I stayed here for a conference during the week commencing November 14. In terms of the general level of facilities, this is a high end, full-feature chain hotel, offering everything you'd expect from such a venue for a price to match. The beds were comfortable, and the room offered the full set of amenities: an en suite bathroom, large TV, a very comfy bed, air conditioning (that actually works), coffee maker, a valuables safe (that is big enough to hold a laptop), and an iron and ironing board. There again, at nearly $200 a night, so it should do! And, as is also to be expected from this sort of establishment, Internet access will set you back a further ten bucks a day.
The conference meeting rooms were well furnished and equipped, and the technical staff and catering efficient. The bar and restaurant serve nice food and drink in a nice atmosphere, but the portions are stingy and the food the food and beverage are overpriced to the point of taking the mick - $20 for two slivers of steak on a panini, or $35 for a Manhattan, for example. Being on the south side of the lake you've got a bit more of a walk to the downtown eateries than a hotel on the other side of the bridge would be, but they're still within manageable walking distance.
The problem is in the physical design of the building. The rooms are all on balconies off a large, open plan atrium. This carries and amplifies noise to such an extent that even from my room on the fourteenth floor, the ambient noise from the bar and restaurant below was so loud as to prevent me from getting work done. Be prepared for long waits for elevators. What astonished me was that some genius had the idea of putting the largest conference meeting rooms on the top floor. The result is that you've got hundreds of people trying to get up and down the building in four elevators, all at the same time, hence lengthy wait. Not only that, but this arrangement doesn't strike me as clever from a fire safety standpoint, either. Did whoever designed this building never see 'The Towering Inferno'?!
All in all, this place is pretty much average for the price point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in downtown Austin on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, the Hyatt Regency Austin is a full service hotel which offers cool, contemporary new guest rooms. Situated along the Hike & Bike trail, the hotel is within walking distance to all of downtown Austin's major entertainment districts, and 7 miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Austin Hyatt Regency
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