Austin has so many beautiful, cool, funky hotels that it can be difficult to choose favorites, but we’ve done the *wipes brow* hard work to bubble up the best. From contemporary to classic, there are a plethora of options to choose from. Here are just a few of the many top-rated hotels in Austin.
Courtesy of Aloft & Element Downtown Austin Hotels.
This co-branded property gives you the option to stay for however long you choose—with the Aloft following the more traditional hotel model and the Element offering an extended-stay option. Rooms at the Aloft and studios at the Element are both modern without feeling stiff or spare. Definitely ask for the room with a view. The properties share two very popular concepts, the Caroline and Caroline Upstairs, along with some upscale amenities. it’s just the right kind of spot to use as a launching off point for your downtown adventures.
Credit Al Argueta.
It’s almost impossible to beat the larger-than-life aesthetic of the Archer Hotel. They’ve artfully blended high class with Texas comfort, as epitomized by the enormous chandelier and limestone staircase gracing the lobby. The rooms here are luxurious and stylish with Malin & Goetz toiletries, a nespresso machine, local snacks and drinks, and beautifully appointed bathrooms complete with fluffy robes and slippers. If you’re feeling peckish, just pop on down to Second Bar + Kitchen, an Austin favorite with fantastic food and cocktails.
Courtesy of the Fairmont Austin.
Built up right in the middle of downtown Austin, the Fairmont Austin is all about high-end service. It has the distinction of being one of the most expensive hotel builds in Austin and it feels like it. The hotel is spacious and glamorous with several eating and drinking establishments to choose from. Their airy lobby bar is the perfect spot to mingle and mix in while having a craft cocktail and listening to a local musician. For pampering, there’s an onsite spa, two salt water pools (with the requisite scene and cabanas), a well-appointed gym, and king beds that practically beg for a late checkout.
Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Austin.
It’s difficult to describe Austin’s Four Seasons Hotel because—unlike other hotels in this chain—they actively channel Austin’s character, quirk, and je ne sais quoi. Live music is always on the menu—with performances every week at their lobby bar, a huge SXSW presence and a prime spot in the heart of downtown. Gorgeous accommodations inside and out with vistas of the greenbelt, with a pool adjacent to a lush lawn and easy access to the running trails, lake and buzz of downtown.
Courtesy of Holiday Inn Austin Airport.
Just a few years old, the Holiday Inn Austin Airport is perfect for the business traveler or the person with an unbearably early flight. The rooms are modern and spacious, ideal for a good night's sleep or getting some work done. Along with a pool and a fitness center, they also have a delightful restaurant onsite. G’s Bar and Bistro gets great reviews for their food and the outdoor patio and firepit plus solid cocktails. Plus it’s pet-friendly and kids eat free.
Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Downtown
Situated just outside of downtown, steps away from South Congress shopping and literally on Lady Bird Lake, the Hyatt Regency Austin puts you close to all the things that make Austin weird and awesome. Walk to the YETI store in the morning for bloody Marys, to South Congress Cafe for brunch, and to Allens Boots for some kicks. You can also rent a kayak, take a run, stroll to downtown, and more. The hotel has all the right things too—a fabulous restaurant and bar, a pool, a business center and, most importantly, a free cookie!
Credit JW Marriott Austin.
Sweeping views from their rooftop pool is just one of the elevated things of note about this JW Marriott. Voted the #1 Hotel in Texas by Conde Nast readers, the service is impeccable, the rooms are stylish and you'll feel gifted with extra sparkle for having stayed here. With seven bars, three restaurants, and a Starbucks, you don’t even have to venture forth from the hotel (though we suggest you do.) For those enjoying a more relaxed stay, check out the spa, the rooftop pool and their state-of-the-art fitness facility (plus on demand workouts for in-room and outdoor).
Credit Casey Dunn.
Front desks are so 2008 and Kimber Modern embraces all the modern with its virtual concierge set-up. Bypass that pesky check-in process and enter the peaceful space built around a lovely courtyard. This hotel boats style and intention and, though it’s just steps away from the bustle of South Congress, it’s nonetheless an oasis of calm. High-end bath products, walk-in showers and top notch beds, plus organic breakfast, a water bar and a sunshine-y lounge that’s optimized for relaxing.
Courtesy of Lone Star Court.
Nestled in the Domain in North Austin, every detail has been carefully curated at Lone Star Court. Expect colorful old school refrigerators full of snacks and drinks, rocking chairs to set and stay awhile and a million charming touches like fire pits and s’more kits at this retro little gem. Hang outside with your significant other by the pool, dine al fresco on site or stop by the bar for some live music and cold rose. Conveniently, you can walk to all the shops, restaurants and bars at the Domain for some fun and retail therapy.
Courtesy of Residence Inn & Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center.
Both a Residence Inn and a Courtyard by Marriot, this co-branded property is hugely popular with conference attendees and business travelers. It’s right in the heart of the action, steps away from the Austin Convention Center. Their contemporary rooms are comfortable and sparkling clean, recently renovated in 2019. While staying here, make sure to take advantage of the indoor pool, the fitness center, the business center and the convenience of a cuppa joe at Starbucks or a late night drink at Champions Sports Bar.