Located by the Highland Mall way north of the University of Texas (UT) campus, it is far from being anywhere close to "Midtown". A bus or train ride into town takes 25-35 minutes, depending on the time of day.
The Highland Mall is dying a slow death with entire mall buildings vacated. There is nothing to do nearby - even the few chain restaurants in the area can be a challenge to get to if you don't have a car - the area is bordered by highways and fly-overs.
The Highland Mall Station of the Austin Metro Red-line arrives at the oppsite corner of the huge open lot, a 10 minute walk away. There is no shuttle from the hotel to the Metro sation.
The Austin Metro (www.capmetro.org) runs a decent service and you can plan your trip online - it will offer 1-3 suggestions according to the date and time selected. While the #10 bus will pick you up a short distance away from the hotel, it will not drop you off at the same spot coming back.
The quality of the hotel was OK for a Holiday Inn. Free Wi-Fi in-room was a plus. The "Business Center" is a small open space located by the reception with two PCs for free Internet Access and a printer. One of the PCs was not working for 4 of the 5 days we were there. The second had an anti-malware 'watchdog' that was malfunctioning on the 4th day (could not even get onto safe sites such as Google.com) and the reception staff had no idea what to do to correct the issue.
The bedroom was quite spacious but the bathroom was small - only 1 person can be in it at any one time.
The in-room a/c unit can be somewhat noisy when it kicks in to keep the room at the temperature that you set. The sound is loud enough to wake up a light sleeper.
Summary: Unless you are attending a conference at the hotel itself, there is really no reason to pick this location - there are cheaper motels and lodges nearby.
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- Radisson Austin
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