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.