Private room in a 1904 historic downtown mansion. Hardwood floors, claw-foot bath tub, walls and ceilings covered in artwork.
Two blocks from 6th Street, you are in easy walking distance to all SXSW events and Austin's downtown nightlife--the Whole Foods flagship store is 4 blocks away. This is a former governor's mansion and is in the heart of all things downtown. You're surrounded by other gorgeous mansions, but this is one of the few that hasn't been turned into lawyer's offices.
The room you'll be staying in is the gallery (the Blue Room) in the house. It has two 10-foot wood paneled doors that slide together to provide privacy, but the main living room and porch area are in sound range. The bathroom is down the hallway and is used only by occasional guests. Please note that a 6-ft clawfoot tub is the only option--there is no shower.
This is an incredibly unique house and you would be in the mix of the household--the owner of the house has an apartment on the first floor (separate from where you are staying). Three additional apartments are located in the upper floors, so the house can be quite lively.
While you can lose yourself looking at all the artwork on the walls, be aware that you should be ok with interacting with others. The comings and goings of a lived-in house make this room around an active area until about 10pm, when it will generally be quiet. If you want an experience that provides access to one of Austin's most unique residences and eclectic residents in an early-1900s mansion, this is for you.
The bed options are two twin Tempurpedic mattresses and/or a double bed (futon). Sheets and towels will be provided.
You will have access to your bedroom (the Blue Room), the bathroom, the living room, and the kitchen.
If you bring a car, you'll have a free parking space just behind the house. This is a nice perk as parking around downtown has become hard-to-find and expensive.
You don't need a car to stay here if you want to experience just "downtown Austin." If you fly to Austin-Bergstrom airport, you can take the Capital Metro bus (Airport Flyer) that will drop you off at 4th & Congress, about a 6-block walk to the house. Cabs are also easily available, both to and from the airport, and around Austin. Pedicabs and
downtown bicycle rentals are other options, but you'll be in easy walking distance to much of downtown.
No cigarette smoking indoors.
Bathroom is a shared space.
Clean up after yourself.
Living room usually available.
Blair was a great host and made me feel very welcomed in his home. I came with the intention of having a relaxing getaway and staying at the Blue Room Mansion certainly delivered. You can spend a day just looking at all the artwork, chilling by the fireplace (check out the frolicking devils) and having a nice relaxing bath. Definitely will be back.
Blair's place was gorgeous and very full of character (the number and variety of paintings he possesses really needs to be seen to be believed)! As a host, Blair was also very warm and friendly, and easy to reach for small housekeeping matters.
The room we were in was a little dusty, but nothing too bad (plus the bed, though not a real, full-sized one, was comfortable). We found the claw foot bath tub challenging to use, but then again we are definitely more used to modern showers.
Overall, the location was good for Downtown Austin; the house is historic and gorgeous; and Blair warm and approachable.
Blair made my husband and I feel very welcome, it was like staying at a friend's place. His house is in a quiet and beautiful residential area that is two blocks from 6th...location couldn't be better. Highly recommend if you need to be near downtown. We did not need any taxis or public transport, we walked everywhere. Futon was actually really comfortable and the claw bathtub was nice too. As Blair makes clear in the place description there is no shower, your bedroom doors are sliding (but they lock) and there are other housemates and guests there--but we felt we had good privacy for all that. Blair apologized for having a party one night but it was a very laid back paella and sangria party that I think ended by 10pm...so yeah, it was family atmosphere, not like it was an obnoxious frat house. These are mature hosts that know how to be courteous to guests. Towels were really clean.
Staying at the Blue Room with Blair was great. The house is amazing, covered in art, photographs, it was exactly the kind of place we wanted to stay while in Austin. I enjoyed the bathtub, and we had no problems getting in or out. I would definitely stay here again.
The house was exactly as it is described on the listing. It's huge, beautiful and very accommodating! The pictures everywhere are amazing as well. Blair was the host with the most for sure. Anything we needed he was able to assist with. The room is just inside the front door and it's pretty darn quiet. The bed was super comfy and the location could not be beat! We were able to walk to everything we needed. Stayed here for ACL weekend one- 4 blocks from shuttle. 4 blocks from whole foods also and a bunch of bars and nightlife! We would def stay here again. When you leave things in the fridge def put your name on them as warned. I did not do this and I lost some delicious breakfast tacos- totally my fault as I was warned. This house was really cool and the paintings/pictures are simply captivating.. If you want a really cool experience stay here for sure. Thanks Blair! You are one super cool dude- and a great skipper! Tami&Scott
The place, the people and the location were just great!!!!
Blair was the consummate host and we felt safe, secure and welcome in his period mansion.
I had such a wonderful time in Austin with Blair and family! My loose based plans fell apart, but I couldn't have landed in a better spot. The house is filled with artistic, intelligent, and friendly people. I felt at home in a place I had never been! Staying here made my trip worthwhile! Thank you to Blair and the rest of the house. I couldn't have landed in a better place!