Hotels Around Clear Spring

Should you need accommodations, below are suggestions, approximate rates and driving distance from Clear Spring Studio.  Austin is growing and this is by no means a complete list.  Check online for more stuff.  Austin is also has some verry popular film and music events that gather attention from far away, so if you need to reserve a place, book early.

The rooming and food situation is constantly evolving in this neighborhood, so an excellent option for you to search for current information is this:  
- Go to Google Maps.
- Look up the city you are interested in (this is useful for any search, anywhere  Even Pune, India).  Add "Hotels" to the search.
- You'll see them all nicely laid out, located on the map, with prices and everything.
- Then you can click on one to get to their contact info or website.

I think this is better than relying on Clear Spring Studio to keep this information up to date. But here you are anyway.  Lastly, if you contact the hotels directly you will have far less difficulty if you change or cancel your booking for any reason.

- Various weekend home rentals are available, some very close to the studio. Check with (Google Maps or) the various online companies including Austin’s own HomeAway.Com and specify our location (605 Copeland St. 78704); there may be rentals very close by.

-Austin Motel, 1220 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78704 • 512.441.1157, or email

Rates vary from$80-200/room, so get reservations early.  0.8 miles from the studio, a nice neighborhood walk if the weather is fine.

-Homestead Austin-Downtown Townlake 507 South 1st Street, (512)467-1818 $89/night 1/8 mile from site, directly down the block.  Closest to studio.

-Extended Stay America 600 Guadalupe Ave, (512)457-9994 $80/night 1.3 miles from site

-Radisson Hotel, 111 Cesar Chavez St. (at Congress Ave), (512) 478-9611, $171/night. Near Studio.

-San Jose Hotel, 1316 S. Congress ave. Near Studio.  (800) 574-8897, $225 minimum

-Ramada Inn South Austin 1212 Ben White Blvd., (512)447-0151 $65-$74/night 2.36 miles from site

-La Quinta Inn Austin Oltorf 1603 E Oltorf,(5112)447-6661 $74/night 2.69 miles from site

-La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol, 300 E. 11th St., (512) 476-1166, $129/night.

-Austin Days Inn South 4220 I 35 S, (512)441-9242 $65/night 2.70 miles from site

-Suburban Hotel Austin South 2501 I 35 S, (512)712-9920 Kitchens in all rooms.  $59/night 1.5 miles from the site

-Holiday Inn Austin Townlake 20 N I H 35, (512) 472-8211 $209/night 1.5 miles from studio.

-Motel 6  2707 S I H 35  Austin, TX 78741 (512) 444-5882 $39-44/night, 2.6 miles from studio.


Restaurants Around Clear Spring:

There are many restaurants close to Clear Spring, on South First St, South Congress, Oltorf, South Lamar, and the entire downtown area.  You can eat anything from vegan food to barbecue to vegan barbecue, all fairly close by.  Below is a short and likely already out of date list.

On South First St. close to the studio:

-Trailer Park Eateries:  Starting right down the street from Clear Spring are a series of trailer park eateries, featuring almost anything: sandwiches, Italian pastas, tacos of all sorts, thai food,  Indian food, African fare, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and doughnuts, with shaded picnic tables for sit-down dining.

-El Mercado:  Average Tex Mex food.  Right down the street from the studio.

- Alcomar:  Interior Mexican food and seafood, nice menu. Corner of W. Mary and South First. St.

-Polvo’s:  Tex Mex, Coastal Mex and Interior Mex.  A little further down South First St. from the studio.

-Bouldin Creek Café: Vegetarian (dairy) and Vegan, Breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Good coffee; good food, excellent breakfast. Corner W. Mary and South First.

-The Soup Peddler and Juice Bar:  These folks make take out soups and lovely fresh juices and cater these all over the city. The also sell from the kitchen here at the corner of W. Mary and South First St.

-Elizabeth St. Café: Vietnamese and French fare, breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Also good coffee.

-There is an expensive place just north of the Elizabeth St. Cafe.  Valet parking only, looks like.  And their neon sign out front has no words, just a lotus flower.

-Rabbit Food Close to Oltorf Ave (a mile south of the studio).  More vegan fare

On South Congress

-Guero’s on Elizabeth and South Congress, tex mex and a busy place.  Live music many nights.

And reckoning from Guero’s on Elizabeth in both directions along South Congress there are many, many—a bit too many to list-- pizza parlors,  delis, upscale restaurants, trailer cafes with anything from ice cream, cookies and cupcakes, tacos, sandwiches, etc. 

-South Congress Café: Just a little south from Upscale menu, medium pricing, brunches, lunch and dinner (I think).

-Vespaio and Enoteca: Italian restaurant and cafe/sandwich shop.  Nice brunches and dinners. South Congress south of Guero’s.

-Magnolia Café:  south from Guero’s on S. Congress:  standard American food, open 24/8, they say.  Food for vegetarians and everyone else.

-And more and more.  Changing all the time.  

On Lamar Blvd, to the west of South First St:

-Whole Foods Market, between 5th and 6th on Lamar, north of the river.  Any kind of food you might like: vegetarian, vegan, and all else.  Delis and mini-restaurants in store.  Flagship store.  

-Suzi’s Chinese Kitchen, in the 1100 block of S. Lamar, better than average Chinese, no msg, some veg dishes (buddha’s feast, broccoli and tofu dishes)

-Wheatsville Coop: on S. Lamar, just north of the intersection of Ben White Blvd (Hwy. 290) on the east side of the intersection.  Local health food since forever.  Lots of healthy foods.


Other Things:.

-Once Over, great coffee at  2009 S. 1st, on the east side of the street. 

-Jo’s Coffee on S. Congress, near the South Austin Motel.

- Seventh Flag Coffee House  right down the block to the south.  Coffee.

-Whole Foods on 5th and Lamar makes the cheapest and best tacos.  Vast deli and prepared food section.  All sorts, vegetarian, vegan, paleo...  And the coffee and juice bars are also good.  Besides which, they have huge amounts of all sorts of healthy foods.

-Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey Road (runs parallel to Barton Springs Road, one block north (your landmark is the Schlotzsky’s Sandwhich shop at the corner of North Lamar and Toomey. Turn and go to the end of Toomey, before the street turns the corner).

Casa is a great favorite, all vegan, macrobiotic, organic (whenever possible) great food. Fixed menu, posted daily at

Lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm lunch, 6 to 8:30 pm dinner, $12.  Breakfast M-F, 7-9 am.  Weekend brunch, Saturday 11;30 to 2 pm and Sunday 10:30 to 2 pm, $14).  Weekday dinners sometimes have a theme, for example, on Fridays, East Indian food!!  Prices include tax and beverage.

-Sazon, 1816 S. Lamar, to be exact, interesting TexMex food, including enchiladas huitlacoche and Mole.

-Kerbey Lane Café, 2700 South Lamar, standard American Café fare, including good soups, salads, and desserts.  Open 24/7.

-Uchi, 801 S. Lamar, some say it has the best sushi in town, if not elsewhere too; don’t know about vegetarian offerings there.  No doubt miso soup and salads of all sorts.

-Austin Java Co, on Barton Springs road, can go down Kinney to Barton Springs and left, or down Lamar north (turn left out of parking lot) and left on Barton Springs, Restaurant soon on your left.

-Baby Acapulco, 1628 Barton Springs Road and Chuy’s, 1728 Barton Springs, both serving TexMex, enchiladas, etc., with beer and margaritias.