Last minute weekend trip to Austin. Stayed in the Hyatt Place Austin-Arboretum for one night. Found it to be very comfortable, well-priced, and conveniently located.
Room: Only king size available was a handicapped accessible room. This was fine with me. Apart from everything being lower (bed, rod in closet, etc) to accommodate wheelchair accessibility -- it was a regular, comfortable room. Set up similar suite-like, with fridge and counter in front of room with a sofa bed and very large flat screen tv, a partial wall and then the bed, sink inside the bedroom, and bathroom with toilet & shower (no tub). Not sure if all the room have the sink outside the bathroom or if that's just for the accessible rooms. Rooms were spacious and comfortable (although I could have used a softer pillow). My fiance thought the walls were thin -- said he could hear the shower next door -- but I did not notice that.
Lobby/amenities/etc - Breakfast in the lobby included, from 7:00-10:00am. Unfortunately, we were slow-movers, so did not take advantage of. However, the breakfast area looked very well stocked with nice (not plastic/cheap) dinnerware, flatware and glassware. A sufficient number of comfortable seating areas in lobby. A wide screen tv. A small combo bar/take-out area, where you could pick up a hotel-priced drink ($9-10 for rail liquor), a candy bar, or a nice-sized salad. We did not eat anything, but found the selection to be pretty decent. The food (based on menu) seemed to be priced decently for hotel standards (not exhorbitant). Suppposedly you could order any of these things delivered to your room 24 hours a day, but we did not take advantage of that.
Neighborhood - Silly me, thinking the Arboretum was an actual arboretum. It's actually named after a shopping mall. The area is home to lots of chain shops, chain restaurants, residential section, and business headquarters. You won't get the "Keep Austin Weird" feel staying here, but since pricing averages a good $100+ a night less than in the downtown area, I was okay with it. It's literally right next to TX Loop 1, which gets you to downtown in under 10 minutes. Kind of best of both worlds -- convenience + affordability.
Price - Again, I thought this was well-priced ... $119/night for a king when I booked via booking.com. Much less expensive than rates downtown. Only hitch was they could not find my booking.com reservation, so we had to do some back-and-forth at the front desk for a while. I'm thinking it was an anomaly, given that I had just booked that morning and maybe didn't have a chance to process the reservation. Cld have booked directly on the Hyatt website for $129/night, which I'll probably do next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly remodeled, the Hyatt Place is located at the intersection of State Hwy Loop 1 and US Highway 183, and just ten miles northwest of downtown Austin. The Hyatt Place Austin/Arboretum offers visitors access to some of the area’s greatest attractions including the Arboretum at Great Hills, the Domain, Gateway Shopping Center, University of Texas, and the Highland Lakes. We're also minutes from numerous corporate offices, such as IBM, Apple, Oracle, Dell, 3M, Charles Schwab, Microsoft, AT&T, eBay, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Place Austin/Arboretum Hotel Austin
- Hyatt Austin
- Austin Hyatt