This would be my first time in Austin, TX. I was working on a project in Downtown and was looking for accommodation close to the job. Hyatt is always on my list to check. It’s just one of these brands I like the most. As their footprint is relatively small compared to others like Marriott or IHG, I always try to find a good Hyatt hotel to stay and check out. The Hyatt Regency was my choice for this visit, as it is close to my project site and I don’t even need a car to commute back and forth, as I can just walk there. I made my reservation through the app on my way to the Hyatt Regency Austin.
After getting dropped off by a co-worker at the Hyatt Regency Austin, I went inside to check-in. The check-in counter is located to the left and easy to find. The front desk agent was ready for me to check me in right away. I asked if I could get an upgrade to a suite and the agent went to the back to double-check. They would have upgraded me to a junior suite on the seventh floor but I stuck with my original assigned floor. A corner king room on the 11th floor. I also got offered a chocolate chip cookie during my check-in.
Elevators are located right behind the front desk. Once you take the elevator up, you will see through the glass walls of the elevator that the hotel has a huge atrium. Because of that, all the rooms are facing outwards. It makes the hotel feel very spacious and roomy.
1 Corner King Guestroom (Room 1101)
The room was perfect. As mentioned it’s a corner room, which gives me a wider view of the Colorado River as the window is wrapped around the corner. I loved this extended view of the river and city. From here you can also look down onto the pool and sundeck.
As usual with Hyatt, the room was very spacious. After entering you have the bathroom to your left with a walk-in shower. Vanity and mirror are located across from the shower.
Right before you enter the bedroom you have a small closet that houses the refrigerator and on top of it the coffee and tea maker, 2 bottles of water, and an ice bucket. The main bedroom features a huge flat-screen TV mounted flush inside its wall-mount. Below starts a counter which turns into a work area to set up your laptop. Power outlets are conveniently reached without crawling under the desk.
Across from the TV is the king-sized bed with a headboard which can be illuminated. On either side of the bed are nightstands with lights and a fold-out reading light. One nightstand carries the in-room phone and the other the alarm clock. Both nightstands have easily accessible power outlets and USB ports.
In front of the window are a sofa and a small laptop stand. There is enough space to walk behind the sofa to enjoy the views from the room. The strangest thing, however, was, even tho I had my room flagged for “privacy”, housekeeping came twice during my 9 days long stay to clean the room. The Hyatt Regency Austin doesn’t use the usual hangers you put on the doorknob. They have an electronic system with two buttons inside the room near the door. You can select between “Privacy” and “Make Up Room”. I was gone all day and twice when I came back housekeeping cleaned the room and turned off the “privacy” button. It’s not a big deal, but if I put up privacy, I would actually like privacy. I am almost certain that housekeeping still knocked on the door before entering, but still.
On the lobby level, you find the Marker 10 restaurant and sushi bar, which also have an outdoor patio with a river view. The fitness center is located on the same floor and also features a partial river/swimming pool view. Inside you find a ton of sophisticated workout equipment for every need. At the Hyatt Regency Austin, you can take part in a 1-hour yoga class which is held once a month. Just ask the concierge for more information. The concierge desk is located across the front desk. You will find the swimming pool and sundeck outside. Reachable by a small hallway near the Marker10 sushi bar.
For some great views, take one of the two left elevators to the 17ths floor. The foyer on the 17th floor gives you an awesome view of Downtown Austin. Sometimes the stairs from the 16th floor to the 17th are locked. Just try to call either one of the two left elevators, which will still take you up there. This floor has a couple of meeting rooms and if there is an event, please don’t disturb it.
The parking garage can be reached from the 2nd floor by walking to the convention center annex of the Hyatt Regency Austin. Once you reach the big lobby at the annex on the second floor, look to your left and you see the elevators to the garage levels. On the second floor, you find as well the South West Bistro, which serves breakfast.
The Hyatt Regency Austin is located directly on the waterfront of the Colorado River. From the patio out back you have a great view of Downtown Austin and also direct access to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The trail runs on both sides of the Colorado River in Downtown Austin. Originally the river posed a flood threat but a dam system was planned and built to control this threat. The wide area of the Colorado River through Downtown Austin is also known as Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake. Just a short walk from the hotel is a kayak rental and a river cruise line.
After my first night, I enjoyed in-room breakfast by ordering it with the small hanger which was laying on my bed. You just check whatever you want and put it outside on your doorknob before midnight. The breakfast got delivered exactly to my selected time.
Breakfast is served at the South West Bistro on the second floor. You can choose between the breakfast buffet and dining ala carte. As this property has no Regency Club, breakfast is complimentary for World of Hyatt Globalists. Just charge it to your room and they will take it off. Check your bill before departing or ask while checking out if the breakfast charges got removed. However, they will only take the charge for breakfast off, if you dine at the South West Bistro. If you do in-room breakfast delivery, this won’t count, neither does a purchase at Starbucks. I had the buffet every time in the morning during my stay and I was usually the first one at the restaurant in the morning. For some reason, it took the staff one week to refill the jar with Frosted Flakes. I didn’t say anything and was curious how long it would take. By Wednesday I had the jar completely emptied but since the first day of my stay, nobody ever refilled the jar. Only on the day of check out, I saw the jar for the first time completely full. Don’t forget to ask for a cup of coffee to go. The staff is more than willing to help you with that.
During the rest of the day, you can dine at Marker10 which is located on the ground floor. There are a bar area and a sushi bar. However, you can order sushi at either bar area or just sit down at one of the many cozy tables and lounge-corners. The staff will take your orders right there. For dinner, I sat down at the bar and asked if I could get the Southwest Alfredo, which is listed on the in-room dining menu. Supposedly it was not available as they don’t have any Alfredo-sauce but the in-room menu mentions a house-made alfredo sauce. The next day I ordered the Southwest Alfredo for in-room dining and it was no problem to get it. It’s weird, that the restaurant downstairs and the in-room dining menu are so different. I had a couple of in-room dinners and delivery was always within the mentioned timeframe and exactly what I ordered.Marker10 also serves the outdoor patio in the back of the hotel, overlooking the Colorado River.
For additional needs, check out the little market store next to the front desk. You can buy small snacks and drinks here as well as other stuff you might need or forgot.
The Hyatt Regency is for sure a great place to stay. Depending on where you have to go, you don’t even need a car. Thanks to all the electric scooters you can find all over the place. There are closer options located in Downtown itself, but then you won’t get the great view of the river and the skyline by night. Service and staff were amazing as usually when you stay at a Hyatt property. The view of my corner room was amazing. I am actually glad I declined the upgrade to a suite on a lower level.
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