The short version:
Hotel was awesome- ALMOST an Excellent rating, HOWEVER a few employees knocked it down to a "very good" rating.
The super long version:
We were up in arms and stressed out in trying to find a nice but affordable hotel (last minute) for a wedding. We chose this one despite it being 20 minutes away from the wedding venue.
For the most part, we were very happy with our decision.
The parking garage was hot and loud... but it's a parking garage in Texas. We were a little miffed that we'd have to pay $16/day for parking. It was made a little easier that we were given a keycard to get in and out of the garage so we didn't have to deal with the ticketing machine. Husband was a bit more pissed off with having to pay for parking at all, but I figured that this is just par for the course in Austin... on campus, no less. I didn't find many options online for hotels that did not charge for parking.
The window decorations (between garage and elevators) were awesome. Historical pictures and whatnot. I'm sure if we had more time we would have done a little sightseeing. We had NO time whatsoever.
Lobby: LOVED it. Brushed copper, wood tables... rustic with modern influences. Very nicely done.
Lobby staff: super nice. The guys seemed to like their jobs (or hide it well), and were very helpful.
Elevator: Did not die. Did not think I was going to die. This is a plus. I also liked the glass etching of the clock tower. Attention to detail.
The room: Clean. Clean. Clean. The bathroom was immaculate. The shower tub was low with a cool granite ledge for ... putting stuff on... nice touch. The grout was pure snow white- you could see where they made repairs when it was necessary. The shower itself was wonderful. I already miss it. The temperature control is VERY sensitive, though. We were afraid to let our baby bathe because if you breathed on the handle the wrong way- it could have gone wrong very quickly. Luckily (!?) he is terrified of foreign bathtubs, so that was a nonissue. The pressure was awesome (and adjustable), and the shower head just had the right flow- not too hard and also did not feel like someone was peeing on you (you laugh now, but until you've had one with zero pressure...). Our home shower does not compare. Frown.
Beds: Meh. I'm a side sleeper. The pillows were quite comfortable, and there were a ton of them, HOWEVER the mattress was super firm. Husband was fine as he is a stomach/back sleeper, but I am a chronic side-sleeper and woke up (after much tossing and turning) with a sore back and hip. Not the best sleep, but I'm picky. I was also a little confused as to why there was not a fitted sheet, but a regular sheet wrapped around the mattress... is this a thing?
Thermostat... easy to use, however I did not feel like the room cooled off much at all. It *said* it did, but I slept HOT.
TV with DVR was nice. Same setup we have at home, but smaller. Was a little annoyed that we could not turn the volume down for the TV's on/off chime. Not their fault, it's the U-Verse controller. We had a sleeping baby so this made sneaking TV time a little harder.
In room perks: One water bottle for $5. Hah. Terrible coffee. Standard hotel practice.
Closet was huge. Contained an iron, safe, 2 robes, plenty of hangers. I needed the iron but had no time to use it.
Noise level: At 2 am, Saturday, a troop of drunk girls came barreling down the hall and were literally stumbling into walls. One was sobbing that she could not find her room. College town.
Other than that, noise level was minimal (we were right around the corner from the elevator, too).
View: Meh. We had a clock tower view. It was a nice clock tower- but we also got a view of a parking lot. I would have preferred a more lively view.
Dining options: I myself did not eat here. Room service was WAY overpriced. Husband took our son to the breakfast buffet at The Carillon. He was less than pleased. Food was sub-par and the waitress didn't give two s**ts as to whether or not they needed anything. There were 5 tables in total.
Overall we were very pleased with our stay, however the ONE thing that kinda killed my infatuation with the place was as we were leaving. We were trying to juggle 2 large suitcases, a cooler, camera bag, diaper bag, purse, another bag, and a squirming toddler- 3 employees (literally standing between us and the doors to the garage) just looked at us, and walked away.
Not so much as an inkling to open a door for us. That's just common courtesy whether they were employed by the hotel or not. I assume they were as they were standing behind a desk in suits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is located in the heart of Austin, offering hotel rooms, meeting space and fine dining. HOTEL Featuring 276 guest rooms and 21 suites onsite, the hotel offers inspiring views of The University of Texas at Austin's Main Tower, the Texas State Capitol, and our serene central courtyard. Room technologies and guest amenities make your stay for either business or pleasure equally enjoyable. MEETINGS Forty thousand square feet of meeting space offers 37 rooms ranging from a multimedia amphitheatre and divisible 10,000-square-foot ballroom to tiered and traditional classrooms with superior connectivity, plus breakout rooms to support small group work. Wireless access throughout the facility and exceptional presentation and audio/visual features provide answers to your conference planning challenges. CELEBRATIONS The Grand Ballroom is situated in the heart of Austin and Texas Hill County. Our coveted location allows us to exemplify elegance combined with a little Texas flare. Our award winning culinary staff and our AAA Four Diamond service will offer you endless choices for your wedding reception that are both skillfully crafted and sinfully delicious. DINING Delivered with platinum service and a conscience for sustainability, our variety of exceptional dining spaces will have you savoring every moment you're here. Join us at The Carillon, Gabriel's Cafe, or One Twenty 5 Cafe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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