Arrived in Austin as the last city on my Texas tour and wow, the city of Austin is a big time party city. Heard so much hype about it all week and was surprised that it actually delivered.
The location of this hotel is right in the middle of downtown Austin, which is perfect if your plan is to party on 6th street. We booked this hotel because of its proximity to the 6th street night life and it did not disappoint. We were two very short non-NYC blocks away from 6th street and had a great time. Had to take the valet garage parking at $27, which was very high, but make sure you get the right one. There are two services, one where your car cannot be retrieved until the next morning and one where you can have them get it multiple times. Of course the overnight parking is about $5 cheaper. Valet is not very organized. They never answer the phone, then when someone does, they say they will get the car but when you go down there 25 minutes later the car is not there and nobody knows what you were talking about. We had a plane to catch so we had to wait another 15 minutes and race to the airport. It is better to have your car sit and rot instead of having to wait for it. Make sure you call for your car 30 minutes before you want to leave.
ROOM, PRICE, CLEANLINESS and COMFORT
The price of the room was about $260 (without tax and with my AAA discount), but we got the biggest suite they have. We got a three (3) room suite where the middle room consisted of a full kitchen, small dining table, a sleeper sofa, a couple of lounge chairs, and a TV. Off to the right was a separate room (with door) containing a queen size bed, dresser for clothes, desk, chair, nightstand, and bathroom. Off to the left of the middle room was another separate bedroom (with door), containing a queen bed, desk, chair, TV, and full bathroom. One bedroom was smaller than the other, but we technically had three separate rooms, which was outstanding.
The rooms were very clean and the bathrooms were spotless also. The queen beds were very comfortable, but the sleeper sofa was your average sleeper sofa (not very comfortable). The A/C has two zones. One A/C zone controlled one bedroom and the living room, while the other A/C was strictly for the other bedroom. The A/C worked great and had no problems. The only knock on the place besides the valet, was the price. I thought $260 was a little too steep for a Marriott hotel even though we had a three (3) room suite and that was with my AAA discount. Maybe because it was Friday night in the summer in Austin, but I think around $220 would be a fairer price for that room. Each room had its own window that overlooked the city of Austin which was really nice.
BREAKFAST and OTHER AMENITIES
Breakfast was included in our room price and actually took place at Champions Restaurant which is attached to the hotel (you do not need to go outside to get there). They take your name and room number, look you up and then give you a seat. Usually I hear it is packed, but we woke up with about 20 minutes left in breakfast so we did get a table. Full buffet with everything imaginable. They do not cheap out on breakfast, plenty of hot food, cold food, drinks, etc. Anything you would think of eating for breakfast was there and they constantly replenish so even if you get there with 10 minutes left, there is food for you. One of the best free breakfasts I have ever had at any hotel in any city. The breakfast was that similar to the food at the Old Country Buffet.
I would not hesitate to use this hotel again if going back to Austin. Easiest location to get around, plenty of action, and plenty of good places to go...if you are looking to be close to the 6th street action. To give you an idea, 6th street is maybe a couple of miles long that is filled with all sorts of clubs and bars. The great part about it is that they close off the street so everyone is outside walking in the street similar to Bourbon Street in New Orleans or Mulberry Street in NYC's Little Italy.