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Stephen F. Austin

The Hotel finished a multimillion dollar renovation of all guestrooms, suites and public areas in March of 2013. Affectionately known as the ‘Stephen F,’ this Austin luxury hotel is ideally placed on Congress Avenue. The unique Art Deco façade is a famous Austin landmark and has been part of the city scene for more than 60 years. At the heart of the culture capital of Texas, this Austin luxury hotel is just blocks from art museums, the state capitol and right next door to Paramount Theatre.

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    Enjoy laps in the lower level indoor swimming pool or relax and unwind in our heated jacuzzi after a full workout in the fitness centre.

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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

    6:00 AM
    • CHECK-IN

      3:00 PM

      12:00 PM Late Check out Available


    • US Dollar $ (USD)


    • Service animals allowed
    • 7 Room(s) with Accessibility Standards
    • Special Needs
    Guest Reviews
    Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 192 reviewers.
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Birthday getaway This location is within minutes of downtown. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Breakfast was great and I love the fact that you have until 2pm for checkout! August 6, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Place to Visit ! My room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Best place ever for having meetings. Meeting room had lots of space and room to spread out our books. I would suggest our organization to use this facility again. The hotel furnished us a meal for lunch on Saturday and it was Italian food and it was the best for buffet style I have ever had..... August 6, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by comfortable beds missing continental breakfast, but they have very good service and the number one for me is the comfortable beds that they have, the price is very good and the customer service is excellent. August 4, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Weekday stay in Austin Love staying here....I am always taken care of. Customer Service in excellent. July 28, 2014
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Check In Process was slow! Checking was slow.. was told it would be a few seconds to check me in.. after 3 minutes I asked if I should go sit in the lobby and wait instead of standing at the front counter and the front desk person said "yeah". He went on to say that he would come and get me when he was able to check me in.. about 25 minutes later I walked up and people were being checked in and given room keys....... ???? Staff didn't offer any of the IHG rewards club member items at check in (based on my status), didn't know until the next day (after bfast) that breakfast was included, front desk did not even acknowledge my status. It appears as if they were more concerned about getting my credit card to pre authorize for Incidentals than welcoming me or expediting the check in process. I will also note there were 3 font desk people working when I checked and 3-4 guests checked in within a 45 minute time frame. This HI as been updated and is nice.. There are not a lot of dinning options within a reasonable proximity to this hotel , but the hotel offers a restaurant, room service a pantry and an actual "grab and go" food section with a decent selection.. Great example Holiday Inn Corp. anticipating their guests needs and having solutions. July 27, 2014
    Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by restless in Austin While traveling on business, I've stayed at HI-Austin Midtown several times and prior to this visit, I have been extremely pleased. The problem(s) encountered were minimal; but, still had an impact on my next day business. There were children everywhere and it appeared that most [at least the noisy ones] were on my floor. It made for a very difficult next day because I was in a training class and I did not sleep much. When the noise finally stopped, it was almost time for me to get up. Adjusting the water temperature in the shower was difficult. The water was extremely, if not dangerously hot. I finally got the temperature to somewhat tolerable, but the waterflow was slow. The rooms are always immaculately clean. July 25, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Outstanding service I travel for business often. Holiday Inn is always my choice because the price is right, staff members are always courteous, the rooms are comfortable, and cleanliness is a priority. The food is excellent... What else can you ask for? I love what Holiday Inn has to offer. July 21, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly Staff The greatest thing about this hotel was the pleasant, friendly, and helpful staff. The architecture of the hotel and the surrounding area are not beautiful, but it was a convenient location. July 17, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable and clean The staff at this hotel was very accommodating, I asked for a room with view and got one, food was good, service was fast and no pressure to leave first thing in the morning. No annoying house keeping service knocking on my door a 8am. I would stay at this hotel again. July 16, 2014
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comforable Stay Stay was very comfortable and staff was friendly/efficient. July 14, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Even in the midst of highway Hades Sketchy neighborhood on the surface and awkward to find and to return at the end of the day, this Holiday Inn in nonetheless very comfortable and accommodating. The bathrooms are a bit small but clean, but those are the only two complaints over a three-night stay. A great bargain as well! Everything else about our stay was very positive. July 9, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Henry at the bar was awesome! Overall our hotel stay was great. We had originally planned to go out for the evening but decided to stay in. We went to the pool, which was not as clean as I expected, but it was ok. We did enjoy a cocktail at the bar. Henry by far is a great bartender. We enjoyed our drinks and chatting with him. He was very knowledgeable about the area which helped us in planning our departure the following day. If we travel to the Austin area again, my boyfriend and I plan to stay here again. July 9, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Clean and comfortable Good location; very clean and comfortable rooms. The staff was very attentive and friendly! July 8, 2014
