We are going to Austin this week for a one night getaway...and we are trying to decide on a hotel. We are looking at the Hyatt Regency or the Omni
It depends on what you're going to do with your time while in town. The Omni is within walking distance to Downtown bars/restaurants. Both hotels are nice.
Ditto the initial question. We are a married couple in our 30's looking for a nice downtown hotel near great restaurants, bars, nightlife, and other attractions.
We are looking at July 28th as an arrival date for 3-4 nights. Also may or may not rent a car unless someone here suggests it.
Ditto the initial response. It really depends, for both visitors, what you want to do while you're here. I would skip the Omni and stay at the Hilton downtown on 4th Street. It's a nice, newer hotel in a great location. The Omni is fine, but kind of boring as it is part of an office building, and getting back to the hotel from the bars/restaurants would require a walk up a rather steep hill.
The Hyatt Regency is on the South side of Town Lake, recently renamed Lady Bird Lake. You can walk back across the bridge to experience the nightlife downtown, or walk down Congress Ave. and hit the South Congress neighborhood with it's funky shops, laid back bars, and nice restaurants. Both areas are definitely worth exploring.
For the second visitor, if you plan to spend your entire weekend in the downtown area, which is possible and would be great fun, you don't need a car, but if you want to explore the Hill Country or visit any of the great little towns outside of Austin, you need one. During the day you'll be able to get around Austin using the free 'Dillo service (buses that look like trollies), and at night, when it's not as hot, you can walk or take a cab. Cabs are not as plentiful here as in larger cities, but you'll see them around, especially on weekend nights.
Try The Driskill. Awesome hotel! http://www.driskillhotel.com/
The Driskill is a great historic hotel located right on 6th Street. It would be a great place to stay, but will probably be much more expensive than any of the other hotels downtown, save for the Four Seasons, unless you can catch one of their specials.
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