Best Restoration Project

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

Named for the revered father of Texas, the Stephen F. (as it's known to locals) was built in 1924 to serve cattle barons, oil magnates, and statesmen in luxury and comfort. The grand old man fell on hard times during the bust-town Eighties and was shuttered for more than a decade while one renovation plan after another fell flat. Inter-Continental Hotels rode to the rescue, and now the lovely downtown property has been painstakingly restored to all its former grandeur. The Stephen F. once again welcomes guests to the balcony overlooking Texas' main thoroughfare. The owners even promise another famous Texan named Steve will bring his Star Canyon restaurant to the newly renovated hotel, and we'll believe it when we see chef Stephan Pyles' custom cowboy boots in Austin.

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
701 Congress, 512/457-8800
www.austin.intercontinental.com

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