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Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol
Ranked #5 of 203 Hotels in Austin
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

This hotel meets all my requirements of a nice hotel. 1. Location ( sandwiched between the capitol and the university and is in walking distance to a variety of restaurants. 2. Clean ( it opened just recently). 3. Comfortable beds with fresh soft sheets and plenty of pillows. 4. Continental breakfast and coffee maker in room 5. Good shower head with plenty of water pressure. 6. Ice machine with clear cubes. 7. Super convenient self parking under hotel ( does cost an extra $19.00 or so and accommodates taller vehicles ( up to 8.5 feet ). 8. Every staff member I encountered was very accommodating. Nice large flat screen with HBO and Showtime.

Room Tip: Stay on the fifth floor for convenience to the rooftop (exceptional view of downtown), exercise room...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Sean F, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Dear Thohow,

Thank you for your feedback on tripadvisor regarding our new hotel. It helps us get better when our guests let us know how we are doing. I was pleased to see that you liked our location, cleanliness, comfortable beds with our new upgraded sheets!!! I was extremely happy that you recognized our staff as being very accomodating! Our staff takes great pride in customer service and we were glad that you noticed.

Regards,
Sean Fitzgerald
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Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

Excellent location! 1 block from Bob Bullock Texas museum, a couple of blocks from Capitol. Great Restaraunt across the street. Rooms were clean, beds were very dry comfy. Hotel was quiet. No noise issues. Breakfast was good. Big variety. Staff was friendly! Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Sean F, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Dear,

runnergirlz,

Thank you for the feedback on tripadvisor! We appreciate that you took the time to let us know how we are doing. Thank you for recognizing that our staff was friendly and that our location, rooms, and breakfast exceeded your expectations. We take great pride in our truly authentic Austin themed hotel. We look forward to your next visit.

Regards,

Sean Fitzgerald
General Manager
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

I went to Austin for a "hang out" weekend with my dog and selected this hotel through my Hilton Honors account. These guys have based the decor on the "Keep Austin Weird" theme and it's really nice. The desk clerks are incredibly nice and helpful. One guy even ran down the street to hold my cab while I was across the street getting cash from the ATM at Mercado. They were also super sweet to my dog. The suite I am in is just awesome with a balcony and great views of the capitol building AND the tower on UT's campus. I am reserving a star for a few silly reasons, ie have to go down a floor to get ice, no pool and for a "suite", I hoped there would have been a room divider. Seriously though, if you stay in Austin, consider this hotel and reserve the William Hale suite (Room 801) You won't regret it.

Room Tip: 8th floor Suites on the South side. Awesome view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Sean F, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Dear NolaConnie,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to tripadvisor. We appreciate all feedback and strive to get better each day. Thank you for noticing our "Keep Austin Weird" theme and our truly unique hotel. We have many characteristics that are not the normal, average hotel. We have artwork throughout the hotel showing off Austin. We have a beautiful local artist spinning scupture by Jim Lapaso as a feature piece in our lobby. We also have a local graffitti artist, Tony Barrios, piece of art / graffitti in oiur breakfast area. The look and feel of our hotel is unique and a truly Austin experience. We do have some rooms with great views and all of our rooms have tall ceilings, and beautiful furniture. We look forward to your next stay with us!!
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Rooms were clean, bed was very comfortable. Unfortunately not much has been done to keep the room noise down: you can clearly hear your neighbors running water, noises outside the hotel (I was on the fourth floor), etc. If you travel with ear plugs or a sound machine you could probably stay here.
There is a $19 charge for parking yourself in the hotel garage. Since you only have access with your room key, I think this is asking for a bit much--after all, you're paying for a room and they don't have to charge a fee to keep students or others from using the garage. The morning breakfast is free, but oriented toward meat eaters.

Room Tip: A higher floor might get you away from the early morning sounds of garbage collectors emptying dumps...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Sean F, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Dear Snailkite,

Thank you for the feedback on tripadvisor. I was disapointed to hear that our bed was uncomfortable. We take great pride in our truly Austin Hotel and I know our owner paid to have upgraded mattresses installed in this hotel. I was disapointed to read that your experience with our bed was not to your expectations. We also installed an upgraded Microfiber custom sheet that you will not find at any other Hampton Inn with these upgraded sheets. I was also suprised to hear you had issues with hearing water runnng. I was sorry to hear that. In regards to our parking we charge what our other hotels charge in the same downtown. I do agree that the garbage trucks kept you up. I am working to have them pick up our trash at a later time.

regards,
Sean Fitzgerald
General Manager
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

