The Best Hotels to Book Near DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin

Colton House Hotel is perfect for a classy stay near DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin
Colton House Hotel is perfect for a classy stay near DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin | Courtesy of Colton House Hotel / Expedia
James Wong

If you’re in Austin to keep your eye on the ball, you’ll need a hotel close to the action. Book yours with Culture Trip, and it’s game on.

Austin in Texas is hip, yes, but some of its key attractions are timeless: Texans sure love football – so much so that they won’t be sated by the NFL. That explains the popularity of college football, which is followed statewide. Since 1924, the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas has been home to the Longhorns football team. For travelers coming into town to witness a game, here are the best places to stay near this historic stadium.

1. Hotel San José


Hotel San Jose, Austin
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For West Coast accents with a Southern twang, check into Hotel San José, an 11-minute drive from DKR. The 40-room hotel is an urban bungalow-style affair, thickly clad in lush greens that cover the façade. Step inside, and things are contrastingly pared-back. Minimalist decor mingles with handmade furniture and the odd outbreak of cowhide rugs. Bath time is a full-on affair, thanks to heady-scented Malin+Goetz amenities and kimono bathrobes.

2. Hotel Saint Cecilia

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

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Named after the patron saint of music and poetry, this heavenly place is a flashback to the late 60s and early 70s. Five suites, six poolside bungalows and three studios ooze the edgy glamour of the era’s icons: William S. Burroughs, Anne Sexton, the Rolling Stones and Hunter S. Thompson. Rega turntables and Geneva sound systems are in place – and no need to fret if you didn’t pack your collection, as the library has a huge selection of LPs, rock biographies and poetry anthologies for loan.

3. Heywood Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Heywood Hotel, Austin
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Just an eight-minute drive from DKR, on the edge of East Austin, the Heywood Hotel is an adorable boutique hotel that, on the outside, appears as if it’s a private home. It presents a unique experience: all seven rooms have their own individual design, handmade furniture and decor. Some even come with private balconies and patios. And all give you complimentary use of the hotel’s bicycles, an internet jukebox and hot-drink service, all served with a big smile.

4. Archer Hotel Austin

Boutique Hotel

Bedroom with modern and subtle decor in elegant greys at the Archer in Austin
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If you don’t mind a slightly longer commute (say, 20 minutes), make the Domain, well, your domain. It’s North Austin’s pretty new development – similar in atmosphere to Brookfield Place NYC or Uptown Dallas – full of fashion, dining, nightlife, apartments and, of course, hotels. Archer Hotel Austin has a distinct Hill Country feel, mixing contemporary rooms with unserious local touches such as cowboy-hat-wearing rubber duckies and quirky slippers. The restaurant, Second Bar+ Kitchen, serves Southern fare faves like shrimp and grits.

5. Lone Star Court

Boutique Hotel

Lone Star Court
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Another Domain darling, Lone Star Court is a retro-ranch concept that channels Austin and the Hill Country. The colorful rooms feature beds with egyptian-cotton linens, sliding barn doors and snacks in antique bottle crates. Amenities have Austin’s year-round warm weather in mind: outdoor fire pits, live music and even a pool evocative of a local swimming hole. When the festivities have finished you, relax, and fill up at food trucks Aurora and Waffle Taste or at the Southern sit-down joint the Water Trough.

6. Colton House Hotel


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In a nutshell, Colton House Hotel is your chance to live like an Austinite. Here, you can choose from apartment-style suites in all shapes and sizes, such as studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom rooms. Deep sleep is guaranteed: all are furnished with luxury Serta king-size beds, fully equipped kitchens and washer-dryers. The three-bedroom suites have especially large dining and lounge areas – perfect places for hanging out after the game with your traveling party.

7. Hotel Ella


Outdoor pool area framed by foliage with white rattan armchairs shaded by umbrella at Hotel Ella in Austin
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Hotel Ella is so close to the stadium that you can walk it. It’s a boutique hotel in a fairytale historic mansion with a wraparound veranda and columns created by a celebrated Swiss carver. Choose between 47 guest rooms, decked out in custom-designed furniture. Sleep-inducing comforts include 100% combed and ring-spun cotton-terry sheets and microfiber bathrobes – you’ll be well-rested before and after the match.

8. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A rooftop pool with blue-cushioned lounge chairs and seating area with fireplace at the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, Austin
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Consistently topping the-best-hotels-in-Austin lists, this branch of the Kimpton brand is a splendid place to stay downtown, just an eight-minute drive from the stadium. Thematically, it nods to the music scene (the city is hailed as the Live Music Capital of the World), with in-room record players and popular acoustic sets at onsite restaurant Geraldine’s. It’s off the notoriously wild Rainey Street, but don’t worry – sound-proof rooms ensure an undisturbed, restorative sleep.

9. Hotel ZaZa Austin

Boutique Hotel

An outdoor rooftop pool at Hotel ZaZa, with sun loungers, plants and city views of high-rise buildings
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ZaZa’s setting, in the heart of downtown, means dining and entertainment at your fingertips once the game’s over. It’s right by a slew of stellar haunts on 2nd Street, Republic Square Park, the Texas Capitol and much more. The hotel is sociable, too: filled with local regulars who love the Group Therapy restaurant overlooking the rooftop pool, and downstairs cafe Perfect Strangers.

10. The LINE Austin


LINE Austin
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Ask any Austin resident what comes to mind first when they think of the LINE Austin, and they’ll say tacos – there’s an outpost of Veracruz All Natural here, and those mouthfuls are the best things that’ll pass your lips on gameday. Scoffing aside, rooms are photogenically modern, full of rustic Texan charms such as artworks by local artists, light fixtures reminiscent of fireflies, and vintage books that’ll tell you all about the state. The hotel is a cool 10-minute drive to DKR.

Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best spa hotels in Austin, or find out where to stay in the city for a local experience. Inspire your itinerary with the best outdoor activities in and around Austin, and hit the open road with this trip to San Antonio. Make sure you stop off for an incredible restaurant lunch before you go.

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