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good solid value Good location. Nothing fancy, but the staff is attentive (other than forgetting to clean my room one day) and they seem responsive. This hotel undoubtedly gets a lot of wear and tear. It could use a little maintenance and updating. No real problems, however. The breakfast staff in the restaurant were very attentive and friendly. Remembered me from previous stays, and were nice to have around to start my day! July 7, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Beautiful updated room Suite was absolutely beautiful and large. Thank you for upgrading us! July 3, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Relax during a Conference I had a blast and my room was so convenient for me being a new mother July 3, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by comfortable bed /great service we enjoyed our stay and would stay at this location again. July 3, 2014
    Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by New staff not friendly. For the past 4 years our motorcycle group has been staying at this location for the ROT Rally. I want to say Henry the bartender has always been great. We missed Vanessa the evening clerk. Your new staff threatened to have our motorcycles towed away if we park under the awning out front. We have stayed in MANY places and this has never been an issue, especially during a motorcycle rally. I had to park out back and my ipod disappeared. The group rate I was given this year was about $5 dollars under regular price. Our members found better deals on their own. The Texas Free Riders will not be staying here next year. June 29, 2014
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice place to stay It was a nice clean place to stay. I had no problem with the staff. They were responsive to my requests. I was not sure why all three elevators were not working. The last one never seemed move. June 25, 2014
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by nice pool, comfy beds There were some things left behind from a previous occupant. Other than that the room was clean. The beds were comfortable. There was some construction going on in the hotel and on the floor that we stayed on. There was nothing on the website regarding the construction and none of the staff mentioned that before they put us on that floor. The pool area was really pretty. June 23, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by My home away from home I am always greated with a smile and asked what they can do to make my stay better June 23, 2014
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great stay This was the first time I stayed at this hotel. My room was clean and comfortable. The food was pretty good. I ordered 2 different sandwiches during my stay and they were tasty. The only problem I had with the room was that you could hear every time someone came in or out of their room, you could hear the door open and close. But overall it was a nice and restful stay. June 22, 2014
    Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Terrible follow up The initial stay was great. Room was big and very clean. But we had forgotten a set of keys in the room. Initially, they were found the next evening and I was told they would be sent out. 6 phone calls and 2 weeks later we finally got them. It was very frustrating. Don't leave anything behind or you might never get it. June 21, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable bed and great service My stay was very pleasant. the staff were friendly and courteous and very helpful. Breakfast was very good. the bed and pillows were very comfortable and relaxing. June 19, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Henry is the best- give him a raise! :) I would like to compliment Henry, he worked tirelessly to meet everyones needs, from helping with room keys to working at the bar to making sure we had all of our dinner needs met. He worked so hard and was so helpful and friendly at all times! Your BEST employee for sure. The ballroom was WAY TOO HOT!!! Very uncomfortable in there all day long! June 18, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly staff and comfortable beds Overall hotel was very nice. There were some technical problems in the ballroom that caused delays. June 17, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Everything perfect After a 3 hour drive, check-in was a breeze. Room was clean as it was every day during my week-long stay. The bed was exceptionally comfortable. Breakfast choices were plenty. Had made the decision to stay at the hotel at the last minute and I'm glad i did. I'm going to make sure I will stay here every time I'm in Austin June 16, 2014
    Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Muy buen Hotel Desafortunadamente los días que me quedé, había un grupo de motociclistas que no nos dejaron dormir, ya que llegaban a las 3:30 a.m. haciendo mucho ruido con el radio a todo volúmen. Muy incómodo. June 16, 2014
    Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice Hotel The hotel is comfortable and pretty spacious. The rooms are bigger than they usually are at a Holiday Inn. The staff is very friendly, and it was a great overall experience staying there. June 16, 2014
    Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Problems with Check In, Room Access, & Other Items Came to Austin for a Conference at the hotel. After driving 3 hours from Dallas, I was unable to check in because the person taking the reservation for my room took the credit card info, but never asked to authorize the card for the room. I had to call my supervisor on a Saturday evening and hope that he would answer and could send the authorization for the room. It was VERY frustrating. I stayed from Saturday night to Friday night. In that period of time, I was locked out of my room 10 times, had to go back to the lobby, and get new cards. I told the front desk each time but nothing was done about it until the day before my departure when Maintenance finally came to clean the mechanism and calibrate it. I also noticed that my iron had melted plastic on it and asked for another. Two days went by before I approached the front desk and inquired again about a replacement. The food was surprisingly good, but expensive. That is to be expected, you are paying for the convenience. The room and restroom could have used a good thorough cleaning as there were hairs stuck to the door, walls, sink, and toilet. I had planned on swimming in the pool but upon inspection the cloudy water changed my mind. Other than the two gentlemen at the front desk that were inept, the rest of the hotel staff was very good. I would stay there again because the price was fair. I know it isn't a luxury five star hotel but other than the issues mentioned it was decent. June 13, 2014
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