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Hotwire Hotel: Please help me indentify a 3* Downtown Austin and Town Lake area hotel

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I am doing a search including two guests, May 5 - 9.

Amenities:

Airport Shuttle, Fitness Center, Restaurant(s), Laundry Facilities (self-service), High-Speed Internet Access

I am thinking it is the Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake. Any other ideas? TIA! :)

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My guess would be the Holiday Inn Town Lake, which has been seen with this amenity set.

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I ended up not booking this room, but have some backups in place. I will complete the thread before we leave.

I'm curious, though. My husband and I travel to many cities in the USA, but I have never encountered a city where hotel rooms are at such a high nightly rate. Most 3 - 4* rooms are well over $200.00 Is this the norm for Austin? Am I missing something...is something going on during this time? I have been pricing rooms in Austin for well over six weeks. Room rates seem to be going up during our visit dates, rather than falling. I'm glad I have the backups in place.

Any info/experience from others regarding Austin would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Austin isn't usually that expensive. I'm not sure what is happening during these specific dates, but it could be something at a nearby university or college.

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When I started this thread, the room in question was going for $148.00, it was a one day sale. Since then, the rate for the same hotel (I believe) has been over $200.00. I believe the hotel is the Holiday Inn.

I checked the UT graduation ceremony schedule and they don't start until after we leave. I dunno'...maybe folks roll into town early for that? Huge university, so lots of people!

I have back-ups for...

The Holiday Inn- AUSTIN-TOWN LAKE:

Sat 5 May 2012 - $190.00 (USD)

1 room(s)

Sun 6 May 2012 - Tue 8 May 2012 $171.00 (USD)

1 room(s)

Tax: $105.45 (USD)

Estimated Total Price: $808.45 (USD)

Residence Inn Marriot:

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - Wednesday, May 9, 2012 ( 4 nights ) 288.00

AAA rate, AAA membership card required

Estimated government taxes and fees 43.20

Total for stay (for all rooms) 1,324.80 <-----TOO MUCH!! I need to save my money for Europe this summer! I have a lot of Marriot gift cards, but I'm not going to waste them on this. Need to cancel!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area:

Rate Information:

Rate Type: AAA RATE

Rate per night: 129.00 USD

Total for Stay per Room:

Rate 516.00 USD

Taxes 77.40 USD

Total 593.40 USD Decent rate, but the location might be a little too far from the action. We prefer to walk or cab it, I don't want to rent a car.

Total for Stay: 593.40 USD

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We ended up staying at the The Holiday Inn- AUSTIN-TOWN LAKE. $808.45 (USD) for the four nights. Nice stay, but kind of pricey!

I never figured out why the room rates in Austin were so high during our stay...besides Cinco de Mayo, a street fair downtown, and a big softball tournament over the weekend. Didn't see a whole lot else going on.

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We ended up staying at the The Holiday Inn- AUSTIN-TOWN LAKE. $808.45 (USD) for the four nights.

Was this a hotel direct purchase or thru PRICELINE / HOTWIRE?

While perhaps none of the events you listed were large by themselves, collectively all three happening at once may have made this a difficult win.

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Was this a hotel direct purchase or thru PRICELINE / HOTWIRE?

While perhaps none of the events you listed were large by themselves, collectively all three happening at once may have made this a difficult win.

No, this was a direct purchase through Holiday Inn. As I continued to check the Hotwire rates before our trip, the nightly rate (which I believe was for The Holiday Inn- AUSTIN-TOWN LAKE) never went below the cost of making the reservation directly with the hotel.

I believe you are correct, thereuare ...collectively, a lot of rooms were purchased for these days. There were some "conventioneers" roaming about the city, as well.

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