InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
I have been going to Austin on business for years and always raved about it when I got home to Toronto.My wife was sold and asked me to take her . great music great food and the InterContinental is in the center of it all.
Make sure that you go see the bats at dusk!
I have been all over the world and stayed in many hotels but this one takes the cake for worst hotel for customer service. It started with the check in. We arrived on a busy weekend and from the minute we arrived at the front desk we were apologized to at least twenty times for the amount of time we had to wait to get checked in, even though we had a reservation. Clearly unprepared for a busy day. It didn't get any better from there. The continental breakfast consisted of some juice and some toast all for the low price of $25. Ridiculous. On our last day, the maid came in and broke my laptop. We had it charging on the hotel provided chargers in between the two beds on the nightstand. This area was entirely too small to be charging electronic devices but we had no choice as no outlets were located next to the desk. Go figure. Apparently the maid knocked the computer off the nightstand and then put it back in hopes that no one would notice the giant cracked screen. When I brought it to the managers attention they simply said they would investigate it and then turn it over to the insurance company. Fast forward a month... claim denied and I am out $1700 for a replacement laptop. With the three night stay costing roughly $1000, my cost for the weekend stay and one computer was $2700. Just a bit pricey. To top it all off the room refrigerator also charged us for item we didn't even use. You heard me right, the refrigerator automatically charges you when you remove an item. Even if you put it back the fridge stills charges you. They fill the fridge so you cant put any personal items in it without removing their stuff. That is shady business. Overall, one star is far too much for this place.
Not my first time in Austin but my first at this hotel. An older building but the inside was fairly modern and in pretty good shape with a very friendly and helpful staff that took really good care of myself and my party. The bedroom was also a little dated but once again very clean and a comfortable bed. Same can be said of the bathroom, very clean but I wish there was a stand alone shower and not just a tub.
The location was also very good and right in the thick of some good restaurants and entertainment.
Overall a very decent place to stay