Hotel review

Fairmont Austin – Business Traveler

The ground floor Fulton Lounge Bar offers small plates and music-inspired cocktails under a large oak tree (supposedly a replica of the oldest oak tree in Texas) dotted with fairy lights, which bathes guests in a blue and green lighting.

The food court-style Revue is described as a “journey through distinct culinary worlds,” but reminded me of a western movie set and was a bit kitschy. At breakfast, it offers a traditional American buffet as well as a la carte dishes, while its dinner menu includes Italian and Asian dishes.

It was very understaffed when we visited and we waited in line for 30 minutes before a member of staff even addressed the (probably far too patient) guests. At this point we were told that there were no tables available which was not true. We reported several free tables and given that it was buffet service, we couldn’t understand why we had to wait any longer.

A few crosswords were exchanged (blame the hungry nature of the guests), and we picked it up and swapped it with another table in our group. It really wasn’t worth it, so I had breakfast the next morning.

Also on the ground floor is the Good Things boutique, which offers coffee, pastries, gifts, and travel essentials, and the upscale Garrison Steakhouse.

Rules and Regs on the seventh floor was my favorite spot because it offers views of the Austin cityscape, delicious Latin-inspired light bites, and fun cocktails. It serves a Tex Mex-style brunch on the weekends and light snacks Wednesday through Sunday.

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