I've stayed in many Hampton Inns; most are pretty ho-hum and don't merit an online review. This newer one in central Austin stands out for a couple of reasons.
First, the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful (thanks Matt at the front desk!). We stayed during F1 weekend and even received evening treats at turndown -- chocolate-covered strawberries one night, race car-shaped cookies the next. I can't think of another HI that even does turndown service (maybe that was unique to F1 weekend?).
Second, the owner/developer is committed to local artists. They even have a brochure describing all the local art pieces scattered throughout the hotel. The lobby is well-designed and features a nice graffiti mural. If they just installed a bar, the lobby experience would rival those of much more expensive hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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