InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

4 stars
View map of 701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
44 reviews
Austin is stunning

Beautiful Hotel,great location and amazing staff especially Jamiliah Paschal who was so kind and... See full review

  • mary s.
  • May 9, 2015
Great classic hotel

This is a very good hotel in an excellent location. The staff is very prompt and helpful. I would... See full review

  • Christopher S.
  • May 1, 2015

Affectionately called the "Stephen F" by native Austinites, the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin hotel has flourished in Austin's scene since it opened in 1924. Named for the state's founder, the luxury hotel sweeps guests into its intricately decorated lobby with a grand marble staircase, gold accents and dark wood furniture, restored to keep 1920s classic ambiance in perfect standing. The hotel contains the perfect mix of elegance, convenience and local flavor.

Location

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin is located in downtown Austin, a block from 6th Street.

Dining

Stephen F's Bar & Terrace draws locals and visitors with its high-end, club-like atmosphere and impressive tequila menu. The Terrace serves drinks and appetizers and has outside seating overlooking Congress Avenue and 7th Street. Go for a fine dining experience at the Roaring Fork restaurant, where fresh entrees are cooked over a wood fire.

Rooms

Rooms at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin hotel combine luxury with local flavor by incorporating decorative touches such as framed prints of the Texas state flower and wooden headboards emblazed with a lone star. This adds to the upscale elegance that saturates each room using features like Italian furniture, marble bathrooms with gold accents and French doors in suites. Guests enjoy wireless Internet access throughout the hotel (fees apply).

Property features

The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin hotel's on-site health and fitness center provides guests with plenty of space to work out on state-of-the-art exercise equipment with individual TVs, as well as a heated indoor lap pool, changing rooms and shower facilities. Book a massage or relax in the hotel's Jacuzzi. With an executive club level room, guests enjoy use of the executive floors where they can have breakfast or enjoy a drink.  Valet parking is available (fees apply).

Highlights
  • Spacious fitness center with indoor lap pool
  • Massage treatments available onsite
  • One block from 6th Street nightlife
Nearby attractions
  • 6th Street entertainment (1 block)
  • Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail (.4 mi/.7 km)
  • Congress Avenue Bridge and bats (.5 mi/.8 km)
  • The Capitol Building (.3 mi/.5 km)
  • Bob Bullock Texas History Museum (.8 mi/1.2 km)
Business
  • Business center
  • 6,000 square feet of meeting space
  • High-speed Internet access (fees apply)
Transportation
  • Austin Amtrak Station (.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (6.6 mi/10.7 km)

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Indoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Executive level
Ice machine
Activities
Indoor pool
Tennis
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Room service
Services
Business center
Maid service
Concierge desk
ATM/Cash machine
In-Room Safe
Porters
FAX
White board
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Satellite TV
DVD player
Phone with speaker
Desk with lamp
Mini bar
Free newspaper
Hairdryer in room
Outlet adapters
Cribs available
Temperature control
Ironing board
Bath tub

Hotel Map

30.269 -97.742
Nearby airports
Barton Springs Pool, (AUS), 9.00, MI, E;
Area description
Downtown

Nearby points of interest

  • 6th Street Entertainment District: 0.1 mi
  • St. Marys Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • O. Henry Home and Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Austin City Limits Live: 0.3 mi
  • Austin's Children Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Austin Convention Center: 0.4 mi
  • Texas State Capitol: 0.4 mi
  • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Frank Erwin Center: 0.8 mi
  • The Blanton Museum of Art: 0.9 mi
  • Zach Theater: 1.1 mi
  • Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium: 1.2 mi
  • University of Texas at Austin: 1.2 mi
  • Texas Memorial Museum: 1.4 mi
  • LBJ Presidential Library: 1.4 mi
  • 6th Street Entertainment District: 0.1 mi
  • St. Marys Cathedral: 0.2 mi
  • O. Henry Home and Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Austin City Limits Live: 0.3 mi
  • Austin's Children Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Austin Convention Center: 0.4 mi
  • Texas State Capitol: 0.4 mi
  • Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Frank Erwin Center: 0.8 mi
  • The Blanton Museum of Art: 0.9 mi
  • Zach Theater: 1.1 mi
  • Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium: 1.2 mi
  • University of Texas at Austin: 1.2 mi
  • Texas Memorial Museum: 1.4 mi
  • LBJ Presidential Library: 1.4 mi
  • Umlauf Sculpture Garden: 1.5 mi
  • Zilker Metropolitan Park: 1.7 mi
  • Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail: 1.8 mi
  • Barton Springs Pool: 1.8 mi
  • Zilker Botanical Garden: 1.8 mi
  • Austin Nature and Science Center: 2 mi
  • Town Lake: 2 mi
  • Elisabet Ney Museum: 2.8 mi
  • One World Theater: 3.2 mi
  • Texas Military Forces Museum: 3.3 mi
  • Mayfield Park Cottage: 3.5 mi
  • Mount Bonnell: 4.3 mi
  • McKinney Falls State Park: 6.2 mi
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: 9.8 mi
  • Circuit of the Americas: 11.2 mi
  • Austin Zoo: 11.7 mi
  • Westcave Preserve: 24.4 mi

