As a native of Austin, my family and I return frequently for pleasure and business. A majority of the time, we stay at the Renaissance. For the sake of comparison, we've stayed at the Four Seasons, the Marriott Capitol, the Hyatt, the Omni, the Driskill, the downtown Embassy Suites, and the downtown, Doubletree.
Without a doubt, the best hotel in Austin is the Four Seasons, but the cost prohibits frequent stays there. The Renaissance is our definite number two, closely followed by the Hyatt.
The rooms are quite large, furnished in "Central Texas Chic", and have excellent bedding and more than adequate bathrooms. On site dining is above average, and the staff are dependably helpful. The hotel is "small dog" friendly. There is good adjacent shopping and the neighborhood, removed from the central city, is quiet and scenic.
We've never had a disappointing stay. The only potential negative for new or infrequent visitors to Austin is the northwest location, quite far from the airport and a good 15-20 minute drive from UT or downtown; taxi fare one way is $50 from the airport, so car rental is a better option.
We enthusiastically recommend the Renaissance and always look forward to returning.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking