Austin, population 700,000, lies in the Hill Country region of the state of Texas. It is the state capital of Texas, and also a college town. Austin is a lively center of alternative culture, and the large number of music venues let the city claim to be the “Live Music Capital of The World”. There are several colleges and universities in Austin, including St. Edwards University and the University of Texas. Visitors who require accommodation in an Austin hotel may be interested in the Springhill Suites by Marriott. These are just of IH-35 in South Austin, and are located conveniently close to Austin Airport, and St Edwards University.
Austin is a center of music and alternative culture, and has laid claim to the title of “Live Music Capital of the World” on account of the great number of venues. Several music festivals are held annually in the city. In March there are the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Film Festivals. These overlap for a few days, with the film festival starting slightly earlier.
The SXSW Music Festival runs for 4 days, and is one of the larger events of this type in the US. Over 1000 performers play in a large number of venues across the city. Wrist bands are available, allowing access to many venues.
Other music festivals in the city include the Old Pecan Street Festival (every May and September), which has several live music stages, and over 240 stalls selling arts and crafts etc, and the Austin City Limits Festival (October), which is a three day outdoor event. There are eight stages and all styles of music from rock, hip-hop and indie, to country, folk and bluegrass, are enjoyed by approximately 65,000 festival goers every day.
The University of Texas is in Austin. It was at one time the largest university in the US. Recently it has restricted entry numbers slightly, but is still in the top 5. St Edwards University is a private, Roman Catholic college. It offers a liberal arts curriculum, and reached its 125th anniversary recently, in October 2010.
Visitors seeking hotel rooms in South Austin near to St Edwards University might wish to stay at SpringHill Suites, which is a Marriott establishment. SpringHill Suites is easily reached via IH-35, and is also near to the airport, to Barton Creek Square Mall, and to the sports facilities of the University of Texas.
The SpringHill Suites offer spacious accommodation, suitable for both leisure and business travelers. The hotel’s special deals and packages include “Nickelodeon Your Stay”, with gifts for younger travelers, including a Build Your Own SpongeBob kit, and the Austin Shopping Package, which includes a gift card from Visa.