017
Very comfy bed and relaxing home! Jimi was a kind and welcoming host. Very convenient to downtown. Would recommend to all travelers!
4.6 on January 29, 2017
first time here. will be back often. service and location were outstanding, I wished the mattress was much firmer...but that is a very personal preference. great job!
5 on January 18, 2017
My husband and I just left the Fairview and we couldn't say enough great things about our stay! We would highly recommend to anyone who comes to Austin that they stay at this beautiful historic gem, nestled in the most peaceful and uniquely wonderful neighborhoods in Austin (we strolled multiple times around the neighborhood, it makes for a nice walk) It's also conveniently located near all the best places in Austin (near downtown, near congress street, near the river) Jimi and Vivian are so welcoming and ensure your stay is the best! The rooms are super clean along with the entire Inn! We stayed in the Live Oak Suite and it was like a dream come true! The bathroom was luxurious and anything you need as far as accommodations go, they provide and go above and beyond your expectations. They have the most up to date technology making everything simple & easy yet still this inn maintains its historic charm! The breakfast is fresh, filing and a great meal to get your day started for a fun packed stay in Austin. We can't wait to come back to Austin and when we do we will stay at the Fairview again!
4.8 on December 04, 2016
We so enjoyed our stay at the Fairview. The innkeepers were lovely - available and helpful. The Inn was beautiful with a great location, within walking distance of great restaurants and shops. Lovely breakfast as well. We were told about an art show which we would never have known about but which was memorable. Thank you for a wonderful 24 hour stay in Austin.. Sandy & Steve
5 on November 11, 2016
We absolutely loved our weekend trip to the Fairview. The home is beautiful with so much historic charm. The inn keepers are gracious and kind. We stayed in the Pecan Room which has a private screened in porch on the second story. We spent most of our time there drinking coffee and enjoying the quiet. Great location in that you can easily walk to South Congress for dinner, up to the capital building, or to Lady Bird Lake. Couldn't recommend it more.
5 on September 25, 2016
The Fairview Inn has beautiful rooms and grounds. It is located in an area containing other historic mansions. It is a very short walk to South Congress Avenue where many of Austin's best restaurants and bars are located. We were to stay there 4 nights and were upgraded to a larger room with a huge balcony no extra charge. The owner Vivian makes excellent breakfast and graciously provides advice on local sites and restaurants. We will definitely stay at the Fairview again if we can schedule another trip to Austin.
5 on September 20, 2016
Great location, immaculately clean, comfortable bed, well appointed room, delicious & healthy breakfast, friendly & helpful hosts. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to staying at the Fairview again.
4.6 on September 09, 2016
Absolutely wonderful historic bed and breakfast. Great owners and modern flare to a traditional bed and breakfast.
4.6 on August 25, 2016
The Fairview is immaculately maintained; the property and rooms and amazing and spotlessly clean! Vivian and Jimi were extremely friendly, helpful, and accommodating and were very respectful of privacy as well. Breakfast was perfect - great options! I would liked to have had some healthy snacks available throughout the day.
4.8 on August 15, 2016
Beautiful house-- so close to everything. Owners are the best!
4.0 on July 07, 2016
Had a great stay at The Fairview. Innkeepers are friendly. helpful and accommodating without being overbearing. The facility is nicely decorated and spotlessly maintained. Beds have top of the line mattresses and linens--very comfortable. No hot breakfast if that is important to you. But it is hard to complain about home baked bread and muffins or coffee cake, fresh fruit, home made granola and yogurt, organic hard boiled eggs and coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea served daily. The location is very close to down town and the action on Congress St.--a decent walk or a short drive. I would gladly stay there again and recommend it to others.
4.6 on June 03, 2016
The fairview is a great place if you are looking for a B&B that is Gluten/Allergy friendly! A very short walk from Austin TX S. Congress street and all of its cool little shops. Would definitely stay here again.
4.6 on May 19, 2016
Had the most lovely weekend in Austin staying at the Fairview. Fabulous location, cozy room with screened-in porch, love the breakfast spread and coffee bar. Thank you to our hosts that made us feel right at home! Well done!
4.8 on May 02, 2016
We stayed for five days last week.
