Words by Carlie Tucker
Austin may be in Texas, but the capital city definitely marches to a different beat. Creativity abounds in this 'live music capital of the world' as locals and visitors alike relish in the laid back vibe that calls back to its college town roots. And though residents are doing their best to 'keep Austin weird', it's still Texas through and through when it comes to the old adage of bigger is better. More is always better, which is certainly the case when it comes to hotels. There are plenty to choose from, so we're narrowing it down to four of the best ...
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Comfort Suites Austin Airport
If you're only in Austin for a short amount of time and close proximity is important, this hotel is sure to meet your demands. In addition to being within minutes to both the domestic and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, guests have access to a free shuttle to and from the terminals. Even better, this ideal location doesn't mean you'll be completely detached. Any free time can be filled with a visit to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin Zoo and the University of Texas.
Each room is classified as a suite, with different bedding configurations to suit your needs. Comfortable beds, private bathrooms and a designated work desk come standard as do such business-friendly amenities as AC and USB outlets and guest laundry facilities. The hotel itself also offers an exercise room, jogging trail, outdoor tennis court, and access to printing, faxing and copying facilities. Travellers that book their stay through their FCBT Travel Manager are also treated to such SmartSTAY benefits as complimentary WiFi access and breakfast as well as fast track to Diamond Status with 4,000 bonus points when signing up to the Choice Privileges program.
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Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
Billed as 'sophisticated luxury in downtown Austin', this hotel is all about great service and a great location. 392 guest rooms, with five different configurations, provide travellers with a comfortable base with all the necessities needed for a successful business stay. From modern decor and comfortable beds to city views and a marble ensuite, the design and spacious layout definitely ticks all the boxes.
There are three onsite dining options along with a wellness centre and rooftop heated pool, ensuring that busy travellers are well catered for without even leaving the property. If you do have time to get out and about, this superb location is also close to many of Austin's best sights. This includes Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin Music Hall and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.
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Hotel Van Zandt, a Kimpton Hotel
With all the style of a boutique hotel and 319 rooms on offer, this hotel is a fun and funky choice for business travellers looking for something a little different. Taking a detailed approach to styling, these rooms are all about that home-away-from home feeling. There are ten different configurations to ensure a selection for all budgets, and calming tones, natural wood with bronzed accents and a beautiful view feature in every single room. Other outstanding features include a 24-hour fitness centre, pool deck, onsite dining options, live music and a social hour.
When it comes to location, Hotel Van Zandt doesn't disappoint. The international airport is within 20 minutes, while many popular haunts and hangouts are close at hand. Whether you're looking for a great place to eat, or you have a free hour to check out the world's largest urban bat colony, hotel staff are all too happy to provide recommendations and assistance in seeing the best of Austin.
Book your stay at this quirky SmartSTAY hotel through your FCBT Travel Manager and you'll also be treated to complimentary WiFi, a welcome amenity, bottled water and a room upgrade (if available).
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Four Seasons Austin
For business travellers that insist on luxury accommodations while on the road, the Four Seasons Austin is regularly ranked the best in the city. Situated on the banks of Lady Bird Lake in the heart of the city's business and entertainment districts, it offers a serene sanctuary with easy access to everything you could possibly need. With all of the style and service of the Four Seasons brand, these rooms are immaculately fitted with modern and comfortable decor. Down duvets and pillows are standard across the board as is a complimentary newspaper, multi-line telephone with voicemail and complimentary standard WiFi.
Onsite facilities further ensure a comfortable stay, including a restaurant and lounge, pool and spa. The spoils of the city are also at your fingertips thanks to a convenient location that offers easy access to a sweep of shops, restaurants and music venues. In addition, the hotel offers "Our Austin" itineraries put together with staff recommendations on the best things to see and do while visiting the city.