Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
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Austin was less than 4 hours drive from Dallas. We arrived and went straight to Ladybug lake and read my book whilst Allana played guitar along side it. We got into contact with Jess Leckie and she was staying with her old Aussie housemate Ryan and his girlfriend Amanda. They were really cool people! She invited us to a free Shakespeare in the park event near their house. We met Jess's friends Hayley and Hannah also. Allana and I slept in our van on the street next to Ryan and ...
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... in my surprise I struck too hard, leaving the fly in the fish's jaw and snapping my line. Ugh! That's a common mistake in that situation but it hurts just the same. Knowing now that the fish were there. I re-rigged and continued my methodical fishing through the run. In no time at all another trout struck and I set the hook more gently, solidly hooking the fish. It turned out to be a monster, the size of which most fly fishermen only dream about. ...
We're finally moved, packed and ready for the adventure to begin! It's been a long week of moving out of the apartment Kelly has lived in for three years and running last minute errands around Austin but it's coming to an end and the fun in just beginning! (I think we're now regulars at Ecobox Moving & REI)!
Tomorrow, we'll head up to Boston ...
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I have just recently started believing myself when I say my ankle is better and reliable again. I can run, jump, land, fall, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Great downtown location
Stayed here for one Saturday night (May 7, 2005) and was treated like royalty! I joined the Omni Select Guest program on the Omni website and was given a free upgrade, which we used to be moved to the Omni Club floor, which has a free cocktail reception happy hour and a free breakfast bar with juice, coffee, water, and pastries. Pool area was beautiful on the 20th floor, with a great view of Austin.
Room was smaller than I expected, but for one night, it was fine. I felt like the bar (which closed at 1) was closed too early, as most of the conventions and events going on exited at midnight on Saturday, and for those of us who wanted one last cocktail, it seemed to us like the Omni was leaving "money on the table" due to the fact that there were 20 - 30 people wanting to keep drinking at the (earler than required) last call. Of course, 6th St. with as many bars as one could want was a 2 min. walk away.
Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The shuttle that was going to pick us up to take us to our event was late, and we asked the concierge what we should do, and he said the church was 2 blocks away, an easy walking distance. However, due to the fact that my wife was in heels, a cab ride was required. They kept saying how close we were, but we insisted on the cab. Well, we should have listened, as the chuch was about 150 yards from the front door!! Had we listened, we would have walked it!
We had a view of the atruim, which we were afraid might get loud at night, but had no problems what so ever. I plan to stay at more Omni properties based on our time here.
A Fabulous Hotel in my opinion
I had a group in Austin and chose the Omni Hotel. I could not have been more pleased with my selection. The sales staff was attentive, enthusiastic,and flexible to our needs. The lobby of this hotel is fabulous for individuals or groups. The lobby bar at the base of the atrium is a prime focal point from which you watch all the goings on, or simply relax and take in a game on the TV's in each corner of the bar. The rooms were comfortable in size, amenities of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and cotton balls provided in all rooms. The buffet breakfast and lunch offered in the hotel was wonderful and reasonably priced. I saw many locals coming into the hotel for carryout on the lunch buffet, it must be a consistantly good choice.
The location I found to be fabulous, two short blocks off of 6th Street . Many many quaint restuarants, cafe's within walking distance.
The front desk staff, conceirge and bell staff are some of the best I have met and worked with over my 22 yrs in the travel business. Many thanks to the Omni Austin downtown for providing such a wonderful atmosphere during our stay there.
Convenient downtown location
Super location, attentive staff. Concierge floor has free daily happy hour as well as breakfast! Nice room and amenities. Rooftop pool, hot tub, plus gym and sauna. Walk anywhere you need to go downtown. Front desk very helpful with a mixup on my reservation.
Nice hotel, great rate
I stayed here on business in December '04. My room was very comfortable, overlooking the atrium lobby. Quieter than most atrium-style hotels. Good bed, well decorated room, pleasant stay. Only complaint would be the Parking garage, which was kind of a long schlep from the lobby. Great hotwire rate.Its usually the 4 star downtown hotel for hotwire..