5 on April 30, 2016
Combines the charms of an old home with updated amenities and spotless upkeep. The attention to detail was amazing, even a white noise machine! The fantastic breakfast spread includes the most amazing coffee set-up ever. Plus both the home and grounds are gorgeous and impeccably maintained. Will definitely stay there again!
5 on April 23, 2016
This is a lovely period home in a green and pretty neighborhood and within close walking distance to South Congress's restaurants, shops, Continental Club for music, and the bats of South Congress bridge. We enjoyed speaking with the friendly owners about the house and neighbordhood as well as getting recommendations. We stayed in the blue Bluebonnet, so beautiful and stylish at first glance but then revealed lots of fun, quirky art. Ideal place to stay in south Austin!
3.8 on April 19, 2016
We enjoyed our (short one-night) stay. Jimi and Vivian were friendly and knowledgeable about Austin and gave us great recommendations for restaurants and sights to see. The place is very modern in terms of security, with keyless codes for every room. The Pecan Room was clean and roomy -we especially enjoyed the screened-in porch off the room for our cocktail hour! The updated shower/clawfoot bathtub was nice but was a bit hard to get in and out of. Perhaps a grab bar or two would help. The breakfast was a light but tasty buffet of granola, yogurt, fruit, muffins and hard-boiled eggs. Minor detail-As everything else in the house seems to go with the time period in which it was built, the modern chairs and tables in the breakfast room seemed out of place. But overall, the Fairview was a great place to stay and I would definitely recommend it to friends!
4.0 on April 17, 2016
We stay in B&Bs whenever possible. However, a quick trip to meet my daughter and her family in Austin for a concert had me looking for a hotel. I made the hotel reservations at a popular hotel near downtown and THEN the next day I had the time to read the reviews! I was horrified and cancelled immediately! My husband started looking for B&Bs and this one was such a pleasant surprise! Besides the totally spotless rooms, I think my favorite part was the breakfast buffet with homemade granola and coffee cake....and speaking of the coffee...each cup was freshly ground and I had lattes at my fingertips anytime I wanted! My daughter's family of four stayed in a separate cottage behind the main house and we had a glass of wine before dinner in the beautiful garden while watching them on the playground. We were ALL happy! We took a short walk over to South Congress for dinner so we didn't have to fight traffic. All in all, it was a lovely experience and we will always call the Fairview first from now on when in Austin! For some reason the rating scale would not let me choose Outstanding but the Fairview is definitely Outstanding in all categories!
5 on February 25, 2016
Highly recommend this property. Great location, wonderful hosts, the house is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The owners, like ourselves, like everything organic and natural, it was a pleasant surprise.
5 on February 18, 2016
well-kept bed and breakfast; rooms are spacious and very nice. breakfast was healthy and tasty. owners were extremely accommodating to our requests.
4.4 on February 13, 2016
Vivian and Jim were excellent hosts. They provided many recommendations for things to do in Austin. The location was perfect and within walking distance or a short taxi drive to all activities. Breakfast was adequate. Perhaps some rolls or toast would make it more hearty. But what was provided was delicious and made with great care. I would definitely book The Fairview again if I travel to Austin.
4.6 on January 29, 2016
Great owners, superb coffee, quiet property, lots of charm, ample parking, wonderful amenities, clean room with lots of space
5 on December 15, 2015
I just spent 3 nights at the Fairview and was pleasantly surprised. It was beautiful, inside and out. The bed was very comfy and the room was nicely furnished. The breakfast was very tasty and also healthy which was a plus. The location cannot be beat. Walk a few blocks to tons of restaurants, shops, bars and music venues. Definitely a great spot to stay in Austin.
4.4 on December 10, 2015
We stayed at the Fairview for one night and had a excellent time in the Pecan room. The room was spacious and very equipped, with an amazing balcony we could enjoy during the afternoon and the evening. We hope we can come back for a longer stay in the future!
5 on December 09, 2015
I absolutely loved staying at the Fairview. My room was spacious with plenty of room for clothes, toiletries, etc; it was also very clean, quiet and extremely comfortable. In addition, my room had a large screened-in deck that was great for fresh air and sun. The breakfast was delicious, homemade breads, jams, yogurt - and all very healthy and tasty. The location was also perfect because I was able to walk to Congress for restaurants and shopping, and also able to walk to the running trails. So I found I wasn't driving all over town. The B & B is located in a quiet residential neighborhood so it was nice coming back to our room every night - felt like we were at home!
