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The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

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701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-3216
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 05/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 05/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#21 of 240 hotels in Austin
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The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Austin and only minutes from nearby attractions and business destinations. Guests can relax in the thoughtfully equipped hotel rooms featuring complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy great hotel amenities including on-site dining, fitness center, and more. In addition, the hotel offers flexible event space for meetings and weddings, perfect for planning your next event.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Paid wifi
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
ATM on site
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
VIP room facilities
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Iron
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Alan wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Room quality was excellent. Very convenient location. But they no longer have a restaurant open except at night. The only breakfast option was "breakfast in a bag". 2nd floor bar is a nice facility and lively at night, but understaffed, and had no published wine by the glass list. Server could not tell us what the actual wines available were.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you Agat1 for taking the time to share your feedback. While I wish you had a better experience, it is feedback like this that we learn from and use to improve. We are working hard to make our hotel a great full service hotel again that so many of our guests have grown so fond of. Sincerely, Rodney Hartfield Rooms Director
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Tracy N wrote a review Jan 2021
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina96 contributions11 helpful votes
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Beautiful historic hotel in a great location — about a 10 minute walk to either the Capitol building or 2nd Street. There are open restaurants nearby and a small local grocer on the next block. The service was great — James (I hope I remembered his name right!) at the front desk was phenomenal. When I needed a fridge, directions or even mentioned that the robe was missing from the room, he was always happy to help. The bed was comfortable and it was nice to have a shower and deep tub with plenty of hot water at a good pressure. I was pleasantly surprised that the smaller queen room I reserved (which was plenty big for me) was a corner room, allowing me to open the curtains and have sunshine streaming in on two sides. FYI there is a mini bar in the room that is empty because of COVID but also doesn’t seem to be that cold. So if you truly need refrigeration, you may want to ask for a fridge. I chose valet parking because it was nearly 8pm when I arrived — the stand is on 7th Street and they tended to my quickly. It did take about 10 minutes to get my car when I left, but they had told me to call ahead and I failed to do that. Apparently, the valets work the hotel across the street as well so I would definitely recommend following their advice to call first!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 6 Feb 2021
Dear Tracy N, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! We are glad to hear that enjoyed the bed and our convenient location. And thank you very much for recognizing one of our team members. We hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Rodney H.
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DudeInDenver wrote a review Nov 2021
Parker, Colorado202 contributions90 helpful votes
This hotel is what you would expect from a high-end classy hotel - great lobby - smooth check-in /check-out - awesome location. My only issue, which is subjective, was the king sized bed was to soft for my taste ( I sleep on a hybrid style bed for reference)
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you DudeInDenver. We truly appreciate you taking your time to write a review. We are pleased that our central downtown location works so well for your. Thank you for acknowledging our great staff, we appreciate it. Sincerely, Rodney H. Rooms Director
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ToonTravels1958 wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom82 contributions69 helpful votes
We spent two nights here at the start of our holiday in Texas. The room was spacious and well appointed with plenty of towels, toiletries, pillows and comfy seating. The coffee machine was in the cupboard under the tv (I nearly missed it!). The bed was great as was the shower. We had a room on the 11th floor and I have to say, it was the quietest hotel I’ve stayed in. We didn’t hear a peep from the traffic below or from other guests. I didn’t even put my earplugs in (this is unprecedented). The gym was good. The staff were excellent - very friendly, cheerful and helpful. It’s a great location, totally central and easy to get to. Austin does have a very obvious problem with street homelessness as well as a very lively cultural and social scene, all of which creates an intense atmosphere - the intercontinental feels wonderfully calm and tranquil by comparison.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you ToonTravels1958 for your excellent review. We are glad to hear that your room was so enjoyable and that you were able to get a good nights rest in peace and quiet. Thank you acknowledging our very friendly, cheerful and helpful staff. We hope you can come back and stay with us on your next visit to Austin. Sincerely, Rodney H. Rooms Director
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DLW5 wrote a review Oct 2021
Baird, Texas11 contributions9 helpful votes
The bar had more appropriate staffing this time and it was overdue. You were killing the bar employees by being understaffed. We love the hotel and as the previous badge used to say: Make Grand hotels Grand again. The stay was great so far as a big clean room in a great location. You need the premium hotel experience back again. There is not excuse for the bar to be open on limited days with limited hours.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Ask for a high floor to minimize street noise.
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Response from Rodney Hartfield, Guest Services / Front Office at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Responded 23 Oct 2021
Dear DLW5, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Making the hotel Grand again is a top priority of ours. We are striving daily to improve and provide our guests an exceptional experience. We hope to welcome you back to our hotel very soon! Sincerely,
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PRICE RANGE
US$158 - US$460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
intercontinental stephen f. austin hotel austin, intercontinental austin
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
LOCATION
United StatesTexasAustinDowntown
NUMBER OF ROOMS
190
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Bad Wolf Ghost Tours (0.1 km), Pete's Dueling Piano Bar (0.4 km), and The Driskill (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood & Crab, and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Austin.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.