Austin Hilton Airport
9515 New Airport Drive
Austin, TX 78719 US
Dave Grossman, HotelMagician.com
If you have a late flight in or an early flight of Austin, the Hilton inside Austin’s Bergstrom’s Airport is the best option going. While the rates struck me as about $30 higher than I expected, that was the last disappointment I had staying here.
The check-in was easy, Hilton Gold status was acknowleged without prompting and an upgrade was offered. The upgraded rooms only add a touch of space and a small couch, however, and all face the inner courtyard so I declined in favor of a room facing the outside so I could have the planes taking off and landing in the background (no, noise was not an issue at all).
The Austin Hilton Airport hotel is shaped in a circle which I liked, if only because I appreciate anything that makes a hotel something other than a standard-issue rectangle. The rooms themselves were quite similar to the rooms at the downtown Hilton Austin – which was perfectly fine for an airport hotel with the slight improvement of a rain showerhead (which I love). The TVs, however, are still old style CRT,
Breakfast has both menu and buffet options. The buffet, priced at $11 as of Dec 2008, ic complimentary if you have Gold or Diamond status with Hilton and was normal hotel buffet fare – eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast and pancakes along with cereal options.
It’s important to note that while the hotel is on airport grounds, it is still about a 3 minute shuttle ride to the terminal and the shuttles run every 15 minutes – so don’t cut it as close as you could in an airport hotel actually attached to the terminal – like the Sheraton Gateway in Toronto is. So not quite as convenient, but your best option in Austin’s airport.
Free wi-fi internet access is available in the lobby area; paid access in the rooms.
I would not hesitate to rebook this hotel if I had another morning flight out of Austin – however, I would suggest this only for a night before or after a flight; it is not convenient at all to downtown despite being relatively close in distance.