Happy November! Paul and I just returned from a week in Austin, Texas and will have lots of great things to share with you from our visit. We were so lucky to be able to stay at the JW Marriott Austin right in the heart of downtown. The hotel was built from the ground-up and recently opened this past summer.
In terms of location, we were never more than a $5-10 Uber ride from all the great shops on South Congress or the bars around town. We could easily walk to dinner and some of the major shopping districts around Austin.
A DIY Margarita Bar with Chips + Homemade Salsa welcomed me in my room!
The Room – Our spacious Concierge Level King Room on the 32nd floor was modern, yet cozy with dark wood furniture, leather accents, Austin-inspired art and a glass and marble bathroom. Our suite also offered plush bathrobes, slippers, an in-room safe, coffee & tea maker and nightly turndown service.
We never felt cramped and the space was efficiently used
The view from our room on the 32nd floor of the JW Marriott Austin
Osteria Pronto – If you’re a pasta-lover like me, dinner or lunch at the on-site Italian restaurat Osteria Pronto inside the JW Marriott Austin is a must! All the pasta is housemade and features luscious sauces that lets the pasta shine.
Upon arrival, I stopped into Osteria Pronto for lunch and ordered The Straw & Hay ($17) which featured chive and egg noodles topped with crispy prosciutto, peas, pine nuts in a garlic cream sauce topped off with a soft boiled egg. It reminded me of a cross between a fettucine alfredo and carbonara pasta and it was lovely. The kitchen was also able to make me a side of steamed broccoli off menu, which is always a nice touch.
The Pool – During a hot Texas summer, a dip in the rooftop pool at the JW Marriott Austin would be utterly refreshing. The pool is located on the podium level on the 5th floor with lots of lounger chairs and poolside service. It rained a lot during our visit and we had a jam packed schedule – so no time for a dip this time around, but what a place to relax!
The Fitness Room – This was a place you actually wanted to workout in. Paul and I hit the gym twice during our visit which featured floor-to-ceiling windows and LOTS of cardio machines. The gym was never too busy and we never had to wait for a machine.
The Executive Lounge – This is by far the BEST executive lounge I have ever been to and totally worth it if you’re thinking of splurging on a room on the Concierge Level. I could not have estimated how much Paul and I used this lounge during our visit.
First off, there’s a complimentary continental breakfast served daily. I love this because we usually end up having to go searching for breakfast and end up spending around $10+ each anyway.
Light snacks are served in the evening, followed by a dessert bar in the late evening. There’s also complimentary coffee, tea, water, soda and you could charge any alcoholic beverages to your room. The space is modern, relaxing and quiet. After check-out we popped open our laptops and got a ton of work done here before our flight. I highly recommend this option!
Breakfast at Osteria Pronto – We finished our visit with a lovely brunch at Osteria Pronto where they serve a breakfast buffet and an a la carte menu. I chose the Chilaquiles, which I devoured in an instant with two sunny side-up eggs and a savoury sauce.
Paul chose The Eggs Benedict which came with a deep-fried hasbrown casserole and Canadian bacon. Osteria Pronto is a bright, open and modern space. A great little spot to linger over a dark coffee and the Sunday paper.
Overall, we had a lovely little visit to Austin, Texas and it was made even better by our amazing stay at the JW Marriott Austin. Not only was the location central to everything, the hotel was bustling and peaceful at the same time. The design is modern and new and the service was impeccable.
To learn more visit: JW Marriott Austin online.
110 E. Second St.
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 474-4777