Hotel Ella

★★★★☆
A historic home more than a century old is transformed into one of Austin's most sumptuous luxury hotels.
  • 1900 Rio Grande St

    Austin, TX 78705

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  • 512-495-1857

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Mon-Fri 6:30am-10am 4pm-10pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10am 4pm-10pm
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I bought the Mansion at Judges' Hill in Austin hotel through Groupons. The hotel does not have any weekends available for the Groupons Queen room. Either I have to stay during the week or pay extra to upgrade during the weekend. I think they over sold their Queen rooms through Groupons. So I end up paying extra to stay during the weekend.

I'm not very happy. Why do I need to pay extra to stay during the weekend? I think this is very deceiving. My husband thinks it's a scam. I already paid for the Groupon. Why do I need to pay additional to stay at the hotel? After 2 experiences with hotels through Groupons, I will not buy any more hotels from Groupons. It is too much hassle and costs too much at the end. Also, I don??t get the dates that I want. It is cheaper to book the hotels through Hotels com, Hotwire or other websites and I don??t have to prepaid for the hotel rooms in advance and not knowing if there is additional charge besides the taxes and the availability.

Also, the food at the restaurant is good but we had to wait for more than 1 hr to get our food. If it wasn't because I had the Groupon for the restaurant, I would have walked out the door.

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★☆☆☆☆

I bought the Mansion at Judges' Hill in Austin hotel through Groupons. The hotel does not have any weekends available for the Groupons Queen room. Either I have to stay during the week or pay extra to upgrade during the weekend. I think they over sold their Queen rooms through Groupons. So I end up paying extra to stay during the weekend.

I'm not very happy. Why do I need to pay extra to stay during the weekend? I think this is very deceiving. My husband thinks it's a scam. I already paid for the Groupon. Why do I need to pay additional to stay at the hotel? After 2 experiences with hotels through Groupons, I will not buy any more hotels from Groupons. It is too much hassle and costs too much at the end. Also, I don??t get the dates that I want. It is cheaper to book the hotels through Hotels com, Hotwire or other websites and I don??t have to prepaid for the hotel rooms in advance and not knowing if there is additional charge besides the taxes and the availability.

Also, the food at the restaurant is good but we had to wait for more than 1 hr to get our food. If it wasn't because I had the Groupon for the restaurant, I would have walked out the door.

Pros: Nice hotel

Cons: Do not buy this hotel through Groupons

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I booked a room at Mansion at Judges Hill after reading about it on Citysearch and it was very much as described. I made my reservation over the phone with Jackie and she was extremely friendly and helpful. I told her exactly which features I wanted in the room (canopy bed, bathtub and patio) and she was able to work with me to find the right room in my price range. I was even able to get the '2 nights for 1' summer special. The room was huge and romantically southern - we had a wonderful time. We chose to eat dinner at a restaurant on 6th St. called Parkside - which was fantastic. If you go, you must order the El Rey chocolate brownie dessert - it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The only food we ordered at the hotel was the breakfast burrito from room service and it was excellent, as far as breakfast burritos go. But I understand the restaurant at the hotel is very good. The only drawback was that we had to take short cab rides to get to the main walking areas in town. They were not very expensive but it was inconvenient to call a cab every time we wanted to leave. However, we asked the cab drivers a lot of questions and learned about some cool places to see. All in all, it was a very lovely trip!

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★★★★☆

I booked a room at Mansion at Judges Hill after reading about it on Citysearch and it was very much as described. I made my reservation over the phone with Jackie and she was extremely friendly and helpful. I told her exactly which features I wanted in the room (canopy bed, bathtub and patio) and she was able to work with me to find the right room in my price range. I was even able to get the '2 nights for 1' summer special. The room was huge and romantically southern - we had a wonderful time. We chose to eat dinner at a restaurant on 6th St. called Parkside - which was fantastic. If you go, you must order the El Rey chocolate brownie dessert - it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The only food we ordered at the hotel was the breakfast burrito from room service and it was excellent, as far as breakfast burritos go. But I understand the restaurant at the hotel is very good. The only drawback was that we had to take short cab rides to get to the main walking areas in town. They were not very expensive but it was inconvenient to call a cab every time we wanted to leave. However, we asked the cab drivers a lot of questions and learned about some cool places to see. All in all, it was a very lovely trip!

