By Phillip Pantuso
Austin
Texas
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Though it is the capital of Texas, the city of Austin is perhaps equally as known for the ways in which it’s different from the prevailing traits typically associated with the Lone Star State.  Popularly known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin sparks the creative spirit in anyone who visits, and Austinites are forward-thinking, adventurous, outdoors-loving people interested in maintaining a vibrant local scene while also growing into a bonafide cultural hotbed and a center for technology and business.
   
EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next vacation to the capital of Texas. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) serves the greater Austin area. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com; to do so, please follow this link: (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  Hotel options range from nice and cheap to luxurious to downright funky. When you’re ready to book your accommodations, please refer to the top selections in the hotel portion of our website below. Our number one selection is the Holiday Inn Express for high quality service. Then for assistance booking your hotel just follow this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
   
Upon your arrival in Austin, you will find evidence of the city’s slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” everywhere. The motto refers to the city’s eclectic, liberal lifestyle, as well as sounding as a battle call to maintain the city’s unique flavor by preserving homegrown businesses. A stroll down South Congress is a nice way to get acclimated to the city’s bounty of local, offbeat offerings. A popular shopping spot, “SoCo” features dozens of trendy boutiques, vintage shops, upscale restaurants, wine bars, gift shops and food trailers (a booming trend in Austin).
   
Just a few miles north on Congress Avenue sits the State House. In 1839, Austin was named the capital of the newly independent Republic of Texas, and the building currently serving as the Capitol was completed in 1888, and admission is free year-round. Those interested in delving further into Texas’s eventful history can visit the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, located a few blocks north of the State House.
   
Austin is also well-known for its vibrant nightlife scene. EscapeWizard.com recommends heading downtown to Sixth Street once the sun goes down. A popular locale for all people of drinking age, Sixth Street is lined with bars, nightclubs, and throngs of merrymakers. Extending east of Interstate 35, you can find a more relaxed, hip nightlife scene in the rapidly developing East Sixth District. EscapeWizard.com also recommends stopping into one of the numerous musical venues in the Red River District – Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” after all. And if you are in a movie-watching mood, a stop at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater is a must. In addition to screening popular releases, the Alamo Drafthouse holds many special, often themed, screenings, as well as serving up food and drinks from a full menu. For a calendar of events, as well as a restaurant guide to this foodie town, be sure to check out the Austin Chronicle’s website (http://www.austinchronicle.com/) or pick up a free copy of the weekly.
   
A trip to Austin wouldn’t be complete without exploring some of the city’s outdoor-entertainment options. High up on anyone’s list should be Lady Bird Lake. Actually a reservoir on the Colorado River, “Town Lake,” as it’s popularly called, divides the city into its northern and southern sections, and is lined with parks, running and biking trails. No bike? No problem – you can easily rent one. In the summertime, paddleboats and kayaks are also available to rent. Start at Auditorium Shores Park and go from there. EscapeWizard.com also recommends a visit to Zilker Park, where the Austin City Limits music festival is held every October. Barton Springs Pool, a popular recreational swimming hole fed by a natural spring, is on the south side of the park. If you are interested in hiking and breathtaking vistas, EscapeWizard.com encourages a visit to Mount Bonnell, in the West Austin hills.
   
Austin is an exciting, vibrant city, and EscapeWizard.com can assure that all comers will find something that suits them. The city is served by an extensive bus system and is also eminently drivable. Click the link above to book your next vacation to Austin, Texas with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Austin
By Dana Adkins
Westin Austin
11301 Domain Drive, Austin, TX
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Looking for a short walk to live entertainment, restaurants, shops and much more?  Stop your search here at Westin Austin at The Domain, with not even a 5 minute walk to a bustling hub of culture and fun, this Westin has every convenience to offer a traveler.  Less than 20 minutes from the Airport, the hotel is a great location when traveling for business or pleasure. 

The Westin Austin at The Domain provides numerous rooms for guests depending on one’s preference.  The Traditional Room comes packed with premium comfort, including the signature Westin Heavenly Bed®.  Bed sizes are either a King or two Queens, with a pillow top mattress that will slip you into a slumber as cozy as your own home.  To awaken your senses in the morning, the room is stocked with Starbucks individual brew coffee and teas.  Further, these rooms extend the convenience of High Speed Internet Access, large in-room safes, as well as a 37” flat screen TV when ready to kick back and relax.  Westin Austin also offers an Executive Level Room, Executive Suite, Presidential Suite and a WestinWorkout Room ®.  The workout room adds a treadmill, DVD player with workout DVD’s and other equipment to the Traditional Room layout to give the guest the pleasure of going to the gym without ever leaving the room.

