Stayed here with 3 friends for 5 days the first week in May. Our experience was fine.
We booked using the advance reservation rate, which was very reasonable compared to the other hotels in the area. Came to less than $150/night before fees and taxes.
The free airport shuttle was helpful - my flight was an hour late, arriving after midnight and the shuttle was already waiting at the airport. The driver was waiting for the airline staff, so I had to wait for them too. Luckily they arrived pretty quickly and we got to the hotel within 15 minutes.
The rooms felt tiny. I don't think 4 girls sharing a room with 2 doubles is the best idea. Next time I'd opt for 2 separate rooms.
Though we did not request it, we got lucky with a room that overlooked the lake. It was nice and quiet. However the lighting in the room could have been better. Putting on our makeup was a challenge even with all the lights turned on. Also there was no TV remote in the room. I'm sure if we asked, they would've brought us one but it wasn't a huge deal. Everything else in the room worked fine. The fridge and microwave were helpful for heating up leftovers.
The toilet and shower are enclosed in a room and the sink and mirror are just outside the room with no door. The light switch operates both the lights in the sink area and in the toilet/shower area so it made it difficult to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night without disturbing everyone with the light.
The vending machine outside our room door was out of order - bummer! But there is a gas station right next door to our hotel where we bought some cold drinks and other essentials.
It is not extremely close to downtown so you will need to take cabs or rent a car to get there. Maybe a 15 minute drive or $8 cab ride. The free parking was helpful - we were able to park in the outside lot almost every time. Only once did we have to park in the garage area.
The staff was helpful with answering all of our questions.
The pool was great! We had stopped at the Barton Springs and were turned off by the large crowd so we came back to the hotel pool and it was empty! Amazing. We enjoyed some time in the pool until a few other guests arrived and then spent some time laying out on the beach chairs. It felt very clean and well-kept. Only downside was the small beach towels - you need a couple if you want to spread them on your beach chair.
The gym looked very large and nice too but no one was in it the few times we passed by.
Did not try the bar/restaurant so I cannot comment on that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Live Music Capital of the World!Stay at Austin s Holiday Inn Town Lake and experience the comfort of 321 guest rooms, most overlooking Austin s scenic Hike & Bike trail and Lady Bird Lake, plus 3400 sq. ft. of flexible meeting/banquet space. A 100% smoke free facility, we are centrally located on IH35 & Lady Bird Lake and offer complimentary shuttle service (based upon availability) to Austin downtown s major attractions such as Texas State Capitol, Austin Convention Center, the University of Texas, the world famous Sixth Street/Warehouse Entertainment Districts offering local favorite bands, clubs & restaurants, and Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).The Holiday Inn Town Lake captures Austin s unique flavor and atmosphere, with bike, Segway and kayak rentals in the lobby, complimentary media room offering free blockbuster movies, free Wi-Fi and complimentary garage and surface lot parking. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, our Pecan Tree Restaurant offers casual dining at affordable prices and enjoy your favorite beverage and appetizer in our Tavern Lounge and view one of our three large flat screen TVs! Re-energize in our 24 hour exercise facility and outdoor heated roof top pool, which is the perfect place in Austin to enjoy a burnt orange Austin sunset! The Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake offers lots of services but our focus is to create a memorable experience at a reasonable price. Welcome to Austin and welcome to the Holiday Inn Town Lake! ... more less
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