There is no shortage of hotels in Austin. With visitors, revelers, and business travelers all flocking to the booming city throughout the year, there are plenty of options for kicking back, relaxing, and sleeping when you’re not enjoying the buzzing Austin scene.
Just because the city has grown enormously in the past ten years, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the state capital’s history when you stay there. The Driskill Hotel is the oldest operating hotel in the city. One of Texas’s most legendary properties, it boasts traditional Texan sophistication. Completed in 1886, the property is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2016. The grand hotel was recently renovated but maintains its original atmosphere of luxurious hospitality in the heart of downtown Austin. Situated right on bustling 6th Street, surrounded by many of the city’s central bars, restaurants, and music venues, The Driskill is also within walking distance to the state capitol and the convention center. The famous on-site bar is routinely cited as one of best bars in the country and is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon drink or nightcap.
The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701
If you want something more modern, opt for the South Congress Hotel. The property opened its doors in the heart of South Congress Street just over a year ago. The modern hotel exemplifies the kind of lifestyle that people now seek in Austin. It offers almost anything a leisure-seeker might want at any point in the day. The trendy boutique hotel offers amenities such as a chic rooftop pool overlooking South Congress, juice bar, coffee shop, and intimate sushi counter, in addition to its three bars and two other restaurants—sure to please city-dwellers and visitors alike. The property and its many venues are not just a place to stay but also a place to gather with friends or new acquaintances.
South Congress Hotel
1603 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
If it is music you want when visiting Austin, stay at the ultra-hip Hotel Van Zandt. Located on popular local music hub Rainey Street Historic District, the design and music focused hotel offers sweeping views of Lady Bird Lake and the streets below. In addition to a chic pool on the hotel’s rooftop, it is the ideal bar for cozying up in the cooler months, with a large fireplace and craft cocktails to enjoy while you overlook the lake. Music is integral to the property and its popular restaurant, Geraldine, offers live music every day of the week. Everything about the hotel is carefully curated, from the music in the lobby to orientation of the in-room soaking tubs which are situated next to floor-to-ceiling windows so guests can soak up the views of the city while unwinding.
Hotel Van Zandt
605 Davis St.
Austin, TX 78701
Located in the Domain, one of Austin’s hottest districts, is Lone Star Court. This hotel’s colorful décor and spacious accommodations provide guests a unique blend of past and present Texas. Each room comes with quirky amenities like knotted wood wine armoires, deer-horned lamps, barn-style sliding doors, and cow-hide fitted desk chairs. The rooms’ minibars are stocked with local favorites including local craft beers, wine, and Tostito’s chips. For a more memorable experience, spring for one of the deluxe rooms. It comes with a courtyard view, balcony, and classic wooden rocking chairs.
No need to go far for a quick bite to eat. Lone Star Court’s Feed Store is a silver slated food truck that offers up quick, classic dishes like jalapeño mac and cheese and gumbo. Also in the food truck court is CupCaking Desire Bakery, an Austin favorite that offers delectable desserts including cake pops, cookies, cakes, and a variety of cupcakes. For a more substantial meal, head to the on-site restaurant, the Water Trough. Its menu is packed with Texas cuisine, and there’s a full-service bar with unique cocktails and other boozy treats. You can take in live music performed by local bands and artists at the Water Trough every Wednesday through Saturday night.
Lone Star Court
10901 Domain Drive
Austin, TX 78758