Every so often the wife and I treat ourselves to a first class evening in downtown Austin. The Stephen F. Austin InterContinental is hands down our favorite luxury hotel there.
We love the
historical aspect of the building, but it's really the staff there that make it. It starts at the curb with the Valet service...you just feel really comfortable handing your car keys over to this team, knowing that your vehicle will be looked after.
You walk into the lobby (it was not crowded at all when we arrived), and staff at the front desk treat you like an old friend that they're glad to see again. Check in is quick and painless.
Of course, the room was wonderful. The only thing I would change for myself next time is to ask for a room a little further from the elevator, but that's my oversight.
The highlight of our visit was getting to meet some great people in town for the races at the COTA track. We visited in the lounge way longer than we should have :).
You can have the fanciest building in town, but without the team to make everything happen. Well...it's just a landmark.
Whenever we travel, we always stay with an IHG hotel because we know what we're going to get. The InterContinental is a "splurge" for us....but oh so worth it! [Less]