Pros: Big rooms, poster beds, excellent service

Cons: Not walking distance to 6th Street

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My husband took me here for my birthday and it was really wonderful. He reserved the "library" off the bar, just for us. the staff put candles all over the place and combined with the beautiful room it was a very special night. The menu was recently changed to be "small plates". So they have wonderful dishes like sea bass, tuna and duck, but the dishes are smaller so you can order 2 different dishes for the same price as 1 entry usually is. the small dish prices were about $10-13 each. the sizes were good and we ordered 4 small plates to share and we were full at the end! highly recommended!

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★★★★☆

My husband took me here for my birthday and it was really wonderful. He reserved the "library" off the bar, just for us. the staff put candles all over the place and combined with the beautiful room it was a very special night. The menu was recently changed to be "small plates". So they have wonderful dishes like sea bass, tuna and duck, but the dishes are smaller so you can order 2 different dishes for the same price as 1 entry usually is. the small dish prices were about $10-13 each. the sizes were good and we ordered 4 small plates to share and we were full at the end! highly recommended!

Pros: excellent food and ambiance

Cons: none!

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Our party of 7 made reservations for an early dinner. We arrived separately but were allowed to be seated without all of us there at the same time and we ordered cocktails. I appreciated not having to wait until the total group arrived to be seated. We ordered a variety of appetizers and each were equally delicious. The dinner selections were all very good and dessert as well. Each of us were served at the same time as servers came from two directions to our table. Our needs were met before we knew to ask. It was a pleasant and delicious experience for our group. We will be going back.

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★★★★★

Our party of 7 made reservations for an early dinner. We arrived separately but were allowed to be seated without all of us there at the same time and we ordered cocktails. I appreciated not having to wait until the total group arrived to be seated. We ordered a variety of appetizers and each were equally delicious. The dinner selections were all very good and dessert as well. Each of us were served at the same time as servers came from two directions to our table. Our needs were met before we knew to ask. It was a pleasant and delicious experience for our group. We will be going back.

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My husband and stayed here last weekend and loved it! When we checked in, we did not have any problem finding parking- we talked to the person at the desk and they said they had been constructing an event cener but that it was completed. We sat in the courtyard under the trees and drank wine- it was lovely and relaxing. The rooms are beautiful as well... very nice beds and bathrooms. It's just a cute little hotel in the middle of downtown Austin that makes you feel like you're in an oasis. Great staff too- super helpful and just downright friendly.

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★★★★★

My husband and stayed here last weekend and loved it! When we checked in, we did not have any problem finding parking- we talked to the person at the desk and they said they had been constructing an event cener but that it was completed. We sat in the courtyard under the trees and drank wine- it was lovely and relaxing. The rooms are beautiful as well... very nice beds and bathrooms. It's just a cute little hotel in the middle of downtown Austin that makes you feel like you're in an oasis. Great staff too- super helpful and just downright friendly.

Pros: Decor, Service

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Their food is spectacular, the service is professional and friendly, the atmosphere is elegant, and is centrally located on a charming plot of land near UT campus.

If you are having a wedding, large social gathering, or corporate function, or simply stopping by for lunch or dinner with a friend, there is no better place.

Go down and see them ! - Ron Parks

http://ronparksphotography.com

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★★★★★

Their food is spectacular, the service is professional and friendly, the atmosphere is elegant, and is centrally located on a charming plot of land near UT campus.

If you are having a wedding, large social gathering, or corporate function, or simply stopping by for lunch or dinner with a friend, there is no better place.

Go down and see them ! - Ron Parks

http://ronparksphotography.com

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Highly recommend the Mansion for any special occasion: Anniversary, Birthday or whenever price is no object! It is a little pricey for everyday dining, however, the bar and staff are exceptional. I found every aspect of the restaurant to be top notch!

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★★★★☆

Highly recommend the Mansion for any special occasion: Anniversary, Birthday or whenever price is no object! It is a little pricey for everyday dining, however, the bar and staff are exceptional. I found every aspect of the restaurant to be top notch!

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Of the dozens of times I have come back to the Mansion for dinner I have never been disappointed. It just seems to get better each time. The lobster beignets are absolutely divine. The service has always been outstanding. I go and try other restaurants in town but they pale in comparison to the quality of food and service the Mansion has to offer. The dining room is wonderfully cozy and intimate. I have taken my children there on several occasions and they were creative with a "child friendly" dinner. I just can't say enough good things. This is truly a FINE dining experience that cannot be beat.

