Central downtown location in walking distance of convention center and attractions
Spacious, stylish rooms with mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and flat-screen TVs
Outdoor rooftop pool with nice views of downtown Austin
On-site Cafe bar serves crepes and other light fare
Free hot breakfast buffet and weekday manager’s reception with drinks
Spacious fitness center with a good selection of cardio equipment
Free Wi-Fi throughout and meeting space for up to 135 people
On-site convenience store that sells sundries, food, and drinks
Concierge services include valet dry cleaning and laundry
Valet parking available
Guest laundry facilities
Valet-only parking can get expensive
Standard Rooms lack microwaves
The mid-range, 209-room Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown is a block from the Austin Convention Center and an easy walk to other attractions. It has an impressive lobby with rich-wood paneling and a covered terrace on the second floor overlooking the street. A free hot breakfast buffet is included in the room rates, and there's an on-site cafe and bar, a rooftop pool, fitness center, and meeting space. But the valet-only parking can be expensive. Rooms are spacious and attractively styled -- they have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and the hotel provides room service from two nearby restaurants. Suites add microwaves, wet bars, and sleeper sofas. Rates are competitive with other downtown hotels, but travelers might want to also check out the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown next door, which has comparable rates and amenities.
Given its proximity to the convention center, this Hampton Inn gets busy with convention-goers, but its downtown location attracts tourists eager to experience Austin’s music scene. The lobby is small, but it's bathed in natural light that nourishes its many potted tropical plants. The rich-wood paneled columns, front desk, and walls and the polished tile floors in reddish earth tones work together to create a warm glow that permeates the cozy space. A cluster of vintage brown leather armchairs sits on a bright-green rug next to the front desk. Across the space is a lovely winding staircase that leads up to the mezzanine level. Old photos of Austin decorate the second-story walls, and glass doors lead onto a delightful covered terrace with tables, where guests can take in the scene on the street below.
In downtown Austin, one block from the convention center
The Hampton sits on a busy intersection in downtown Austin, one block from the Austin Convention Center (a five-minute walk). The Downtown MetroRail station is located on the far end of the center, about five minutes' walking as well. The hotel is surrounded by other hotels and several restaurants, including a P.F. Chang’s and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, which are directly across the street and provide room service to the Hampton. The Sixth Street Historic District and its many bars and restaurants is a five- to 10-minute walk from the hotel, depending on the destination. The Rainey Street Historic District is a 12-minute walk away, and it’s a 10-minute drive, or a half hour trip via public transportation, to Lady Bird Lake. The trendy SoCo district is a 10- to 15-minute drive away, or about a half-hour away on public transportation. The North Loop, another hip neighborhood, is a 25 minute drive away. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is a 25-minute drive from the hotel, or a 30-minute trip by public transportation.
Spacious, stylish rooms with mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi; Suites with microwaves and sofa beds
The 209 rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown, are surprisingly stylish for a chain hotel, with designer touches and a few nods to local culture. The steel-blue carpeting in an appealing sunburst pattern sets the backdrop for a mix of rich, earth-toned furniture. Off-white and tan walls coordinate with supple leather armchairs and padded headboards. Soft white bedding is hemmed by gold-colored bed skirts, and light-wood furniture includes modular desk/dresser/table combos paired with office chairs on casters. But it's the little touches like the circular mirrors hanging by leather straps or artwork depicting cattle that give the rooms a bit of personality and panache. Dark-brown, wood plank-style laminate floors in the entryways match those in the bright bathrooms that have roomy, bright white acrylic vanities and matching shelves on the white walls. The shower/tub combos are framed by beige tiling with a decorative border of dark brown and copper accent tiles.
Rooms are spacious, and Standard Rooms offer king or two queen beds. Suites are roomier and have brown leather sleeper sofas in their sitting areas. Suites also have wet bars and microwaves. Standard amenities include mini-fridges, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, lap desks, and flat-screen TVs, which are a bit larger in the suites. Note that lower-floor rooms might pick up some ambient street noise. Views of the street and surrounding downtown buildings vary depending on location and floor.
Free hot breakfast buffet, cafe/bar, outdoor rooftop pool, fitness center, and meeting space
The Hampton Inn & Suites Austin Downtown has the signature amenities that the Hampton chain is known for, starting with its hot breakfast buffet with eggs, meat, and potato dishes, along with breakfast-to-go bags. A cafe/bar off the lobby focuses on crepes, and the hotel has a weekday evening manager’s reception with free drinks and snacks. The convenience store has an ATM and sells various sundries, drinks, snacks, and frozen meals that can be microwaved, too. The outdoor saltwater pool on the fourth-floor terrace is a narrow, lap-style pool that’s surrounded by tables, potted plants and loungers. It has nice views of downtown. The property's spacious fitness center has a good choice of cardio equipment and free weights. The hotel's meeting space can accommodate up to 135 people, and the lobby business center has a printer and computer station with internet access. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Valet parking comes with unlimited in-out privileges, but there are public self-parking garages nearby with lower rates. Free "USA Today" newspapers are available in the lobby, as is fruit, coffee, tea, and water. Guest laundry facilities are on site, and concierge services include valet dry cleaning and laundry.
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