I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Austin during a recent business trip for a convention downtown. The hotel itself was beautiful. It has a unique atrium lobby and a lovely sitting area with comfortable sofas, tables and chairs. The hotel restaurant is located on the second floor overlooking the lobby.
I stayed in a guest room on the 11th Floor. The view of Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin from my room was incredible. The room was immaculately clean and beautifully furnished. The bed was very comfortable, plus there was a comfortable armchair in the room for relaxing. The bathroom was clean and the water pressure was great in the shower. The room even came with a bathrobe to wear during my stay. The air conditioner was also very quiet, which is a big plus for me, as I am a light sleeper.
There is a small coffee/gift shop in the restaurant that serves fresh pastries and Starbucks coffee where we had breakfast. It was quick and convenient, and we were able to eat at one of the tables in the large sitting area overlooking Lady Bird Lake. We did not eat in the restaurant during our stay.
Now for the negatives…Internet access is quite expensive (starting at $9.95 per day). Unlike many hotels, there is no free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby, which was disappointing. We didn’t have a car, but I understand that parking runs around $20 per day as well. Knowing that there are so many hotels that offer free Internet access and parking, I’m not sure that I would choose to stay here again.
Although the atrium lobby was beautiful, it did make for noisy surroundings. Sound really travels through the hotel, so if there were groups of people in the lobby or restaurant, you could hear them in the guest rooms. Also, I had read a recent review from another traveler that mentioned that there were bats INSIDE the hotel. I was skeptical, but the first night I stayed, I actually saw them flying around the upper levels. They didn’t seem to bother anybody, but it was still odd to see bats inside a hotel. I never saw them after the first night.
Overall, the Hyatt Regency Austin is a really nice hotel with great views. There are many hotels located downtown that are much closer to the convention center, though. So, I’m not sure that we would stay here again, but I wouldn’t hesitate recommending it, as long as you don’t mind paying for the extras.
- 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:
- Hyatt Regency Austin Hotel Austin
- Austin Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Austin