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A historic, neoclassical mansion turned boutique hotel
The Mansion at Judges’ Hill caters to Austin history aficionados or people visiting the University of Texas. Housed in the Goodall Wooten House -- dating to 1900 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places -- the hotel combines old-fashioned charm with modern comforts.
The mansion -- with its columned facade and wide veranda -- looks like it should belong on a plantation rather than a residential street southwest of the University of Texas. The common areas deliver on the elegance suggested by the exterior; wood floors, coffered ceilings, white wainscoting rich rugs, and original artwork create a classy but homey atmosphere. The library, a small room off the bar, is cozy, and the dining room is elegant, with crystal chandeliers. The rooms are perhaps a bit less impressive than the public spaces; they're quaint, but not quite luxurious, and some may feel the decor looks old, rather than charmingly old-fashioned.
A second building called the North Wing also houses rooms; the decor is the same, but they lack the history of the rooms in the mansion. A third building houses the parking garage and event center, and together the three enclose a quiet, central courtyard.
In the heart of Austin’s UT district, in a neighborhood popular with students
The hotel is located in a shady residential neighborhood to the southwest of the University of Texas campus. Even if you’re not a UT alumnus, the collegiate feel of the surroundings might transport you back to your college days. There are a number of houses in the neighborhood catering to students, as well as fast food restaurants and local businesses. With that in mind, don’t expect to find old homes as well-restored as the mansion housing the hotel.
Downtown Austin is a short drive or bus ride away, and several of the UT attractions are within 20 minutes’ walking distance.
Quaint rooms split between two buildings
Many would describe the room decor as quaint or charming; others might describe it as dowdy and dated. It's somewhat a matter of taste, but the beds and robes are comfortable, and TVs come with HBO.
Rooms are split between the newer North Wing or the original Goodall Wooten House. Though the decor is mostly the same -- dark wood furniture and diamond leaf pattern or paisley bedspreads -- the Signature Rooms in the original house have French doors opening onto the second-floor veranda.
No pool, business center, or fitness center, though guests get access to a nearby gym
An elegant American fine dining restaurant
Easily one of Austin’s most romantic restaurants, the Judges’ Hill Restaurant & Bar serves breakfast and dinner in an elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere.
The upscale, 48-room Mansion at Judges’ Hill oozes atmosphere and history. Built in 1900, the white, neoclassical building is located in the University of Texas area, a 5-minute drive from downtown. Rooms are quaint (some might say dowdy), the American fine dining restaurant is elegant, and the sprawling veranda is a great place to sip cold drinks in the warm weather. But the Mansion lacks the features of a larger hotel, including a pool and on-site fitness center.