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★★★★★

Of the dozens of times I have come back to the Mansion for dinner I have never been disappointed. It just seems to get better each time. The lobster beignets are absolutely divine. The service has always been outstanding. I go and try other restaurants in town but they pale in comparison to the quality of food and service the Mansion has to offer. The dining room is wonderfully cozy and intimate. I have taken my children there on several occasions and they were creative with a "child friendly" dinner. I just can't say enough good things. This is truly a FINE dining experience that cannot be beat.

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The Mansion at Judge's Hill is a must on any fine diner's list. The beautiful historic mansion invites you into the splendor of the past. We decided to visit the Mansion on Christmas Eve. In our group were family members from all parts of the United States. We wanted a special celebration. We were not disappointed. Our food was exemplary. We sampled to-die-for Lobster Beignets, Salmon, Beef Tenderloin, Prime Ribeye, Shrimp, and an array of deserts. Our food was delicious. My brother, visiting from Chicago, is a worshipper of ribeye steak. He has sampled ribeyes in the finest restaurants in Chicago--and he said that none of them has The Mansion at Judge's Hill beat. The meat was tender and melted in our mouths. We could not resist passing our plates as we shared each sensational dish with each other. The Mansion also offers an extensive wine list. Our waiter, Matt, was knowledgable, efficient, and made us feel comfortable and at home. Indeed, our food was elegant and expertly prepared, the wait staff professional, and the ambiance so glorious many of us commented that we felt that we were dining in a big historic home that was our own. We will not forget our evening at the Mansion--and heartily recommend that you make reservations to have your own unforgettable dinner.

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★★★★★

The Mansion at Judge's Hill is a must on any fine diner's list. The beautiful historic mansion invites you into the splendor of the past. We decided to visit the Mansion on Christmas Eve. In our group were family members from all parts of the United States. We wanted a special celebration. We were not disappointed. Our food was exemplary. We sampled to-die-for Lobster Beignets, Salmon, Beef Tenderloin, Prime Ribeye, Shrimp, and an array of deserts. Our food was delicious. My brother, visiting from Chicago, is a worshipper of ribeye steak. He has sampled ribeyes in the finest restaurants in Chicago--and he said that none of them has The Mansion at Judge's Hill beat. The meat was tender and melted in our mouths. We could not resist passing our plates as we shared each sensational dish with each other. The Mansion also offers an extensive wine list. Our waiter, Matt, was knowledgable, efficient, and made us feel comfortable and at home. Indeed, our food was elegant and expertly prepared, the wait staff professional, and the ambiance so glorious many of us commented that we felt that we were dining in a big historic home that was our own. We will not forget our evening at the Mansion--and heartily recommend that you make reservations to have your own unforgettable dinner.

Pros: Elegant historic decor, sensational food, professional and friendly wait staff

Cons: Figuring out where to park was a bit confusing

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This is a good place for lovers and married couples to enjoy the food and wait staff is attentive. Parking is tight but overall is wortht the money spent.

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★★★★☆

This is a good place for lovers and married couples to enjoy the food and wait staff is attentive. Parking is tight but overall is wortht the money spent.

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I went there for a wedding a couple weeks ago and all I can say is Wow! The property is so beautuful and the food was spectacular! The crab cakes were the best I've ever tasted and they had some sort of pork dish that was fantastic. Servers were so nice and helpful. I didn't even notice they were there and when I needed something (my daughter wanted some milk), they appeared out of nowhere and were so nice. The bride and groom were being served all night, I wished I had that service at MY wedding.

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★★★★★

I went there for a wedding a couple weeks ago and all I can say is Wow! The property is so beautuful and the food was spectacular! The crab cakes were the best I've ever tasted and they had some sort of pork dish that was fantastic. Servers were so nice and helpful. I didn't even notice they were there and when I needed something (my daughter wanted some milk), they appeared out of nowhere and were so nice. The bride and groom were being served all night, I wished I had that service at MY wedding.

Pros: food and service

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The ambiance was magnificent and the prices were appropriate. The beef medallions were wonderful. We received good wine advice and it complemented the meal very well. The music and lighting set a lovely romantic mood. The service had an excellent pace. Everyone was as accommodating as always. I enjoyed every aspect of the evening.

