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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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  • 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
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#17 of 234 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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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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Air conditioning
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VIP room facilities
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Iron
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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Classic
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Houston_Eriol wrote a review Apr 8
Houston317 contributions100 helpful votes
Snagged a late deal for spring break for a quick get away. Hotel is very nice and well situated downtown - close to everything. The room was small but very nice, clean and well maintained. Wifi was FAST. While I don't understand why hotels use, to me, the really hot heavy duty duvet but at lest the sheets were very soft so you don't get that noise and crunch of usual hotel sheets. The bed and pillows were very nice. Staff was excellent and friendly. Parking is an additional $49/night (plus, realistically, tips). Tip: if you are a light sleeper I would suggest asking for a room not on the streets - Austin can get noisy at night.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Tracy N wrote a review Jan 2021
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina85 contributions9 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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Lifeworthliving wrote a review Mar 2021
New Haven, Connecticut62 contributions19 helpful votes
Our family (2 adults, 1 senior, 2 teens) we loved staying at this hotel! Very clean, felt very safe. The adults loved the Stephen F Bar. Wonderful veranda to have cocktails and people watch on a gorgeous day! The restaurant was very good. The rooms were spacious and well maintained. The hotel has an old world theme with Texas style. Staff is very friendly! Thanks to Anthony at check-in, Kevin at the bar - excellent service! We had a nasty neighbor who left her howling/barking dog in the room - the hotel did an awesome job of calling the owner and getting it resolved quickly! World class service - all around. Thanks for a great stay, so happy to be able to travel again.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Miss Review Lady wrote a review Mar 2021
New York City, New York1 contribution
The energy and vibes were warm and welcoming upon arrival. Sylvia greeted me with a genuine smile and super friendly assistance. I new I would enjoy my stay from the moment I checked in. Anthony, Lucas, James, and Rodalyn were all incredibly helpful and just plain cool people. The rooms are sooo beautiful, The Restaurant, and Bars are great in-house chill spots. The pool, hot tub, and Gym are a super plus. I fell in love with the entire Spirit. I loved This place so much I stayed 3 additional days and flew my fiancé` to Austin to share this incredible experience with him.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Jennifer L wrote a review Mar 2021
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We recently hosted a rehearsal dinner event at the Stephen F. Austin and could not have been more pleased with the outcome. The Capital Ballroom and adjacent outdoor balcony space were perfect and offered the indoor/outdoor balance we were seeking. The event coordinator David, and supporting staff led by Matt, executed the food/drink and service beautifully. Nate managed the evening’s technology needs flawlessly. We had several special requests and appreciated the flexibility with which they were accommodated. The wedding ceremony and reception were also in downtown Austin, making the SFA a convenient location to spend the weekend. Our room was spectacular, spacious, and comfortable. The bed was great! Many thanks to the SFA and staff for helping make the wedding weekend a huge success!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Responded Mar 8, 2021
Hi Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing your special event with us. It is always great to hear how much our guests enjoyed their time with us. We are grateful for the amazing Trip Advisor review you wrote for us. Hopefully, you can come back and see us very soon. Sincerely,
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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.