We booked the Casulo Hotel as it seemed to be closer to the new Circuit of the Americas, and as we were attending the MotoGP felt this was the best option.
The hotel we feel was not as bad as some reviews stated, our first room had a connecting door but we were moved to a room above the pool, the room was excellent, although there were a few points with housekeeping, these were only minor niggles really and did not affect our stay (front desk sorted these out for us).
Danielle on reception/bar was a delight, and nothing was too much trouble, she gave us a great Texas welcome and was never without a smile; on one occasion when the restaurant was closed she was more than happy to recommend a number of take-out options, one of which was Java Noodles, which was an excellent choice (as long as you remember the size of Texas portions!!). The staff member on duty was happy for us to sit in the hotel's dining area to eat our take-out and enjoy a drink from the bar.
The hotel was a good base for the MotoGP, the average taxi fare to the circuit was around $45, but we found this easier than hiring a car.
Austin has a great bus service and on the odd occasion we used it, it was great value at $2 for a day ticket.
Not a lot of restaurants nearby but found a pretty reasonable one at the Wyndham hotel up the road, and about 20 minutes walk down the hill and across the highway (with pavement - rare in America) was a friendly Denny's with a Starbucks close by.
As a base for the MotoGP, or if you were thinking of going to the F1 in Austin, we found the hotel well positioned and good value for money; the complimentary breakfast was fresh and always filling, the bagels, toast, cereal and fruit set us up for the day. Served from around 6.30am each morning so good to have before setting off to the MotoGP.
However, if you wanted to be close to Downtown's music and restaurants and did not have the use of a car, you might consider a hotel situated Downtown, but for our first trip to Austin and for the purpose of visiting the Circuit of the Americas, it was excellent value for money.
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