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Eleni Varnavas
CONCIERGE GUIDE

Eleni Varnavas

Concierge 15127214235

Welcome To Austin

Welcome to Austin, Texas and the historic InterContinental Stephen F Austin! It is our pleasure to introduce you to some of the great places that make Austin a favorite destination world-wide. We welcome this opportunity to share our recommendations with you.

LOCAL ESSENTIALS

LOCAL
RECOMMENDATIONS

THE PERFECT DAY

MORNING

Wake up early and begin your day with an energetic walk along the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail. Stroll the shops and enjoy the sights of Second Street stopping to enjoy a bike to eat at one of the many great resturants along the way. Stop into the Mexi-Arte Mexican Art Museum and the Arthouse at the Jones Center for contemporary art both on Congress Avenue near the hotel.

AFTERNOON

Why not go and play in Zilker Park, 358 acres in the city center. Take a ride round the park on the Zilker Zephyr miniature train, row a canoe out onto the lake or be like a local and take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. This amazing, natural spring-fed pond is three acres wide and maintains a temperature of 68 degrees F all year round, so you can swim whatever the weather. While you're here, pack in a culture fix: head to the Sculpture Garden at the south end to see works by sculptor Charles Umlauf.

EVENING

Enjoy a Happy Hour cocktail while listening to live music at the lively and beautiful bar at Trulucks on 4th Street. At sundown in the Summer, just a short walk away, join the thousands of people gathering at the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the famous bats take flight. Fron there head to the SoCo District for a choice of some of the best dining in town. Finish a perfect night at the famous Continental Club for live bands and mingling with the locals. You might even spot a celebrity!

INSIDER TIPS

LOCAL CULTURE

Cash

Some older local establishments do not accept credit or debit cards. Always have some cash on hand.


Comfortable Clothing

Austin is a very casual city where temperatures can change suddenly. Be sure to bring comfortable cool clothing for the intense heat in the Summer and layers and a scarf for the chilly Winters. July through September is very hot while January and Feburary can bring a lot of rain and occasional ice.


Tipping

20 percent is standard gratuity for service in restaurants, bars and other services like salons, spas and chauffeurs.


DID YOU KNOW ?

Live Music Capital of the World

Austin is known as the 'Live Music Capital of the World.' Famous artists such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan have called Austin home. The Broken Spoke for Country Honky Tonk and Continental Club for Texas Rock are two of Austin's favorite iconic stops for music.


The bats

Austin houses the largest number of Mexican fruit bats in North America. Each summer, thousands of people gather at the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch the bats take flight for feeding, minutes before sundown.


University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is one of North America's largest universities. Famous students have included Matthew McConaughey, Janis Joplin, Laura Bush, and Walter Cronkite.


The East Side

Located east of downtown, across IH-35, Austin's East side is quickly becoming a best kept secret with its rapid new development and eclectic culture.


WHAT TO PACK

Bathing suit

Austin boasts many natural swimming holes, and on a hot day, nothing can be better than cooling off in one. Don't forget to pack your bathing suit, sun lotion and a hat.


Casual attire

When packing your clothes, please keep in mind that Austin is a very casually attired city.


InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

  • 701 Congress Avenue
  • Austin , TX , 78701
  • United States
  • Front Desk +1-512-4578800

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Languages spoken by staff

Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish

Pet Policy

No pets allowed in this downtown Austin Hotel.
  • Local Time

    1:29 AM
    • CHECK-IN

      3:00 PM
    • CHECK-OUT

      12:00 PM Late Check out Available

    Currency

    • US Dollar $ (USD)

    Accessibility

    • Service animals allowed
    • 7 Room(s) with Accessibility Standards
    • Special Needs