Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown

We stayed at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown late last month for two nights as part of our Austin MegaDo trip. The hotel has a great location and it’s always pretty busy with business travelers. We stayed on points, for 44,000 points for the first night and zero points on the second night courtesy of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card.

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Prior to check in, we parked in the hotel’s garage. Parking in Austin can be expensive, and the hotel’s self parking fee is $17 per night. Since we weren’t planning on driving anywhere during the MegaDo, I was ok with it and did not shop around for any other options. Your room key opens the parking gate. We walked right into the lobby, and proceeded to check in. I was recognized as a Gold member, and given a great room overlooking the lake on the 8th floor. I also played dumb and asked if there were any other complimentary benefits I could receive with my Gold status, such as parking or free breakfast. I was given two pieces of candy. Score…

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Room

Our room was very spacious, although it really looked dated and in need of a face lift. It had a king size bed, two chairs and a separate dining area with a table and 4 chairs.

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My only problem with the room was the connecting door to the next room (picture 1 of 3 above). Based on my own experiences this is never good, since I’m a light sleeper and I’m always bound to hear the people next door. I asked if we could be switched, but I was told that we’d had to take a smaller room, and I really liked this room and the view. That night I regretted my decision at about 1:00 a.m. as I could hear people talking loudly in the room next door, but I just turned the A/C fan on high (a good tip for these situations!) and was able to fall asleep.

The room had a great view of the lake and the bridge.

RadissonRadissonThe bathroom was pretty decent for Radisson standards, although for some reason the water smelled funny. I noticed the exact same thing when we stayed at the Holiday Inn Austin NW Arboretum, so I attributed this to the water in Austin.

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The room also has a small fridge and your standard safe. Overall it was a very comfortable room.

Amenities

The hotel has free wifi, and a small pool. The hotel’s website says the pool is heated, but we touched the water and it felt cold, so we didn’t use it.

RadissonThe lobby and common areas are beautiful, and they more than compensate for the dated guestrooms. There is a full service restaurant, Chavez, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a full bar. The restaurant and bar areas were always full each time we walked by.

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While I wasn’t blown away by the guestroom, this hotel is a solid choice when visiting downtown Austin, and I will definitely visit again, being that it’s a short drive for us from San Antonio. I personally would not pay over $300 a night to stay in it, which is what the hotel was going for when we booked. It was going for $599 at the time I wrote this review. Most downtown Austin hotels are expensive for the most part. However, if you have Club Carlson points, and can pair those up with the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card and its last night free benefit, a total of 44,000 points for 2 nights is a great value for a decent hotel that has a great location.

 

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One Response to Radisson Hotel and Suites Austin Downtown

  1. rochelle says:

    My Motorola hands free device was just stolen out of my car by the valet!!! I’m SO ANGRY!!! The manager Brad will review video & get back with me. I never heard from him. I bet you money, Brad finds NOTHING and they will say that they are not responsible. He was already telling me that they will not be responsible if they can’t prove it. Radisson hires thieves! Beware!

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