Planning your adventure to Austin, the State Capital of Texas? Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Austin’s hotel scene is about as diverse as the city itself. Austin offers ultramodern chic, eclectic boutique, tranquil spa settings, or affordable family hotels – there is something to accommodate every budget and taste.
If you are interested in spending a weekend along famous 6th Street to visit the shops, restaurants, and its world-famous music scene, you will have many hotel options including high-end or budget, as well as some uniquely Austin-inspired choices.
Stay in a luxury downtown hotel with views of beautiful Lady Bird Lake, formerly known as Town Lake, and you will be within walking distance (or a short cab ride) to many live music venues, trendy shops, and incredible restaurants. For a bit of culture, there are plenty of hotels near the State Capitol, the University of Texas, museums, and galleries.
Austin also offers a number of beautiful spas, which can be found either in the Hill Country or on the banks of Lake Austin. Enjoy the serenity of massage, yoga, or an invigorating fitness class. The Austin resorts boast world-class restaurants and some great golf. The Austin spa scene caters to those looking for a peaceful getaway, and you certainly will leave refreshed while anticipating your next visit.
Hotels in Austin
The capital city of Texas, Austin is known for its vibrant music scene, cultural events, and friendly and progressive residents. Austin stands out as a liberal city in a predominantly conservative state and has a celebrated arts community that bursts with life and creative spirit. Whether you're coming into the city to participate in the world-renowned SXSW festival or looking for a family-friendly getaway, you can book hotels in Austin, TX, quickly and easily using Travelocity. Simply select your anticipated dates of travel and we will find you the best deals on hotels, car rentals, flights, and vacation packages.
The Live Music Capital of the World
Austin's official slogan is "The Live Music Capital of the World," due to its vibrant music scene and the fact that it boasts more live music venues per capita than anywhere in the U.S. The city is home to world-famous music festivals like South by Southwest and Austin City Limits that draw tourists from all over the globe. The former, known as SXSW, takes place in March and features live performances from more than 2,200 national and international acts. The SXSW music festival is actually part of a larger event that includes a film festival and a technology conference known as the interactive festival. This major event attracts celebrities and important industry leaders, and you must register and purchase a badge in order to attend. The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual, two-weekend, three-day festival taking place in October at Zilker Park. The festival has eight stages and features performers spanning a range of musical genres, including rock, indie, folk, country, electronic, and hip-hop. Other music festivals in Austin include the Urban Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Old Settlers Music Festival, and Pachanga Latino Music Festival.
The Arts Scene
Eccentricity, creativity, and diversity are all values that are proudly held by Austinites. "Keep Austin Weird" is the city's unofficial slogan, which embraces artistic and individual expression. The neighborhood of South Congress (also known as SoCo) is particularly famous for its eclectic arts scene and is home to many venues and galleries. It should come as no surprise that the city has a thriving theater and film culture. Zach Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, Paramount Theatre, The Hideout, and Esther's Follies are just some of the many performing arts venues in Austin where you can go to see plays, musicals, improvisational shows, and vaudeville, among other performance arts. If your tastes are more refined, you could go see a performance at The Long Center, which is home to Ballet Austin, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the Austin Lyric Opera. There are also plenty of museums and galleries located throughout the city to keep you occupied.
Nature-lovers visiting Austin are in for a treat. The 351-acre Zilker Metropolitan Park is a verdant oasis located just outside of downtown, on the banks of the Colorado River. The park offers a large number of recreational activities, such as kayaking, swimming, hiking, bike-riding, golf, and volleyball. There are also a handful of cultural and educational attractions available to the public. For example, you could go for a relaxing stroll through the botanical gardens, check out a hands-on exhibit at the Austin Nature Science Center, or see a Broadway-style musical at Zilker Hillside Theater. The park is also home to several events held throughout the year, such as the Zilker Kite Festival and, most notably, the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Another slice of outdoor paradise is Lady Bird Lake, formerly referred to as Town Lake. In addition to being a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing, the lake is surrounded by a popular hiking and bike trail that is approximately 10 miles long. Lastly, although it's not an active outdoor activity per se, if you're visiting in the fall, you'll definitely want to go see a Longhorns game at Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas is crazy about its football!
Where to Eat
There are many dining options available for vacationers staying at downtown Austin hotels. Austin, TX, has a diverse culinary landscape with cuisine ranging from traditional American fare to Mediterranean to Mexican to Vietnamese. If you're looking for the best fine dining Austin has to offer, reserve a table at Uchi or Uchiko, Congress, The Carillon, Lenoir, or Restaurant Jezebel. On the more casual side, visit Franklin Barbecue; you will have to wait in line, but it will be worth it, as the restaurant is one of the most esteemed barbecue joints. For great Texas barbecue without the wait, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is the place to go. Lovers of Mexican food can get it authentic at La Condesa or Fonda San Miguel. Don't forget to stop at one of the many food trucks where you can go in search of the perfect taco.
Best Time to Visit
No matter when you travel, you will be able to find great deals when you use Travelocity to book downtown Austin hotels. In Austin, Texas, peak season is split between late winter (February and March) and early autumn (September and October). February and March bring crowds from all over the country for the Austin Marathon and South by Southwest, September marks the beginning of University of Texas football season, and October is when the Austin City Limits Music Festival takes place. If you plan on traveling during any of these months, be sure to make your reservations well in advance in order to get the best rates. Due to Austin's extremely hot summer temperatures, the months of June through August are considered off-season. December and January are also low-season months, but the temperatures during this time, while sometimes chilly, are generally mild. Early spring is considered shoulder season and is a great time to visit. During April and May, the temperatures are not blazing hot, and the SXSW flock has gone home. Travel during low season if you want to get the best deals on hotels in Austin, TX. Hotels significantly lower their rates during the off season and shoulder season.