5 on November 30, 2015
This B & B has only a few rooms and each is open, light filled and somehow calming. It is easy to walk to South Congress restaurants. When traveling it is so nice to find a B & B that offers such great food and peaceful surroundings without stuffiness or idiosyncratic owners. They somehow blend modern and traditional to create zen.
4.8 on November 10, 2015
Great B & B. Jimi the owner was very responsive and accommodating. Highly recommend this spot to anyone traveling to Austin.
4.6 on October 14, 2015
This is a super place to stay within walking distance of South Congress, Austin. The owners could not have been more hospitable. My daughter had two make- up people come for pre wedding trials and on both occasions they found space for that. Healthy fruit and yogurt breakfast plus a Jura impressa coffee machine meant I was set up for the day. Comfortable bed and good shower. More than happy to return and recommend to friends.
3.2 on October 14, 2015
Charming place. Very clean! Time your stay around the ginger scones - they're delicious!
4.6 on August 28, 2015
The Fairview is a great place to stay. The rooms are great and the location was private enough, but walking distance from everything you need.
5 on August 21, 2015
i am so glad so stay at Fairview when I was in Austin, everything is just perfect. My room was Blue Bonnet, which is a small yet soothing room. The bed is so I comfortable that I would love to stay in the bed for whole day without going out. Actually, if coming back, I will leave one day to do so, because this house--yes, it is beyond the concept of hotel--makes you feel at home. Everything is so natural, you can make your own coffee, wondering in the backyard. Breakfast is neat but is way enough for everyone. Homemade granola is delicious, and fresh baked goods vary daily. It is such a wonderful accommodation, thank you for offering me such a good experience.
4.8 on August 06, 2015
The Fairview's location, facilities and team made our stay in Austin enjoyable and stress free. In a beautiful, residential neighborhood, the rooms and common areas were well appointed and clean. The neighborhood was perfect for a hilly run and close enough to S Congress to walk. The owners and staff were pleasant and knowledgeable and Louise is a gem and full of valuable info shared while cleaning our room. We were offered a free upgrade to a larger room and an interruption in our stay was easily accommodated. We will definitely return on our next visit.
5 on May 28, 2015
I could not have wished for a more perfect place to stay while I was in Austin. The rooms were so gorgeous, the beds sooooo comfortable and every detail has been considered. The hosts and staff were helpful, friendly and informative and really made it feel like a home away from home to me. The location was perfect.. it was close to everything yet peaceful and relaxed. I can't wait to stay again!
5 on May 07, 2015
I stayed at the Fairview for 3 days this week while in Austin for business. I normally stay in the in personal hotels along the river and decided to try something different. The Fairview is warm and welcoming within walking distance of South Congress Ave with many restaurants, bars and shopping options. The inn is lovely with large rooms with extremely comfortable beds. The breakfast is delightful. Home made yogurt and baked goods. Fresh fruit salad. Delicious.
3.8 on May 05, 2015
I stayed in this beautiful house with my husband and elderly parents. We really enjoyed our stay in this spotlessly clean, comfortable house. Vivian and Jimi are kind and welcoming and have literally thought of everything their guests might need. We loved sitting on the porch in the evening and enjoying the ambiance of this lovely old home. I would stay here again in a flash!
4.0 on May 01, 2015
Great location, beautiful gardens, room was large and comfy bed. We stayed in the Blue Bonnet which was just what we were looking for since we had no plans to hang in the room though it is large enough and 2 chairs which one could do that. Breakfast was easy with both hot and cold choices. The food was good and the addition of coffee, espresso drinks and water anytime was very nice. Overall the their was a very relaxing atmosphere. We enjoyed the location, within walking distance of South Congress, a fun area to explore. Parking at the Bed and Breakfast is great.