The Hampton Inn & Suites is more than a hotel and never during all my numerous journeys have I met such nice staff. Sean, the hotel manager, was such a friendly and nice man and he personally took care of us during our stay at the hotel. The staff, Steve among others, was exceptional and they upgraded us to a suite from a double room without additional charges and sent us free shrimp cocktails to a restaurant they booked for us! The rooms are beautifully furnished, ultraclean and spacious and the sheets and duvet covers are changed every day. The position is great and all Austin is within walking distance. Our son, Marco, who started studying at the University of Texas at Austin, reached the university in 5 minutes and we reached the city center in merely 10-15 minutes. The breakfast is very complete with everything from porridge, fresh waffles, all kinds of bread, marmalades, peanut butter, cheese, fresh fruit, freshly made fruit salad, yoghurt, omelettes, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, muffins of various kinds, coffee, tean and chocolate. Furthermore there are coffee/tea-making machines in every room and in the lobby. I will definitely return to the Hampton Inn & Suites not only for the wonderful hotel facility in itself, but also for all the friends we made there!!!! Thank you Sean your staff for everything and arrivederci!!!!! From Marie Jansen with family in Rome

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Sean F, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Dear 6Marie,

Greetings from the states! Thank you for your ultra kind words in regards to our staff and hotel. We appreciate the feedback and our entire staff enjoyed your visit. You and your family were a pleasure to have at the hotel and we look forward to your return visit. Per our last converstion, I may look for a room should I travel to Rome :). We agree with your comments about the hotel and enjoy making our guests happy. Steve, and our staff go far out of there way to take care of guests adding thieri own personal touch! We look forward to your next visit!!!

Sincerely,

Sean Fitzgerald
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Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

I was surprised what a great room we got at this Hampton Inn. This is not your cookie cutter HI that you will find along every highway in America. The common areas have some great personality and the rooms are very modern without being stark. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Sean F, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Dear Snorkelrich,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to Tripadvisor. Thank you for noticing the details of our "Austin" hotel. We are not a cookie cutter hotel and appreciate that you took the time to notice our public areas as having "personality" and the detail of our modern rooms. We take great pride in keeping our hotel clean and giving great service to our guests. We look forward to your next visit!

Sincerely,

Sean Fitzgerald
General Manager
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a new hotel built in 2012. We stayed the last weekend of 2012 and were on the 5th floor.

What we loved about it: Great parking garage. High ceilings in the room. Stylish, modern furnishings and decor. Ceiling fan! Balcony. Heated pool. Very cool furnishings around the pool. Exercise room. Laundry facilities. Fabulous, comfy bed and bedding. Fluffy feather pillows. Proximity to downtown, Capital, Texas History Museum. Small fridge in room.

What I disliked: The markings to the hotel entrance are terrible. We drove around the block twice before we figured out where to go. There is a nondescript entrance into the garage where you can also park to check-in which we discovered AFTER we had parked on the street. No coke machines on our floor that we could find. Only one luggage rack/bench in the room.

Overall, we were pretty dang impressed with this hotel! I was shocked when I stepped into our room to see how nice it was. To me, Hampton Inn doesn't translate to trendy, plush or five star, but that is what this hotel is. We called down to ask for two extra pillows and received them promptly. We also took advantage of the free breakfast though we were a bit late to the party and some of the tastier pasties were in other people's bellies. Still, they had bagels, muffins, tarts, cereal, a Texas-shaped waffle maker (!!! loves !!!) and fruit. We totally enjoyed this hotel, would stay there again, and would recommend it to all of our friends and family.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the Capital side of the building. Can't beat that view at night when it...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sean F, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear RainingCatz,

Thank you for taking the time to respond on tripadvisor about your stay with us. Thank you for appreciating our parking garage. We feel it ads safety and value to our hotel. Thank you for all the things you like about our hotel. We agree, we would put our rooms up against any hotels in teh city of Austin!!!. Our high ceilings, (some rooms with balcoies) and overall decor is very Austin and a truly unique experience. We have a great location in that you can get to the entertainment district without being part of it!!

I understand your frustration with some of the markings to find our hotel. We have a tricky entrance on 17th street. As you may see it as a challenge, we find that having our entrance on a quiet side street helps out with busy traffic better. On days when people are trying to get into and out of the hotel, the sidestreets are safer then being on the busy street. I apologize that you had challenges finding our entrance. I do appreciate that once you did find it that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your next visit with us.

Sincerely,

Sean Fitzgerald
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Property: Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol
Address: 1701 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701-1315
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Location: United States > Texas > Austin
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 203 Hotels in Austin
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol 2.5*
Number of rooms: 137
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Experience the Austin theme when you stay with the Hampton Inn Austin hotel. Just four blocks away from the Texas State Capitol and just steps away from the University of Texas, our hotel is the prime location for your Austin visit. Enjoy free breakfast and complimentary WiFi as well as a unique Austin accommodation style, complete with graffiti and a rooftop swimming pool! ... more   less 
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