Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Upper-middle-range chain that's starting to show its years
The Omni Austin Southpark delivers the chain's reputable service for a more affordable price tag in a location that’s outside the city and close to Austin’s main artery, I-35. You'll need a car for this location, as there is almost nothing within walking distance.
The property draws a mix of business travelers and vacationing families, the latter of which most certainly make good use of the hotel’s large outdoor/indoor pool. The circular lobby bar has a grand piano and is popular with business travelers and the happy hour crowd from nearby office buildings. The lobby itself is attractive, with numerous flower and plant arrangements.
Just off I-35, 5 miles south of Downtown Austin and conveniently located near Austin’s tech corridor
Southeast Austin isn't exactly a hub of activity. This mixed business and residential sector is five miles south of Downtown Austin, so a rental car is a must for visitors staying in this area. Several family-oriented attractions are in the vicinity, including shopping malls and movie theaters, but expect to head Downtown for bars, restaurants, and tourist sites.
Comfortable enough, though generic
Rooms are decorated in muted tones -- mostly shades of brown -- and are looking a little dated. Popcorn ceilings are clearly from another era, the carpets and sofas could use replacement, and the wood furniture is run-of-the-mill. Large, dark wooden headboards tend to add to the dated feel, rather than providing the “European” influence the hotel advertises. The comfortable beds are the highlight, with plush white bedding that draws the eye.
Views are mostly of the highways in the vicinity of the hotel, but in some rooms you can make out the distant Austin skyline and Austin Bergstrom Airport.
Casual dining three meals a day at Onion Creek Grille, and libations at the lobby bar
This upper-middle-range chain is popular with business travelers and families, and is located in Southpark, a 5-minute drive south of downtown. The property is a bit dated, and not much is within walking distance, but rooms are clean, with comfortable beds, there's easy highway access, and the big indoor/outdoor pool and Jacuzzi are pluses.