5 on April 10, 2015
We recently stayed for three nights at the Fairview, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. Before we arrived, Jimi and Vivian sent us an email asking us about any dietary restrictions. The room we stayed in was the Live Oak Suite. There was the bedroom, which included a giant king-sized bed that was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in, a bathroom with claw-foot tub, a dressing area, a yoga room and a library room (our two children slept on extra beds in this room). We all slept so well and comfortably and woke up refreshed every morning. The room was clean and the wifi worked great. In fact, the fasted internet I've experienced anywhere, including my own home!! For breakfast, Vivian and Jimi made homemade yogurt and also offered local granola, mixed fruit, hardboiled eggs and muffins. YUM!!! The coffee/latte machine was a bit hit with my entire family. South Congress is four blocks away, which is a nice walk to take, especially after gorging yourself at one of the restaurants on South Congress and needing to walk it off a bit. Jimi and Vivian were also so very helpful in their recommendations for things to do in Austin. They recommended that we rent bikes along the waterfront, as well as visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Sanctuary. These are two things I never would have thought of on my own, thinking the kids would prefer other things. BOY, was I wrong!! The kids absolutely LOVED both suggestions. Thank you, Jimi and Vivian!! Oh, and thank you for the recommendation to go to Black's BBQ in Lockhart on our way out to Victoria. That truly was the BEST BBQ I've ever eaten! The reason we were in Texas was to visit my 95-year-old granny, and rest assured that we will stay at The Fairview again when we return in five years for her 100th birthday! Looking forward to it already!!
4.8 on April 04, 2015
We feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this Inn while researching places to stay near Newning where our son lives. He was unaware of the Inn as they opened within the past 6 mos. Wow, Jimi and Vivian sure know how to run an Inn! We stayed in The Sunday House, an apartment in the back of the Inn. Simply beautiful, original, but modern. Continental style breakfast was outstanding! All homemade, yogurt, granola, nuts, fruit, eggs, muffins, and latte/espresso/capicino. Thanks Jimi and Vivian for a great stay, we will definately be back.
5 on March 30, 2015
First time at the Fairview. Great location, close to S Congress street. Stayed in the Pecan room. Porch was very nice and room very comfortable. The Ballards were great hosts and breakfast was very good. Enjoyed learning about the history of the home and area. Will consider staying here again if we go back to Austin.
5 on March 26, 2015
We stayed in the Sunday House - a warm and inviting space perfect for two. The healthy breakfast was terrific, but if your inclined to cook on your vacation, the Sunday House has a fully furnished kitchen where you can whip up your own meals. Vivian and Jimi are delightful hosts, eager to offer insight and tips about Austin. The grounds are lovely, and the location is perfect for shopping on SoCo.
Thank you for staying with us and for such nice compliments! And you are absolutely right, the Sunday House is a great choice if you want to cook for yourself but we are glad you enjoyed our breakfast as well. Leave the cooking to us or do it yourself! Either way you can "get what you stay for".
- Jimi & Vivian, Owners / Innkeepers (innkeeper)
4.2 on March 09, 2015
We were in town just for one short evening but found this bed and breakfast to be quite charming. Our room was very spacious and nicely furnished. Wish we could have stayed for breakfast. Found out later they have a "to go" breakfast.
Thank you for staying with us. We're so sorry you missed breakfast. We do try to be aware of when guests are leaving early so we can prepare a "to go" breakfast but we must have failed to ask you about your departure time. Hopefully you can come back again sometime when you have more time to relax.
- Jimi & Vivian (Owners / Innkeepers)
4.6 on March 03, 2015
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Fairview for Valentine's weekend. We had never been to a bed and breakfast and were so pleased with the hospitality given to us during our stay. We stayed in the Pecan Room which was quaint and had a wonderful balcony with French doors exiting the bedroom. The view was fantastic and the room itself was clean, cozy, and far surpassed all my expectations. Jimi and Vivian were wonderful hosts who provided us with complimentary champagne, delivered an iron and ironing board upon request, and we're very friendly and kind. I would reccomend this B&B to any and everyone. It was well worth the price, and we loved the convenience of being so close to South Congress.
Thank you for spending your Valentine's weekend with us at The Fairview. A little champagne always helps make an evening special and we're very glad you enjoyed it. Come stay in the Pecan Room again some time soon!