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★★★★☆

The ambiance was magnificent and the prices were appropriate. The beef medallions were wonderful. We received good wine advice and it complemented the meal very well. The music and lighting set a lovely romantic mood. The service had an excellent pace. Everyone was as accommodating as always. I enjoyed every aspect of the evening.

Pros: Food, ambiance, service.

Cons: Parking

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I went to dinner on a recomendation from a friend who had eaten there on Valentines Day. Well, needless to say something dramatically horrible happened in the kitchen. Either the kitchen has incompetent chefs, or they took the night off. The dessert I had was forgetable, and the lobster beignet was void of flavor and proper execution. My filet entree was overcooked and severely underseasoned. As a long time foodie and traveler I would never recomend this place to anybody. I am actually attending a wedding at the Mansion in August, I think I will pack my own lunch!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to dinner on a recomendation from a friend who had eaten there on Valentines Day. Well, needless to say something dramatically horrible happened in the kitchen. Either the kitchen has incompetent chefs, or they took the night off. The dessert I had was forgetable, and the lobster beignet was void of flavor and proper execution. My filet entree was overcooked and severely underseasoned. As a long time foodie and traveler I would never recomend this place to anybody. I am actually attending a wedding at the Mansion in August, I think I will pack my own lunch!

Pros: In Austin

Cons: Dinner, my bill, the dining room itself

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On a recent Saturday, we took some family members to the Mansion for dinner. The dining room was clumsily decorated; the service was awkward, slow, and unresponsive. The food was awful: the bread basket had one variety ("olive") and it was stale and flavorless; the appetizers (duck confit quesadillas and lobster beignets) showed no signs of including the advertised ingredients; the entrees were poorly executed, lukewarm, and poorly plated; the dessert menu included four items, which were overly candied and flavorless. The only time the waiter was responsive and timely was when he came to collect the check.

The main feature that this dreadful establishment has is that it's old, and even that is not done well.

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★☆☆☆☆

On a recent Saturday, we took some family members to the Mansion for dinner. The dining room was clumsily decorated; the service was awkward, slow, and unresponsive. The food was awful: the bread basket had one variety ("olive") and it was stale and flavorless; the appetizers (duck confit quesadillas and lobster beignets) showed no signs of including the advertised ingredients; the entrees were poorly executed, lukewarm, and poorly plated; the dessert menu included four items, which were overly candied and flavorless. The only time the waiter was responsive and timely was when he came to collect the check.

The main feature that this dreadful establishment has is that it's old, and even that is not done well.

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My husband and stayed here last weekend and loved it! When we checked in, we did not have any problem finding parking- we talked to the person at the desk and they said they had been constructing an event cener but that it was completed. We sat in the courtyard under the trees and drank wine- it was lovely and relaxing. The rooms are beautiful as well... very nice beds and bathrooms. It's just a cute little hotel in the middle of downtown Austin that makes you feel like you're in an oasis. Great staff too- super helpful and just downright friendly.

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★★★★★

My husband and stayed here last weekend and loved it! When we checked in, we did not have any problem finding parking- we talked to the person at the desk and they said they had been constructing an event cener but that it was completed. We sat in the courtyard under the trees and drank wine- it was lovely and relaxing. The rooms are beautiful as well... very nice beds and bathrooms. It's just a cute little hotel in the middle of downtown Austin that makes you feel like you're in an oasis. Great staff too- super helpful and just downright friendly.

Pros: decor, outdoor areas, close to everything

Cons: busy area

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I have stayed in luxury hotels and this does not qualify as a luxury hotel in my opinion. Rooms had that old house smell. Horrible parking conditions. We checked out after the first night.

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★★★☆☆

I have stayed in luxury hotels and this does not qualify as a luxury hotel in my opinion. Rooms had that old house smell. Horrible parking conditions. We checked out after the first night.

Cons: poor parking, too expensive

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Excellent new hotel in Austin. If you're looking for a change from the typical hotel, stay here, as there is nothing like it in Austin. The building itself has been completely renovated. I remember driving by it when I went to UT and never thought it could become a hotel. Stay here during your next trip to Austin.

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★★★★★

Excellent new hotel in Austin. If you're looking for a change from the typical hotel, stay here, as there is nothing like it in Austin. The building itself has been completely renovated. I remember driving by it when I went to UT and never thought it could become a hotel. Stay here during your next trip to Austin.

Pros: Beautiful, Unique, Great location

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