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I am a chef, gardener, Mama of 3 adult children and love Austin! If you have any questions about my listing, please feel free to reach out to me.
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I stayed at Gina's empty best with my boyfriend and two friends for SXSW and had a great time. Both Gina and her husband Ken were really accommodating and quick to respond if we ever needed them for anything. They had lots of great suggestions for places to go in the area and made us feel at home straight away. The empty nest itself is a great place and looks exactly as it does in the photos, there's lots of space and a lovely veranda at the front which is great to sit out in the evenings and take in your surroundings. It's within walking distance to Wholefoods and downtown as well as some great restaurants in the opposite direction too. I'd recommend the empty nest to anyone looking to stay in Austin.
Gina was extremely welcoming and helpful. Very responsive to emails and we couldn't ask for anything more.
The apartment itself is bigger than the pictures make it out to be. I didn't even realize there were 2 bedrooms! Originally there were only supposed to be three of us, which would have been perfect, however we ended up having a 4th person stay... it was a 'little' tight but totally manageable and we all had a great time.
Highly recommend both the apartment and the host!
This was my first experience using Airbnb, and it was fabulous! We arrived at the Empty Nest and were greeted with a nice welcome note with recommendations of nearby restaurants and stores, drinks, and snacks. It was a cute, cozy 2-bed place that looked just like the photos; we loved how it felt like we were staying at a friend's house and just chilling! It was perfect for the four of us.
One thing that struck me was the attention to detail in the apartment. There were to-go menus of nearby restaurants hanging on the wall, books and magazines about Austin, Austin drink coasters...even the drinks in the little fridge reflected a certain Texas feel. There were movies available to watch, a chess/checkers board, plenty of extra blankets and towels, and some amenities in case you forgot shampoo, soap, and the like.
The apartment was tucked away on the second floor behind the main house; the surrounding trees and small, open air front porch area was refreshing in the mornings and evenings. Their cat Pawlee visited us a few times during our stay and got lots of love from my cat-loving husband. :) We ended up walking through the neighborhood to the grocery store 3 blocks away, and we felt safe, secure, and enjoyed the quiet scenery.
Since we spent a good part of the weekend near downtown and 6th Street, it was so convenient to drive literally 5 minutes to anywhere we needed to go. We visited some stores nearby - Whole Foods flagship store (so huge and awesome!), Anthropologie, REI, BookPeople.
We would definitely stay here again on our next trip to Austin!
We were in Austin for a long weekend, and our entire stay at Gina's apartment was fantastic. Check in was a breeze, and she had left snacks and drinks in the fridge for our arrival. The apartment is very clean and spacious with two full bedrooms, a full bath with plenty of fluffy towels, and the beds were extremely comfortable. We had rented a car and mostly drove to downtown as we didn't luck out with great weather, but the apartment is easily within walking distance to many bars and restaurants. It's a safe, quiet neighborhood - the perfect sanctuary, and SO much better than a hotel! Can't say enough great things, it's the perfect place to stay in Austin!
Thanks for the kudos, Meghan. The weather was not ideal that weekend and so glad you found some fun things to do in Austin!
My wife and I truly enjoyed our visit to Austin. We spent 4 nights at The Empty Nest and really enjoyed our stay. It was very clean and had very comfortable beds. It's in a nice quiet neighborhood within walking distance to shops and restaurants. I highly recommend the Empty Nest as a great place to stay. We plan on making it our first choice to stay on our many return trips to Austin.
Thank you Gina! You guys were such gracious host…
They were quick to try to accommodate our requests. Their places are absolutely charming and cozy place, larger than expected. A spacious 2 bedroom in a lovely neighborhood. Definitely will try to stay again! Wonderful experience!
I've stayed in the Empty Nest before, and liked it then, as I liked it this time round. The apartment is clean and pleasant and the beds are extremely comfortable. It's located in an extremely attractive part of town. It's a bit of a walk from the town centre, but a good walk, which takes you past many enticing bars and restaurants. Overall, judging the place for location, quality and warmth of welcome, I'd say it's pretty close to perfect. Thanks, Gina.
A friend and I recently stayed at the empty nest for ACL and a UT game. Great location (within 2 miles of basically anywhere), and everything about the accommodations was accurate. Gina was a great host, and very helpful with any questions we had.
This was our first visit to Austin and we didn´t want to live in a hotell, but in a "normal" neighborhood - so near normal life as possible. So we found a nice and clean flat in a great area and great town. Very nice hosts - thank you for letting us stay with you. We really can recommend the "Empty nest". Christine Johnson
Staying here was a great experience. Gina and Ted were very accommodating. We stayed for 7 days and they checked in to see if we needed anything, but it wasn't necessary because they think of so much before you even arrive. Awesome place to stay.
Fun to have a fellow Austinite & Airbnb host! Hope you come back soon.
Welcome back anytime!
It was a pleasure to have Gina and his family in our apartment. We'll be happy to meet again them in Sorrento, Italy!!! Highly recommended guests!!