Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Modern business hotel for travelers who don't mind driving
The Holiday Inn Austin Midtown -- which was purchased from a competing hotel chain, re-branded, and remodeled -- is enjoying a new lease on life. The decor is sophisticated and contemporary, thanks to renovations completed in 2011, although a few vestiges of the old property remain -- mainly hardware like window frames, and the building's exterior. The area can feel a little sketchy, so this hotel is best-suited to business travelers with their own transportation who don't need to walk anywhere, or prefer to host meetings and events at the hotel. The property has 13,000 square feet of meeting space and six meeting rooms, the largest of which can hold up to 700 people. Highway access is convenient, for those who need to get to downtown Austin.
In North Austin, just of I-35, in a business and lower-income neighborhood, behind one of Austin's now-defunct shopping malls
The Holiday Inn Midtown lies well north of Austin, just off one of its main arteries. Its location is certainly one of its biggest drawbacks, as you'll find virtually nothing in the way of places to walk to. Some rooms have views of the city, off in the distance beyond the highway, while others front the large, empty parking lot and abandoned stores of what was once one of the city's most important shopping complexes. The somewhat seedy nature of this part of town becomes evident if you drive around nearby streets, though might be easy to miss if you stick to the corridor between the hotel and main highways.
Large, bright rooms, with sleek, slightly retro decor
It might feel like you've stepped in to an episode of Mad Men when you first walk in to the room. There are several elements of updated 1960s style, including oversize lamps, geometric art, an avocado-colored sectional chaise lounge, and (in some) a brightly colored striped chair. The beds and pillows are very much 21st century, and the beds can be adjusted to different levels of firmness. The decor blends well with the building's original architecture.
Although located in a slightly sketchy neighborhood, opposite a shopping mall whose glory days are long-gone, this property's spacious, bright rooms are far more sophisticated than you might expect from a Holiday Inn. But it's a little far from the action and attractions downtown.