We stayed at this location for two nights while visiting Austin. We wanted to be near Town Lake, the nightlife, and entertainment so as with most of our trips to Austin, we try to stay downtown. We have always liked the location of the Radisson, and found an excellent rate so decided to give it a try. We were very happy that we did.
The location was easy to find given it is located at first and Congress. Within a 5 minute walk you have the warehouse entertainment district, 2nd Street district, 6th Street, etc. You have the choice of valet or self-parking. Self-parking is in a connected garage with easy elevator access. ($16 self with in and out, which is typical downtown....some places are even more. Parking for larger vehicles is on the first floor and rather limited but we did not have trouble finding a spot. Normal sized vehicles are on the higher floors. There is a nicely decorated inviting lobby with front desk and nicely appointed common area. Check in was quick, friendly, and efficient. The elevator is in a unusual place tucked away in a hallway, but we never had a long wait for the elevators.
We never had the opportunity to check out the gym, given we were on Town Lake and love to run on the lake. They also have one of the nicer pools downtown, overlooking Town Lake. Though the pool was not huge, there were plenty of loungers available.
Though we were there for the nightlife of Austin, it was nice to be away from the hectic side, and we were really appreciative of the hotels no party policy. Unlike other hotels in the area however, we did not see a security presence at night, though they may have been there. The rooms are somewhat dated, but very clean and the sleep number beds were comfortable. They have nice HDTV’s in the room. We were able to upgrade to a two room suite for $11, which was nice to have since one of us was getting up really early for a race. The climate control works well and the blower motor stays on for white noise while the climate control is still functioning. We had no noise from adjoining rooms nor outside city noise. Bathrooms very basic, but sufficient. There is a tub with shower.
Breakfast is not included at the Radisson, but they have a Starbucks in the lobby for quick drinks and pastries, as well as a TGI Fridays as the hotel restaurant which does serve breakfast. This is the norm for the brand and we did not expect any free breakfast. The area has every type of dining and entertainment option you could ask for all within easy walking distance. We ended up stopping into the TGI Fridays just after midnight Saturday night for a late night snack. The intent was to stop at one of the food trucks, but a storm was blowing in and we took the opportunity to get back to the hotel from Cru while the rain had stopped. The staff was friendly and attentive. You can also order the TGI Fridays menu at the pool, but watch out, they have a delivery fee and gratuity already added...which is odd given the pool is right next to the restaurant.
We would absolutely recommend this location and would stay here again if we wanted to stay in the area for a personal trip and can get a good rate. Having also stayed at the nearby Hilton, Hampton, Hyatt, Intercontinental, Residence Inn, Courtyard and Driskall in the past, I would feel comfortable choosing any of these hotels based on who has the best price at the time. All of these are very nice options and similar in their offerings and the prices seem to vary wildly from day to day. The Radisson is slightly more outdated, but has a wonderful product and have one of the best locations in downtown which we love.
River view is nice if you can get it. For a few extra dollars book a one bedroom suite if you can.
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27 July 2012
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Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown
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