This was our 2nd stay at North Austin Plaza Hotel and Suites. I refrained from posting my last visit's comments on Trip Advisor to see if our experience this trip was duplicated. I am happy to say, resoundingly, it was. Once again, the lobby at check-in was attractive, clean, and bright. The staff was friendly and accommodating when we requested the upgrade and the discount (from our previous stay.) We (two adults and four, 20-something) stayed in two adjoining rooms. In the past (I have stayed in many hotels from 1-5 stars) I always request a room away from the pool due to rowdiness/noise. On this particular stay, we took advantage of the 'upgrade', which was a poolside room with a refer and micro. Hear this: I thought the weekend during South By Southwest was busy/traffic inundated. NOT! Though we were here for a wedding, our visit corresponded with Texas Relays (What luck!) boasting 5000 athletes and 50,000+ visitors in Austin that weekend. The downtown traffic on Saturday eve was like nothing you have ever seen (I hope.) It took us 2 hours to get from I35 & 6th St. through one traffic light, to the I35 entrance ramp. Our hotel was obviously booked; last visit, (which corresponded with SXSW) I didn't see or hear a soul. This visit, every time I opened our door I saw up to half-a dozen hotel guests. We did not hear a sound either night!!! The hotel room: key card machine worked but one of the four keys did not - easy fix. The chain latch on our door (not the lock) was broken. Bed seemed comfier this time but still firm. Pillows same; flat, but two worked well. As last time, Hot water was HOT and cold was cold and it got hot quickly. There was much less lighting in our room this time; makes it difficult to find things in dark, soft side luggage. In these rooms, there was a shelf space in addition to the table in the room. LOVED THIS! A shelf and a table! Micro, refer, coffeemaker, TV and all plugs worked. The ironing board... well it was a Funniest Home Videos moment as it did not close properly. Voila! We used it as a luggage shelf! However, the iron worked well (didn't drip). The ice machine was close by and it worked well. Go figure -- Parking, once again, No Problem - each time we left, we returned to find a parking space right outside the stairs to our room. Once again, all the workout/cardio equipment in the exercise room worked. The pool was clean, but we did not take advantage of it. Our only complaint was that in one of the rooms, the carpet was wet, (from pool use) which was a little icky. Housekeeping would not be aware of this unless they were barefoot. Also, when we first arrived, one of the rooms had a strong Clorox?/disinfectant? smell. We received a Denney's 20% off coupon (for each room) which we used. Denney's was close, good service, hot food. There is also a Tiger Mart close by where we purchased milk and snacks. We met Charles Resta, the General Manager when we checked in. Keep up the great work, Charles -- we will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ECONO LODGE A number of shopping malls and restaurants are nearby, including the neighboring Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill, which offers sports television, 25 beers on tap and a children’s menu. Enjoy our many amenities: Free continental breakfast and free coffee Free WiFi Fitness center Laundry facility Outdoor pool with sun deck Travelers will have access to copy and fax services as well as a business center. All rooms include a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron with board and cable television. Some rooms also include a flat-screen television, microwave and refrigerator. Non-smoking rooms are available. Its location with convenient access to area attractions makes the Econo Lodge the ideal option for business and leisure travelers in the Austin, Texas area. Book a room with us today; we look forward to your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- North Austin Plaza Hotel Austin