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Fodor's Expert Review Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, Texas, 78704, United States See on Map

Lauren Modery

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.

room

The hotel has a whopping 448 rooms, each of them offering top-notch amenities like the Hyatt Grand Beds--Sealy Posturepedic mattress, down pillows, 250-thread sheets and duvet with triple sheeting—large flat-screen TVs, iHome stereos and views of downtown. Most rooms are over 300-square feet and feature contemporary design and furniture in neutral tones.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you need a classy spot to host a business or personal event, the hotel has over 50,000 square feet of event space and two ballrooms.

bathroom

Slick and modern with beautiful sink cabinetry, the bathrooms offer plenty of space, makeup mirrors and full bath amenities.

lobby

Large, open atrium with high ceilings, plenty of light and glass elevators with a view. Sort of 60s mod vibe with shades of brown, red and gold. There are plenty of places to sit, which is great for Regency Rhythms on Fridays where live music happens from 5PM-7PM.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Pints & Poses is a free yoga class located in one of the ballrooms.

pool

Seasonal outdoor pool overlooking beautiful Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail.

gym

An impressive 24/7 gym with state-of-the-art treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes and more.

dining

Located on the second story of the atrium, SWB - Southwest Bistro serves up Southwest-inspired breakfast and lunch with emphasis on local ingredients. Try their Huevos Rancheros for breakfast and Spiced Gulf Shrimp Tacos for lunch. Marker 10 Spirits and Cuisine features in and outdoor seating and a mix of Southwestern fare and sushi. Indulge on their sushi bar, or try one of their hand-crafted cocktails, like the Spiced Apple Old Fashion or Grapefruit Julep. There is live music every Friday.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Walking around is easy at this centrally located hotel. Otherwise you can grab a bicycle, pedicab or Uber to get you a little further.

Restaurants

For a quick bite, drive or walk up to hamburger stand Sandy's (7-minute walk) where you can munch on a cheap burger, hot dog or sundae. Nearby Threadgill's (4-minute) is an Austin institution. The enduring Southern eatery is known for their live music and Sunday gospel brunch. Zax Restaurant & Bar (4-minute walk) is a bistro with full bar. The light, open restaurant serves upscale salads, pasta and seafood dishes.

Bars

Aussie’s Grill & Beach Bar (3-minute walk) has your typical sports bar food, but what this decades-old spot is known for is cheap drink specials and outdoor volleyball near Lady Bird Lake. Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill (14-minute walk), home to the original Mexican Martini, offers a pub menu with large beer selection and signature martinis. A great spot for sitting outside and enjoying Downtown Austin.

WHY WE LIKE IT

The recent upgrades make this a polished stay, and the central location means it’s super easy to see the sights and sounds of Austin. We love the custom Hyatt beds with back support and plush bedding, and the large pool overlooking Lady Bird Lake makes you feel like your on an exotic retreat.

QUICK FACTS

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 512-477–1234

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