Business travelers, conference attendees, and a host of visiting relatives (in town for UT graduations) frequent this relatively new addition to the University of Texas campus. Plush standard rooms feature courtyard, city or UT Tower views, and added comforts like flat-screen TVs and pillow-top mattresses. Presidential suites have large balconies with commanding views of the Capitol. There is a heated outdoor pool and 24-hour fitness center, but guests can purchase $10 daily passes to access several UT recreational facilities (all within walking distance) like Gregory Gym and the Texas Swimming Center. On-site dining includes the five-star Carillon Grill, plus a casual sports bar and breakfast café. A courtyard art gallery showcases rotating exhibits of artwork from UT faculty and alumni.
Sophisticated, comfortable Texas-style rooms come in many different configurations from 330-830 square feet with different numbers of plush beds to accommodate your needs. Higher-end rooms have elegant leather features and convertible furniture allowing you it turn the room into a proper meeting room. All rooms have a view of downtown, the UT Tower or the courtyard of the conference center itself.
Make sure to check out The Courtyard Gallery where a curated collection of rotating art is selected by a UT Art History PhD student.
A large open, modern lobby with lots of The University of Texas decorative touches. High ceilings, stone and brick architecture and ample windows for natural sunlight.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Because this hotel is also a conference center, it offers some of the best services for traveling professionals. There are over 50 meeting rooms with totaling 80,000 square feet of space. This hotel is an excellent choice if you're setting up an event.
Complete with a new shallow outdoor heated pool that is free for guests to use. For an additional $12, guests can purchase a day pass for use of UT's facilities including Gregory Gym, Gregory Aquatics Center and UT Rec Sports. These facilities include a giant Texas-shaped lounge pool as well as both indoor and outdoor Olympic size lap pools.
Included for free is the on-site fitness center with treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and weights. Television, towels and water are provided.
The center offers three different dining options: One Twenty 5 Cafe is a fast casual cafe and coffee shop, Gabriel's is a bar and sports lounge with great views of the UT Tower, and The Carillon is a New American Grill offering a fine dining option
Because of it’s central location, walking is an easy option, and because of it’s proximity to a college campus, there are bus stops everywhere. Otherwise, grabbing an Uber or renting a car will get you around.
The Clay Pit (8-minute walk) is one of Austin’s most beloved Indian restaurants, known for their popular lunch buffet and contemporary Indian dinners. Minimal in decor and unassuming from the street, Japanese eatery Lavaca Teppen (5-minute walk) serves up a stomach-warming selection of udon, rice bowls, katsu, and mabo.
Dive Bar + Lounge (7-minute walk) isn’t as divey as it sounds. This welcoming neighborhood bar has an extensive cocktail, beer, and wine list. Located in a beautiful 19th century-building, Freedmen’s (5-minute drive) is a great spot to sit on the string light patio, sip on some whiskey and enjoy the warm Austin nights.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If work or leisure brings you to The University of Texas area, this hotel is a great choice. Located right on the grounds makes getting around easy, and the comfortable accommodations, long list of amenities and access to UT’s state-of-the-art gyms and pools makes for a relaxing and memorable stay.