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A contemporary boutique south of downtown, with reasonable rates
The Casulo is an independently owned and operated property with stylish Asian-inspired decor. The lobby is cute and funky, with a big oriental rug, paper lantern light fixtures, a painted vase, and glass "flower arrangements" that light up. Original Asian art in the lobby and hallways is wonderfully featured with individual spotlighting. The decor theme is a bit more subdued in the contemporary rooms, though still present in details like the tile mosaic headboards.
The three-story building housing the hotel stands out among the homes and budget motels of this mixed residential/business sector adjacent to one of Austin's main arteries. Despite its highway-side location, the hotel manages to feel quiet and secluded, as it's located on a bluff above the highway and set back from it, between a vacant field and an apartment complex.
Some nice freebies, including free Wi-Fi and a free complete breakfast served in the lobby café, add value, and a small outdoor pool offers guests a good way to beat the Texas heat.
Right off one of Austin's main highways and a short drive south of the city
On the frontage road parallel to I-35, the Casulo is la short drive south of downtown Austin. If you're looking to get around and see the sites on foot, this isn't the place for you. Its roadside location in a mixed business/residential sector means you'll need to drive to get most anywhere.
As with most hotels, some rooms are better than others. Although all of the rooms we saw were spacious, the Jacuzzi Suites -- despite featuring a large soaking tub in the middle of the room -- are longer than they are wide and tend to feel somewhat smaller for this reason. Priced significantly higher than the other room types of its size, they have smallish bathrooms and the bed is actually more like a futon. Unless you really love Jacuzzi tubs, stick to the other room types.
The remaining room types all feel very clean, bright and spacious, and all but the Double Rooms have a deep soaking tub and a separate shower. The Deluxe rooms have glass window partition between the bedroom and bathroom, with a white shade for privacy. Some guests have brought up the inconvenience of bright light from the translucent shade flooding an otherwise dark room, which may become an issue if your traveling companion is a light sleeper and you use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
A free full breakfast in the lobby cafe every morning, and a bar serving drinks and snacks
The Casulo offers chic boutique style at an affordable price, with contemporary, zen-like decor, and rooms all featuring big soaking tubs (most next to peek-a-boo glass windows). But it's a 10-minute drive south of downtown Austin, so no popular tourist sights are within walking distance, and there's no full restaurant on-site -- just a bar and lobby cafe.