Hotels I stayed at
The Radisson Hotel Austin offers great accommodation in a unique downtown/lakeside setting. The Radisson is within walking distance of the convention center; downtown business district, and the 6th Street and Warehouse entertainment districts. warm Texas nights you can view the nightly flight of Austin's famous bat colony.There is a large pool area and in the hobby of the hotel you can find the TGI Fridays restaurant
Old, overpriced hotel
We had the getaway package for 2 nights. The view of the lake and the bats were great.
We feel the rooms are way overpriced. The prices are what you might expect in a top-notch convention hotel in Texas.The hotel is within walking distance of fine restaurants. However, you cannot expect complimentary coffee in the lobby. And The "free" breakfast coupons cover only $20. for two persons. The buffet is $11.95 a person plus tax and gratutity, so the breakfast is not entirely free. Also, you have to pay $13. a night to park in the garage or $15. a night for a valet to park your car. The sleep number bed is not a comfortable as you would expect. All in all it is overpriced for an "old" hotel.
What's Not to Like
It's hard to dislike a hotel that has: 1) attractively priced rooms and suites (I booked a $170 suite on Expedia with a Lake view); 2) very friendly staff; and 4) a Starbucks in the lobby. Some may also laud the Sleep Number bed. I thought my mattress was OK but would take a Westin Heavenly or Sheraton Sweet Sleeper any day. Just plusher, comfier.
This is really a nice, top-end Radisson property in a fantastic location with comfortable, affordable rooms.
Not as I expected
My colleagues and I stayed here this week. We were disappointed in several aspects:
1. TGIF was closed for repairs and the hotel did not bother to tell our conference planners before they booked the hotel.
2. Our bedroom and several hallways, meeting rooms, etc. had a moldy, wet smell.
3. Not all rooms have sleep-number beds.
The hotel is in a decent location (lots of street noise, but it's downtown). Our room was clean.
It was okay
I had booked this hotel about a month in advance on Priceline for $120 a night. It was a UT home game that Saturday, so I think rates were a little higher. Upon check in on a busy Friday night, I asked if we could get a king bed, they did upgrade us to a king bed, as well as one with the sleep control. We weren't too thrilled with the sleep control. I thought the beds were a little above average, but I'd take the Westin bed over this anyday.
Our room key didn't work when we got up to the room, and I had to get new cards, those didn't work either, so they had to send someone up to reset the lock, and then after that it worked okay. It was kind of frustrating because we were in somewhat of a hurry.
Also our room, 802 was at the end of hall and it was kind of loud in the morning when they were out cleaning. Granted it was 9:30 and we were sleeping a little later than other people, but it was still kind of loud.
The parking garage is $13 a day, and I didn't think the parking garage was that strange (I've parked in something similar in Omaha). However, they never really charged me for parking. I got a parking pass and came and went as I pleased, but when we were leaving on the last day, the attendant didn't see my name on his overnight list, and asked it was on my bill, I told him it wasn't, so I did pay for one day of parking.
Oh, and when I received my bill, there were four local calls charged to our room, that we had never made, that totalled $2. At first I was going to call the front desk, but then I noticed they didn't charge me for parking, so I'd rather pay $2 than $13, so I just let it be.
Overall, good location because it's within walking distance to the capitol and the bar scene.