The Hyatt Regency Austin is known for its location in the "triangle of all the fun," between the SoCo Entertainment District, Zilker Park, and downtown. I think of the property as an urban oasis, with a remarkable view of the Austin skyline and the "bat bridge" (the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, from which bats take off at sunset during certain seasons). The location, as good as it sounds, isn't perfect if you're there in summer without a car. It's a bit of a hike to downtown and SoCo in the 100+ degree temperatures, and it's even farther to Zilker Park. By taxi or car you can get to any of those places in a flash, though. Resting on the edge of Lady Bird Lake's south shore, the hotel has direct access to the hike and bike trails. Just below the hotel are dock boat and bat-viewing tours. Paddleboats, water bikes, swan boats, and stand-up paddleboards are available for rental. The hotel often draws business travelers who value outdoor recreation time while on the road. North-facing rooms offer great views of the lake, with the glimmering skyline as a backdrop. Some rooms also feature slender balconies. There's a health club, in addition to an outdoor pool and hot tub. Rooms are standard in size and beds are comfortable. In 2012, the hotel introduced hypoallergenic "Respire Rooms" for those who suffer from Central Texas' infamous "Cedar Fever," or have trouble with other allergens. These rooms offer special air filtration systems, unique surfaces that repel bacteria and allergens, and hypoallergenic linens. The lake-level Marker 10 Bar (along the mile 10 marker of the hike and bike trail) is a best-kept-secret happy hour spot. It has some of the best drink prices in the city, along with handcrafted sushi made fresh by a chef who trained under Chef Paul Qui at Uchiko. What's new at the Hyatt? In October 2013, a new parking garage with over 700 spaces was opened, and the Zilker Ballroom provides even more meeting space. If it weren't for the views and location on the lake, this would just be another Hyatt. However, those nice features make this a particularly nice place to stay and get a good look at Austin.