You don’t have to be a twenty-something hipster to enjoy a vacation in Austin, Texas. Sure, the city is an attractive destination for discerning audiophiles, aspiring foodies, and nature enthusiasts. But, there is no age-limit on the opportunities for excitement in Austin. The self-proclaimed (and widely accepted) Live Music Capital of the World has a stage for every sound, a food-truck for every taste, and an outdoor space for every activity. When you stay at one of the amazing hotels in Austin, you’ll have a world of unique adventures just outside your door. Just as independent acts from different musical genres meet at the renowned SXSW (South by Southwest) Conference and Festival, people from varied political, cultural, and lifestyle backgrounds come together to call Austin home. That diversity is on display around every street corner in the Texas state capital where Converse are just as appropriate as cowboy boots.
Where are the Best Places to Stay in Austin?
When you are deciding where to stay in Austin, you’ll need to understand one important fact—every neighborhood of the city presents something completely special that helps to “Keep Austin Weird.” Here are some of the more popular places in the city to find great Austin hotels:
Like any central city district, downtown Austin is going to be a bustling commerce hub. Add to that the state capital building and the convention center and you’ll see why downtown is a popular place to stay. What really packs them in, though, are the vibrant restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues along Sixth Street.
- The Omni Austin Hotel: This is a perfect option for downtown. You’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city and easy access to Austin-Bergstrom Airport. The hotel has three restaurants—including fine-dining at Ancho’s, a heated roof-top pool, a 2,000 square foot fitness center, and venues for weddings and business meetings.
Tucked away between downtown and a bend in the Colorado River is a little slice of Austin culture known as Rainey Street. Craftsman homes have been renovated into bars; yards are now beer gardens; and inventive food trucks line the sidewalk. Don’t be fooled by all the fun, though. Rainey Street lies in the shadows of the Austin Convention Center, making the area a great place for individuals looking for a hotel location that offers equal parts work and play.
- Hilton Austin: If you are looking for a place to stay near Rainey Street, we recommend the Hilton Austin. The hotel’s flexible meeting spaces and expansive ballroom make it attractive if you’re traveling for business, and its proximity to the University of Texas will appeal to you if you’re there for college-related events. You’ll also enjoy the sundeck and lap pool that overlook the city from the hotel’s eighth floor. Plus, there is a bar, a restaurant, and a coffee shop—all on-site—and a spa, sauna, and steam room to sooth away any tensions not cured by cocktails, cuisine, or caffeine.
For a front row seat on the weirdness that defines Austin, a stay at a hotel in the South Congress (SoCo) section of South Austin is in order. The city’s true character is on display in this eclectic (to say the least) neighborhood near Lady Bird Lake. Trendy boutiques and eateries are interspersed among legendary open-air music venues and vintage galleries.
- Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin: Thanks to its location, the Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin may be the best place to stay near SoCo. Not only can you walk to the bars, clubs, and shops, you’ll also be close to Intestate 35 so you can get downtown in a flash. The hotel has over 11,000 square feet of customizable meeting space, making it perfect for weddings, business conferences, or other professional events. If the walk-in showers, 42-inch HDTVs, and city views from the Executive King Rooms aren’t luxurious enough, guests can opt for the Poolside Casita that offers private patio access, a full-size refrigerator, and other unique amenities.
One of the best options for Austin lodging has to be Bouldin. Located just across the river from downtown and just north of South Congress, the area is central to all. You can be at the convention center, University of Texas, or capital building in a matter of minutes, plus the bars and restaurants on Rainey Street, Sixth Street, and SoCo are a short cab ride away.
- Hyatt Regency Austin: In a neighborhood that oozes accessibility, the Hyatt Regency Austin may be the most conveniently located hotel in Bouldin. The contemporary 4-star luxury resort has over 400 guestrooms offering vistas of downtown to the north and Hill Country to the southwest. The hotel’s almost 45,000 square feet of event space includes two ballrooms, free Wi-Fi, and outdoor patio facilities. Amenities also include yoga classes, a seasonal pool with a sundeck, and PDA check-in.
When you use Travelocity to book your stay in the Live Music Capital of the World, you’ll be able to choose from a huge selection of accommodations, ranging from cheap hotels in Austin’s top neighborhoods to upscale resorts throughout the area. Plus, with the money you save, you can buy a round of local craft beers for the young whippersnappers around you as you discuss the finger-picking techniques of the guitar virtuoso onstage in front of you.