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The NY Times Avoids the Falling Glass at the W Austin

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July 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Finally, there's some good news for the W Austin which recently had to deal with not one but two separate incidents involving falling glass from their hotel, the latter which actually forced closure of the hotel for 11 days.

The New York Times has just written a rare glowing review of the hotel with the reporter not even mentioning the shattered glass which injured guests by the pool or the recent closure but rather highlighting the hotel's four bars:

Austin doesn’t have many good hotel bars, so the four on the ground floor of the W are welcome additions. The rooms flow into one another and feature circulating waiters and scattered chairs and sofas (and two fireplaces) that make them comfortable spots for hanging out. There are thousands of vinyl records you can have played on a stereo.

The reporter also liked her Spectacular room which was big enough to "hold a small party" but seemed a little perplexed by the lack of doors in the bathroom (Oh the problem with peekaboo bathrooms!)

However, check-out time is actually 12pm, not 2pm as the review stated. Unless the reporter booked the hotel's Take the Lift Home package which gives a late check-out, daily breakfast for two in the room and two Welcome cocktails.

Since the hotel required the approval of two engineering firms to reopen, guests won't have to worry about falling glass during their stay but still, it probably should have been at least a sidenote in this review. Also, we would have made more of a stink about the $14.95 charge for WiFi in the rooms and just two hours in free in the lobby.

[Photo: W Austin/Facebook]

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