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In a cool historic building with a fun terrace bar and decent dining options
The InterContinental occupies a restored historic building three blocks from Austin's Capitol building in the heart of the city's business and entertainment district. As such, it caters largely to business travelers (which makes it surprising to know the business center is fee-based).
The lobby is highlighted by its old-style front desk featuring wooden cubbyholes and a grand staircase leading to the second-floor meeting spaces. There are several seating areas graced with portraits of local historical figures to add extra historic charm. The Club InterContinental and Roaring Fork provide the ground floor dining options. The latter is well-regarded among Austinites and visitors alike. The Club InterContinental is where "the suits" gather to talk business over a meal.
The second floor overlooks the lobby and is the site of adjoining meeting spaces and one of Austin's best patio bars, Stephen F's Bar & Terrace. There is indoor seating as well, but the view over adjacent streets and toward the Capitol from the patio usually keeps patrons outside.
Rooms were renovated in 2013. Stylish and comfortable, they feature flat-screen TVs and excellent beds. A warm color palate of deep reds, cream, and dark wood give the space a cozy ambiance, and accent wallpaper provides historical character.
In the heart of downtown Austin close to historical attractions and entertainment
The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin is close to the action in downtown Austin and located on one of the city's most historical streets. (Congress Avenue lies at the core of Austin's fabled history.) From here, it's just a block to the bustling Sixth Street entertainment district or a couple of blocks to the Austin Warehouse district. The State Capitol is just three blocks away.
This part of town is flanked by numerous hi-rise office buildings, but is also in close proximity to Austin's vibrant nightlife scene.
Comfortable and stylish, with historical character
Renovated in 2013, the rooms at the InterContinental are stylish and comfortable. A cozy ambiance is created by a warm color palate of deep reds, creams, and dark woods. Accent walls provide historical character and interest. Amenities are solid, including comfortable beds and flat-screen TVs. Some of the standard rooms face uninteresting views of a neighboring building. The bathrooms are clean, but leave something to be desired with nothing more than a wash basin and no countertop.
There's plenty of meeting space on the second floor, though the pool and fitness center are unfortunately located in the basement.
Guests booking a room on the Club InterContinental floor or at Club InterContinental rate enjoy access to Club InterContinental Lounge, with free breakfast buffet, free snacks, Wi-Fi, and check-in privileges. The Club InterContinental is located on the first floor next to the front desk.
Well-regarded restaurants and bars popular with locals and visitors alike
The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin occupies a historic building in a great location in the heart of downtown Austin. Renovated in 2013, its 189 rooms are stylish and comfortable, but its amenities (basement fitness center and lap pool) pale slightly in comparison to those of nearby competitors. If a large rooftop pool and bright fitness center are important to you, you're better off staying at the Omni just down the street. If staying somewhere historic is a priority, The Driskill (also down the street) is another option. The InterContinental's prices are often a bit lower than nearby competitors', though, so a good deal may just make it worth your while.