Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Your average mid-range chain -- but next to a lake, with easy access to I-35
The Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake offers a decent location at a reasonable cost. Those willing to sacrifice a modern atmosphere and contemporary rooms will find there is plenty to justify staying here.
The property's proximity to the Austin Convention Center and its meeting space makes it well suited to business travelers. That being said, the property could stand to receive a major overhaul in the near future, as the facilities lag behind those at other Holiday Inns in the same city. The hotel is housed in two separate towers dating to the 1960s and 1980s.
Just off I-35, on the edge of Town Lake, towards the eastern edge of Austin’s bustling downtown area
The Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake enjoys a solid location for a hotel in its price point. Rooms facing north and west have decent city and lake views. The trail surrounding Town Lake (also known as Lady Bird Lake) can be taken to enjoy some exercise on this popular corridor or used to access downtown Austin and its myriad of entertainment options.
The rooms, though large, tend to feel somewhat outdated and bland
The rooms have brown and salmon accents, and a wicker-like fabric weave on the headboards, night table, and TV stand. They're not particularly contemporary, unlike at other Holiday Inn properties in Austin, and are showing a little wear (particularly the carpets).
The original building is a hexagonal shape, giving rooms and hallways a quirky shape and feel. The beds are very much 21st century, though, and offer various degrees of firmness to suit different tastes. Room 1407, a King Room, has good views of the city and Town Lake.
A pleasant outdoor pool on a deck overlooking the lake
A lobby bar and a casual restaurant serving three meals
The mid-range Holiday Inn is a safe, if unexciting, bet for travelers on a budget. Rooms are chain-like, with microwaves and mini-fridges, the fitness room is bright and modern, and the outdoor pool is decent, with lake -- and freeway -- views. The location is pretty good for a hotel in this price category -- next to Town Lake, and a short drive from the action in downtown Austin.