W Hotels promise a lot with their 'whatever'- 'whenever'- aren't we wonderful hype...and sometimes they deliver, sometimes they don't. I'm happy to report that the W Austin more than meets the mark.
From the moment you are greeted by the door-opening ambassadors to when you find yourself stunned by the interior decor, you will feel that you've arrived. The downstairs jewels are several cocktail lounges with Texas-sized fireplaces which roar as warmly as the service itself. These adult areas, four I counted, all with their own distinct ambiance, flow into each other effortlessly offering up smart sophisticaion or sexy vibes--take your pick and enjoy.
Security to your room is the latest---your card key only allows an elevator stop on the spa level or your room level. The spa by the way is perfectly appointed and the fitness center with a city view has the latest equipment available...even to the eco-friendly flourescent lighting.
The room itself is exactly what a hotel room should be...comfortable bed, large picture windows, black out curtains, excellent mini-bar selection, large shower....clean lines, smart looking. Maybe too clean---closet/drawer space is tight. I did love 'the sanctuary', a bedside collection of every charger-cord made so if you forget yours, no worries. The flat-screen tv picture kept freezing, so the satellite system might need some attention, but there's an ipod set up for your music.
Finally, the location is excellent...easy walking distance to morning coffee shops (Austin Java, Joe's Coffee Shop), 4th and 6th street nightlife, and better restaurants (La Traviata, Three Forks, La Condessa).
It's pricey---parking is $29/day and valet is the only option--but if you like the trendiest and friendliest, you will find it at the Austin W.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel, located in downtown Austin, is next door to the famed Austin City Limits music venue. Our boutique hotel rooms are stylish and comfortable, we also offer over 10,000 sqft of event space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w Austin Hotel Austin
- W Austin Texas