Best Hotel for SXSW

Although this may bite me in the butt someday if it’s booked solid, I’d like to tell you about the Hyatt Place in Austin, Texas. I will stay at this hotel every time I go to SXSW.

The hotel is one block from the Austin Convention Center. There is a breakfast buffet with no waiting. There are restaurants within one hundred yards that fulfill my four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi, and fried chicken. If these don’t take care of you, there’s a boutique market across the street for snacks. The hotel bar also sells food 24-hours per day.

The Wifi is fast—maybe because the hotel is not humongous, and the desk had lots of electrical outlets. There is always a place to meet in the lobby without being crowded on top of other attendees—even space for stock photo shoots. The rooms are about 25 percent larger than most business-hotel rooms. Mine had a separate seating area with a sofa sleeper— this area was perfect for boxes of books though I never sat there.

The crowning touch is the helpful attitude of the staff. Per dollar, the Hyatt’s staff may be the most helpful hotel I’ve ever experienced. For example, whereas other hotels at SXSW charge to receive and deliver packages (if they can get into the UPS office and if they can find them), the Hyatt provides this service for free.

Another example: a co-worker from Canva met me for a breakfast meeting on the day she was leaving. When she showed up with her bags, the front desk offered to store her bags even though she wasn’t a guest.

I’m already looking forward to SXSW 2016, so you’ll know where I’ll be staying: Hyatt Place. And if you work for the hotel, there’s just one addition I’d like: a laundry room.

By |2015-03-27T15:49:03+00:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Events|Tags: , |5 Comments

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Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. bbwraven March 27, 2015 at 7:24 am - Reply

    LOVE this hotel!! I’ve stayed with them 2 yrs in a row and can’t wait until I return because they’re so AWESOME!

  2. Ted Smith July 1, 2015 at 8:55 am - Reply

    This hotel sounds and looks amazing! Not many hotels offer services like this one. I’m surprised it isn’t as well known. Next week I am actually going to Austin, Texas for a work conference. I will have to give this hotel a try.

  3. Steven Harrison October 12, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    I like your four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi and fried chicken. Who needs a food pyramid when you have that?

    I’ll take your advice and try that place out if I ever visit SXSW. Thanks for sharing!

  4. ashly85jones December 14, 2015 at 1:52 am - Reply

    I have stayed multiple times at the downtown Austin Hilton, usually for business. This is a fantastic hotel, and never fails to deliver a top-notch experience. I would easily place this property as one of the best business hotels in the entire Lone Star State. The hotel is less than 10 years old, and is very clean and modern. It has everything – great.


  5. clintwandel March 23, 2016 at 2:27 am - Reply

    I travelled to this hotel for a conference and meeting. The venue is fantastic and can handle large groups with the feel of an intimate locale. It is also blocks from some of the best bars, live music, and restaurants I have seen. This is a VERY good city to hold meetings/events

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