We live in Austin and enjoy going downtown for entertainment and fun on a regular basis. We decided to stay here because we heard the new pool was the best outdoor pool experience in downtown Austin. We got there early on a Saturday and had a nice experience checking in (except for being asked to sign the "no party" policy which I found absolutely disrespectful and insulting as I'm an adult and not some college fraternity member), found our room and parking arrangements to be satisfactory, and headed straight to the pool expecting a good time given all we heard.
We found the pool somewhat crowded and very quiet and overly sedate. The new pool looks nice but it's way too small for the venue size, does not have nearly enough chairs even though there is plenty of room for more, no music, no smoking, absolutely no atmosphere, and little or no noise suppression from the heavy traffic on Congress. Truly not a very fun place to hang out afterall.
There are signs posted everywhere with strict rules. You can't bring your own drinks to the pool area. Instead you have to pay high prices to get them from the TGI Fridays in the hotel. I might have tolerated the rules about not bringing your own drinks if they put a small outdoor bar in the pool area with walk up service and reasonable drink prices vs. having to wait for a single waitress, with no drink menus laid out in the pool area, and small overpriced drinks from TGI Fridays.
All the people at the pool we talked to agreed the pool was nice but not worth the hype given the oppressive rules and lousy atmostphere.
The location of this hotel is very good as you can walk a few blocks to just about anything you want to experience downtown. The bad news is this hotel is run by a bunch of "funsuckers" who treat you like you're in elementary school again. Loosen up Radisson!
There are great choices for hotels in downtown Austin. Many have outdoor pools that are just as nice, if not nicer, without the stupid rules, lousy atmostphere, and high priced in-house restaurant drinks. Sorry Radisson, but this local won't stay with you again and we'll be sure to tell our neighbors and friends this is not a place to go and hang out and have fun.
If you do plan to stay here, plan to spend your time and money off-site at many of the local establishments that are very close by that will treat you well and won't suck all the fun out of your trip to downtown Austin!
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