InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
Excellent location, historical atmosphere and modern amenities make this hotel tops.
This historic hotel first opened in 1924. Eventually, it closed its doors, and for many years it looked as if it was shut down for good. But a multi-million-dollar renovation brought it back to life at the turn of the millennium. Today, it is popular with business travelers and downtown revelers --- not to mention lobbyists petitioning their causes in the nearby State Capitol complex. Each of the 189 guest rooms and suites is equipped with the expected standard amenities, as well as custom dark-wood furniture and marble baths. Their style is standard, but pleasant, done in soothing earth tones. Key access, Club InterContinental rooms have their own concierge, and suites include the romantic Yellow Rose. Among dining and entertainment venues is the Roaring Fork, a southwestern bistro serving hearty food in a rustic-meets-fine-dining setting. The terrace bar is a true delight if you'd like to enjoy premium cocktails and snacks overlooking the activity on Congress Avenue. The on-site health club is comprehensive, with a heated lap pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. The business center offers all the basics.