The Standard in Austin features 4 bedrooms with space for up to 12 guests. Centrally located in the heart of downtown, you can walk to everything from this condo. On Walk Score, they give this property a perfect score of 100 points. The condo also receives a bike score of 90 and a transit score of 70. Please note that the Airport Flyer will drop you basically at the front door for $1, and runs every 30 minutes or so.
Situated one block from the Austin Convention Center, two blocks from the world famous 6th Street and the Warehouse District, and a handful of blocks from every other downtown attraction including hundreds of restaurants, movie theaters, bars, nightclubs, lounges, and live music venues, the location cannot be beat. The town lake walking/jogging trail is just a few blocks away, there is a yoga studio just across the street, Starbucks is 200 feet from the front door, and arrangements can be made for a temporary gym membership two blocks away during your visit, if desired.
This unit features accommodations for up to 12 guests (one king, four queen beds, and a queen sized air mattress), central air and heat, a full sized stackable washer and dryer, a small balcony, free cable television, free wireless internet access, wood burning fireplace, and plush furnishings. With granite counter tops, renovated kitchen and bathrooms, flat screen televisions mounted on the walls, and a fantastic stereo in the living room, every detail has been considered to make your stay a pleasant one.
A full kitchen with oven, stove, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, and all of the tools you need to cook your favorite meals will be included, however there are so many dining options within a few blocks, you may never use it. A few nearby options include: Fleming's Steakhouse, Fogo de Chao, Piranha Sushi, Vince Young Steakhouse, Backspace, PF Changs, 200 Congress, La Condessa, Lamberts, Swift's Attic, Champions Sports Bar, Parkside, Eddie V's, The Onion, Swift's Attic, La Condessa, Trace, Lambert's, and many more...
A wet bar comes stocked with glassware, a blender, and all of the bar tools you will need to fix your favorite cocktails while visiting. Just add liquor and mixers and you are all set. The closest liquor store is 2 blocks away.
You will also receive access to free private gated parking for two cars (plus a motorcycle or scooter), if you need it. Since you can walk to everything, you might consider taking the Airport Flyer from Austin Bergstrom International for $1 per person. It picks up and drops off in front of the building every 30 minutes, and will save you the hassle and expense of a rental car or taxi.
There is also an outdoor pool area, and one of the most lively neighborhoods in ATX! If you need assistance with tours, transportation services, or anything else, we are here to help.
Guests will have access to the condo complex, the condo, the secured parking area, the pool area, and the best of downtown Austin.
I like to interact with my guests as much or as little as they would like. I am always available (24/7) to answer questions via email, text, or phone, and I enjoy meeting many of my guests. However, I am also very respectful, and allow my guests to determine how much interaction they would like to have. Ever since I setup automatic door locks, there are some guests that I have not ever met in person. Whatever works best for the guest, works fine for me.
I love that the downtown neighborhood is so vibrant, and provides the ability to walk to the best restaurants, bars, shopping, and nightlife in Austin. The Railyard is in a unique location that is hard to beat. I also appreciate the convenient access to Town Lake for hiking and biking trails, among other things.
In addition to the Airport Flyer that I already mentioned, there are also pedicabs, taxi cabs, light rail, horse-drawn carriages, limousines, and other forms of public transportation within a block that can be easily accessed.
If you are interested in hosting an even larger group, please note that I own and manage a large number of units in the same building complex, as well as some nearby houses. I am happy to host large groups for weddings, convention center trade shows, and other events in Austin.
Stayed here for a long weekend. Great location and wonderful place! Would happily stay here again.
This condo was perfect for a long weekend in Austin. It was very well maintained with all the necessities provided. The 12 people staying at the condo were comfortable in the accommodations. There was a small issue with the water heater but Ryan was very quick in getting this resolved and taken care of.
This is the perfect location to walk to the bars on E. 6th and cabs were readily available across the street to take us anywhere we needed to go. The condo was a corner unit and had keyless entry that helped a lot for managing a large group of people.
Ryan was very much in contact with me thruout the booking/RSVPing/checking-in process.
