The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

Austin, Texas

Virgin rating

The hotel

If you’ve got a passion for music and art, then this is the hotel for you. Situated centrally in the Live Music Capital of the World, with an art deco feel to the hotel, the Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta is an iconic building that has been a staple of the Austin skyline for almost a century. The artistic creativity isn’t doesn’t stop with the beautiful décor, but extends to the handcrafted cocktails and innovative cuisine. Featuring the only outdoor dining terrace on Congress Avenue, you can enjoy breakfast whilst looking out into the city as the dawn breaks, or enjoy a sundowner at the end of a busy day, all with the fresh air on your face. The hotel is within steps of Austin’s State Capitol building and within easy reach of other attractions including Sixth Street, where you’ll never be short of live music to entertain you late into the night. 

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking

Where is it

On Congress Avenue, in the heart of Austin, steps from Austin's State Capitol building. Transfer time from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: Approx. 15 mins.

Hotel information

190 beautifully appointed rooms and suites with sophisticated décor, all featuring complimentary WiFi, cable TV, coffee/tea making facilities, bath robe, hairdryer, and mini bar*.

Deluxe rooms with either 1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults. 


Preferred rooms are larger in size, featuring a seating area with sofa bed, lounge chair and table, and either 1 king-size bed or 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

One Bedroom Suite featuring a separate living area with sofa bed, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults.


In-room dining services are temporarily suspended. Restaurant and Bar are operating with a limited menu and adjusted hours. Grab n Go in the Lobby is available 24 hours a day. 

The Mezzanine (serving breakfast on an outdoor terrace, with grab ‘n’ go options also available). Roaring Fork (Old-west inspired cuisine, serving lunch and dinner). Stephen F’s Bar (with outdoor terrace, open Thurs-Sat). 

Indoor swimming pool and hot tub. Fitness centre. Austin Jogging routes.

Complimentary WiFi. Room Service (temporarily suspended). Valet parking from $49 plus tax per day (payable locally, fee subject to change). 

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice hotel for a quick overnighter!

May 17, 2022 BuenViaje68 Tempe, Arizona

I stayed at this hotel for a quick overnighter. I had a King Deluxe Room on the 5th floor. The room was clean and had plenty of space including a chair, sofa, ottoman, and desk. The bathroom was fine with a pedestal sink, shower, and makeup desk area. Check in was simple and the staff was friendly. There is a Roaring Fork restaurant on the… Read more
I stayed at this hotel for a quick overnighter. I had a King Deluxe Room on the 5th floor. The room was clean and had plenty of space including a chair, sofa, ottoman, and desk. The bathroom was fine with a pedestal sink, shower, and makeup desk area. Check in was simple and the staff was friendly. There is a Roaring Fork restaurant on the ground level. I had a very nice steak from this restaurant. Location is at 7th Street and Congress. It’s very close to 6th Street where I was able to find lots of bars and live music…even on a Monday night! The only downside is they don’t serve breakfast on Monday and Tuesday mornings, so that wasn’t great. The work-out facilities were nice a spacious in their basement. I would definitely stay here again on my next visit to Austin. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not business focused

May 4, 2022 Fearless38837 Lemont, Illinois

I was there for a business meeting and was not given the discount rate. Asked 5 different people and all said they would take care of it. But at check out it was sorry we can not accommodate your request. If I booked on line I would save more than the rate I was charged. Very basic room at a premium price, I would not stay here unless I had to… Read more
I was there for a business meeting and was not given the discount rate. Asked 5 different people and all said they would take care of it. But at check out it was sorry we can not accommodate your request. If I booked on line I would save more than the rate I was charged. Very basic room at a premium price, I would not stay here unless I had to go to another conference. Staff was nice but unhelpful Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent lap pool and health club

May 2, 2022 drjeff Boston, Massachusetts

I stayed here because they had a lap pool in the basement gym. Pool and gym were great. Pool is long enough to get a good work out. Gym is well equipped with a locker room. Hotel is not huge more like a boutique with an excellent location in the center of Austin so it’s possible to walk to a lot of sites . Service in the hotel was good. Our room… Read more
I stayed here because they had a lap pool in the basement gym. Pool and gym were great. Pool is long enough to get a good work out. Gym is well equipped with a locker room. Hotel is not huge more like a boutique with an excellent location in the center of Austin so it’s possible to walk to a lot of sites . Service in the hotel was good. Our room was not available at check in so we paid $25.00 for an upgrade and had a mini suite with a large bathroom. Rooms were in good condition and clean. Price was a bit steep. Parking is $52 per night. If you have AAA they discount it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect location and service

Apr 26, 2022 wee_lassy_eats_world Panama

Superb location. You cannot fault it. Despite being so close to the “action”, we didn’t hear any noise from our room… whether that was from the street or internally. Ie doors banging shut. Top 5 most efficient check in/ out’s we’ve experienced, EVER! 60’seconds and we were checked out and in a cab to the airport. Service was with a smile no… Read more
Superb location. You cannot fault it. Despite being so close to the “action”, we didn’t hear any noise from our room… whether that was from the street or internally. Ie doors banging shut. Top 5 most efficient check in/ out’s we’ve experienced, EVER! 60’seconds and we were checked out and in a cab to the airport. Service was with a smile no matter the question or need. Breakfast was a little limited in choice but what was there, hit the mark. Good sized room with seating area and everything worked! Bathroom had decent pressure in the shower, nice towels, etc. toiletries were 3* but no biggie. Roaring fork onsite had a great atmosphere/ food/ drinks. Bar on 1st floor has a beautiful terrace for drinks. No food available after 10pm but they have crisps, etc downstairs you can buy. And everything on your doorstep until late, so no issue. Very pleasant stay and would book again, no question Read less
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Apr 25, 2022 tagary3

The location of the hotel is ideal and met the needs of my one night stay. My room was clean and tidy however the view afforded from the windows was less than expected as I had chosen the preferred option. Looking out over A/C units was not what I expected. The lack of an inhouse hotel channel on the TV was surprising as was the inability to… Read more
The location of the hotel is ideal and met the needs of my one night stay. My room was clean and tidy however the view afforded from the windows was less than expected as I had chosen the preferred option. Looking out over A/C units was not what I expected. The lack of an inhouse hotel channel on the TV was surprising as was the inability to check out directly from my room. No PPV option either so I had to peruse the Dish network offerings to pass time until I left for the JBJ concert. As for in room beverages, the only option was a Keurig type coffeemaker but the coffee offered was not to my liking, its taste was less than ideal. No alcoholic beverages available ensuite which is fine by me as I don't avail myself of them whenever I stay at a hotel but others may. I have not travelled since early 2020 but the occasions prior to that the hotels I had stayed at provided free bottled water - The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel did not. The staff I interacted with were very pleasant and professional but the room services offered lacked in my opinion. Overall for the price paid for the room I left a little underwhelmed. Would I stay again? Possibly but I would check out other hotels first before committing. Read less