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Renaissance Austin Hotel
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Reviewed June 2, 2006

The Renaissance resides in the Arboretum near Austin, Texas. The downtown area (the real reason to come to this city) is about 7 miles away depending on where you want to go. The rooms are corporate standard. Internet access will run you $10.95 a day. (An annoyance in this day of free high speed in the room.) The hotel is within walking distance of PF Chang's and a great place for lunch called Fire Bowl (Asian stir fry; highly recommended). There are other corporate restaurants nearby. Do yourself a favor and walk up to the HEB store to buy your water. The Renaissance cheerfully advises you to 'enjoy' the Fiji water left in your room at $5 a bottle. Spare me. This mercenary attitude on the nickel and dimeing does not do the corporation well. Also, don't valet your car unless you are stupid and fat. If you are both of those, go right ahead as the valet parking lot is right next to the non-pay lot, but you know who you are. I did not try the hotel restaurant, but it looked corporate. The listings for it detailed how it specialized in all the foods of Texas. Be wary when place does that. Where should you eat in Austin? Vespaio on Congress Avenue downtown is an incredible place. Yes it's loud, but the food is mesmerizing. One of the greatest entrees of my life was the Scallops with Corn infusion rissotto. Run, don't walk to the place. Forget Salt Lick barbecue. It is horrendous. The key to Austin is to try the local restaurants. Back to the hotel...the housekeeping service was very good. The beds are like sleeping on rocks; ok if you like that. Curiously, my bathroom had a urine smell that was faint but noticeable. I never really saw any stains on the floor. Would I recommend the place? No. Stay downtown so you can walk to the wonderful places in Austin. I hear the Hyatt is under renovation, so beware there.

  • Stayed: May 2006, traveled on business
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4  Thank Ben W
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Reviewed April 15, 2006

We spent 5 days at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin during our teenagers springbreak. Although this hotel is really for the business person, it suited our needs. The atrium was huge as previously discussed by others and visually appealing. The rooms were clean, good in size and VERY quite!!! Never even heard a door close from another room. The staff were very kind and professional. Internet access was sketchy at best. If you are in Austin to see some of the sights, this hotel will work for you (20 min from downtown). If you are a person who likes to go to nightclubs or barhopping, it would be best to stay downtown. There are many shops and restaurants in this area so it worked out well for us. We could walk to many of the restaurants in the evening. Overall, a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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3  Thank sun n' surf
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Reviewed March 1, 2006

We liked the Hotel but it is in the middle of "nowhere". Relativly long drive to University of Texas, sixth street and SoCo. Sort of hard to find also as it is located in a planned development community called the Arboreteum. Offices and shopping center located off the freeways. Hotel itself was nice. Great beds, pillows, linens, towels, etc. Large atrium can get a bit noisy if they have a function (which is highly likely). Quiet in the room even during function. Internet access was ridiculous $10/day SHOULD BE FREE at this price. First room we had was back by the smaller elevator and the entire room vibrated, plus we could hear the ding of the elevator clear as a bell. We complained and they moved us but frankly the original room was uninhabitable and should be converted to storage space...

Stayed: February 2006
4  Thank eaglerockbarbie
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Reviewed February 22, 2006

Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed January 22, 2006

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