There are so many reasons to visit Austin—vacation, graduation, festivals, conferences, general awesomeness—but a visit to Texas' capital city can be a pricey proposition, especially when it comes to housing a large group. And while we love living that high life, saving some money on your stay means you can indulge in an extra fancy dinner or take in a live show that Austin is so well known for. Not to worry—there’s a budget-friendly option for Visitors looking for cheap hotels in any part of town.
Note: "Cheap" can mean something different for each person and this is just a small selection of budget-friendly hotels in Austin. For a more comprehensive list of hotels at all price-points, check out this page.
Courtesy of Tru by Hilton Austin Airport.
Airport: Tru by Hilton Austin Airport
Tru is so fresh and so clean. Accordingly, everything is contemporary and pristine, from the enormous lobby to the roomy quarters to the fitness center. Every room features those fabulous Hilton beds and the decor is vibrant and fun—no tragic hotel carpet here—with unique murals on the wall reflecting Austin culture. Unlike many other hotels, they offer free WiFi, a free breakfast, free parking and free rides to the airport. If you’re in town on business, take advantage of the cute business cubbies, collaborative areas and print-from-anywhere wireless printing. Or, just play some foosball and leave the laptop upstairs.
Courtesy of Habitat Suites.
Central Austin: Habitat Suites
Staying in central Austin means you’re close to everything—the downtown action, shopping centers like the Domain, the Arboretum and Domain NORTHSIDE, and lots of awesome local businesses. This environmentally-conscious hotel was converted from an apartment complex so the amenities are “we could live here” style with full-sized kitchens, bathrooms, a nice pool and even live plants in the rooms. Start off healthy with their complimentary vegan or vegetarian breakfast and then indulge in complimentary beer, wine and light fare in the evenings. To level up your stay, you can book a number of activities and amenities like yoga passes, on-site massages, and “Welcome to Austin” gift baskets.
Courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center.
Downtown: Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center
Looking for a skyline view without the steep price tag? Located downtown, the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown/Convention Center is within walking distance of major attractions like the Texas State Capitol, Lady Bird Lake and Rainey Street. Don't forget you're just a quick rideshare away from Zilker Park and South Congress Avenue. This Hilton property offers first-class Texas hospitality. Their rooms are clean, contemporary and provide you with an extra level of comfort. Amenities include digital keys, a fitness center, connecting or pet-friendly rooms and a business center. Kick up your cowboy boots (or sneakers!) in their spacious lobby after a long day of exploring, or head up to their 18th floor restaurant for breathtaking skyline views during your meal.
East Austin Hotel. Credit Ryann Ford.
East Austin: East Austin Hotel
This hotel has a boutique feel with a price point we can get behind, and we love that it's locally-owned and operated. Their rooms are contemporary and cool with a minimalistic, Scandinavian style and luxe amenities. Head downstairs to explore tons of cool businesses in East Austin but make sure to check out the on-site options too. Stop in for a cappuccino and a breakfast taco at Second Bar + Kitchen to kick off your day or a cocktail at The Rooftop or the more casual Pool Bar to start or end the night.
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North Austin: Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum
Compared to the insanity of downtown Austin, the Arboretum feels like an oasis of calm. The traffic is reasonable, you’re minutes away from major business centers, and there’s no deep bass beat outside your window at night. There are great bars, restaurants and brand-name and local shopping right near the Hyatt Place. This affordable hotel checks all the boxes—comfortable rooms, free WiFi, a fitness center and a pool along with meeting facilities, a 24-hour market and an omelet bar. Plus, it’s pet-friendly so if Fluffy is on the family trip, she’s got a place here too.
Courtesy of Aiden by Best Western @ City Austin Hotel.
South Austin: Aiden by Best Western @ City Austin Hotel
For close (but not too close) to downtown, it’s hard to beat the Aiden’s location in South Austin. Just off of I-35 and Oltorf, it’s well-situated for anything you want to do in the city. A quick 10-minute drive gets you to St. Edwards University, the Capitol building complex, the bars on South Congress, the boutiques on South Lamar, and the Second Street shopping district. They’ve also eschewed the beige boring hotel look. They’ve incorporated Austin into their funky design (check out the wallpaper!) while still keeping a modern aesthetic. Enjoy a dip in the pool (or hot tub), free parking, large rooms with Keurigs and, the most important thing… free breakfast tacos!
West Austin: Hampton Inn Austin Oak Hill
Settle in Southwest Austin, a quiet, but not too quiet, corner of town for some sweet Texas hospitality. This Hampton Inn is right off of US Highway 290, a major highway in Austin that leads to many attractions like the Austin Zoo, Zilker Park and, maybe the most important, the airport. You'll have quick access to South Lamar, a neighborhood busy with live music, good eats and endless shopping. Drive 20 minutes west and you'll hit Dripping Springs, home of the enchanting Hamilton Pool Preserve. The hotel has you covered with free breakfast before hitting up your daily activities. Their amenities continue to impress with a seasonal outdoor pool, free parking, a fitness center and pet-friendly rooms!
If you’re wondering how to find discounts on hotels in Austin, explore the Austin Insider Deals and discover great deals on some of the best hotels in town. None of these catch your fancy? Check out our complete list of places to stay in Austin.
Contributed by Visit Austin Marketing Intern, Sage O'Brien.