Westin Austin at the Domain isn’t downtown. If you need to be in Downtown Austin, you don’t want to stay here, you would face a 20 minute drive without traffic and heading into the city at peak business times it would be much more.
But if you need to be north of downtown, it’s a good hotel that often prices much less than downtown alternatives.
This four year old hotel is at the back of the Domain outdoor walking mall. There are plenty of restaurants, there’s shopping, and the staff are quite nice.
In some ways it’s fairly non-descript, with standard Westin rooms.
Here was my view waking up in the morning:
The parking lot though gets very full, likely juiced by non-hotel guests. (Parking is free for everyone, as is internet.)
Many readers know that I have a thing about coffee. And I frequently wake up early. One expectation that I have staying at any hotel that purports to be full service is the possibility of coffee in the morning no matter the time. I also don’t like in-room coffee, usually, because I want fresh cream — if it comes as a powder I do not want it.
Interestingly the hotel offers 24 hour room service — but that does not include coffee. I called down one morning before the nearby Starbucks in the Domain shopping center opened. Apparently the front desk staff actually handle overnight room service, they’ve been trained to make sandwiches. But they haven’t been shown how to use the giant machine that creates pots of coffee.
What the front desk staff member who answered the phone didn’t tell me — until I went downstairs to the desk, thinking I’d be speaking to someone other than the person I had called at ‘Service Express’ — was that they can make espresso drinks, because that machine they’ve been trained to use. The very accommodating staff member not only made a couple for me, but insisted I take them for free.
In any case, a good hotel if the location works for you. My rate there was $159 and I was happy with the property at that price point.
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