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Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel 3.0

Austin, Texas, United States

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Pros

  • Attractive chain hotel renovated in 2013 that offers good value 
  • Modern guest rooms with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges
  • Opal’s Divine Grill is a full-service restaurant and bar
  • Free hot breakfast with eggs and Texas-shaped waffles
  • Nice outdoor pool surrounded by lovely landscaping and a whirlpool
  • Fitness center with several pieces of cardio and weight-training equipment
  • Business center and 7,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Freebies include parking, all-day coffee, and newspapers
  • Lobby convenience shop that sells various sundries
  • 24-hour laundry room and valet dry cleaning and laundry services
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 
  • Pets are welcome with a surcharge (a con for some)

Cons

  • Far from downtown Austin and top attractions
  • Little within walking distance of the hotel 
  • The pool isn't heated

Bottom Line

The three-pearl Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel is an attractive option for travelers looking for value-added amenities who don't mind staying outside downtown. The handsome property was completely renovated in 2013, and its 154 attractive guest rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, with flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Freebies include parking, breakfast, and Wi-Fi throughout. Other highlights are a full-service restaurant and bar, lovely outdoor pool and whirlpool, a gym, and a business center with meeting space. Those looking for a similar property that's closer to downtown can consider Crowne Plaza Austin.

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Scene

A quiet hotel with striking lobby for a mix of business and leisure travelers 

The hotel's lobby features striking decorative elements that give it a fresh and energetic feel. Carpeting is a focal point, with bold, black swirls, and mod furniture is done in vibrant, primary colors. The white walls and cream tile floors present a clean look, and white blinds over the numerous windows enhance the inviting ambiance. Expect to see a diverse mix of travelers here, from tourists and business professionals to state government workers and families here to visit students at the nearby college. It’s a quiet but friendly and warm hotel that hosts a weekly evening reception each Monday, with free soft drinks and snacks for guests. 

Location

Just off Interstate 35, about 10 minutes south of downtown Austin 

The Best Western is located south of downtown Austin just off Interstate 35. The immediate area is a mix of commercial and residential development, with little within walking distance other than a 7-Eleven convenience store, a Starbucks, and Denny’s restaurant, all five minutes or less on foot. St. Edward’s University is only a five-minute drive. Depending on traffic, it’s approximately a 10-minute drive to downtown attractions including the Texas State Capitol, Sixth Street Historic District, and Austin Convention Center. University of Texas at Austin is about 13 minutes by car. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and McKinney Falls State Park are both roughly a 15-minute drive. 

Rooms

Modern and polished, with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges

Guest rooms have a polished, pulled-together look, featuring a mix of earth tones and vibrant accents, including orange bed throws and bolster pillows, and black-and-orange upholstered armchairs. The white walls and bright white bedding contrast nicely with the light-brown wood furniture, which includes desks with office chairs and headboards with distinctive white stripes. The gray patterned carpet with black-and-white accents enhances the decor, and contemporary art in the same motif adds a nice touch. 

Units are average in size and they have comfortable beds in King or Double-Double options. Two-room King Suites with sleeper sofas also are available. Bathrooms contain wide, salt-and-pepper granite vanities, and striking brown tiling framing the shower/tub combos. Amenities are a plus, with 37-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. Guest rooms are relatively quiet given their proximity to the Interstate, but some ambient noise from other rooms can be heard. 

Features

Free hot breakfast, restaurant/bar, pool/whirlpool, plus a fitness center and free Wi-Fi 

This hotel has several value-added amenities -- including ample freebies. They include a hot breakfast buffet with the ever-popular Texas-shaped waffles, coffee in the lobby all day, and a weekly reception with snacks and soft drinks. Parking, Wi-Fi throughout, and newspapers are free as well. 

The on-site Opal’s Divine Grill has a bar and serves American classics for lunch and dinner, such as burgers, salads, soups, and street tacos. There's also a lobby convenience shop that sells various sundries.

The spacious outdoor pool isn’t heated, but it’s surrounded by lovely landscaping, and there's a whirlpool, covered tables, loungers, and shady areas. A well-equipped fitness center can offer guests a good workout, with five pieces of cardio equipment, a weight-training machine, and free weights. For business travelers, there is a business center with three computers and 7,000 square feet of meeting space. Valet dry cleaning and laundry services are available, and the guest laundry room is open 24-hours, but it only has one washer/dryer. Pets are welcome with a surcharge.

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Address

2200 South I-35, Austin, Texas 78704, United States

Also Known As

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS Austin City Hotel
  • Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center - Austin

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