Dining

Roaring Fork
The Roaring Fork's wood fired cooking captures the spirit of bold American cuisine, creating flavors that crackle with a rugged edge.
The Salt Lick
Thirty minutes from downtown Austin, it is "Bring Your Own Beer" at this venerable cash only, world renowned BBQ spot. Country roads deliver you to a sprawling rustic setting where you will enjoy recipes that date back to the wagon trains of the 1800s. En
Annies Cafe and Bar
The oldest restaurant in downtown Austin serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch. Annies is committed to serving fresh local ingredients and simple classic dishes in an open and relaxed setting. Enjoy freshly baked bread and pastries any tim
Barley Swine
Their talented chefs use a combination of modern and classic technique with artistic planning to create an innovative menu inspired by their friends at the farmers market with their products.
Fonda San Miguel
Austin's premier Mexican restaurant is recognized as one of the best authentic interior Mexican restaurants in the country. The dining spaces are talked about as much as the amazing menu, as the owners collect and display beautiful artwork in the restaura
Hudson's on the Bend
Hudson's on the Bend serves unique steak, wild game, chops and snake dishes. This New American steakhouse is a transformed 50's farmhouse. It is cozy with exotic and innovative dishes and notable wine list.
Stephen F's Bar & Terrace
The Stephen F's Bar & Terrace is consistently voted the Best Hotel Bar in downtown Austin, with a balcony that overlooks Congress Avenue and a gorgeous view of the Texas State Capitol.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (44)

Ratings and reviews for InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
44 out of 44
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.2
Location:
4.7
Value:
3.8

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
GettaRoom
Business
Hawaii
Oct 18, 2011

worn out carpet

I had worn out carpet and a vacuum tube television, but the the Driskill across the street had worn out carpet too, although it had an LCD TV the reception was poor. Both hotels had those annoying refrigerators that are full of $8 dollar beers and $7 peanuts. I think the Bottom line is that they know they have the best location so they don't try to make the rooms that nice. I had several meals at both hotels and they were good but nothing I would call incredible and fairly high priced, the embassy suites up congress two blocks had nice rooms with a huge free breakfast, but not having the location it wasn't quite "it" although these weren't "it" either. In my opinion Austin is lacking in a first class Historic Hotel. A really nice staff doesn't compensate for not keeping the place up.That goes for the Stephen F. and The Driskill.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short drive from hotel

Drive across the river a couple miles and up congress ave and go to the continental club, great music in a decent old bar, and if you can get in, stay at the Austin Motel across the street for about 20% of the cost of this room or the room at the Driskill.Eat at the Magnolia cafe or try a Franz hamburger. in one weekend you would save enough money to buy a nice high end pair of cowboy boots at Allen Boots up the street two blocks.All within walking distance of the Austin Motel.

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mary Jane
Business
New Jersey, USA
Sep 13, 2011

In the heart of downtown

This hotel is right smack in the middle from all the action, on the east and west side. Want something more rowdy with great drinks and amazing live music? Head on over to East 6th St. Want to chill? Go in the opposite direction on the West side. It's all within walking distance. If you have a car, you can easily head on over to South Austin, where there's plenty to boast of there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Selective
Business
New York, NY
Jun 1, 2011

Great hotel

Attended a wedding off premises

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Great location right downtown.

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York
May 15, 2011

Leisure Trip to Austin

The hotel is great and the staff is wonderful and helpful. The location can't be beat. It's close to 6th Street and UT. Taxis aren't expensive, but it's better to drive in any case. I totally recommend the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Futterwoman
Business
Dallas, TX
Apr 5, 2011

Relaxing get away

I was in Austin to testify for the Meningitis Vaccine Bill being presented before the Senate. I was alone. I enjoyed the location and the hotel amenities very much. The internet service was slow and unreliable, however the hotel did credit my bill. Room service was very expensive.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
PattyH
Business
Suwanee, GA
Mar 8, 2011

Gorgeous hotel

This hotel is beautiful and it's right in the middle of all the nightlife action. Parking is VERY high, if you don't mind your car being parked outside - there is a city parking lot right across the street from the hotel entrance and it's only $8 for overnight. Eat at Hickory Street which is also across the street - it had great food!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

If you have time and want to experience a Texas Rodeo; visit Tejas Rodeo Company @ 401 Obst Road Bulverde, Texas 78163. It was a great time, you can drink, dine, dance under the starts and you can even ride a mechanical bull.

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
orlando, fl
Mar 4, 2011

The bad, and the really ugly

Ended up in smallest room of the house... I had other expectations because I am a repeat customer. Never again sorry

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Austin
Feb 14, 2011

Great Atmosphere!

The service was great, the room was clear, and the bed was very comfortable!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Claremont, California
Jan 2, 2011

Not Bad, Not Great

The Hotel is charming and clean. The staff were all polite and profesional. The location is right downtown walking distance to the Capital and the all of downtown resturants and bars. Room service was good and priced like any good hotel (expensive).Motel 6 has better TV's. Probably the worst TV I have ever seen. The shower was very poor, low water pressure and not what you would expect from a "good" hotel. No gift shop. Bed was "make your back sore" soft. This is no Hilton.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Lots of bars with plenty of character.

Review of InterContinental STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
gino the traveling dentist
Business
austin, tx
Dec 19, 2010

great value for the location

the hoyel was beautiful and quiet when it needed to be. The room had everything I needed and the bathroom was exceptional.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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