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The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

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701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-3216
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 01/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 01/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#22 of 241 hotels in Austin
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The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Austin and only minutes from nearby attractions and business destinations. Guests can relax in the thoughtfully equipped hotel rooms featuring complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy great hotel amenities including on-site dining, fitness center, and more. In addition, the hotel offers flexible event space for meetings and weddings, perfect for planning your next event.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Paid wifi
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
ATM on site
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
VIP room facilities
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Iron
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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DLW5 wrote a review Oct 19
Baird, Texas11 contributions9 helpful votes
The bar had more appropriate staffing this time and it was overdue. You were killing the bar employees by being understaffed. We love the hotel and as the previous badge used to say: Make Grand hotels Grand again. The stay was great so far as a big clean room in a great location. You need the premium hotel experience back again. There is not excuse for the bar to be open on limited days with limited hours.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Ask for a high floor to minimize street noise.
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 2 days ago
Dear DLW5, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Making the hotel Grand again is a top priority of ours. We are striving daily to improve and provide our guests an exceptional experience. We hope to welcome you back to our hotel very soon! Sincerely,
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Tracy N wrote a review Jan 2021
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina96 contributions11 helpful votes
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Beautiful historic hotel in a great location — about a 10 minute walk to either the Capitol building or 2nd Street. There are open restaurants nearby and a small local grocer on the next block. The service was great — James (I hope I remembered his name right!) at the front desk was phenomenal. When I needed a fridge, directions or even mentioned that the robe was missing from the room, he was always happy to help. The bed was comfortable and it was nice to have a shower and deep tub with plenty of hot water at a good pressure. I was pleasantly surprised that the smaller queen room I reserved (which was plenty big for me) was a corner room, allowing me to open the curtains and have sunshine streaming in on two sides. FYI there is a mini bar in the room that is empty because of COVID but also doesn’t seem to be that cold. So if you truly need refrigeration, you may want to ask for a fridge. I chose valet parking because it was nearly 8pm when I arrived — the stand is on 7th Street and they tended to my quickly. It did take about 10 minutes to get my car when I left, but they had told me to call ahead and I failed to do that. Apparently, the valets work the hotel across the street as well so I would definitely recommend following their advice to call first!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded Feb 6, 2021
Dear Tracy N, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad to hear that enjoyed the bed and our convenient location. And thank you very much for recognizing one of our team members. We hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Rodney H.
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Jessica D wrote a review Oct 16
Los Angeles, California13 contributions14 helpful votes
I came to Austin for a relocation for a horrid company that I left after almost 7 weeks. During my time in Austin, I stayed here at the Stephen F Austin. As horrible as my job was, I felt like I was coming home to this hotel. I traveled with my (2) dogs and (1) cat. The staff was BEYOND accommodating and made my otherwise miserable experience in Austin just lovely. The entire staff was kind, hospitable and warm. I stayed in the same room for the duration. The bed was comfortable, the room was impeccable and the housekeeping staff was beyond generous when cleaning - no detail was left unfinished! The location is easy to get to and easy to travel from. The valet team was on point - courteous, kind and even would call me asking me when I was going to leave so they could make accommodations in the garage for me. Staying here made my trip to Austin so much lighter and more bearable. And don't forget to visit the ROARING FORK, the awesome steakhouse adjacent to the hotel. The hotel doesn't have room service but they will let you carry your drinks and food to your room. Without the front desk of Rodney, Rachel, Edward, Jesus and Lucas; without the valet team taking great care of the new care I purchased in Austin - Danny, Mario, Bryan and certainly without the housekeeping team of Angelica, Olivia and Corina ... my stay during this difficult time would not have been so pleasant. I am so thankful for such wonderful people working at such a fantastic hotel. The Capitol lawn is just 4 blocks away and VERY dog friendly. It's quite easy to be outside if you are traveling with pets as there are so many options to go within walking distance of the hotel. A very big thanks to the GM, Mark, and also to Rodney, the rooms director. Without these folks I would have been broke after my 6-ish weeks stay!!! I always felt safe and welcome under the eyes of the hotel staff - my heart is full of gratitude for this moment in time at the Stephen F Austin. I will always recommend the hotel and next time I travel through, I promise you I'll be back.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: Everyone at the front desk will help you get the room you want :)
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you Jessica D for your amazing review. It was our pleasure to have you and your pets stay with us. We truly appreciate your outstanding review and your acknowledgement of our tremendous team. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope to see you again in the near future. #bestguestever
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Rebecca D wrote a review Oct 14
Bassingham7 contributions
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Amazing hotel, beautifully decorated, comfy beds in modern rooms. Very helpful staff. Great food and drinks. Excellent central location and a very easy bus ride from the airport to one block away. The front desk staff were very kind and friendly and gave us great advice about where to go for food and fun!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
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Thank you Rebecca D for your amazing and wonderful review. We truly appreciate your feedback and love to hear your stay was so great. Guests love our comfy beds and convenient location. Thank you so much. We hope you can come stay with us again soon.
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Tayler M wrote a review Oct 5
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I stayed at the Hyatt a couple of streets down the past few years, but Sonesta's slightly better rate had me give them a try. I personally don't need anything fancy from a hotel (it's all about being downtown so I can walk to a variety of places); however, the hot tub was nice to soak my aching legs in after walking around all weekend and the bottles of water i was given when the water tank was removed for the night was fantastic and kept me from crazy hangovers the following days, and it's little things like that that made the stay there better.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you 420taylerm for your excellent review. We love to hear about our guests great experience. Our location is hard to beat and we love that our location works so well for you. We strive to provide excellent customer service and are always looking for ways to improve our guest experience. Thank you!!!
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PRICE RANGE
$158 - $460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
intercontinental stephen f. austin hotel austin, intercontinental austin
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
LOCATION
United StatesTexasAustinDowntown
NUMBER OF ROOMS
190
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Bad Wolf Ghost Tours (0.09 miles), Pete's Dueling Piano Bar (0.3 miles), and The Driskill (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab, and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Austin.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.