Above average hotel with superior service. The staff here goes beyond the call of duty to help you. We stayed at the club level which was fantastic - happy hour and free breakfast. Met a lot of cool people, had a swim in the very cool pool (thank god for the pool - it is smokin' hot in Austin). The only downfall is that it isn't that close to the areas that I wanted to go to, and we had to take cabs all over town. No one seems to walk in Austin - probably because it is hotter than hell. Thank goodness for fantastic airconditioning! Would recommend the Omni to anyone visiting the Austin area.
Very nice hotel, incredible rates available lately
I stayed one night at the Omni (7/19/04) with my two sons (15 and 10) and we had a great time. As others have said, the common areas are lovely and the stainless steel rooftop pool and hot tub were a huge hit. The steel kept the water delightfully warm even after 10p.m. and the nighttime view of Austin is spectacular. (The pool and spa are open until 11p.m.) There's also a nice gym free to guests. (Lots of lower body equipment; only free-weights for upper body.) Parking is $12/night.
Our room was nice, but not overly large. Beds were comfortable, but my pillow was so lumpy it was almost funny. Cable t.v., nice bathroom, coffee pot and coffee provided as well as basic toiletries and bathrobes for use during your stay. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is great; just a block off Congress and two blocks from Sixth Street.
I'm not sure I can post the name, but the Omni is going for shockingly low bids on a well-known bidding site. We got our room for $60, but I saw some bidders had gotten it recently at $45/night! (plus a one-time $15 service/tax charge). At these prices, the Omni is a steal.
This is an extremely nice hotel. The lobby is magnificent - almost worth the price of a night's stay itself. The glass elevators added a very nice touch. The rooms are large and superclean. The beds and pillows are extremely comfortable.
The service was excellent. And the best thing is the location - right in the middle of downtown Austin. Easily within walking distance to the Capitol and 6th street. And the view from the rooftop pool is awesome.
Great rooftop pool!
I really wanted a pool to cool off .... what a beautiful pool (stainless steel) and rooftop view also! This is worth the stay....however, the room is comfortable and the location is great.
We had a wonderful time at the Omni! The rooms were nice sized, and the staff very friendly. Didn't get to use the pool (rain), but it would have been wonderful. It is on the roof, and overlooks the city. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
Omni Just Okay
My husband had a conference here for two days, and we stayed at the Omni Austin Downtown from September 30-October 4, 2003. We had stayed at another upscale chain hotel with a great bed in San Antonio for a fabulous rate prior to checking in, and that experience was very luxurious and nice so the Austin hotel that followed had a hard act to beat, which may have given it a disadvantage. We stayed at a conference rate of $129 a night, and I think for that price it was okay, but I would not want to pay it's advertised rates of $189 plus a night, at least not until it went through a renovation. I've seen newer Hampton Inns that had better decorated and had comfortable rooms and beds for a less price. We were upgraded to a club level room because I had an Omni Select complimentary one-time upgrade card, which was great for happy hour and breakfast, and that did make the stay more enjoyable. The staff at the club lounge were very courteous, helpful, and nice. The room was mediocre in decor, and could use a refurbishing, as could the club lounge. It all has an eighties corporate furniture look with gold lamps, and glass tables piped in brass. One thing that I do have to emphasize that did make up for the "look" or the mediocre bed and bed sheeting is the hotel is extremely clean. I was quite impressed with our maid service, and the cleanliness that they left our bathrooms. It was spotless every time. That fact alone made me like the hotel more. The first night of our stay, the beds were made wrong. In fact, the botton sheet (it was not a fitted sheet) did not cover the entire bed, and exposed the mattress and mattress cover. I was worried about the rest of the stay, but it never happened again. They do double sheet the blanket which is nice touch. The location is very near 6th street, and they do advertise that they give complimentary ear plugs because of the late night music. Ask for them because you may need them. I did. Overall, I would not choose this hotel again if I returned to Austin, but I can be a hotel nut, and even though I look for great rates, I can't necessarily afford 3 and 4 hundred dollar a night rooms in my travel budget either so I don't always stay in top of the line like I did in San Antonio. For people who like clean rooms, and don't care about luxury and decor then it's fine, and I think it was fine for our conference price, but definitely not worth $189 or above, and club level rooms start at $225 and up. It was not a bad experience at all, but it wasn't necessarily special either which is why I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.