Hot Rhythm Holiday begins with a welcome dance held at "The Fed" on the evening of Thursday, February 15th. This dance is Austin's weekly Swing dance and is not included with your event pass. Admission is $6 ($10 on live band nights) for guests who are not Austin Swing Syndicate members.
Classes and competitions are scheduled to start in the early afternoon of Friday, February 16th. Classes continue through late afternoon on Sunday, February 18th. We conclude with a BBQ dinner and dance on Sunday evening.
It is recommended that travelers plan to arrive by Thursday evening and depart Monday morning. You may also arrive Friday morning and depart Sunday evening and still be able to attend all of the available classes.
Austin winters are typically mild and it's not unusual for temperatures to be sunny and in the 60s. We encourage you to check the weather prior to traveling.
For out of town travelers, if you wish to get out and see our fair city, renting a car is the best option as it provides the greatest amount of flexibility. If you're looking to avoid travel by car, Austin has a decent mass transit system, consisting of buses and some light rail, and is a bike friendly city. If you are staying close to the our main venue (the Fed), you can get away with taking the Austin bus system or renting a bicycle. Buses do stop running at certain times, and bicycling is more treacherous after dark. If you choose not to drive, it is recommended that you catch a ride with another dancer or take a taxi, when traveling to and from the late night dances.
Austin Metro System: http://www.capmetro.org/
A Note about Uber and Lyft in Austin
Uber and Lyft are back and do currently operate within the Austin city limits. There are additional ride sharing companies that you may consider:
We have setup a private facebook group to help attendees find roommates and rides for the weekend.
If you'd prefer staying at a hotel, Austin abounds with options. We've listed some suggestions, which are conveniently located to the Fed and other Austin attractions. Hot Rhythm Holiday is not officially affiliated with these businesses. These are just places that we like and have had positive personal experiences with.
Drifter Jack's Hostel
As close and as cheap as it gets
Hands down the closest and most affordable option Drifter Jack's Hostel is a half a mile from the Fed and easily walking distance. Located on the main shopping "drag" across from the University of Texas, you're conveniently located to restaurants and shopping.
Pros: Walking distance to the Fed. Close to Kirby lane, a great local diner that is open late. Website advertises free breakfast and wi-fi.
Cons: It's a hostel, so it's mostly dorm style accommodations, although some private rooms are listed.
Hampton Inn & Suites Austin at The University/Capitol
A close and affordable option
This brand new Hampton Inn is located 1 mile from the Fed. A walk to the Fed is completely doable and other pedestrians (mainly college students) abound. If you perfer more mobility a b-cycle station is located at the corner of 17th and Guadalupe, where you can rent bicycles for $15 for 3 days. (You can check bike availability on their website). There are a number of good restaurants at your doorstep including El Mercado, Arturos Underground Cafe, and the Clay Pit. Being a Hampton Inn, clean rooms and comfy beds lie within.
Pros: Walking distance to the Fed. Pedestrian friendly. Restaurants close by. Bicycle rental nearby.
Cons: Pricier that Drifter Jacks, but if you have a roommate this may be less of a big deal.
Austin's Inn at Pearl Street
Fancy, but close.
The Inn at Pearl Street is a unique bed and breakfast a mere 10 minute walk from the Fed. Staying at the Inn at Perl Street is almost like staying in that Austin house you wish you had. Historic, quiet, and comfortable this is a great place to spend some down time.
Pros: It's a bed and breakfast. A 15 minute walk to the Fed. You can also rent a bicycle down the street and get there faster.
Cons: Small number of rooms. A little more on the expensive side, but not outlandish.
For the most Austin-y experience.
Austin motel has been around for over 75 years. Right in the middle of the action, the Austin Motel is located on South Congress and is walking distance from one of Austin's most iconic and eclectic shopping areas. Each room is different and Austin attitude abounds.
Pros: Close to shopping, restaurants, and other popular attractions. Lot's to do within walking distance if you have down time. Only 3 miles away from the Fed, you can bicycle or take the bus.
Cons: Further from the Fed than other options.
DoubleTree - University Area
A close(ish) and affordable option.
The DoubleTree (University Area) is only 1.5 miles from the Fed. Located near the the University of Texas at Austin, you can walk to campus. A walk to the Fed is doable, but a hike.
Pros: An affordable option that is close, without shelling out the big bucks closer to campus. A Denny's is next door for early morning/late night dining convenience. The Fed is walkable distance, but still a hike.
Cons: Right next to a freeway, which you need to walk underneath to get to the Fed. Taking the bus from this location can be complicated.