Getting Work Done
Our trip was a mix of business and pleasure and so was the hotel. There was free wireless and an oversize desk in the room. There was even a power strip so we could plug in both of our laptops and mobile phones. But the place still oozed of relaxation. Something about the quiet of the halls and the rooms that overlooked the courtyard spoke to tranquility. My kind of place.
The room was gigantic by any standards and was decorated in period appropriate designs. It was simple and classic and a pleasure to be in. The bathroom felt more like one you'd find in a private home, very cozy with a tub and pedestal sink.
Though that does mean there was precious little counter space, the Mansion compensates for that marvelously with a sink side stand for holding your whatnots. The amenities were L'Occitane & Gilchrist & Soames and were lovely, though I was sad not to see a shower cap.
Location, Location, Location
The location of the Mansion couldn't be any better, making it extremely easy to get to wherever you want to go in the groovy city of Austin. In addition, they boast a stellar restaurant - it's not giant, so be sure to make reservations.
We had a yummy breakfast and an impressive brunch while we were there and will definitely return for dinner sometime in the not too distant future.
The Mansion does not cater to children in particular but it certainly seemed as if it would work for a family as well as it did for a couple of adults. There was a gorgeous wedding at the property on the Saturday we were in town. And a bride was there on Sunday having her bridal portrait taken.
The restaurant also hosted a Christening brunch in a private dining room that was filled with paintings by Kathy Womack a popular Austin artist. It really seemed like an all-purpose kind of place without being at all generic.
Spa and Fitness Options
Though they don't have a spa or fitness center, but they do offer a number of in-room spa services, including massages, body wraps and facials. They are also happy to offer free day-passes to Castle Hill Fitness, a full-service gym, that's about a mile from the hotel.
Another option for exercise is taking the stairs. Since the hotel only has two floors, the elevator was only necessary for when we first went to our room and when we headed out since we had luggage in tow. I love not having to wait on an elevator every time I want to go up or down. And I don't mind the "forced" exercise either.
Service is Key
The staff was helpful and friendly and on top of absolutely everything. The service in the restaurant was a little slow. But I think that was more a matter of circumstance as they were hosting various events while we were there.
The prices at the Mansion range from around $150.00 to about $300.00 depending on room size and location. (The more expensive rooms and suites are in the mansion proper as opposed to what they refer to as the North Wing.) Parking is free and although there's no valet, all of the spaces are incredibly convenient to the rooms.
We would absolutely return to the Mansion on Judges' Hill. As a Southern girl myself (okay, I wasn't born one, but I am one now...), I very much appreciated the classic architecture, gracious service, and romantic feel. And not much makes me happier than when a property has the kind of fantastic staff that you'll find at the Mansion.