The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is a business-oriented hotel with a soaring Texas-sized atrium ensconced in the heart of the city that delivers a solid if less memorable room than the striking interior design.

The Texas capital is blessed with inexpensive and user-friendly public transportation to the downtown core so happily hopped on the #100 bus for the 20-minute ride to the nearest stop to the Omni which is at 4th Street & Trinity Street leaving a short 4-block walk to the hotel. For USD$1.75 one way this service has to be one of the biggest values in airport transportation I’ve encountered in my travels but worth noting is that this is a regular city bus so without special features such as luggage racks making travelling light advantageous.

Stepping into the Omni’s lobby with its long granite reception desk and enormous open-air interior atrium makes for a memorable first impression.

The glass elevator ride to my tenth floor deluxe room offered a good look at the atrium.

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The Atrium Lounge on the left in the photo below is a good place to meet for drinks after a day of meetings and is flanked by Ancho’s, a restaurant with its Southwest inspired menu.

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The above photo is taken from the second floor business center that has guest-use computer terminals for complimentary airline online check in and a pay-per-use internet set-up.

The deluxe room featured two queen beds and offered a good city view on a cloudy day.

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A desk next to the window has several plug-ins which is handy for plugging in laptops or recharging smart phones but the plug was loose and no amount of wiggling would create a solid connection so ended up plugging my devices into the wall socket instead.

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The Classic Deluxe room décor is a little dated and could be updated to lend a more contemporary and less classic look.

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For a four-star hotel there were a few quirks about the room that were a little unexpected including no exhaust fan in the bathroom making for a steamy room after a hot shower and a closet immediately inside the room whose doors would come into contact with the hallway door if both were opened at the same time.

Despite these quirks however the room was quiet enough to offer a good night’s sleep which is one of the most important factors for this very light sleeper.

I had a small window of free time during my three night to visit the heated rooftop pool with its sweeping city views but was foiled by a lightning alert that closed the pool for safety sake. Having been burned on a few pool decks over the years I thought I’d not risk Mother Nature’s ultimate burn and relaxed in the Atrium Lounge instead.

The location of the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is excellent with Congress Avenue, Austin’s main downtown artery which leads to the Texas capitol building, a two block stroll. Sixth Street with it’s vibrant nightlife and live music venues that Austin is famous for is also in very close proximity to the hotel with the rest of the city center an easy amble away making a car rental unnecessary.  

I would recommend joining the Omni Select Guest loyalty program as it rewards every member with free in-room Wi-Fi, a pressing service and morning juices or coffee delivered to the room.

There was a small billing error with my hotel rate but it was handled with a visit to the front desk and the staff there and everywhere I encountered them were universally helpful, polite and friendly so despite a few small issues the overall marks for this hotel are high but could be higher if the rooms were refreshed.