Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Apartment-style rooms popular for long-term stays
The Hotel Allandale seems popular for long-term stays, or with business travelers who visit Austin frequently (particularly when their business takes them to the nearby Norris Conference Centers). The property is also well suited to traveling families: The pool and shady grounds are pluses, and the full kitchens can help parents save money on food. Access to a car is a must, as you’ll need it to get around from here.
The lobby decor is vaguely Southwestern: A prominent painting of a cow, lots of (low-quality) light wood, beige tile floors, and leather club chairs. It flows into the airy breakfast room, which is lined with glass windows.
Next to the Norris Conference Centsers in Allandale, a mixed commercial/residential area north of Downtown Austin
The hotel is located in Allandale, a mixed commercial/residential sector about a 15-minute drive north of Downtown Austin. In addition to easy access to Mopac Expressway, the hotel is a short drive to The Arboretum and The Domain shopping and dining centers.
The Allandale's multi-room suites tend to feel dark, mostly because there is a single, small window in each of the rooms, and it is covered by curtains. Peeling back the curtains reveals little light coming in from the shady grounds outside. The furniture feels shabby and dated, appliances in the full kitchens are old, and the TVs are bulky.
A free hot breakfast
The Allandale is located next to an apartment complex, and feels like it could be an extension of it. Its worn multi-room suites come with full kitchens, living rooms, old tube TVs, and dated furniture. It's about a 15-minute drive from Downtown Austin, but it's within walking distance of the Norris Conference Centers, and the free hot breakfast is a cut above standard continental fare.