I'll be visiting Austin from March 7-10 next year which falls on Friday to Tuesday. Basically i'd like some advice on transport to downtown from 2 different areas. I'm not sure if i can post a link here but the first hotel is the Double Tree hotel by Hilton at 6505 IH-35 North and the second is Habitat Suites further north up the road at 500 East Highland Mall Boulevard.
In a perfect world i'd love to stay downtown but given i'm traveling solo (for the most part) for 7 weeks across the States and prefer to stay in hotels on a budget of between $120-$150 a night at the most, that price bracket is just not feasible in Austin DT in that price bracket.
I can get Habitat Suites of a few other properties in that vicinity around $200 cheaper of more than the Double Tree. That said basically i'd just like to know what the transport is like from both areas to DT and is it worth paying more money and staying a little closer as opposed to staying further away and paying less?
Another thing that might help and i'd like to ask is what eating/drinking options are there in and around those two areas? After a big day of walking around taking in DT options i enjoy a good feed and a few quiet beers at a nice pub or the like so that would also be very helpful in my decision. Again in a perfect world i'd stay DT and have many more options to do that but if i stay at further out it'd probably just easier to eat and drink near where i stay so as to not worry about having to get transport back at night.