Location, location, location. This budget hotel spread across two towers is a convenient, value-friendly find. It’s close to the bars, restaurants, and live-music venues of Rainey Street, just a 1 1/3-mile walk to the convention center, and a sneaker’s throw from the hike-and-bike trail, with a boat ramp nearby. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable—many of them have worked on the property for years—and rooms are larger and nicer than you might expect for this price range. All have microwaves and small refrigerators, and some feature pullout sofa sleepers; many have views of either the Austin skyline or Lady Bird Lake. A full renovation completed in 2017 has given everything a fresh look. Other assets include the family-friendly Pecan Tree Restaurant, an outdoor rooftop pool, and an inviting sports bar/lounge just off the lobby. Free parking—a downtown rarity—adds value.