InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Downtown, Austin, Texas

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Pros

  • Excellent downtown location near attractions and entertainment
  • Good restaurants and fun patio bar overlooking the street
  • Nicely equipped fitness center
  • Comfortable rooms with nice beds and flat-screen TVs
  • Well-preserved historical building
  • Lap pool (located in basement)

Cons

  • Paid business center; no free in-room Internet
  • Valet parking only, for a fee

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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.

 Location

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.

  • 20-minute drive to Austin Bergstrom International Airport
  • 5-minute walk to Sixth Street entertainment district
  • 5-minute walk to the Texas State Capitol
  • 10-minute walk to Congress Avenue Bridge, home to the largest urban bat colony in North America
  • 10-minute walk to 2nd Street entertainment district
  • 12-minute walk to Austin City Limits at The Moody Theater
  • 5-minute drive to Frank Erwin Center
  • 6-minute drive to Blanton Museum of Art
  • 7-minute drive to Mike A. Myers Stadium
  • 7-minute drive to LBJ Presidential Library

 Rooms

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.

 Features

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.

 Food

Well-regarded restaurants and bars popular with locals and visitors alike

  • Roaring Fork, a Western-style bistro and bar, is open for lunch and dinner
  • Stephen F.’s Bar & Terrace features a wrap-around, second-story patio with Capitol views, and serves light fare; also has a selection of fine cigars
  • Club InterContinental serves free breakfast and snacks for select guests with access
  • Room service until late

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

Address

  • 701 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701

Room Types

  • Club Deluxe King Room
  • Club Executive King Room
  • Club Executive Suite
  • Club Queen Room
  • Deluxe King Junior Suite
  • Deluxe King Room
  • Deluxe Queen Accessible Room
  • Deluxe Queen Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • King Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Accessible Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Superior Double Room
  • Traditional Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 189
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown, Austin
Address: 701 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
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