Most everything about the apartment was as described and as depicted in the photos, although my group felt the kitchen was a bit lacking in amenities. (Dont expect there to be as much as a spice rack nor spray for your cooking pan -- just plan ahead and bring in everything you'll think you'll need! We were also surprised to see a Keurig as opposed to a traditional coffee maker, and no tea kettle, but Starbucks is literally across the street (and Jo's a few blocks away) so we satisfied our fix that way.) Otherwise, beds were comfy, there were plenty of fresh towels to go around, etc.. Plenty of room for the 9 of us to stay without being on top of each other or fighting for the bathrooms. The living/dining area was large enough and had enough seating for us to gather together to eat.
The location can't be beat -- surrounded by food, drinks, and the downtown music scene. We were an industrious group and even made it deep into SoCo and over to the eastside of I-35 by foot.
Would definitely consider staying here again if the occasion arose!
Thanks, Alison. I am glad you had a nice stay and enjoyed exploring Austin! I am going to add a regular coffee/tea maker, as per your suggestion, in addition to the Keurig that is there. I think that the Keurig is great, but agree that some people will want to make their own coffee and tea, as you did. Thanks for the heads up. The Starbucks across the street is a definite plus though. On the spices, we decided early on to throw away all food items from the unit after each guest (as opposed to keeping the places stocked with spices and what not). This is a precaution in case somebody put something in one of the food items by accident or on purpose. We felt that it was safer (health wise) to just let people handle that individually . I hope you agree. Next time you visit, if there is anything you want me to stock before your arrival, just let me know and it will be done. Thanks again for being such a great guest. Come back soon!
Ryan is the perfect host! He was readily available throughout the whole trip just to ensure everything was going well for us. He responded promptly to all of our questions and immediately addressed any concerns that we had. For example, we thought one of the windows was broken because we could feel air coming through. I texted Ryan and he sent a maintenance guy right over to fix it. It turned out that the window wasn't closed all the way >_< Another example of Ryan's great customer service is when my friends arrived in Austin late Thursday night with a car rental that they decided to get at the last minute. The assigned parking was taken by another vehicle so I texted Ryan very late that night (around 1-2am) and he responded right away to address our problem. He even went above and beyond in helping us find good restaurants to eat for lunch/dinner. We loved his condo - it was fully equipped with almost everything we needed (there are no condiments...salt, pepper, cooking oil, etc). It was walking distance to all of the bars, clubs, restaurants, food trucks and touristy spots! We enjoyed our stay at Ryan's condo and would definitely rent his place again if we come back to Austin. I highly recommend Ryan - his hospitality made our experience in Austin all the better! :)
Sandy, you are too kind. Thank you for the nice words, and please come back and stay again soon. If you want me to stock the condo with any items before your next visit, just let me know and I will make sure everything is waiting for you before your arrival. We purposely don't leave food items, condiments, and what not in the condos because we are fearful that something could get contaminated and we would not have any way of knowing. It was a decision we made early on to protect our guests. Thanks again for your review, and I look forward to having you back in Austin before too long!
Ryan was great. When we got there he stuck around and helped us get the lay of the land as none of us had been to Austin. He also helped my friends with a couple of surprises and even hand delivered a package halfway through the weekend. The place was immaculate and it was comfortable for the whole basketball team.
This was the second of our group's rentals from Ryan--and as promised, he was an excellent host! This location can't be beat and our group greatly enjoyed their stay being right downtown.
Great Place and Location! Ryan was very responsive to any issues. If you have 10ish people just make sure to plan your showers so you don't have to take a cold one :)
Ryan was the perfect host and made sure our every request was meet before, during and after our stay. He accommodated our request and was easy to reach for any questions we had during our stay. The convenient location across from the convention center was perfect for our corporate hospitality suite. We look forward to working with Ryan for our future events in Austin!
Awesome location and Ryan was exceptional host! He was quick to respond to inquiries and was helpful when we realized we had booked a place with no elevator - 2 of our 11 group had trouble with stairs for medical reasons but we managed! Was really my fault for not clicking on ALL the tabs in the desciption to find where the elevator is not checked on the amenities list.
Kitchen did not have everything needed - was missing large bowls, toaster, mixer, can opener, measuring cups, baking pans, kichen towels (except paper towels were provided), and potholders to remove anything from oven - made for some interesting challenges! The biggest item missing was coffee cups!
