4.5
Very Good 1338 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Alfresco drinks at Stephen F’s Bar & Terrace overlooking Congress Avenue
  • 24-hour fitness center and room service
  • Starting off the day with laps in the indoor pool
  • Read more about what to see and do in Austin in our magazine section

What To Know

  • Within strolling distance of the state capitol and next door to the Paramount Theater
  • Guestrooms received a tip-to-toe renovation in 2013
  • Additional charges apply for WiFi

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Historic downtown hotel with an indoor pool, two restaurants and a buzzy terrace bar overlooking Congress Avenue and the Texas state capitol

The Lowdown

This historic hotel with an Art Deco façade in downtown Austin puts visitors steps from popular sights like the state capitol, the University of Texas and the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. The 190 guestrooms are decorated with dark woods and warm, red-toned accents. Most Deluxe Rooms also include a separate seating area with a sofa, a coffee table and a writing desk. Start your day with laps in the heated indoor swimming pool, part of the hotel’s top-notch health club. Head to lunch at the Roaring Fork for wood-fire American fare (think steaks and fresh fish) and killer margaritas. Or, for a bird’s-eye view of Congress Avenue, nab a seat on the wrought iron wraparound terrace of Stephen F’s Bar, where you’ll get a spectacular shot of the capitol.

In the Area

The concierge recommends beginning your day with a walk along the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, which includes 10 miles of trail along the lake. Reward yourself with brunch at the South Congress Café (we suggest the smoked brisket hash), then spend the rest of the morning shopping the eclectic boutiques along South Congress. Be sure to hit Allen’s Boots, a local landmark since 1977, for a huge selection of new and used cowboy boots. In the afternoon head to Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring–fed pool that’s at a constant temperature of 68 degress, so visitors can go for a dip whatever the weather. For dinner, settle in on the patio at Paggi House for farm-to-table fare overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

How to Get There

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
701 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1338 Reviews
This is probably our all time favorite hotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stay at the SFA a couple of times of year and always look forward to seeing the staff-- it must be a great place to work because so many of them have been there the past 7 years. Great service, comfy beds, quick response if a problem ever occurs-- it's just a fun place to be and centrally located so it's easy to walk to bars, restaurants, movies, the lake, the capitol and even South Congress if you are a real walker.

Great Hotel! Great Location
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great Hotel with fabulous service right off Congress and 6th Street! This hotel appears to be historic in its design and lobby and nicely appointed rooms. The lounge on the 2nd floor and balcony are a great place to step out and see the capital building a few blocks away, along with the Paramount Theater.

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a wonderful property with extremely accommodating staff. Its location in the heart of downtown Austin makes for walking to restaurants, shopping and nightlife very convenient. As an Intercontinental Platinum Ambassador, we received an upgrade to a one bedroom suite along with several other amenities. We definitely will stay at this hotel for our future visits to Austin.

Great location, great stay
Reviewed 6 days ago

Had a great stay at this hotel. Super friendly staff... lovely girl who checked me in. Couldn’t have been more helpful. Beautiful clean rooms, great restaurant. Very happy with the location. Only thing that would have helped was if there were chargers at the lobby tables.

Great downtown location
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in town for 4 days for work and booked this because the hotel where my colleagues were was not available. I had a room on the 5th floor that didn't have a view but no matter, I was only here to sleep. The room was very comfortable and quiet.

The only issue I had while here was the third day of my stay, while in the room for a few minutes to change to go to dinner, there was a knock at the door. A woman from the hotel said she was there to restock my mini-bar. I told her no need, I had not touched it. While out for dinner, I was thinking of this as it was bothering me because, she only had a clip board and no cart with items to actually restock it. This made me think she was actually going to do inventory and they probably had charges for me. When I got back that evening, I called the front desk and first got a story that they never restocked it from the guest before me and they were sorry about that, but then he told me that they did see that I took items and they had charges on my bill. I told them that was incorrect and they needed to remove them. It just concerns me that if I had not been in my room during that time, they would have had charges on my bill during check out and I probably would have had to dispute them then which is always harder. And, I am still not sure how they had them on there in the first place.