Location is everything at this central hotel, just south of Lady Bird Lake and the surrounding hike and bike trail, four blocks from the Convention Center, and within walking distance of most South Congress restaurants and attractions. Rooms overlook a centralized, interior atrium lobby, which can get noisy on weekends. The standard two-room suites are surprisingly spacious, with two TVs, microwave, and mini-fridge. Rates include a breakfast buffet and evening happy hour with cocktails and snacks. There is a small indoor pool and fitness room.
Each room offers separate living and sleeping areas and some have beautiful views of Downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake. Spacious, sunny and comfy, all suites come with Embassy Essentials Bedding Collection which features 220-thread count linens.
Long countertops, excellent lighting, and Giovanni bath products make the lavatory stand out.
This hotel is big, and you’re reminded of this fact when you walk into the massive atrium. There’s a 1960s feel here, but the place is not outdated. It’s airy, welcoming and dare we say, a little breathtaking.
Indoor pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by beautiful tile and mill work in a relaxing atmosphere.
Southwestern eatery @SOCO Bar + Bites is located in the atrium and open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. In addition, complimentary bites and drinks are available in the atrium at nighttime, and guests are treated to a free cooked-to-order breakfast.
Perfectly placed where South Congress Avenue shopping district, Downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake meet, walking is something you’ll want to do. But for further excursions, a bicycle, pedicab or Uber works.
If you want the Austin experience, then put Threadgill’s (4-minute walk) on your bucket list. The iconic restaurant-music venue has hosted acts from Jerry Lee Lewis to Capitan Beefheart, and the Southern comfort menu is tired and true. Make sure to check out Threadgill’s long-standing gospel brunch featuring live gospel music and all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The popular burger joint Hopdoddy (14-minute walk) is known for its carefully crafted natural patties and hand-cut fries. Make sure to get there early—this place is popular.
One of Austin’s most beloved karaoke bar is Ego’s (3-minute walk)—a divey spot in the middle of a parking garage. The drinks are cheap, the singers are entertaining and there’s never a dull moment here. The New American bistro The Bonneville (13-minute walk) has a fun cocktail menu featuring unique drinks such as the Habanero Margarita and the Mezcal Mash (mescal + pineapple). They also have a generous happy hour from 4:30PM-6:30PM, Tuesday through Sunday.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The atrium makes this place feel old-school in the best way possible, and the light, open atmosphere keeps us energized. The location is what makes this spot perfect, with its proximity to just about everything, though the bedding and sizeable suites aren’t too shabby either.