Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown
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Mel and I each left our respective starting points at 4 a.m., then converged on Benson, AZ, to start our epic bar trip. By 5:15 we had left my parents' ranch and were headed to Austin, Texas, through the cloudy remnants of the previous night's monsoon. I don't know if rain is auspicious (especially for a road trip), but it certainly was beautiful …
No. I didn't get a letter from Hogwarts although that would have been cool. However, I did go to buy my first pair of cowboy boots and another for Shilpa. I walked into Allens Boots and my first reaction was Oh **** ! There were rows after rows with thousands of boots and I had no clue how to find a pair. I asked one of the guys about how to fit a shoe and he explained. And then he said very slowly in a very Texan ...
... her phone like it was a hot potato. I snarked a laugh out seeing how nervous she was to get a shot of these cats, then I took a couple of pics and we were on our way.
We left right around rush hour, so traffic was slow heading out of the city. While at a red light at a busy corner, the night took an interesting turn. In Austin homeless people are at every street corner holding cardboard signs asking you for money, hoping to ...
... been to West Chester, PA. From them I learned that Austinites have an unusual use of the English language. They call sections of a dam-off river "a lake" when it's actually a reservoir. They don't see thIs body of water as a continuous entity even though it flows for 862 miles southeastward the Gulf of Mexico -- making it the 18th longest river in the States. So if you mention to them that you live by the river, their reaction will most ...
... up the street to a bar call The Iron Bear bar. Sounds butch right? WRONG! Men in cowboy hats drinking Appletinis and dancing to Kylie! Eventually I ended up at a club close to the hotel. Very mixed (gay/straight), with the strangest drag act on I've ever seen. Cross between our pals Teds and Donald, except singing his own songs that made you want to kill yourself!! I LOVED it!! My particular favourite, was "My Mother Hated Me From Birth" I kid you not!! After he finished, ...
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Radisson Austin Great
Just got back from Austin, Texas. Stay at Radisson was excellent. Had a minor issue with check-in; note suites do not connect up with regular rooms but Jackie at the front desk was quick to upgrade both rooms to suite so that my children could be in next room (not adjourning) to us. Also internet deal (for suites) had free breakfast at TGIF which was very handy and receive drink coupons for evening. (Make sure if free breakfast you get a coupon for each day of your stay - Ernest was quick to fix this for us) TGIF breakfast food is not bad - nothing spectacular; service OK - but convenient if free. Pool was clean and large. Radisson Hotel located where bats (1.5 million according to hotel) under bridge come out each night at dusk (8pm). You HAVE to see this. Walking distance (or bus for 50 cents) to State Capitol and other downtown places. State Capitol is beautiful. Radisson Austin is much better location than Hyatt or Embassy Suites. Rooms with sleep bed (you can adjust mattress level) is excellent. Refreigators in each suite - awesome!! Housekeeping excellent. Radisson is undergoing renovation in the lobby - which can be slightly annoying, but the future plans look great. Noise did not bother us unless we were in the lobby. Self parking is slightly pricey at $12.00/day but it is covered parking. Valet is $15/day
Went river tubing in San Marcos (30 minutes away), visited Slitterbaun (sp?) Water Park (very fun), the Alamo in San Antonio (about 1.5 hours away but worth it), Barton Springs very different and kids loved it.
Recommend Chuy's Mexican Restaurant - for great food (ALOT of it) at a very reasonable price.
Overall stay in Austin was excellent - and hats off to Radisson for making stay even better.
Great Location and price
We just visited Austin for the first time. This hotel is in a great place. It is on a major street that has lots of places to walk to within 6-10 blocks. It is right next to the river that is great for scenery, and to jog. The great thing about the location is that is the best hotel location to see the the famous bats that are under the Congress Street bridge. Sounds weird, but it is a sight you will not want to miss. Hundreds of people line up at dusk to see this amazing event, and the Radisson has the best location for this. The bats only are in Austin for certain months, so check on the timing with the hotel...I think it is May thru August.
The Radisson has a Friday's restaurant that is hooked up as their eatery. The food was good, and predictable. All and all we really enjoyed our stay here and would definetly return to this hotel.
Fine and dandy
stayed for SxSW - great location - a short walk to everything and very convenient for public transit. rooms were comfy - the walls were good and thick. the restaurant was a bad chain restaurant - didn't eat a thing there. the pool would have been great for relaxation if they didn't have some cheesy singer amped up to 11...ugh. anyways - staff were very friendly, the room was cleaned up quickly and i'd recommend staying there if you want a good three star no frills hotel in a great location.
Great Hotel, I'll be back!
