When you're planning a night of revelry on 6th Street, you want to make sure you have a comfortable bed to come home to at night. All of these hotels have great beds, and many of them have other out-of-the-ordinary services to attract and keep you as a loyal customer.
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Located across the street from Antone’s, one of the best music venues in Austin, the Westin (310 East 5th Street, 512-391-2333) offers attentive service and luxurious rooms (see full review of the Westin). Floor-to-ceiling windows in most rooms provide breathtaking views of downtown. If you want to see live music on 6th Street but aren’t sure where to go, check in with concierge Dave Dart. He stays up-to-date on the ever-evolving downtown music scene. After a night on the town, the hotel’s calming Zen-like atmosphere helps you wind down. And the Jacuzzi tub will gently pummel you back to life the next
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In some ways, the Driskill (604 Brazos Street, 512-439-1234) represents the Texas many people imagine. The lobby is laden with marble and a majestic staircase. Chairs are covered in spotted cowhide. Sparkly chandeliers dangle over the check-in area. That over-the-top luxury is slightly less evident in the rooms, however. The hotel was originally built in 1886 without many modern amenities. Over the years, the addition of larger closets, TVs and other updates have made some of the rooms a little cramped. The beds are incredibly comfortable, though. In addition to the proximity to 6th Street, you’ll have easy access to the Driskill Bar, a piano bar that always attracts an eclectic clientele.
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The Omni (700 San Jacinto, 512-476-3700) is basically two buildings in one, with offices on one side and hotel rooms on the other. The space in between is an open, airy atrium with sky-high ceilings. A rooftop pool and bar has amazing views. There is also a bar in the lobby, along with Ancho’s, a casual restaurant serving excellent Southwestern cuisine. Most non-suite rooms are on the smallish side, but the beds in all the rooms are extra tall and cushy.
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For those mixing business with pleasure, the Hilton Austin (500 East 4th Street, 512-482-8000) is ideally situated between the Austin Convention Center and 6th Street. Regular guests rave about the Hilton Serenity beds and the large size of the rooms. For conference attendees and organizers, the hotel boasts a 26,000-square-foot ballroom, one of the largest spaces available in the heart of downtown Austin. About the only complaint you’ll hear from guests is that parking is expensive.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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A little more affordable than downtown luxury hotels, Residence Inn (300 East 4th Street, 512-236-8008). The free hot breakfast also gives your budget a break. The rooms are similar to small apartments with fully equipped kitchens. The full-sized refrigerators mean you can bring your own food and minimize spending at expensive downtown restaurants. Plus, the hotel is pet-friendly. The indoor pool lets you take a refreshing dip regardless of the weather. The on-site restaurant, Champion Sports Bar, is nothing fancy, but it’s a good place to grab a bite and watch a game.
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Although physically connected to the Residence Inn, the Courtyard Austin Downtown (300 East 4th Street, 512-236-8008) has a distinct style and slightly more upscale amenities than the Residence Inn. Although the rooms have fairly thick walls and blackout curtains, some street noise still seeps through on the lower floors. Request a higher floor for fewer noise problems and better views.
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The 17-story Hyatt Place (211 East 3rd Street, 512 476 4440) is a mid-priced hotel with free breakfast and free wi-fi throughout the property. The on-site Gallery Market offers a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches and salads for your convenience. A small indoor pool is available for guests, as well as a fitness center with cardio equipment and weight machines. All rooms have signature Hyatt Grand Beds, and some also have a sofa bed.
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A landmark on Congress Avenue for 60 years, the Stephen F. Austin (701 Congress Avenue, 512-457-8800) offers a hard-to-beat mix of luxury and location. The historic Paramount Theatre is right next door, and 6th Street is only a short walk away. At every price point, guests value one amenity the most: the bed. The Stephen F. Austin has some of the most decadently comfortable beds in town. The spacious second-floor bar is a favorite meeting place for political and business leaders. A huge wrap-around balcony overlooks Congress Avenue. The on-site Roaring Fork restaurant serves up creative variations of American classics such as pork chops and roasted chicken.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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One of the most reasonably priced hotels in downtown Austin, the Holiday Inn Express (805 Neches Street, 512-474-8600) provides spacious, no-frills rooms just a few blocks from 6th Street. The hotel has a surprisingly large outdoor pool, considering the property’s downtown location. A word of warning on a sensitive topic: if you’ll be walking to and from the hotel, make sure you map out your route to avoid the homeless shelter just south of the hotel near Neches and 8th Street. Even though most of the people seeking the shelter’s assistance are completely harmless, it can be disconcerting to unexpectedly come upon a group of people sleeping on the sidewalk late at night.
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Though it’s a few blocks away from 6th Street, the JW Marriott (110 East 2nd Street, 512-474-4777) is worth the walk. On the other hand, the hotel is very close to the 2nd Street shopping district and the Congress bat bridge. The open-air bar on the ground floor is a great place to start your evening when the weather is pleasant. Rooms on the upper floors have amazing views of both Lady Bird Lake and the rest of downtown.