What We Love
- Revue, the property’s upscale food hall that features Asian and Italian eats
- 13 private cabanas by the seasonally heated swimming pool
- The eucalyptus steam grotto at the full-service spa (the only one of its kind in Austin)
- Floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest room
What To Know
- With a whopping 1,048 rooms, this is Fairmont’s largest property in the U.S.
- The hotel’s state-of-the-art gym contains Skillmill technology, a treadmill system used by the NBA and NFL
- The Fairmont Gold program comprises 131 rooms with private check-in, complimentary breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, and a dedicated concierge team
- The property offers direct access to the Austin Convention Center
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Central business district behemoth that wows with a nature-inspired aesthetic, five restaurants, and live music showcases
Though it would be easy to dismiss this 37-story tower as one that means strictly business (after all, it’s the first city hotel to seamlessly connect to the Austin Convention Center, thanks to the Red River Canopy Walk), the Fairmont Austin’s verdant accents suggest otherwise. The lobby’s topiary garden and green-and-blue dress code take cues from Austin’s citywide obsession with the outdoors. Case in point: the hotel’s 4-acre backyard, Palm Park, is currently being revived for an ambitious second act, while the light-strung oak tree centerpiece in the lobby pays homage to a more famous counterpart in nearby Rockport. Rooms are well appointed, with cushy Stearns & Foster pillow-top mattresses, a Texas Hill Country landscape-inspired color scheme, and sweeping city views, but you’ll probably spend more time exploring the gourmet wonderland downstairs. With a whopping five restaurants to choose from, including the Garrison (a grill house with international influences), Rules & Regs (a 7th-floor pool bar with casual eats like poke and rice paper rolls), the aforementioned food hall, and a classic cocktail bar, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave this buzzing skyscraper.
In the Area
Start with a healthy dose of local history at the nearby Bob Bullock Museum, stocked with 500 artifacts, tucked between the State Capitol Building and the University of Texas campus. Get a taste of the city’s nationally renowned weird side at Esther’s Follies, a performance venue that successfully mashes up comedy, political satire, and magic. No single activity better captures Austin’s signature laidback spirit, however, than a kayak ride around Town Lake (grab a vessel at Zilker Park Boat Rentals). If you’d prefer to stay on foot, sign up for a street art tour so you can get an informed and entertaining take on the city’s vibrant graffiti and mural scene.
How to Get There
Beautiful hotel and fantastic location for SXSW venues. This was a brand new hotel so it was expected that the facility was super clean and in great working order, as it was. The service was also exceptional. The staff never failed to remember me and offer assistance. Check in and check out was very personalized and quick. I also enjoyed using the courtesy car for drop off around town.
Great sense of being welcomed all. The staff and the food and drink is over the top!, the omelet station was a great experience. The only reason this is 4 and not five stars is the shower / bathro9m which needs to be updated.
I stayed at the hotel this year for SXSW. It has a bridge connecting it to the ACC. Very comfortable room, great beds and spacious bathroom. All brand new. The hotel has a deli to buy breakfast on the go but also a sit down restaurant for bfast and all meals. A very nice bar as well at the lobby. Just beware because there are a lot of talks in the hotel meeting rooms, during the day there are a lot of people coming and going from there.
2 opportunities for this hotel. 1) they should have hair dressing services inside the hotel or at the spa; and 2) if you ship packages to the hotel it is received and handled by a Fedex office they have inside the hotel, and they charge you handling fees for it based on the weight of your packages. The hotel never communicated / warned us of those fees when we booked it, and it was quite expensive. Too much actually. I have paid handling fees at NYC hotels before, but this charge at the fairmont was too much. So beware if you ship packages there.
But all in all, a very central and convenient location for the festival and a very comfortable hotel.
Well located, walking distance close to downtown and convention center
Excellent, very comfortable, spacious and silent room
Pleasant common spaces (bar) and facilities
You can have free wifi if you are an accor hotel club member.
Great choice for SXSW. Easy walk to crowds without being in the middle of it all. Clean, friendly, good food, nice views. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The seafood was perfectly fresh. The only drawback is that there is no spa entry without paying extra. I would have enjoyed use of the sauna or steam room.