I was very impressed with this hotel's location, service, and amenities. I used Radisson's new online express check-in service and thought it was great. Check in LITERALLY took about five seconds (even quicker than Hilton's kiosks and you get to talk to a real person!). Valet service was quick and easy. I was on an upper floor overlooking the lake and the view was beautiful. The outdoor pool looked very inviting as well. The hotel is located right downtown, but not too near all of the partying and noise. There are lots of places to eat and shop at within walking distance. The entire staff was friendly and helpful the whole time. I had a very nice suite with good furnishings and the BEST bed I have EVER slept on. All Radissons are installing the sleep-number beds in their rooms, and the experience is pure luxury and comfort. I actually used the high-speed internet in my room to visit the company's website to look at a sleep-number bed for my own home. WOW! All of the other amenities were also present (coffeemaker, iron/board, etc.). There is a TGI Friday's in the hotel open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had lunch there one day and the food was really good. The hotel was pretty busy during my stay, but never too noisy because of the clinetale staying there. I would definately stay in this hotel again, and look for Radissons in the future. Seems like they are going through some very positive changes!
Great Location, Acceptable Hotel
We've stayed in this hotel a few times due to its location (Right on Town Lake and its trail and the Congress Ave bat bridge, easy walk to 6th St/Warehouse district) and its pool. The rooms are OK - Clean, but far from plush and in need of sprucing up considering the std rates.
A plus: They now accept dogs, though at a stiff surcharge.
A minus: We got a great rate from radisson, but on our checkout slip we were charged almost $100 per night extra. Worse, we were told the front desk could do nothing and accounting was out until Monday so "just leave a msg". It wasn't cleared up until Wed with a call to radisson. Could have been a real problem if we lived at our credit limits.
Satisfactory stay at the Radisson
Check in time at the Radisson is supposed to be at 3pm. After a very "tourist filled and shopping" day, my husband & I (celebrating our 2nd honeymoon) arrived at the Radisson at 4pm. Our reservations had been made a few weeks earlier. To our major disappointment, our room was not ready and were told to give them an hour and were shooed away. We went for a walk (it was about 100 degrees outside) and went back at 5pm to be told once again our room was not ready but that we could upgrade to a suite for an additonal $30 (and why would we do that when it was already after 5pm?). We declined and were told once again it would be ready in an hour. We decided to go have dinner and finally when we returned at 7pm our room was ready. To thank us for our patience, the desk clerk gave us vouchers for breakfast and cocktails at TGIF (which were ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE WE PURCHASED!). The room was quite nice, the sheets are excellent and we requested an extra pillow and were given two. Parking is $11 if you park your car yourself which we thought was ridiculous. Upon arriving home, I was e-mailed a survey about our stay which I filled out quite honestly. We were sent a $25 voucher to use on our next visit. It seems that we would have been much happier if upon arrival they had just given us the suite at the same price.
Booked this hotel online. Got a good bargain: $125.00 per night 2 room suite with free breakfast buffet for 2 people each morning on July 4th weekend. Needless to say, it was busy. Not very quiet. Parking garage was really cool. It has circular ramps up and down through the levels and it was fun. Some people have complained about it. We own a Jeep Grand Cherokee so it would navigate just fine through the garage. We got a 2 room suite on the corner of our floor--Room 944. Good view of both the city and the river. Not much in the way of room amenities. Our 4 yr old daughter had the front room and we the 2nd. Each had our own TV. 1 bathroom. There was hair everywhere in that bathroom. I had to call housekeeping 2 times to come and clean up the floor, tub and sink. Bed was OK. Another complaint was that housekeeping took an hour to 4 hours to respond for extra blankets, pillows, a broken coffee carafe and towels. They were extremely busy but they were also nice. Has iron, coffee maker and hotel brand bath needs. Hotel is located exactly where the bats come out from under the bridge at night. That was very cool! Pool was not crowded. The TGIFriday's on the 1st floor was really nasty and took a long time. Hair in the eggs and also in my tea. Dirty plates and slow staff. Stay away!! Hotel was steps or walking distance from everything and every thing beautiful so that was a plus. If you are looking for lots of space (2 room suite) and a hotel with a cool parking garage and situated on everything, go with the Radisson. If you are looking for taste, good service and no worries, go with the Four Seasons next door. We are from the Dallas area so we go to Austin often and the Radisson is firmly a 3 star hotel.
Great location, walk to river or downtown
The staff was helpful and the TGIF in the hotel was fast, tasty and offered nice view of the paths along the river. Breakfast buffet has lots of choices, worth the price. So easy to walk to downtown (there was arts/crafts festival on 6th street). As one other reviewer mentioned, the parking garage is pretty cramped quarters and pricey. Too cold to use the pool, but the fitness room was clean and gave us treadmills and bikes and weights for a rainy day workout. I would stay here again in a minute!
Beautiful place to stay
I stayed at this lovely hotel only three weeks ago on a weekend and now I am returning this weekend again. The view and location could not be better. Located with walkways leading down to the greenbelt park on the river, walkways extending in both directions, and the commerce street bridge. It is also walking distance to the nightlife on 6th street, (so don't worry about the designated driver). This has to be the best location in all of Austin. TGI FRIDAYS is terrific with outstanding service and an outdoor patio with this same view!! The lobby is beautiful with several large fishtanks. Of course the service from the Radisson staff was outstanding. Truly a memorable stay.
Very nice service
The service was very nice, and the TGIF's in the hotel was very convenient and the buffet was good. I loved the aquariums in the lobby and valet was nice. The parking garage is a little tight and scary, but I had a wonderful stay. Great view of the river if you get the right room.