For someone who does a lot of business traveling, I was happy to find the Residence Inn in downtown Austin. This hotel provides decent value, is in a good central location and has lovely friendly well-trained staff to help make your stay even more decent.
I stayed there in January 2013 and was impressed with its up to date decor from the moment you walk into the hotel and all the way to the rooms! I was a wee bit confused as to the front desk arrangement because it is really two hotels connected together since we had tried to check in at the Marriott desk only to be directed to the Residence Inn check in desk on the other side of the hotel.
It's very good value at the Residence since you have free internet as well as a hot breakfast. The staff are very helpful, cheery and engaging, always saying hello as you passed by.
I also appreciated the location since it was close to lots of downtown activity as well as a number of restaurants. The only drawback was that I found it quite noisy for sleep purposes hearing people partying outside as well as sirens, etc. Maybe the staff can recommend a quieter location in the hotel so don't hesitate to ask if you are a restless sleeper.
I was very impressed to see that the Residence Inn room actually had a kitchen in it, which I didn't use but could see if you were staying in Austin for some time that it would be very convenient. There was even a dishwasher and full sized fridge in the room! Speaking of the fridge, it made loud knocking sounds so I actually unplugged it the last night of my stay since I couldn't stand it any longer!
All in all, I would definitely book this hotel again - great value, nice decor and staff and central location. A keeper!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore virbant downtown Austin, Texas while retreating to the Residence Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center. Guests of our hotel are served complimentary breakfast every morning before guests attend conferences, trade shows and networking events at Austin Convention Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Austin Downtown / Hotel Austin
- Austin Residence Inn