The new Sleep Inn & Suites on Hwy 290 East is full of nice surprises, from the heated indoor saltwater pool with stylish lounge furniture, to oversized rooms with sleek desks nearly the length of one wall, to the clean, upscale cardio fitness center and outdoor covered sitting area where guests can enjoy a full, complimentary hot or cold breakfast. All rooms are smoke free, pet friendly, and include high-speed Internet with a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator, valet cleaning service, and daily newspaper.
The first commercial hotel to call Dripping Springs home seems to hit all the right notes at the hill country styled facility. It’s clean and friendly, small but not too small (kind of like Dripping), and arguably more economical for visitors than driving to and from Austin, Wimberly, Bee Caves, or Marble Falls for whatever brings them to the Dripping Springs area – especially at current gas prices.
For that reason, the real value of a Sleep Inn stay in Dripping is the location but the amenities for the money are a very good deal. In addition to the 57 generously-sized rooms – all with either Queen or King beds – there are laundry facilities for guests, a business center that includes free faxing from the front desk, and shuttle service to nearby event centers. The Sleep Inn currently partners with the Terrace Club and the Memory Lane Event Center venues.
The Sleep Inn calls its complimentary breaksfast service “Deluxe” and it does add a few upgraded touches over the typical breakfast-included, self-served hotel fare. For example, a small countertop cabinet with a glass door keeps milks, yogurts, and hard boiled eggs chilled for self-service. A make-your-own waffle maker is popular, and the additional hot food choices include more than one type of cooked eggs and breakfast meats. Of course, assorted rolls, bagels, and danish are all available along with cold cereals and instant oatmeal.
The galley-styled self-service food area can get a little cramped when it’s busy but everything is within easy reach for adults and kids. Once served, guests can enjoy plenty of elbow room at the generously spaced tables in either the indoor or covered outdoor eating areas. Breakfast hours are generous, too, from 6:30 – 10:00 AM.
Food options for lunch and dinner are varied and impressive for a small chain hotel located away from the thick of things. Delivery service is available in several cuisine styles and price ranges from the Canyon Grill Ice House, Nutty Brown Cafe, Flores Mexican Restaurant, and the upscale Creek Road Cafe.
“It’s a big weekend market here,” says corporate marketing director JoDee Hansen. “The weekdays are slower, but that means lower rates from Sunday, after 3pm, through Friday morning checkout.”
Hansen says regular check-in is 3pm, and check-out is at noon. Late checkouts are available on request but offered on a limited basis.
The regular weekend rate for two Queens or a King room is $119; during the week, that rate drops to $99. King suites – there are nine of them – run $154, while the extra large family-sized suite – there are three – are big enough to accommodate bridal parties, and are often referred to as Bridal suites. Those include a living room styled sitting area with sofa bed, a large conference table area, a generous King bedroom with a desk and seating, and an oversized bathroom with double vanity sink. That runs $185 per night.
Some rooms also have a view of the Hill Country. Wedding guests and bridal parties currently make up much of the weekend stays, and the Family/Bridal suite is a popular option.
For guests with disabilities, there are handicapped accessible rooms on each floor. That includes specially equipped rooms for the hearing impaired. Hansen says that a special lift will also be installed in the pool soon to accommodate guests with mobility challenges.
For stays with pets, every room is available for an additional fee of $25 per pet, with a generous size allowance of two pets up to 40 lbs. each. According to Hansen, guest services has the carpets steam cleaned following each pet stay.
The bottom line is that the Sleep Inn is the perfect location and starting point for Hill Country events and exploration. Starting your life together with a Hill Country wedding? Start here! Want to escape Weird (Austin), and check out the Texas Wine Trail? This is the place to start. Or maybe you’ve heard about the great little pubs, wine bars, and foodie destinations dotted around Dripping? It all starts here, at the perfect location for tourists and Austin “locals” to begin their immersion into Hill Country lifestyle. The added bonus with the Sleep Inn at Dripping Springs is that visitors can also start their Hill Country adventures by exploring all that Dripping has to offer.
Additional information about package rates and reservations are available online at: www.sleepinn.com/hotel-dripping_springs-texas-TXE80
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