Locanda Toro is a beautiful new home with modern finishes. It features 3 bedrooms- 2 upstairs with queen beds - and smaller guest bedroom on the main level with a queen bed, all with new, memory foam mattresses and every type of pillow firmness. You'll have light filtering shades and drapes in the rooms to sleep comfortably. In addition we have a queen air mattress that sleeps 2 (it's actually quite comfortable!). The sofa in the living room can serve as single bed as well in a pinch.
The bathrooms have plenty of fresh towels and luxury Kiehl's products in the shower soap dispensers. We also have extra toiletries available in case you forget anything.
The living room features a smart TV with basic cable. Feel free to log in to your Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon Prime accounts and more. You can also mirror the TV to any device using Bluetooth or a HDMI connector. The TV also has a Bluetooth soundbar.
The kitchen has everything a chef needs with a 5-burner gas range, quartz countertops and plenty of culinary tools and tableware.
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Think people who cook on vacation are nuts? Good thing for you Austin is famous for its awesome eats, and at this house you'll be close to some of the best grub in town. We are a few steps from the fantastic sandwiches at the hidden dive bar Gourmands and the authentic Mexican of the famous Joe's Cafe. We're also a walk, bike ride or very short Uber to Franklin BBQ, Qui, Licha's Cantina, Lauderette and endless other great East side cuisine.
Your East Side location is a great home base for your Austin stay. By car, you are located: 5min to downtown/SXSW/Convention Center, 6min to UT football stadium, 7min to the airport, 15min to Zilker Park & Barton Springs, 15min to the Formula 1 track.
Of course Austin has much more to offer, none of which will be too far from you. If you're looking for new experiences in Austin, we have a list of fun things in our guest book and many books on various activities in Austin & the hill country.
Fast wifi with extender for access throughout house, sound makers in bedrooms (the house is close to a train which may be noticed by light sleepers but not by most), extra linens, 4 beach towels, Keihl's shampoo, conditioner and body wash in showers, Keurig coffee and tea, and bicycles. Laundry and additional toiletries are available upon request.
If you're traveling with a toddler, we have a high chair, 2 pack & play and a child gate for your use.
We have 4 (fun!) Electra Townie bikes available in the garage for your use upon request. They're one of the easiest, economical and environmentally friendly ways to get around and enjoy the city. Bikes are just $40ea for whatever length of your stay. Email us to arrange.
East Austin is a mecca for excellent food and drink. There are really too many places to list. A few of them are walkable from the house. We recommend going to the following sites for ideas and recommendations: austin.eater, austinfoodbloggers, and the hashtag #ATXBestEats on Instagram.
Character-wise, the neighborhood will seem like a mixed bag. It's quite safe, but as you'll see, it's in the middle of a transition phase, so you'll see brand new houses or modern design-y houses like ours, sitting right next to old, charming and interesting homes from the days when E. Austin was uncharted territory for new development. It makes for a nice, authentic neighborhood that abides by the Austin slogan of "Keep Austin Weird".
As of October 2016, Uber and Lyft still aren't operating in Austin since their dispute with the City in the summer of '16. Cabs, pedicabs, walking, local city bicycles and occasionally the metro are the best ways to get around.
We have a driveway that holds 2 cars. If necessary, there is a grassy area to the side of the house that can hold additional cars off street.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
We have neighbors close by, so please respect them by keeping your noise levels low. There are plenty of good bars around if you're in town to get rowdy!
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We are avid travelers, foodies, and design lovers. As globe trotters ourselves we know and appreciate the importance of small details in making a short stay at a vacation rental or guest house feel the most comfortable, be the most memorable.
We pay a lot of attention to detail. But more importantly, we focus on function. You'll find everything you need at our vacation houses - easy access, security, super fast fiber optic wifi, storage for luggage and clothes, carefully placed outlets for charging, reading lights, comfortable furniture, ample linens and towels, appliances, lots of natural light, dark blinds to keep that light out, and of course a very, very clean space.