Intercontinenal Stephen F. Austin
Austin, TX 78701
Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin (named for the state’s founder) is a stone’s throw from the Texas State Capitol Building, and the city’s power brokers regularly meet on its upstairs terrace for drinks, bargaining, and a taste of Chef Patrick Newman’s upscale Texas-style bar food (think ancho shrimp and five-spice quail) at Stephen F’s. Travelers in the know enjoy the perks of staying at an international chain (reward points, ahem) with an ample dose of local charm—the hotel was originally constructed in 1924 and has historic landmark status. Intercontinental club members can enjoy complimentary Champagne at teatime, cocktails at happy hour, and a breakfast buffet for the morning after. And all guests can take advantage of the whirlpool, heated lap pool, and extensive fitness equipment.