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Another comfortable option for business travelers, just off North Interstate 35, this Extended Stay location offers extremely affordable rates for efficiency style guestrooms, with a small kitchen and sitting room (perfect for one or two people) and the suites offer more room and a sofa bed. There is a complimentary Grab n'Go breakfast, with coffee, cereal, apples and oranges, etc. that caters to on-the-go travelers. An outdoor pool (shielded from the highway behind the three-story building) and fitness center are also available.
This simple option just off North I-35 is comfortable and a friendly staff makes all the difference. Rooms were renovated recently and updated flat-screen TVs are expected to arrive this summer. There's a spacious dining room where a complimentary breakfast is served daily, coffee is available in the lobby throughout the day and a lackluster outdoor pool is behind the building. There isn't a full-service restaurant onsite, but a Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebees are within walking distance.
Residence Inn might not be on the top rung of the Marriott properties, but it's a lovely option for a great price. The rooms (one and two-bedrooms) are like nice studio apartments, with small sitting ares and kitchens, with fridges, microwaves, a stove and sink. There is an outdoor pool and tennis/basketball court, but guests are also invited to use the amenities of the adjacent Courtyard property, which has a heated indoor pool. Pets are allowed (they even give out doggie treats at the front desk) and Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast buffet is complimentary.
This is obviously an incredibly cheap motel option for road weary travelers, and while rooms are spacious and the beds are clean, the amenities are pretty basic. Parking is free, there is an outdoor pool (although the noise from the adjacent interstate doesn't quite calm the nerves) and laundry room for guests, but there is no breakfast and Wi-Fi is only available in guestrooms for an additional charge. The convenience is obviously the highlight of the property, with quick access to several restaurants and surrounding business headquarters, not to mention downtown and the airport.
This is an above average Holiday Inn that features a relaxing interior in addition to its convenient location off of Interstate 35. The clientele is varied (business travelers, families in town for graduations and special events at the University of Texas, etc.) and the price is right for a short stay. Plus, WiFi and breakfast (includes hot and cold selections, like signature cinnamon rolls, cereal, sausage and biscuits and gravy) are complimentary.
This is a lovely surprise for a bargain rate in a very convenient location--just minutes away from either downtown and UT campus or the businesses in the nearby Arboretum and Domain areas. The property is at the intersection of two of the city's busiest highways, but the interiors are extremely luxurious and relaxing. A 2011 renovation resulted in refined guest rooms, the best bargain of which is the King Deluxe, which comes with a sofa bed, microwave and fridge in addition to a lot of personal space. Rates include breakfast (hot and cold selections) and Wi-Fi and their outdoor pool is heated so guests can enjoy it throughout the year.
This is a perfectly comfortable highway-side hotel for the price and offered amenities. The location is convenient (just off I-35 and Hwy 183), although not scenic or relaxing necessarily. The pool and whirlpool are indoors on the first floor so noise from the surrounding highways isn't a factor. A complimentary breakfast is served every day, Wi-Fi is included in the rates and a computer and printer is available in the lobby for printing out boarding passes or other basic business traveler needs.
There's nothing really special about this central Austin location, on the access road of northbound I-35. There's a small outdoor pool in front of the building, but the noise and view of the highway isn't very relaxing. Rooms are affordable, however, and come with a free basic breakfast at the Rise & Dine cafe on the first floor. There is also a gas station on the lot if guests forgot to bring any basic toiletries or just want a late-night snack.
This is definitely my choice for downtown Austin visitors on a budget. It's no Driskill or W (there's no chic bar behind the lobby, no rooftop pool or all-you-can breakfasts), but the location can't be beat. It's a few blocks from almost everything--restaurants, bars (yes, Sixth Street is only a stone's throw away), museums--and is an especially great place during festivals like South by Southwest. Rooms are basic, but there is a sizeable laundry room, Grab n' Go breakfast selections and a full-service kitchen to make your own meals.
This is more than I ever expected from a Best Western. The location is extremely convenient, if not aesthetically lacking (I-35 is directly in front of the parking lot) and the amenities are above average for the price. Rooms are recently remodeled, with free Wi-Fi, comfy beds and flat screen TVs. I recommend a pool view, which is another surprise. The pool and lounge area are in sheltered in the center of the property and there's plenty of patio chairs, umbrellas and there's also a jacuzzi. Rooms come with a complimentary breakfast buffet (including Texas-shaped waffles) and after 3p.m. the dining room operates as an independent bar and grill, with a full menu and several draft beers on tap.
This central Austin location, just a few minutes south of downtown, is currently undergoing renovations on the first and fourth floor (expected to finish summer 2013), but the rooms and overall experience aren't affected beyond the lobby--bare and slightly dusty. Wi-Fi is free, room service is available and there's a nice outdoor pool behind the building, which blocks the noise of Interstate 35. The best value is the King Superior room, which features a large workstation, flat screen TV with expanded cable package, microwave and fridge and coffee maker.
This Austin Marriott, right off northbound Interstate 35, is flanked by a handful of Marriott branches, like Fairfield Inn and Courtyard, but this three-star property is by far the most luxurious option. It's higher on the Marriott totem pole, so guests can enjoy amenities, like a full-service restaurant and bar (both open until midnight), indoor pool and a small, adjacent sun deck, a 24-hour fitness center and business facilities. The decor is fancy (with heavy trim, plush bedding and seating and rich colors) and the rooms are comfortable with large HD TVs and a nice bathroom with granite counter tops and complimentary toiletries. A particular highlight is the hotel's free downtown shuttle that runs every 30 minutes. It drops guests at the Courtyard Marriott location at Trinity and Fourth Street, just blocks from Sixth Street and the city's best restaurants.
This South Austin Days Inn offers a great location (right off I-35, a short drive from downtown and the airport), but other than that, it's just a garden variety roadside motel. There's no pool, outdoor lounge areas (the exterior is obviously lacking any type of ambiance or relaxation due to the highway proximity) or dining besides the complimentary continental breakfast every morning, but the IHOP next door is more accessible for hungry traveler. But Wi-Fi is free (in the lobby and rooms), the TVs (small, not flat screen or HD) have premium cable channels and there's a small fridge and coffee maker in every room.
This seems much more charming than an average Hampton Inn, what with the rustic decor (I really like the warm colors and natural hardwood used in the guest rooms.) and the inviting lobby, where guests can enjoy a cup of free coffee throughout the day or happy hour once a week. Wireless is complimentary, as is breakfast and parking and basic toiletries and amenities are included as well. All in all, it's comfortable and conveniently located near the Arboretum and Domain.
The grand, Spanish colonial exterior of the Doubletree Hotel, just north of downtown on Interstate 35, almost seems out of place in the industrial surroundings. It's a business-friendly option (most of Austin's biggest corporations are just minutes away), but there aren't many complimentary amenities if travelers are looking for a bargain or comfortable extended stay. There is a 24-hour business center and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel,but guest parking (either self-parking or valet) and a daily hot breakfast are additional charges.