The Best Austin Hotels

by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 15, 2019

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The 10 Best Hotels in Austin, Texas

The best hotel in downtown Austin, Texas.

The best hotel in Austin: The Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin.

1. The Driskill

Set in a historical 1886 Austin city center landmark, the Driskill is within walking distance of great attractions and offers nightly live music, weekly Sunday Blues Brunch, entertainment booked in conjunction with famous music venue, Antone’s. Monthly Beer Dinners are hosted onsite with a 3-course dinner. The hotel features spa treatments, fitness center, award-winning restaurant, paid parking, free Wi-Fi, and is pet-friendly. Fabulous location – 6th Street (100m), Wild About Music (200m), Lady Bird Lake (1km). • Hotel Phone: +1 512-439-1234

2. Four Seasons Austin

Located next to the Rainey Street Historic District on the banks of the Lady Bird Lake, full of southwestern style and hospitality. All rooms offer fabulous views of the lake or Austin cityscape. Other features include outdoor heated saltwater pool, spa, library of Texan-authored books, complimentary bikes, and an onsite restaurant overlooking the lake – with a separate menu for your pet. Rooms have large flat-screen TVs, iHome docking station, complimentary Wi-Fi, L’Occitane bath products, thick bathrobes, and evening turndown. Two signature Taylor guitars are available on loan for guest use. Brilliant location within walking distance of key attractions (Congress Avenue Bridge & Colorado River). • Hotel Phone: +1 512-478-4500

3. Hotel Ella

An artistic & historic landmark in downtown Austin, this timeless boutique hotel is a restored turn-of-the-19th-century manor house, featuring a large wrap-around porch, terrace, and a picnic area on the grounds. Outdoor pool and poolside bar with evening cocktails, in-house restaurant, spa service, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee, onsite paid parking and electric vehicle charging station. Each room has a flat-panel TV, curated minibar, private bathroom with lush bath products and microfiber bathrobes. Pet friendly. Great location, within 1.5 km of the most popular cultural attractions in town. • Hotel Phone: +1 512-495-1800

4. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Named after legendary guitarist Townes Van Zandt, this hip boutique hotel is decorated with music-focused artwork and boasts 319 modern-designed suites and guestrooms. With beautiful dark wood paneling, bronze accents, and sleek furniture, all rooms include minibar, yoga mats, boot puller, Bluetooth speakers, free high-speed Wi-Fi, luxury Atelier Bloem products, and either lake or cityscape view. Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool, full-service outdoor bar, onsite restaurant & café, morning coffee and tea service, and complimentary custom bikes. True Texas hospitality is enjoyed during social hour with complimentary beer, wine, and margaritas in the living room. Fabulous location with easy access to hike-and-bike trails, Lady Bird Lake & Rainey Street Historic District. • Hotel Phone: +1 512-542-5300

5. South Congress Hotel

With the SoCo strip four blocks on either side and downtown only 1.6 km away, this boutique hotel offers a year-round rooftop outdoor pool, café, and views of Austin skyline. Locally designed and decorated in a slightly retro, minimalist style, facilities include sun terrace, three restaurants, coffee shop, juice bar, fitness center, spa services, free Wi-Fi, and retro bicycles for rent. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, Matteo bed linens, locally sourced minibar, sizeable walk-in shower, Bigelow bath products, custom bathrobes, 46-inch LED television, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and exclusive access to 40+ Alamo Drafthouse films. Great location – Big Stacy Park (600m), Walter Beach (1.3km). • Hotel Phone: +1 512-920-6405

6. Hotel San Jose

A cool converted 1970s style motel in the heart of the South Congress district. Features include a garden with covered deck, outdoor fireplace & swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, free onsite parking, onsite coffee shop, restaurant with themed dinners and live music nights, and continental breakfast served daily. Pet-friendly. Each room has a flat-screen TV, desk, mini fridge and bar, and some rooms have a terrace. The hotel is conveniently located right on South Congress Avenue, one of the city’s busiest streets, with key attractions nearby, most notably the Continental Club, only 9m away. • Hotel Phone: +1 512-444-7322

7. W Austin

Attached to the iconic Moody Theater, the W itself plays a large part in the local scene, hosting DJ parties, live music shows and other events regularly. It has fantastic views of the downtown skyline, full-service luxury spa, outdoor pool with private cabanas, poolside bar and grill, onsite farm-to-table restaurant, 4 lounges, 3 bars, and multilingual & attentive staff. Onsite parking and WiFi are available at additional cost. Each room has a Samsung LCD TV, iPod docking station, lavish bath amenities, fully-stocked minibar, and snack station, and is decorated with works from local photographer Scott Newton. Located in the 2nd Street District – a highly walkable location with restaurants, sightseeing, music venues, nightspots all within 800 meters. • Hotel Phone: +1 512-542-3600

8. Westin Austin Downtown

Located directly across the street from the legendary live music nightclub, Antone’s, this downtown hotel features a year-round outdoor heated pool, rooftop bar with fire pits, fitness center with yoga classes, 19,000 sq ft of event space, mini market, restaurant, bar and lounge with Friday brunch, live music events, and bar crawls. Rooms are modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows, signature Heavenly bed, flat-screen TV, fresh-brew Starbucks coffee & tea, and plush robes. Wi-Fi and valet parking are available at additional cost, but dogs are welcome for free and are get their own Heavenly bed and doggy beer. Prime location, only 6 blocks from numerous live music venues, restaurants, sights, and cultural venues – 6th Street (200m), Lady Bird Lake (400m), Congress Avenue Bridge (700m). • Hotel Phone: +1 512-391-2333

9. Heywood Hotel

This small, boutique hotel, set in a modernized 1925 Craftsman bungalow within walking distance of 6th Street, offers 7 stylish rooms and complimentary locally roasted coffee. Has a front porch with porch swings, outdoor terrace and free WiFi. Hotel decor and furniture features local artists and designers, and reclaimed hardwood floors. Rooms include HD television, mini bar, Apple dock station, Squeezebox jukebox with free music streaming, white noise machine, handmade beds, luxury mattress, spacious bathrooms with large tubs, and luxury, full-size toiletries. Complimentary bicycles are available to guests until 7pm. Many key attractions & restaurants located nearby – Festival Beach (1 km), University of Texas (3 km), Texas Capitol Building (2.2 km). • Hotel Phone: +1 512-271-5522

10. Hotel Saint Cecilia

Rock n’ roll inspired and named after the patron saint of poetry and music, this quirky, elegant and cozy boutique hotel is set in a renovated 1880s Victorian house, and is frequented by musicians and celebrities. 14 stylish rooms with pool views or river views, well-stocked minibars, organic handcrafted beds, turntable with Geneva sound system, flat-screen TV, and bathrooms well-stocked with fancy body care products. In-room spa treatments are also available. One suite includes a private terrace and garden with outdoor shower and firepit. The hotel boasts lush landscaped grounds with outdoor movie nights, 50 foot heated outdoor swimming pool with 6 poolside bungalows, kitchen for breakfast, bar-lounge with live music nights, free WiFi, lending library of vintage LPs, and complimentary retro bicycle rentals. A 1970s Citroën sometimes acts as a guest taxi. Brilliant location, two blocks from South Congress strip and other key attractions – Barton Springs Pool (2.5km). • Hotel Phone: +1 512-852-2400

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