During the hours of 6am and 11pm, head to Westin’s heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi for some relaxation time.  Perch on the lounges and soak in the sun while sipping on a cocktail or munching on snacks from the Urban Restaurant and Lounge on the hotel grounds.  24 hour room service is available for whenever hunger strikes during your stay. For golf lovers, the Avery Ranch Golf Course is only 10 miles from the hotel.  Golf Digest rated it 4.5 stars and as “Best Places to Play” in 2008 and 2009..  Adjacent to the outdoor pool, is a gym available 24 hours and is home to top of the line equipment, as well as flat screen TV’s, water, towels and magazines.  Also offered are mapped running guides to allow you to tour the local area during your workout. 

Morning of checkout, make sure to be at the front desk at 12pm.  Click on this link to begin your search with EscapeWizard.com and enjoy your stay here at the Westin Austin at The Domain (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!
Hotels in Austin
By Leanne Longwill
W Hotel Austin
200 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX
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If you're visiting Austin, you’ll want to stay at the W Hotel in the heart of the city's rock-and-roll 2nd Street District. This hotel is located right next door to the historic Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theatre, home of many of the world's most renowned musical performances. The W offers you style and comfort fit for a rock star. The hotel is located only 11 miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and check-in is at 3 pm. This is a stunning, environmentally-designed hotel with tree-lined sidewalks, weathered steel, exposed concrete, custom-made furnishings, and in-room recycling containers. On top of all that, the W says “P.A.W.”--Pets Are Welcome!
 
At the W, you'll enjoy contemporary luxury in one of its 251 rooms. You can request a city view room, or one with a view of Lady Bird Johnson Lake. Their smoke-free rooms have 40" LCD TVs and wired/wireless high speed internet access. The rooms also have iPod docking clock radios and safety deposit boxes. The W signature beds are heavenly with plush pillow-top mattresses, 300-thread-count linens, and goose down duvets. They even offer you a pillow menu! Each bathroom has Bliss® bath amenities, a hairdryer, water-saving showerheads, and waffle spa robes.

It may be hard to leave your cozy room, but if you do, wander over to the hotel's FIT gym for a workout or the Away Spa to relax and renew. At the WET outdoor pool you can enjoy an energizing swim or just relax on the deck with a lovely martini from the poolside bar. The Living Room offers light fare in an open lobby lounge and Trace offers American cuisine with Texas flavor in a casual, contemporary setting. All of the W's eateries showcase regional spirits, local brews, and locally sourced foods. The W Austin is also a great venue for conferences, weddings, or dinners with seating for up to 600 guests. They also have an outdoor terrace that can connect your meeting space to the Austin City Limits Live next door. Your event will be the talk of the town!
 
When you check out at noon, you can use the Farewell Kiosk to avoid long lines at the front desk and be on your way in minutes. So “Keep Austin Weird,” and keep your W Hotel reservations simple by using EscapeWizard.com to book your stay at this great hotel (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Austin
By Tekisha Slack
Hilton Austin Airport
9515 Hotel Drive, Austin, TX
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The Hilton Austin Airport is a convenient location for weary travelers. Located just off of highway 71 and just seven miles from downtown Austin, the hotel is only two minutes from the passenger terminal of the Austin Bergstrom international Airport. This Hilton is actually the only hotel on the airport’s grounds.

It boasts 262 guestrooms and 11 suites. All guest rooms are available with a king size bed or two double beds, spacious closets and bathrooms with marble vanities, magnifying makeup mirrors and hair dryers. Business travelers will surely appreciate the hotel’s high-speed Internet access, large work desks and multiple two-line telephones with speaker phones, voicemail and data ports. The Hilton wants to make you feel at home so each room also has some at home basics; like ironing board, coffee maker, 27 inch televisions with over 30 channels, HBO® and OnCommand®, AM/FM Alarm Clocks with MP3 connectivity and many other at home features.

For the more leisure traveler, the Hilton Austin Airport location offers two bedroom Hill Country Suites that includes a parlor room connected to a double and king sized room with a balcony that overlooks the hotel’s stunning atrium.  This hotel boasts some great amenities too, such as: an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi spa. Stay fit while traveling using the complimentary PreCor® cardiovascular and resistance training equipment. Other amenities include: 24-hour wireless internet in the atrium, 24-hour business center availability, 24-hour complimentary shuttle to and from Austin Bergstrom International, same-day valet dry cleaning and laundry… just to name a few.

This Hilton location offers guests several different options to wine and dine before, or after your flight. The Creeks Restaurant boasts an award winning chef whose menu offers American cuisine with a Texas flair. Guests can also relax and unwind at the Creeks Lounge where they can pick up beverages and light snacks; there is even a full service Starbucks Café for coffee lovers. Not in the mood to leave your room? In-room dining is available to guests for breakfast lunch and dinner. Additionally, the hotel is only minutes from the city's best shopping that includes Barton Creek Mall, San Marcos Prime and Tanager Outlet Malls, Round Rock Premium Outlet Malls, Lake line Mall, Highland Mall, Arboretum Area, The Domain, and Downtown 2nd Street Shopping

With its close proximity to the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and its convenient location to Downtown Austin, Hilton Austin Airport is the perfect choice for accommodations whether you are traveling to the great city of Austin for business or pleasure. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your room today. Just click on the link to book today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Austin
By Tekisha Slack
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs, Austin, TX
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During your next visit to the Capital city of Texas, make Hyatt Regency Austin your hotel of choice. Located on the shore of the scenic and serene Lady Bird Lake, this Hyatt provides a perfect balance between a calm resort and the hustle and bustle of the city beat.  

