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Fodor's Expert Review Crowne Plaza Austin

6121 N I-35, Austin, Texas, 78752, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

The local Highland Mall and shopping plaza are 2 miles from this highway-side hotel, continually bustling with conventions and business travelers; downtown is 4–5 miles away. Satisfying, but wholly unremarkable American cuisine is served in the Crossroads Grille, but there are several decent restaurants nearby. Complimentary vans shuttle guests within a 3-mile radius. Rooms are clean and comfortable and an executive floor offers upgraded amenities and lounge access. Another extra is the Sleep Advantage packet, with a calming CD, eye mask, earplugs, and lavender linen spray.

WiFi is free and the on-site business center provides technical support.

room

The artwork and décor is your run-of-the-mill hotel kind with shades of beige, but the large beds, large windows, flat-screen TVs and sleep pack get the job done.

bathroom

Standard granite countertops and all your basic toiletries are provided here.

YOU SHOULD KNOW For business travelers, this hotel has 13 meetings rooms that can hold up to 800 people.

lobby

The staff is friendly, but the 80s-esque furniture and red-and-green decor palette makes the lobby not particularly noteworthy.

pool

An outdoor pool with lounge chairs and minimal shade is located in the interior courtyard. Hours are 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

gym

The hotel has a small 24-hour gym with a selection of stair steppers, treadmills, and free weights.

dining

Crossroads Grille offers average-quality Southwest-inspired breakfast and lunch in a traditional hotel dining hall.

drinking

Located in the lobby and sharing the same décor as its restaurant counterpart, Crossroads Lounge serves drinks and a dinner menu from 4 p.m. to midnight.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Since it’s located off of busy Interstate 35, grabbing a rental car, taxi or Uber is the best way to get around.

Restaurants

The hotel is nestled between a slew of strip mall eateries, including sister restaurants Pappadeux (1-minute walk) and Pappasito’s (4-minute walk)—the former offering high-end Cajun cuisine and the latter offering high-end Tex-Mex. Nearby is one of the few Ethiopian restaurants in Austin—Habesha (5-minute walk). The inviting and delicious eatery is known for its yummy lunch buffet.

Bars

Located next door is the LGBTQ-friendly ‘Bout Time II (6-minute walk) which features bingo, billiards, and big-screen TVs. If dive bars are your thing, check out Barfly’s (5-minute drive) with its window-less walls, jukebox-lit billiards, and cheap booze.

WHY WE LIKE IT

For the price, this chain hotel works, but its highway location and outdated décor doesn’t make it stand out. However, the accommodations are comfortable and the basics are all covered. For those looking for a budget stay with decent amenities near town—it will do the trick.

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 512-323–5466

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