Architecture & Lodging
1994 Readers Poll
1994 Critics Picks
Best Hotel

Excellent location, heated pool, a fully staffed and equipped health club, and the city's most abundant brunch are among the amenities which have made this the preferred destination of the expense-account set.

Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto
512/478-4500
www.fourseasons.com/austin

Best Motel

With four luxurious and affordable locations to choose from, who needs to waste time fretting over apartment hunting in our 100% saturated housing market?

Motel 6
5330 N. I-35
512/467-9111
www.motel6.com

Best Downtown Building (New)

Neon high in the sky and a sunken plaza with fountain help make this building one of downtown's prime office structures.

Franklin Federal
111 Congress
512/477-5000

Best Downtown Building (Old)

So what if you can't actually get in the joint until January? You can still check out what's up with construction at the Capitol Complex Visitor's Center (they have a video), or marvel at the natural lighting in the capitol extension underground.

Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress
512/305-8400
www.tspb.state.tx.us

Best Graffiti/Mural

Carlos Lowry's extraordinary work endures, saved by an intense letter-writing campaign and a locally sensitive chain store.

Best Historic Structure

So what if you can't actually get in the joint until January? You can still check out what's up with construction at the Capitol Complex Visitor's Center (they have a video), or marvel at the natural lighting in the capitol extension underground.

Capitol Visitors Center
112 E. 11th
512/305-8400
www.tspb.state.tx.us

Best Indoor Mall

When was the last time you said "To hell with P.C., I'm going down to the mall to buy clothes and slurp down a big ol' Orange Julius!" Stores large and small plus a great view of downtown from the parking lot almost make you forget the controversy.

Barton Creek Square
2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.
512/327-7040

Best Landscaping

A 'scape for everything and everything in its scope, including: an Oriental garden, a caladium garden, a cactus and succulent garden, a xeriscape garden (you know, toss out some rocks and don't water the lawn), and yes, even a butterfly trail!

Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd.
512/477-8672
www.zilkergarden.org

Best Neon

All locations sport this udderly tubular art form, but Amy herself says the Sixth Street store with its four outlined rocking cows gets the moooost attention.

Amy's Ice Creams
1012 W. Sixth, 512/480-0673
3500 Guadalupe, 512/458-6895
2805 Bee Caves Rd. #416, 512/328-2697
10000 Research #140, 512/345-1006
ABIA: Amy's Ice Creams, 3600 Presidential #20, 512/530-2918
1301 S. Congress, 512/440-7488
4477 S. Lamar #790, 512/891-0573
13265 Hwy. 183 N., 512/918-2697
5624 Burnet Rd., 512/538-2697
9600 S. I-35 Ste. 400-C, 512/282-2697
13420 Galleria Cir. Ste. 140-A, 512/263-2903
2901 S. Lamar, 512/447-2697
www.amysicecreams.com

Best Public Artwork

Not simply a statue, but an ever-changing performance art piece as well, thanks to the mementos left for SRV by visitors, fans, and freaks from all corners of the world.

Best Romantic Spot

Yeah, and if it doesn't work out between you two, you still get some breathtaking (or near that) options: push or jump. But seriously, it's a view that makes one's heart flutter.

Mount Bonnell at Covert Park
3851 Mount Bonnell Dr.
512/974-6700

 
1994 Intro
Readers: Arts & Culture

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