The Austin Hyatt Regency has 448 comfortable and modern rooms that have been redesigned. All of the rooms offer a view of downtown Austin and Hill Country. Guests have their choice of King or Double Grand beds and each room also offers a flat screen TV / iHome Stereo and Deluxe bath with Portico products. The Hyatt’s also got you covered with the basics; like ironing board, coffee maker and all the usual features that are offered in a modern hotel room. This Hyatt offers its guests Full service business center, Hyatt Fast Board / PDA Check-in, knowledgeable concierge and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

The Hyatt’s location is a dream for the fitness minded. The lake locale offers the chance to walk; bike or even paddle and canoe around the trail or you can relax by the hotel’s seasonal pool with sundeck.  You can also stay in shape at the Hyatt’s 24 hour StayFitTM fitness center and “Namaste” away with yoga classes.  You will need somewhere to burn off the calories once you take advantage of the hotel’s critically acclaimed dining.  The Hyatt Regency Austin is the home of SWB – Southwest Bistro which offers a sophisticated and contemporary décor with glass walls that overlook the spectacular Austin skyline. The hotel is also just minutes away from many other great bars and restaurants in the downtown area. Feel like staying in? In-room dining is also available to guests.

The Hyatt Regency Austin’s scenic and convenient location is the perfect choice for visitors to the great city of Austin. Use EscapeWizard.com to book your next trip to the ‘Live Music Capital of the World.’ You will not be disappointed, just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Austin
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Arboretum Northwest
10925 Stonelake Boulevard, Austin, TX
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Located in a peaceful, park-like setting, the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Austin Arboretum Northwest is designed to provide you with a relaxing, home-like place to stay while traveling to the Austin, TX area. The location is also extremely convenient for touring the local sites or for business travelers. The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Austin Arboretum Northwest is just a short drive from downtown Austin, and is also close to the Austin Convention Center, the University of Texas, and the Arboretum.

The hotel offers a choice of 97 suites to stay in. All suites have a separate living and bedroom area, a full-size sleeper sofa, and a full kitchen, including refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and stove top, allowing you the convenience of cooking your own meals during your stay. Each suite also has two telephones with voicemail, two flat screen TVs with HD premium channels, and complimentary Neutrogena® bath products. In addition, you will also receive complimentary high speed internet access, laundry/valet services, and USA Today® delivered each weekday morning. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out time is 12 p.m.

There are a number of great and varied dining options in the vicinity of the hotel, including Outback Steakhouse and Pearl's Oyster Bar. The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Austin Arboretum Northwest also offers a complimentary Suite Start™ hot breakfast seven days a week, as well as a Welcome Home® reception, featuring a light meal, wine and beer Monday-Thursday evenings.

This hotel is pet friendly, allowing animals up to 30 lbs. to stay for an extra charge. There is a pool, a basketball court, and a fitness room available to all guests. Business travelers can take advantage of the on-site Business Center, offering photocopying services, fax machine, and audio-visual equipment rental. There are also meeting rooms for your corporate or family events.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Austin Arboretum Northwest is an excellent choice for your short or long-term stay in the Austin area, providing the comforts of home while traveling. Just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Austin
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street, Austin, TX
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The Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol has recently been completely renovated and is now an even more comfortable and exciting place to stay. This large hotel is located right in the heart of the city of Austin, Texas and is close to many of the area’s best attractions, as well as large corporate offices. Nearby you will find the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and IMAX Theatre, the Austin Museum of Art and the Austin Children’s Museum. The South by Southwest Music Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival are held just a mile away. The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and Zilker Botanical Garden are also just a few miles away.

The completely smoke-free guest rooms are a welcome retreat after a day of working or sightseeing. All rooms feature high definition televisions with cable channels, spacious bathrooms and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. You will also find a coffee and tea maker; refrigerators are available upon request. Business travelers will be pleased with the separate desk, free daily newspaper delivery and wake-up service. High speed internet access is available for an extra daily fee. Suites and Sheraton Club rooms are available with additional amenities. Guests can check-in at 3 p.m. and check-out by 12 p.m.

The Sheraton Austin Hotel offers several dining and beverage options in the hotel. There is a Coffee Bar open until 10:00 am, and a Lobby Bar featuring drinks and a bar menu starting at 4:00 pm. You can also try Landmark Restaurant, serving Southwestern inspired meals throughout the day. This casual spot offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

Other features of this hotel include both indoor and outdoor pools, a full24-hour fitness center, and a weight room. There is also a Gift Shop, ATM and 24-hour Business Center, including copy and printing services. Book now through EscapeWizard.com by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).