The Omni is an upscale chain geared toward business travelers, with a prime downtown location within walking distance of the Sixth Street entertainment district. The soaring atrium lobby is bright and gleaming, the warm rooms have Texas-inspired decor and flat-screen TVs, and the chic rooftop pool with excellent city views is a notable draw. But most rooms have windows facing the atrium rather than the outside, which means that views are obstructed and privacy can be an issue.
Upscale chain in downtown Austin geared toward business travelers
The Omni principally draws two types of travelers: business travelers, who you'll see scattered around the soaring, gleaming, atrium lobby, and well-heeled couples, who you'll often see congregating at the rooftop pool and bar. Despite the chain's kid-friendly features -- a kids' check-in backpack; loaner toys, books, and games; and milk and cookie delivery on the first night -- families are less common, perhaps due to the hotel's location near the rowdy Sixth Street entertainment district.
Though the hotel's location amid Austin's popular bars, restaurants, and nightclubs is convenient, it can also be noisy; some guests have complained of loud music from nearby clubs and of boisterous guests returning to the hotel after a night out.
Comfortable and modern, with Texas-inspired touches
The Omni's rooms are warm and comfortable, with a blue, yellow and brown color scheme and Texas-inspired touches, like cowhide ottomans and leather studded chairs. The stylish executive suites feature walls plastered with themes that include Texas bluebonnets and windmills. The hotel also has luxury suites, which include Fitness Suites with treadmills and other workout equipment. But some rooms are dated and most overlook the glass-and-steel atrium rather than the outdoors, meaning views are somewhat obstructed and lack of privacy can be an issue.
32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and on-demand movies