I stayed at the Hilton Austin during SXSW. Being directly across from the Convention Center, it's obviously very convenient for any convention. A lot of the SXSW events were also happening in the meeting rooms at the hotel and it was always a-buzz with people both in the lobby and common areas, as well as out front. There was such a great energy.
I figured there would be crazy-long lines for everything but was pleasantly surprised. Check-in was quick (I didn't have to wait more than a minute) and any other time I needed to do something at the front desk or concierge there was no wait whatsoever. Considering how bustling this place was, the front desk itself was a vision of calm. The only place there seemed to be line was at the lobby coffee bar. There were also a couple times where the elevators took a while, but considering the volume of people, it was not excessive. We had a few issues with one of the room keys, where it would only work some of the time, so ended up getting a new one.
I opted for a double queen room, since one of my colleagues was rooming in with me for two of the nights. The room was huge and very well furnished. In addition to the double beds and desk, there was a couch with a coffee table by the window (unfortunately the pics I took of that part of the room came out blurry). The lamp between the nightstand had an outlet in it (extremely convenient for charging whatever). A great place to call home for three nights. I never ate in the hotel so I can't speak to any of the dining options.
The location is pretty unbeatable. Besides being at the convention center, you're a block away from 6th Street and all the clubs. Tons of stuff within walking distance. This was my first time in Austin and next time I go back, even if it isn't for a convention, I'd definitely stay here again.
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