Plenty of beds for the 11 in our group (family ages 2 to 54) but not enough living or dining space for more than 5 or 6 people in one area - living room had one couch and one chair that seated 4 at most - there was one additional couch located in the balcony but not conducive to large group gatherings. The living and dining area are open to each other so we could sit 8-9 people and still see each other - just not so good for having conversations. For a condo that has very restrictive noise criteria, having a large drum with the two drumsticks on it in the middle of the Living Room with a 2 and 4 year old was a huge challenge - not to mention the bells hanging on the mirror above the fireplace.
Great place to stay if you are just sleeping and want to be close to everything! The fire station around the corner was also a busy one in the middle of the night! We stayed 4 nights - ran out of toilet paper on second day with only 3 full rolls and 3 partial rolls for 11 people in 3 bathrooms. Weather happened to be in the 40's and 50's - the upstairs balcony got all the heat and the three bedrooms downstairs got very little heat! There was a fireplace but nothing to burn in it.
The Living Room TV had been wall-mounted where 2 built-in shelves were removed - the wall was never painted out to match. With 11 people, we also ran out of hot water fairly quickly with just showers - there is a oversized jetted tub upstairs that would drain the hot water heater for one person to use! All in all - was a great rental for the price and location - I would stay again and just know more of what to expect! Condo is probably more appropriate for groups just looking for a bed and always out somewhere else for meals and fun. With a few more of the missing details provided, I would definitely give this a 4 star!
Kevin and his group were very nice house guests, and I appreciate that they chose to stay at my condo for their visit to Austin. Having said that, Kevin notified me a week before his Thanksgiving arrival that he was going to cancel due to the fact that the complex did not have an elevator. Needless to say, one week was not enough time for me to re-book the space that had been reserved for his group for over a month. I attempted to accommodate his group in another unit on the ground floor of the complex, but the places were already booked and we were unable to move the groups and still accommodate the desired configurations. Kevin seemed bothered by the strict cancellation policy, and ultimately decided to stay. I hope that this review was not a reflection of that dissatisfaction.
On the list of issues, I understand on a few of them and accept responsibility. However, I am really confused by a few of them. The thing that saddens me is that most of them could have been easily resolved if Kevin had just reached out via phone or email. He had all of my contact information, and we had successfully communicated a few times.
On the kitchen, some of the items on Kevin's list are simply "missing" from the unit after recent visits and need to be replaced (like the dish towels, can opener, and the potholders). Others are items that I will purchase this week so that all future guests will have the benefit. The thing that I am confused about is that there are coffee mugs (12 of them) in the cupboards. I don't typically stock coffee cups, but will for the future. Hopefully, Kevin and his group enjoyed the Keurig coffee maker with the free assortment of coffees, teas, and dessert drinks I provided.
On the toilet paper, I am really confused. As a rule, we have the cleaning crew stock 3 rolls under each sink for visits under 5 days. Before Kevin's arrival, I spot checked the unit and verified that toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and trash bags were stocked up for their stay. That means there were 9 fresh rolls and 3 partial rolls for their arrival. But even if I am wrong, had Kevin notified me, there was an arsenal of supplies in one of the closets that I could have directed him to.
I am sorry that Kevin didn't like the way we have arranged the furniture, and I am sure we can look into adding a bit more seating, but the noise restrictions in the building are not something I can control. I appreciate the challenge that Kevin faced with young children in the condo, but I usually just put the drumsticks up high, where the bells are, in case kids are around.
On the fireplace, I don't provide firewood as I do not want to encourage fires. It is for the safety of the guests, as well as the community since people might check out and forget to properly extinguish an open flame.
On the living room TV, the shelf was indeed removed so I could mount a 60" LCD on the wall on a full motion swivel mount that enables the TV to be seen from any part of the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The work was completed professionally, with all wires being run through the walls, but the 2" wide patches (mostly behind the TV) have not yet been re-textured and painted to match the freshly painted walls. This will be done in the following weeks, and would have been done sooner if we had not had so many bookings right after the listing went live.
On the hot water, this is the first time I have heard anything, but I will check into it.
Please know that I remain committed to the satisfaction of all of my guests, and will use this review as a guide for improvement.
Ryan's place was exactly what we expected. It wasn't too fancy or nice, but had plenty of room for our group of 12. Ryan was extremely easy to communicate with, and had everything we needed to prepare for a great weekend in Austin. The location was perfect, and getting in and out of the complex/apt couldn't have been any easier. I would highly recommend staying with Ryan if you have a large group and want a great downtown location.