The 5 Best Cheap Hotels in Downtown Austin

Austin is the capital city of Texas
Austin is the capital city of Texas | © CrackerClips Stock Media / Alamy Stock Photo
Considering Texas’s low cost of living when compared to the country’s other major metropolitan areas, traveling on a budget in Austin is easy. Although prices vary throughout the city, even Downtown Austin has relatively cheap options for your stay.

Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

Budget Hotel
The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Austin is close to several live music venues
The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Austin is close to several live music venues | Courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown / Hotels.com

Located on the eastern edge of Downtown Austin, the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown offers guests a night’s stay in close vicinity to the city’s top-notch nightlife scene. Only a block away from the famous Sixth Street Entertainment District and a short walk to several of the best live music venues in the Red River Cultural District, the surrounding area has no shortage of thrills to compensate for the quiet, efficient design of the hotel.

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Native Hostel Austin

Hostel
Native Hostel features communal living areas plus private rooms
Native Hostel features communal living areas plus private rooms | Courtesy of Native Hostel / Hotels.com

Native Hostel is a favorite spot of local people to grab a drink, and of travelers for a unique, yet affordable hospitality experience so close to Downtown. Native Hostel provides shared accommodations for its guests, as is typical for hostels. The downstairs bar and lounge area offers local craft beer and handcrafted cocktails in a dimly lit, industrial-style interior.

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Firehouse Hostel

Hostel
Firehouse Hostel is housed in a former fire station
Firehouse Hostel is housed in a former fire station | Courtesy of Firehouse Hostel / Hotels.com

Not a chain hotel person? Spice it up with a unique experience at the Firehouse Hostel. The old fire station, built in 1885 right in the middle of Downtown Austin, offers guests a snug, warm place to stay, complete with a comfy speakeasy bar downstairs with incredible cocktails and live music. Shared rooms sleep up to four or six people. Everything you could want out of the city’s Downtown area is readily available and within walking distance.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown

Budget Hotel
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown is within walking distance of the Texas State Capitol
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown is within walking distance of the Texas State Capitol | Courtesy of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown / Hotels.com

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Downtown lies on the edge of the city’s Red River Cultural District. Sitting right on the eastern side of Downtown, this Holiday Inn Express is a 15-minute walk from the best that Downtown Austin has to offer. The Texas State Capitol is within walking distance, and the University of Texas campus is a short five-minute drive away.

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La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol

Budget Hotel
There are over 150 rooms at La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol
There are over 150 rooms at La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol | Courtesy of La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Hotels.com

Right next door to the Texas State Capitol and within walking distance of Austin’s historic Congress Avenue, the no-frills La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol sits in a prime location and offers guests a clean, comfortable stay. Guests can easily access the rest of Downtown Austin, as many of the area’s most popular spots are within a 15 to 20-minute walk from the hotel. With 152 rooms, the hotel offers daily housekeeping, a pool and a complimentary continental breakfast.

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These recommendations were updated on January 15, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.