We all know Austin is a hotbed for tourism, and Austinites take pride in living in a city where so many people come to vacation. But there are so many Austin hotels lately, many of them new, that it’s hard to say which one offers the most posh experience.
So, we compiled this list of boutique Austin hotels, in hopes of shortening your search. Whether you’re coming to Austin for a visit or doing a trendy “staycation” in town, this is where you *really* want to crash in ATX…
10.) The Driskill
If your staycation involves partying on Sixth Street and you want a luxurious hotel room to stumble into at 2:00 a.m., the Driskill Hotel is where you want to make your reservation. It is steps away from your pick of downtown Austin bars and restaurants.
This historic hotel was built in 1886 and has been restored to its original opulence. And if you don’t want to face the raucous crowds to find your nightcap, head down to the lobby’s Driskill Bar for a crafted cocktail. And in the morning, have breakfast at 1886 Cafe & Bakery. Just like the bar, you’ll find breakfast right in the lobby.
9.) The Fairview
The Fairview is a boutique bed & breakfast hotel tucked into the Travis Heights neighborhood. Of their six guestrooms, three are suites, and all have their own bathrooms. Freshly renovated in 2014, The Fairview is ready to impress. You’ll enjoy a finely appointed room and a fresh, healthy breakfast.
8.) Casulo Hotel
Casulo Hotel sits on the I-35 frontage road south of downtown. The location doesn’t seem to be conducive to relaxing, but once you’re inside, your stress will melt away. Their wide hallways, tall ceilings and spacious rooms allow you to stretch out, and then their guestroom bathrooms bring it home with rain showers and extra long tubs. And if you want to hit the town after you’ve rested up, downtown is only 10 minutes away.
7.) Lone Star Court
Lone Star Court blends traditional comfort and modern convenience. This hotel offers contemporary lodging in a traditionally Texan environment with retro furnishings, live music, fire pits, and a dipping pool evoking thoughts of country swimming holes. As part of The Domain development, your guestroom puts you a short walk from a variety of restaurants, stores and entertainment options.
6.) Gateway Guesthouse
Gateway Guesthouse is a classically luxurious bed & breakfast right in the heart of Austin. At the intersection of Riverside Drive and Travis Heights Boulevard, this boutique hotel is right where you want to be if you’re venturing to different parts of Austin. And after a long day of experiencing Austin, you’ll enjoy sitting on the back porch by the pool.
5.) Hotel Ella
You wouldn’t expect a hotel in a Greek revival-style mansion built in 1900 to have 47 guestrooms, but it does. They’re not all in the old mansion, but still, that’s a lot of rooms! Hotel Ella, formerly called The Mansion on Judges Hill, was renovated in 2013 and now offers a perfect balance of historic charm and modern comfort.
4.) Hotel San Jose
Hotel San Jose was built in 1936 as a motor court and was as modern as buildings were at the time. Now, the place is a 40-room urban bungalow-style hotel. In the heart of South Congress, you can sleep just a few minutes walk from well-known Austin restaurants like Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Home Slice Pizza, Guero’s Taco Bar and Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar.
3.) Kimber Modern
Kimber Modern is a unique creation all its own. And that’s just how owner Kimber Cavendish planned it. Kimber Modern combines the comforts of fine hotels with an intimate bed & breakfast experience. Her goal was goal was to create an exceptional architectural work of art geared toward independent urban travelers. Once you visit, you’ll see she’s succeeded.
2.) Heywood Hotel
If you want to stay in a fine hotel right in the middle of East Austin, the Heywood Hotel is the place for you. It’s location at Cesar Chavez Street between Comal Street and Chalmers Avenue makes it the perfect jumping off point to experience the eclectic and ever-changing mix of restaurants, bars and music venues making East Austin the cool place it is today.
1.) Hotel Saint Cecilia
Tucked away just off South Congress Avenue, Hotel Saint Cecilia offers a secluded retreat that is just a short walk away from the heart of South Austin. The hotel was originally built in 1888 as the Miller-Crockett house. It was renovated in 2008 to become Hotel Saint Cecilia. The lush grounds welcome you, and the comfortable guestrooms and outdoor lounge spaces will make you never want to leave.