When an affordable rate is available this property is head and shoulders above other nearby options. I was lucky enough to get a $99 rate as we are having a very large meeting there this summer and were doing a pre-meeting planning session there last week. They have refreshed the lobby and lobby bar area and appear to be doing the same to the rooms. Even the fitness center is going to be updated this spring and it's already better than most! On site Starbucks was very convenient.
The surrounding area is home to all sorts of restaurants and night-life and it's convenient to the entire Southside. Free parking in the attached garage is a nice plus too.
Staff was attentive and responsive. My only complaint is that the hotel bar closed too early but as mentioned, there are lots of places close by that stay open late.
The Hilton Garden Inn is an acceptable option (about 2 blocks away) if the Westin is sold out or priced above your budget.