On the shores of Lady Bird Lake in between the Congress and South First Street bridges, this hotel provides great views and convenient downtown access. The huge, skylit lobby, opens into a central atrium rising 17 stories. Rooms, slated for impending upgrades, have 32-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Request a high-floor room to ensure views of Lady Bird Lake and Austin’s skyline. Business meetings, wedding parties and seasonal events at the nearby Auditorium Shores, keep the Hyatt hopping year-round. Local institutions like the hike and bike trail, and Threadgill’s are within walking distance.