We booked for two nights mid-week which, in retrospect, may have been a mistake. Being new to the city, I didn't realize exactly how far this was from the city center. Also, being new to the peculiar naming conventions of streets paralleling interstates, it made using the GPS a must to find the hotel, even though it is "just off the interstate". Plus to confuse things even further, there's another LQ just down the interstate (which we ended up at after a day of exploring only to realize it was the LQ alright, just not the RIGHT LQ.)
We had a nice room, but it was small. The hotel was pretty booked up so we ended up with a room with two queen beds instead of one king bed. Which means we ended up sitting on the queen beds to watch TV or work on the computers so we could both use the light from the shared nightstand. When I finally crawled into bed with my husband, he ended up with the night stand and I don't have one at all. Not enough room to put small nightstands on the other side of the queen beds! Ugh.
Plus the mattress was odd. It had a very deep pillow-top which made it feel much squishier than it actually was. My husband woke up with a crick in his neck, which he attributed to it not being as firm as we generally prefer. Most places we've stayed have had pillow-top mattresses, but not quite like this.
Yes, it looks like the hotel has been renovated; one new thing is a proximity indicator lock on the doors which meant I struggled at the door with my dog and bags not realizing that, in fact, my card key was not properly magnetized. Luckily, my husband's worked and we exchanged them to get new ones. It's just something new but again, annoying if it doesn't work properly.
The other negative we experienced both nights was a big slow down to the WiFi; maybe from a large number of users? We didn't know, but it was completely annoying to try and do searches on the internet just for decent restaurants in the area (no, the Applebee's doesn't count, and Buffalo Wild Wings - puh-leeze.)
On a more positive note, because it's a larger hotel that mostly caters to a young, career crowd of folks working in the tech industry, this hotel has a nice happy hour for guests during the work week; we had a soft taco with chicken, good pico de gallo, cheese and salsa and my husband got a beer (not free). We decided to skip the breakfast, only to find out that this location does rotate some of the breakfast choices.
On the morning we were checking out we tried to get some ice for a drink, only to find the ice maker on the floor was not just not working, but appeared to be completely unplugged. My husband also checked the floor below, only to find it was not working, either. When I mentioned this to the manager when checking out, he said that the ice maker WAS working on the fourth floor. We had wondered, obviously incorrectly, that perhaps with the drought conditions, it was deliberately turned off. But hey, you shouldn't have to hunt from floor to floor just to get a small amount of ice, either.
Basically, we had an okay experience, but it wasn't as nice as the night before or the night after, either. If we are back in Austin, I would select a location closer to the city or in the SoCo area of town. I think this hotel is better for folks working the area and this is the primary group they are aiming for. Not so great for us tourista types.
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