- Jimi & Vivian (Owners / Innkeepers)
5 on February 22, 2015
Fantastic place in a fantastic location with fantastic rooms, grounds, food with fantastic hosts.
That's just fantastic! Thank you for saying that.
- Jimi & Vivian, Owners / Innkeepers (innkeeper)
5 on February 02, 2015
Such a great, relaxing place to stay. Felt secluded but really only minutes away from great fun areas.
Thank you! We're glad we could make your stay "Wonderful".
- Jimi & Vivian (Owners / Innkeepers)
3.8 on January 26, 2015
The Fairview is a gorgeous home on an incredible piece of property with beautiful trees in a wonderful part of Austin close to South Congress and downtown, My room was nice, with a fabulous screen porch attached. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom nice. My breakfast was delicious and the innkeepers wonderful. Will definitely stay there again.
Thank you for letting us know about your stay and we hope you will come visit us again. The Pecan Room with it's screened porch overlooking the front yard is definitely one of our most popular rooms. We are so sorry that we did not earn an excellent rating from you though. If there is anything we missed or that we could do better, please let us know. The next time you visit The Fairview we will do our best to earn an all 5.0 review from you. Sincerely, Jimi & Vivian Owners, The Fairview B&B
- Jimi and Vivian (innkeeper)
4.8 on January 04, 2015
We were lucky enough to stay here and get engaged shortly after they opened. We stayed in the Pecan Room with the screened in porch and it was wonderful to wake up and have a leisurely cup of coffee on the porch as well as a romantic nightcap. The building and grounds were beautiful. They are quiet being tucked away in a neighborhood but a short cab ride to everything downtown. The owners were very nice and live on the grounds in a separate house. The breakfasts they provided each morning were very nice consisting of hearty healthy food. I would highly recommend this B&B for any occasions you might have and look forward to coming back!
Thank you so much for the kind words. It was exciting for all of us that you chose our new place to propose and we're very glad she said yes! Hope to see you again next year for an engagement anniversary visit.
- Jimi & Vivian (innkeeper)
4.6 on November 20, 2014
We had such a wonderful time staying at the Fairview! It was my husband, myself, and our 18-month old son. He is very rambunctious, so we were overjoyed to see that they have a nice playground and lots of yard to run around in. The owners are very nice and accommodating. I accidentally booked our room for the wrong week, but I didn't realize it until almost 9:30 at night. I called an left a message for them to call me back. I definitely didn't expect him to call me back immediately and have it fixed before I even talked to him! Breakfast was delicious and the location is so close to SoCo. Overall a wonderful experience! Will definitely be back :)
Thank you! We love having little ones stay with us and I'm glad we were able to fix your booking date problem so easily for you.
- Jimi & Vivian (innkeeper)
4.6 on October 26, 2014
The Fairview is a less than 10 minute walk to the vibrant SoCo (South Congress) area of Austin known for its shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Also close by is the kid friendly Big and Little Stacy Park. A 15 minute walk gets you to hike and bike trails of lady Bird lake. By car (Zip, Uber, or your own) you are maybe 6 minutes to downtown, the bats, 6th St and Warehouse/2nd St. district for sophisticated shopping or more music and restaurants. At The Fairview though, you will relax in lovely landscaping and a quiet grand old house decorated with a modern flair that somehow blends nicely with the polished woods. The amenities of an automatic espresso machine for lattes or decafs and mineral water as well as the breakfast available until 11(?) help to make the time away from Austin's great urban vibe super pleasant. The owners are knowledgeable about the area and friendly. They were great people and dog hosts.
We think of ourselves as an urban oasis in downtown Austin and we're so glad you think so too. Thank you for saying so and thank you for staying with us. It was fun to welcome your dog, Puddles, as the first member of our Lucky Dog Club. Lucky says "Woof"!
- Jimi & Vivian (innkeeper)
4.8 on September 30, 2014
Excellent stay…the inn is beautiful and well located, the rooms are meticulously appointed, and the innkeepers are extremely welcoming. We would definitely stay here again!
Thank you so much. As we are just recently opened it is great to have feedback, especially when you speak so kindly about your stay. Come again soon!
- Jimi at The Fairview (innkeeper)